Dr+Vet by Böthmen Pharma sponsors the 2022 XI SEOVET Congress

This year, SEOVET, the association formed by Spanish ophthalmologists with the aim of sharing and expanding knowledge about veterinary ophthalmology, has met for its XI National Congress and Dr+Vet Pet Care by Böthmen Pharma has been one of its sponsors.

COVID-19 has forced the change from the face-to-face modality to the online one, but that has not influenced absolutely anything during the congress and great professionals of veterinary ophthalmology have participated again in the event, as are the case of Dr. Elena Fenollosa (Ophthalmology Service of the Veterinary Hospital of the Universidad Católica de Valencia), Dr. Alejandro Bayón (Ophthalmology Service of the Veterinary Hospital of the Universidad de Murcia) or Dr. María Simó (Instituto Veterinario Oftalmológico, IVO), presenting 3 cases of pigmentary keratitis in dogs treated with diode laser as a complementary treatment, among many other specialists.

From Böthmen Pharma we have made our online stand available to all participants, with the option of downloading an interactive pdf of the catalog of our ophthalmological products. In addition, from our stand it has been possible to participate in the “Quiniela Científica” 2022!

All the recordings of the XI SEOVET Congress will be available to attendees for 6 months from the start of the congress, so you still have time to access all the presentations. The round tables will be available live on March 16 and 28 at 20:00h, so, stay tuned!

Why some dog breeds are more predisposed to develop ocular pathologies?

In the recent months, and especially after Danika Bannasch et al.’s publishment in December in the journal Canine Medicine and Genetics, inbreeding in canine breeds has become lately the main topic in the animal health media. Inbreeding means having a high kinship between one and/or different specimens. You may be wondering the relationship between this study and the predisposition of some canine breeds to develop ocular pathologies, right? Keep reading to get to know how these two matters are related.

Unlike production animals, breed dogs are selected based on their pedigree and phenotypic characters or physical appearance. The pedigree or genealogical tree is insufficient as it does not include a significant number of individuals; while being selected according to the characters or the appearance traits, ends up having an impact on the animal’s functional and/or vital characteristics. The Bannash et al. study, using the Wisdom Health Genetics database, estimated an inbreeding average of 25% in 227 breeds. A high inbreeding is significant to develop certain diseases. In addition to the inbreeding problem, the pet’s life quality has improved, which implies that, as in humans, developing degenerative problems associated to age.

Some breeds-disease associations are well known, such as hip dysplasia in Golden Retrievers or heart failure in brachiocephalic. Even so, we always forget about those that concern the sight, which besides of being extremely annoying, they can end up having huge repercussions on the animal's health. That is why the last month we made several publications on our social media (LinkedIn and Instagram) presenting our ophthalmological line related to canines (and felines, less frequent) predisposed to develop ophthalmological pathologies. We have relied on the BVA (British Veterinary Association) and The Kennel Club study . Please find forward the links to get to know the predisposed breeds to each disease:

Age related or genetically predisposed degenerations have a reduced treatment option. Supportive treatments that slow the onset and/or relieve symptoms are often the only solution. PREVENTION IS THE KEY.

Please find forward the following link if you want to check out the diseases, regardless the ophthalmic ones, that is predisposed to develop each dog breed.