TICA Member Newsletter
Sturdi will be offering attendees of the 2017 TICA Annual special discounted pricing on their pet carriers, Sturdiboxes, shelter pads, hammocks, vinyl liners, and exhibitor essentials.
Customers can pick up their items at the Sturdi booth during the event or have them shipped directly to their home. Pre-orders of $100 or more are eligible for a $20 flat shipping fee within the U.S. and international orders of $100 or more will receive $10 off their shipping fees.
Visit the Pet Pro Shop online at www.sturdiproducts.com to see all special offers.
TICA and Staples have teamed up to provide members special pricing and priority service on most printing requests.
The office supply and printing retailer is now offering TICA members $.03 black and white prints and $.25 color copies as well as 20% off most other special printing needs and free shipping on all orders, including full-scale production for TICA show catalogs, banners, signs, brochures, flyers, manuals, and other everyday printing needs.
Materials should be in PDF format and a minimum of three days are required depending on the size and quantity of the project. Additional information can be found online at www.tica.org/partners.
The Valley Voice newspaper in California reported on TICA’s Southwest Regional Awards Show and gave a good overview and history of the elements that make up a cat show including Junior Showmanship, Household Pets, and Pedigree Cats. Featured in the article is Sharon Kaloni SW Region Jr Exhibitor Coordinator and an all-breed judge. Read the story here and get ideas for pitching the press on your upcoming show.
The 2017 Winn Symposium Winn Feline Foundation would like to extend their thanks to those who attended the Winn Symposium on June 29th in Chicago and were inspired by the presentation by Dr. Niels Pedersen and the visit with FIP survivor Luna to donate to the Bria Fund to fight FIP. Your generous support over the years has built the foundation for this extraordinary breakthrough in feline medicine.
Cures4Cats Day October 21st is our inaugural Cure4Cats Day, celebrating how your contributions, totaling over $6 million, has benefited every cat, every day. Sign up for the Winn Wins Wednesday E-bytes for insight on Winn funded research. For more information about this event, and other exciting plans we have for the 50th Anniversary of Winn Feline Foundation, visit: www.winnfelinefoundation.org/programs/cures4cats.
Winn / American Veterinary Medical Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award Winn is pleased to announce that B. Duncan X. Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the 2017 American Veterinary Medical Foundation/Winn Feline Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award.
Lascelles’ research has improved our understanding of pain recognition, pain control, and chronic pain management in the cat, particularly for feline degenerative joint disease, leading to improved protocols for reducing suffering through early recognition and safe management of pain in cats with chronic disease.
From the Winn Research blog Eosinophilic keratitis (EK) is a relatively common and uncomfortable feline eye disorder, causing an opaque white plaque on the cornea of the eye. Feline herpesvirus can be associated with this condition, however, many cats with EK do not have a history or clinical signs that would be associated with this infection.
Anti-inflammatory drugs, either systemic or topical, are the mainstay of treatment for EK, often combined with topical cyclosporine ointment and antiviral medications.
Eosinophilic keratitis can become chronic, and require extended ongoing treatment, sometimes lifelong. Some cats with EK have been treated successfully with oral megestrol acetate, a potent progestogen with glucocorticoid-like activity. However, the serious side effects of using this drug systemically, which include diabetes mellitus, adrenal suppression, weight gain, mammary hyperplasia or neoplasia, and behavior changes, may outweigh the benefits.
In a study of 17 cats with EK, the use of megestrol acetate eye drops, given every 8-12 hours, was investigated. polyuria or polydipsia, weight gain, or depression. After two weeks, 15 cats had a positive response to treatment, with complete resolution within six weeks for 14 of the cats. No significant side effects were observed. (Stiles J, Coster M. Use of an ophthalmic formulation of megestrol acetate for the treatment of eosinophilic keratitis in cats. Vet Ophthalmol. 2016;19 (Suppl 1):86-90.) For more research updates, visit the Winn blog at: www.winnfelinefoundation.org/education/cat-health-news-blog
Winn Feline Foundation / AVMF Student Scholarship Recipient Casey Clements has been named as the recipient of the 2017 Student Scholarship. Clements is a fourth year student at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research efforts have focused on investigating the chronic administration of omeprazole, an acid suppressant, to cats with excessive gastric acidity, ulcerative esophagitis, gastritis or gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Clements’ long-term goal is to work in a feline-only clinic, or bring feline-friendly practices to a small animal clinic or emergency clinic. “Cats have always been a very special part of my life, and played a critical role in my very early decision to become a veterinarian,” said Clements. "I have found their behavior, medical conditions, and personal companionship to be complex, interesting and rewarding, and during my time in veterinary school I have worked hard to learn as much as possible about this wonderful species."
Winn August Planned Giving (tax) Tip Did you know you can make a charitable donation to Winn Feline Foundation with a P.O.D. account? P.O.D. stands for "Pay on Death". You can name a charity on your savings, checking, CD, or other bank account(s) as your beneficiary when you die. If it is a joint account, for example one shared by you and your spouse, the P.O.D. provision will take effect only after the death of the survivor. During the account holder’s lifetime, the money is fully under your control. You can add money, take money out, transfer funds, change or close the account at any time. You have full independence and control of these assets during your lifetime and can change arrangements at any time. On the death of the last of the named account owners any funds remaining in the account(s) will go to the charity you designated.
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