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Last week many interesting meetings took place at the EMA in London. At the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) meeting, the re-examination of the appeal to the opinion for veterinary medicinal products containing zinc oxide to be administered orally to food producing species was discussed. The Committee adopted by consensus a final opinion recommending the refusal of granting of new marketing authorisations and the withdrawal of the existing authorisations for veterinary medicinal products containing zinc oxide.
FECAVA has opened nominations for the new Didier-Carlotti award which recognises outstanding service in the fields of inter-professional communication and/or continuing education for companion animal veterinarians in Europe.
Following the recent recall of four dried cat food products due to low thiamine levels, BSAVA wanted to provide a brief update on thiamine deficiency.Thiamine deficiency
Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency occurs most commonly in anorexic cats or cats that are fed an all fish diet containing thiaminase. However, it but has also been associated with excessive cereal in the diet, uncooked soy products, heating foods to excessive temperatures and the use of sulphur dioxide as a preservative. Thiamine deficiency can also occur in dogs.
Thiamine plays an essential role as a cofactor for enzymes in carbohydrate metabolism, it forms a compound with ATP to form thiamine diphosphate/thiamine pyrophosphate. It does not affect blood glucose. Thiamine deficiency leads to energy depletion and neuronal necrosis resulting in polioencephalomalacia, particularly of the oculomotor and vestibular nuclei, the caudal colliculus and the lateral geniculate body.