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COVID-19 and cats: Episode 59, April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by SARS-CoV-2, has swept around the globe, leaving devastating people’s lives and the economies of many countries. Veterinarians have a key role to play as we have many excellent researchers into coronaviruses in animal species, including our guest for episodes 57 & 58, Dr. Severine Tasker. Susan and Jolle are certainly practicing physical distancing as they recorded this episode almost 2,000 (over 1200 miles) km apart! We discuss the emerging information about cats and SARS-CoV-2 and what everyone needs to know. The good news is that cats are not particularly susceptible to this virus, they don’t seem to suffer severe disease, and they are no risk to people.
>> Listen to episode 59


Severine Tasker, BSc, BVSc, DSAM, PhD, DECVIM FHEA: Episodes 57 & 58, April 2020

Dr. Severine Tasker has a lot of impressive letters behind her name! She’s a well known and respected feline infectious disease researcher with a special interest in hemoplasmas and coronavirus. She is a professor at the University of Bristol Veterinary School in the UK and sits on the board of the European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases. These episodes were recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic but Dr. Tasker gives us background information on feline coronaviruses in general and feline infectious peritonitis in particular.
>> Listen to episode 57
>> Listen to episode 58

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Severine Tasker, Susan Little

Chris Byers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (SAIM): Episodes 55 & 56, March 2020

We’ve wanted to have Dr. Chris Byers on our podcast for some time because we’re a fan of his work on social media. Dr. Byers is the founder and editor-in-chief (which we think means he does everything) for the Critical Care DVM blog. You can also find him on Facebook, and follow him on other social media platforms with @criticalcaredvm. When he’s not on social media, Dr. Byers is an internal medicine specialist at VCA MidWest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center and an Adjunct Professor at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He talks to us about his path to becoming a criticalist and how crazy it is to become double-boarded. Dr. Byers also gives us some insight on managing cats with urethral obstruction, using chest tubes, and other emergency procedures.
>> Listen to episode 55
>> Listen to episode 56

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Chris Byers, Susan Little

Serge Chalhoub, BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM): Episodes 53 & 54, March 2020

We welcomed Dr. Serge Chalhoub to Purrpodcast which made Dr. Little happy since he is a fellow Canadian. Dr. Chalhoub has been at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Dept. of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Services) since 2012 and he practices internal medicine at the C.A.R.E. Centre Animal Hospital. He has received awards for teaching excellence and we can see why as he’s an excellent communicator. His main interests are nephrology and urology especially in cats. Dr. Chalhoub was a panel member for the ISFM Consensus Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Feline Chronic Kidney Disease. We chatted about a wide range of topics including managing cats with chronic kidney disease, the role of hypertension, and assessing quality of life.
>> Listen to episode 53
>> Listen to episode 54

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Serge Chalhoub, Susan Little

Caroline Mansfield, BSC, BVMS, PhD, MANZCVS, DECVIM: Episodes 51 & 52, February 2020

We were fortunate to talk with Australian Dr. Caroline Mansfield while she was on our side of the pond during the Hill’s Global Symposium and WSAVA congress in Toronto. She completed a residency in small animal medicine at University College in Dublin and after receiving her internal medicine specialist qualifications, she returned to Australia to earn a PhD at Murdoch University, her alma mater. She is now at the University of Melbourne where she is the Director of the university’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital. Her main interest is gastroenterology which gave us the chance to chat about the effects of stress on gastrointestinal health and what happens to our microbiome throughout life. It seems everything is about the microbiome these days! She also has some fascinating things to say about the similarities between human infants and kittens. If nothing else, listen for her lovely accent!
>> Listen to episode 51
>> Listen to episode 52

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Caroline Mansfield, Susan Little

Our 50th Episode! February 2020

Can you believe we made it to episode 50? We can hardly believe it ourselves. A huge shout out to our loyal listeners (please recommend us!), our generous expert guests, and to Ben (our hard-working assistant). In this episode, we reminisce about our humble beginnings in Brazil in 2018 and we chat about our favorite episodes. Can you believe our little podcast has been downloaded over 40,000 times? Can you guess which countries are we most popular in? Find out our plans for the future and what we will do to celebrate episode 100 (if we get there). But first we have to figure out how to connect the microphone to the computer……
>> Listen to episode 50

Jolle Kirpensteijn and Susan Little

Adronie Verbrugghe, DVM, PhD, Dip ECVCN: Episode 49, February 2020

Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe is an Associate Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, ON and finally she is back with part 2 of her chat with us on feline nutrition (part 1 has great tips for encouraging weight loss in obese cats). In this episode, we discuss how weight management programs for pets mean lifestyle and habit changes for owners (and that can be hard). Listen for more tips on weight management and dietary approaches for your feline patients. And if you’re interested in veterinary nutrition, check out the Global Animal Nutrition Summit at the University of Guelph, August 12-14, 2020.
>> Listen to episode 49

