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News Article | May 23, 2017

"As an organization, we deeply believe that all pets deserve access to veterinary care," said Marta Monetti, President and Chairman of the Banfield Foundation Board of Directors. "We focus on bringing this belief to life by funding preventive care clinics across the country, providing grants to nonprofit organizations to help pay for veterinary care and now, by making new or improved equipment available to organizations that desperately need assistance in providing continuous care." Grant funding can be used to purchase medical equipment such as dental equipment, digital x-ray imaging systems and accessories, autoclaves and sterilizers, centrifuges, veterinary tables, surgical lighting and additional qualifying items. Funding can be used to cover the total purchase price of equipment up to $15,000 or towards the cost of higher priced items. The first grant cycle for the program will begin in June 2017. "We continually strive to make a better world for pets and by funding veterinary medical equipment, we believe we can touch the lives of even more pets in need of critically important veterinary care," says Monetti. Banfield Foundation Works to Improve the Well-Being of Pets This is not the first time the foundation has funded medical equipment—in 2016, seven shelters across the United States received special grants to fund dental machines used to provide onsite dental cleanings, conduct tooth extractions and take and analyze x-rays. It is estimated that 3,500 dogs and cats continue to benefit from the dental machine grants annually. Banfield Foundation was established by Banfield Pet Hospital in 2015. While it is a separate nonprofit entity, the Banfield Foundation shares a similar mission and vision with Banfield Pet Hospital in its focus of improving the well-being of pets, communities and the science of veterinary medicine. Through grants and service programs, the Banfield Foundation focuses on providing access to veterinary care, elevating the power of the pet human bond, providing disaster relief for pets and advancing the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. Organizations interested in applying for a grant can view grant applications under the Programs section of About Banfield Foundation® At the core of the Banfield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the belief that all pets deserve access to veterinary care. In support of this belief, the foundation funds programs that enable veterinary care, elevate the power of the human-animal bond, provide disaster relief for pets, and advance the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. It also leverages the expertise and passion of Banfield Pet Hospital associates to care for pets in need. At the Banfield Foundation, we are committed to making a better world for pets because they make a better world for us. For more information, visit, or follow us at Media Contacts: Ryan Bartholomew,  Media Hotline 888-355-0595 on behalf of the Banfield Foundation To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

Mohamed A.S.,Purdue University | Levine M.,Purdue University | Camp J.W.,Purdue University | Lund E.,Banfield Pet Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Preventive Veterinary Medicine | Year: 2014

Giardia protozoa have been suspected to be of zoonotic transmission, including transmission from companion animals such as pet dogs to humans. Patterns of infection have been previously described for dogs and humans, but such investigations have used different time periods and locations for these two species. Our objective was to describe and compare the overall trend and seasonality of Giardia species infection among dogs and humans in the United States from 2003 through 2009 in an ecological study using public health surveillance data and medical records of pet dogs visiting a large nationwide private veterinary hospital. Canine data were obtained from all dogs visiting Banfield hospitals in the United States with fecal test results for Giardia species, from January 2003 through December 2009. Incidence data of human cases from the same time period were obtained from the CDC. Descriptive time plots, a seasonal trend decomposition (STL) procedure, and seasonal autoregressive moving-average (SARIMA) models were used to assess the temporal characteristics of Giardia infection in the two species. Canine incidence showed a gradual decline from 2003 to 2009 with no significant/distinct regular seasonal component. By contrast, human incidence showed a stable annual rate with a significant regular seasonal cycle, peaking in August and September. Different temporal patterns in human and canine Giardia cases observed in this study suggest that the epidemiological disease processes underlying both series might be different, and Giardia transmission between humans and their companion dogs seems uncommon. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Castilla A.E.,Oregon Health And Science University | Crowe J.J.,Oregon Health And Science University | Moses J.R.,Oregon Health And Science University | Wang M.,Banfield Pet Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Angle Orthodontist | Year: 2014

Objective: To measure and compare bracket transfer accuracy of five indirect bonding (IDB) techniques. Materials and Methods: Five IDB techniques were studied: double polyvinyl siloxane (double- PVS), double vacuum-form (double-VF), polyvinyl siloxane vacuum-form (PVS-VF), polyvinyl siloxane putty (PVS-putty), and single vacuum-form (single-VF). Brackets were bonded on 25 identical stone working models. IDB trays were fabricated over working models (n 5 5 per technique) to transfer brackets to another 25 identical stone patient models. The mesiodistal (M-D), occlusogingival (O-G), and faciolingual (F-L) positions of each bracket were measured on the working and patient models using digital photography (M-D, O-G) and calipers (F-L). Paired t-tests were used to compare bracket positions between working and patient models, and analysis of variance was used to compare bracket transfer accuracy among the five techniques. Results: Between the working and patient models, double-VF had the most teeth with significant differences (n 5 6) and PVS-VF the fewest (n 5 1; P , .05). With one exception, all significant differences were #0.26 mm and most (65%) were #0.13 mm. When the techniques were compared, bracket transfer accuracy was similar for double-PVS, PVS-putty, and PVS-VF, whereas double-VF and single-VF showed significantly less accuracy in the O-G direction. Conclusions: Although overall differences in bracket position were relatively small, silicone-based trays had consistently high accuracy in transferring brackets, whereas methods that exclusively used vacuum-formed trays were less consistent. (Angle Orthod. 2014;84:607-614.) © 2014 by The EH Angle Education and Research Foundation, Inc.

O'Brien S.J.,U.S. National Cancer Institute | O'Brien S.J.,Saint Petersburg State University | Troyer J.L.,SAIC | Brown M.A.,Banfield Pet Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Viruses | Year: 2012

The domestic cat is afflicted with multiple viruses that serve as powerful models for human disease including cancers, SARS and HIV/AIDS. Cat viruses that cause these diseases have been studied for decades revealing detailed insight concerning transmission, virulence, origins and pathogenesis. Here we review recent genetic advances that have questioned traditional wisdom regarding the origins of virulent Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) diseases, the pathogenic potential of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) in wild non-domestic Felidae species, and the restriction of Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) mediated immune impairment to domestic cats rather than other Felidae species. The most recent interpretations indicate important new evolutionary conclusions implicating these deadly infectious agents in domestic and non-domestic felids. © 2012 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Senestraro S.V.,Oregon Health And Science University | Crowe J.J.,Oregon Health And Science University | Wang M.,Banfield Pet Hospital | Vo A.,Oregon Health And Science University | And 3 more authors.
Journal of the American Dental Association | Year: 2013

Background: The authors conducted a randomized, single-masked clinical trial involving patients who had completed orthodontic treatment to assess changes in the appearance of white-spot lesions (WSLs) that were treated with resin infiltration. Methods: The authors divided affected teeth into control and treatment groups. In the treatment group, they restored teeth with WSLs by using resin infiltration. They evaluated changes in WSLs photographically by using a visual analog scale (VAS) (0 = no change, 100 = complete disappearance) and area measurements (in square millimeters). The authors analyzed the data by using two-way analysis of variance. Results: The mean VAS ratings for treated teeth demonstrated marked improvement relative to that for control teeth immediately after treatment (67.7 versus 5.2, P <.001) and eight weeks later (65.9 versus 9.2, P <.001). The results for treated teeth showed a mean reduction in WSL area of 61.8 percent immediately after treatment and 60.9 percent eight weeks later, compared with a -3.3 percent change for control teeth immediately after treatment and a 1.0 percent reduction eight weeks later. Conclusions: Resin infiltration significantly improved the clinical appearance of WSLs, with stable results seen eight weeks after treatment. Practical Implications: Resin infiltration, a minimally invasive restorative treatment, was shown to be effective for WSLs that formed during orthodontic treatment.

Greene J.P.,University of Minnesota | Lefebvre S.L.,Banfield Pet Hospital | Wang M.,Banfield Pet Hospital | Yang M.,Banfield Pet Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association | Year: 2014

Objective-To identify risk factors associated with diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats. Design-Retrospective case-control study. Animals-1,230 cats with a clinical diagnosis of CKD, serum creatinine concentration > 1.6 mg/dL, and urine specific gravity < 1.035 and 1,230 age-matched control cats. Procedures-Data on putative risk factors for CKD were extracted for multivariate logistic regression analysis from the medical records of cats brought to 755 primary care veterinary hospitals. For a subset of cats evaluated 6 to 12 months prior to the date of CKD diagnosis or control group inclusion, the percentage change in body weight between those dates as well as clinical signs at the earlier date were analyzed for associations with CKD development. Results-Risk factors for CKD in cats included thin body condition, prior periodontal disease or cystitis, anesthesia or documented dehydration in the preceding year, being a neutered male (vs spayed female), and living anywhere in the United States other than the northeast. The probability of CKD decreased with increasing body weight in nondehydrated cats, domestic shorthair breed, and prior diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and increased when vomiting, polyuria or polydipsia, appetite or energy loss, or halitosis was present at the time of diagnosis or control group inclusion but not when those signs were reported 6 to 12 months earlier. Median weight loss during the preceding 6 to 12 months was 10.8% and 2.1% in cats with and without CKD, respectively. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance-The probability of CKD diagnosis in cats was influenced by several variables; recent weight loss, particularly in combination with the other factors, warrants assessment of cats for CKD.