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Adronie Verbrugghe, Susan Little

Jessica Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM: Episodes 47 & 48, January 2020

Dr. Jessica Quimby is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University and her passion for feline medicine is well known. She is especially interested in helping cats with chronic kidney disease. In these episodes, we had the chance to chat about managing appetite and weight loss in feline patients. Which drugs are best? What are the potential side effects? How does Mirataz (transdermal mirtazapine) work and why does Dr. Quimby like to prescribe it? Listen to find out!
Thanks to KindredBio for supporting these episodes with an educational grant.
>> Listen to episode 47
>> Listen to episode 48

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Jessica Quimby, Susan Little

Cat tech trends at the Consumer Electronic Show: Episodes 45 & 46, January 2020

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV is huge! It attracts over 175,000 attendees, more than 4,500 exhibiting companies, and at least 1,000 speakers. Whew! We get tired just thinking of it. We spent 2 days getting our steps in at CES this year to find all the newest and best tech in veterinary medicine. Didn’t get there yourself? Listen to our summary of the cat robots, litter boxes, activity trackers, and feeders we saw. And find out who won the PurrPodcast Cat Tech Award 2020!
>> Listen to episode 45
>> Listen to episode 46

Lots & lots of fancy cat litter boxes at CES 2020!

Adronie Verbrugghe, DVM, PhD, Dip ECVCN: Episode 44, January 2020

Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe is an Associate Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, ON. At OVC, she is the service chief for the Clinical Nutrition Service, she teaches small animal clinical nutrition to veterinary students, and she supervises graduate students. Did you know that obesity is the most common nutritional disease seen in pet cats in Canada and the USA? Dr. Vergrugghe shares some tips on how to slim down kitty such as making feeding fun with food puzzles. A good weight management diet alone isn’t enough – we have to get our kitties moving! If you’re interested in veterinary nutrition, check out the Global Animal Nutrition Summit at the University of Guelph, August 12-14, 2020.
>> Listen to episode 44

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Adronie Verbrugghe, Susan Little

Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC): Episodes 42 & 43, December 2019

Megan Brashear is the Small Animal Hospital Veterinary Nursing Manager at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University. She is only the second veterinary technician/nurse we’ve had on our podcast. We had such an interesting chat with her about her profession that we clearly need to talk with more technicians/nurses! Megan chatted with us about the positives and negatives of her profession, the rise of palliative care for pets, and how we should always assume our clients have the best of intentions. And you’ll hear about her ‘loosely domesticated’ cats!
>> Listen to episode 42
>> Listen to episode 43

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Megan Brashear, Susan Little

Dr. Sue Ettinger: Episodes 40 & 41, December 2019

Dr. Sue Ettinger may be better known as Dr. Sue Cancer Vet. Dr. Ettinger has been bringing her messages (Why Wait, Aspirate and See Something, Do Something) to veterinarians and pet owners alike to encourage early cancer detection. She is active on social media with @DrSueCancerVet and she has a vlog on YouTube. She talks with us about myths and misconceptions about cancer in cats, how social media can be used to educate about cancer in pets, and what’s new in treating cats with cancer. And there’s a laugh or two in there!
>> Listen to episode 40
>> Listen to episode 41

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Sue Ettinger, Susan Little

Eric Garcia: Episodes 38 & 39, November 2019

If you haven’t met Eric Garcia yet, you are in for a treat! Eric is an amazing speaker, consultant, and digital marketing expert and the founder of SimplyDone Tech Solutions. Even better, he specializes in veterinary medicine. Eric worked in a veterinary practice for about 10 years, so he certainly knows his subject. Eric talks about some of the challenges in getting more feline patients in veterinary practices (did you know many of us neglect to have pictures of cats in our clinics and on our websites?). We also get advice on how veterinarians can get started on social media with tips on using Facebook and YouTube.
>> Listen to episode 38
>> Listen to episode 39

Left to right: Susan Little, Eric Garcia, Jolle Kirpensteijn

Dr. Apryl Steele: Episodes 36 & 37, November 2019

Dr. Apryl Steele is one of our heroes. She is the current President of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League in Denver, CO. You’ll learn how the Dumb Friends League got its name in 1910, why veterinary clinics need the AAFP’s Cat Friendly Practice program, how AAFP helps educate cat owners with Cat Friendly Homes, and how important ethics are when we must cope with difficult situations.
>> Listen to episode 36
>> Listen to episode 37