Metcalf Pate K.A.,Johns Hopkins University | Rice K.A.,Johns Hopkins University | Wrighten R.,Banfield Pet Hospital | Watson J.,Johns Hopkins University
Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science | Year: 2011

Fur mites are one of the most common ectoparasites of laboratory mice and traditionally are diagnosed through surveillance of individual colony animals. Although multiple diagnostic modalities exist, few recommendations suggest optimal testing methods, target colony populations, or sampling sites. We compared the fur pluck and sticky paper techniques for the diagnosis of Myocoptes musculinus in naturally infested immunocompetent mice and evaluated the effect of mouse age and sampling site on the efficacy of fur plucks. We found that the sticky paper technique was more likely to detect fur mites than were fur plucks. Housing mice individually increased the incidence of false-negative fur pluck tests, whereas sensitivity was equivalent for preweanling and adult mice. The ventral abdomen was the most likely single sampling location to detect evidence of any stage of Myocoptes musculinus, but fur mite eggs were overrepresented on the neck. We found that the surface temperature of the murine neck surface was warmer than was the rump and therefore may represent a unique microenvironment for fur mite egg development. Given our findings, we recommend that group-housed adult or preweanling mice should be selected for Myocoptes musculinus evaluation and that the ventral abdomen should be sampled. When possible, the postmortem sticky paper technique should be used rather than the antemortem fur pluck method. Copyright 2011 by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

Mohamed A.S.,Purdue University | Glickman L.T.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Camp J.W.,Purdue University | Lund E.,Banfield Pet Hospital | Moore G.E.,Purdue University
Veterinary Parasitology | Year: 2013

Estimates of the prevalence of intestinal infection of dogs with Giardia spp. in the United States vary widely. Risk factors for infection in a large sample of dogs over an extended period of time have not been well characterized. A national, electronic database of medical records was used to estimate the prevalence and identify risk factors for Giardia spp. infection among dogs visiting Banfield Pet Hospital™ located in 43 states in the United States. The overall prevalence of Giardia spp. Infection was 0.44% (95% CI: 0.43-0.45%) in approximately 2.5 million owned dogs who had a fecal flotation test performed from January 2003 to December 2009. A steady decrease in annual prevalence was observed, from a high of 0.61% in 2003 to 0.27% in 2009. Seasonal increases in prevalence were noted during the winter and summer months. Giardia spp. prevalence was highest in the Mountain region, especially Colorado (2.63%; 95% CI: 2.53-2.73%), and in puppies ≤0.5 year of age (0.63%; 95% CI: 0.61-0.64%). It was lowest for dogs of mixed breeding compared with pure breeds. Infection risk was 25-30% greater in sexually intact dogs compared to spayed and neutered dogs. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

PubMed | Banfield Pet Hospital and University of Houston
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research | Year: 2016

p53 is mutated in about 50% of human cancers, mostly through missense mutations. Expression of mutant p53 is associated with poor clinical outcomes or metastasis. Although mutant p53 is inherently instable, various stressors such as DNA damage or expression of the oncogenic Kras or c-myc affect the oncogenic properties of mutant p53. However, the effects of inflammation on mutant p53 are largely unknown. IL27 is an important immunomodulatory cytokine, but its impact on mutant p53-driven tumorigenesis has not been reported.IL27RA(-/-) mice were bred with mutant p53 heterozygous (p53(R172H/+)) mice to obtain IL27RA(-/-)p53(H/+) and IL27RA(-/-)p53(H/H) mice. Mouse survival and tumor spectra for the cohort were analyzed. Stability of p53 protein was analyzed via IHC and Western blot analysis.This study unraveled that lack of IL27 signaling significantly shortened the survival duration of mice with tumors expressing both copies of the mutant p53 gene (Li-Fraumeni mouse model). Interestingly, in mice that were heterozygous for mutant p53, lack of IL27 signaling not only significantly shortened survival time but also doubled the incidence of osteosarcomas. Furthermore, lack of IL27 signaling is closely associated with increased mutant p53 stability in vivo from early age.These results suggest that IL27 signaling modulates the oncogenic properties of mutant p53 in vivo Clin Cancer Res; 22(15); 3876-83. 2016 AACR.

News Article | December 2, 2016

SEATTLE, Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, Washington's statewide business organization, the Association of Washington Business (AWB), selected Banfield Pet Hospital as the winner of its Leading Environmental Practice Award. This award recognized Banfield's new...

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