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Apryl Steele, Susan Little

Dr. Justine Lee: Episodes 34 & 35, October 2019

Finally we had the chance to chat with the famous Dr. Justine Lee of VETGirl! Our conversation covered some interesting poison emergencies (what do you do if your cat eats 200 vitamin D capsules?) and how Dr. Lee manages her life as a busy mom, veterinarian, and the founder and CEO of VETGirl. Oh, and she’s and author and speaker too!
>> Listen to episode 34
>> Listen to episode 35

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Justine Lee, Susan Little

Dr. Susan Little: Episodes 32 & 33, September 2019

What fun we had with the ‘other’ Dr. Susan Little, a veterinary parasitologist at Oklahoma State University. Tune in to learn all about feline parasites as well as some awesome factoids to entertain your vet friends.
>> Listen to episode 32
>> Listen to episode 33

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, and two Susan Littles!

Dr. Joe Bartges: Episodes 30 & 31, August 2019

Urine luck! (Get it?) We have two episodes with Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia. Joe says urine is liquid gold – discuss! We chat about idiopathic cystitis, a frustrating disease that most vets know all too well. We also manage to talk about chronic gastrointestinal disease, diabetes mellitus, bladder and kidney stones, and even more importantly – who is the world’s most cunning cat? Why won’t Jolle eat octopus? Tune in and find out – are cats aliens or gods?
>> Listen to episode 30
>> Listen to episode 31

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Susan Little, Joe Bartges

Steve Dale, CABC: Episodes 28 & 29, July 2019


We finally get to chat with Steve Dale, famous pet journalist. If Steve’s voice sounds familiar, it’s because he is our podcast announcer! Steve tells us how he got his start in pet journalism and why he once got fired in an elevator. Steve’s newspaper columns and radio shows talking about pet behavior reach many thousands of pet owners. What are the most common questions cat owners ask Steve? It might surprise you! Steve also talks about the Winn Feline Foundation and how a cat named Ricky with heart disease got him involved.
>> Listen to episode 28
>> Listen to episode 29

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Steve Dale, Susan Little

Dr. Debra Horwitz: Episodes 26 & 27, June 2019

We love Dr. Debra Horwitz, a board-certified behaviorist who is the author/editor of many books and book chapters and a member of the Fear Free team. In episode 26, we learn why cats would make good bomb detectors, why black cats get a bad rap, and how to determine if problem behaviors are abnormal or just unwanted. Are cats spiteful? Listen and find out! In episode 27, we discuss some important cat questions. Why don’t all cats respond to catnip? Are cats really social? How is cat society organized? Dr. Horwitz explains it all!
>> Listen to episode 26
>> Listen to episode 27

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Debra Horwitz, Susan Little

PurrPodcast Live with Dr. Sue Ettinger: Episodes 24 & 25, May 2019

Our first PurrPodcast Live! event was at VMX 2019 with special guest Dr. Sue Ettinger. Listen to hear all about feline gastrointestinal disease and find out how to tell if a diamond is fake!
>> Listen to episode 24
>> Listen to episode 25

Left to right: Jolle Kirpensteijn, Sue Ettinger, Susan Little

Dr. Terry Curtis: Episode 23, April 2019

Our first feline behavior podcast is with Dr. Terry Curtis of the University of Florida. We chat about the most common feline behavior problems, the top mistakes owners make with litter boxes, how many cats are too many, and how much we still have to learn about feline behavior and communication. She also tells us how she helped the famous cats of the Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Florida.
>> Listen to episode 23

Left to right: Susan Little, Terry Curtis, Jolle Kirpensteijn

Dr. Mary Gardner: Episodes 21 & 22, March-April 2019

Dr. Mary Gardner is all about love, laughter, and learning! In between laughs, we talk about our careers before vet med. Dr. Gardner talks about the origins of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice and In-Home Euthanasia , now offering compassionate in-home euthanasia and hospice care with 130 vets in 60 locations. And she explains how she designed the first Lap of Love website with an Excel spreadsheet! In episode 22, we get into the details of providing this important aspect of veterinary care. Mary discusses whether to sedate pets before euthanasia (she’s a strong proponent) and the different routes for euthanasia drugs and how to choose. Did you know one of her signature tools for a compassionate euthanasia is a cupcake? We also discuss how emotionally taxing performing euthanasia is for veterinary team members and how to deal with it.
>> Listen to episode 21
>> Listen to episode 22

Left to right: Susan Little, Mary Gardner, Jolle Kirpensteijn

Dr. Dave Nicol: Episodes 19 & 20, February 2019

Dr. Dave Nicol is one of the inspirations for our own podcast because we love his Blunt Dissection podcast. In episode 19, we hear how he became a leader and successful practice owner, the true story behind his accent, and how he started lecturing. In episode 20, Dr. Nicol talks about success in veterinary medicine. We talk about burnout in our profession, why it happens, and what veterinary team leaders can do to meet emotional needs. Dr. Nicol talks about his VetX program and how it can help vets overcome fears, develop resilience and tenacity, learn how to have conversations with pet owners, and develop leadership skills. And you’ll hear what Jolle thought VetX meant!
>> Listen to episode 19
>> Listen to episode 20

Tom Bohn: Episode 18, February 2019

Tom Bohn is the CEO of the North American Veterinary Community. Listen to the episode where we discuss innovation in veterinary conferences, what the future holds for VMX, and we take an irreverent look at Tom’s Swedish origins.
>> Listen to episode 18

Elizabeth Green: Episode 17, February 2019

Elizabeth Green, CEO/Founder of Brief Media, says her job is to dream of new things to do. She does that very well! Listen to our chat about Clinician’s Brief, the future of veterinary educational publishing, and how millennials are shifting the veterinary practice paradigm.
>> Listen to episode 17

Dr. Katie Tolbert: Episodes 15 & 16, January 2019

We sat down with Dr. Katie Tolbert for two podcasts about the newly published ACVIM consensus statement on gastrointestinal protectants in dogs and cats. In episode 15, we talk about use of these drugs in cats with kidney disease, and how to prioritize medications for cats with chronic disease to increase compliance and protect the human-animal bond. Episode 16 is about how and when to use gastrointestinal protectants in cats and her research project with the Winn Feline Foundation.
>> Listen to episode 15
>> Listen to episode 16

Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS, VTS-H: Episode 14, December 2019

Veterinary technicians rock! We spend time with NAVTA president, Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry).
>> Listen to episode 14

Dr. Stan Marks: Episodes 12 & 13, December 2018

Get the scoop on feline poop with Dr. Stan Marks. We discuss gastrointestinal disease in cats and the ins and outs of fecal transplants.
>> Listen to episode 12
>> Listen to episode 13

Dr. Bryden Stanley: Episode 11, November 2018

Dr. Bryden Stanley tells us everything we need to know about soft tissue surgery in cats, with some interesting discussion about treating abscesses.
>> Listen to episode 11

Dr. Sheilah Robertson: Episodes 9 & 10, October 2018

Get your update on feline anesthesia with Dr. Sheilah Robertson. Be sure to check out the AAFP’s 2018 Feline Anesthesia Guidelines – it’s free and full of practical advice.
>> Listen to episode 9
>> Listen to episode 10

Drs. Little & Kirpensteijn discuss enteroplication in cats: Episode 8, September 2018

We decided to discuss a new article on enteroplication in cats with intussusceptions. Is enteroplication a good idea? Do you know your intussuscipiens from your intussusceptum? Find out which is which, and the best treatment options.
Haider G et al. Enteroplication in cats with intussusception: a retrospective study (2001-2016). Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 2019.
>> Listen to episode 8

Drs. Little & Kirpensteijn discuss surgical approaches to feline mammary tumors: Episode 7, September 2018

Time to discuss a new article on the best surgical approach for cats with mammary tumors. Since most mammary tumours in cats are malignant, surgery is the preferred treatment. But should we do bilateral mastectomy, unilateral mastectomy, or a staged approach?
Gemignani F et al. Association of surgical approach with complication rate, progression-free survival time, and disease-specific survival time in cats with mammary adenocarcinoma: 107 cases (1991-2014). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Assoc, 2018.
>> Listen to episode 7

Drs. Little & Kirpensteijn discuss GDV in cats (yes, it happens): Episode 6, August 2018

Did you know that cats can get gastric dilatation/volvulus (GDV) too? Jolle and I discuss a new article on two cases of GDV in cats.
Leary ML & Sinnott-Stutzman V. Spontaneous gastric dilatation-volvulus in two cats. Journal of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care, 2018.
>> Listen to episode 6

Dr. Sarah Boston: Episodes 4 & 5, July & August 2019

Fuss about FISS – feline injections-site sarcomas are a feared tumour. We discuss the best treatments with Dr. Sarah Boston, a surgical oncologist. Dr. Boston stresses that the surgery for this tumour must be done by someone experienced if the patient is to have a chance at long-term survival.
>> Listen to episode 4
>> Listen to episode 5

Our first podcast episodes – everything you need to know about bladder stones in cats! Episodes 1-3, June & July 2018

We kick off our shiny new feline medicine podcast with 3 episodes on bladder uroliths. Listen and find out how to diagnose bladder stones, the best treatment options for different stone types including minimally invasive options as well as surgery. Take the Pledge Against Struvite in Pets
>> Listen to episode 1
>> Listen to episode 2
>> Listen to episode 3