Breed-related disease: Sphynx cat

The Sphynx cat is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat (fur). Hairlessness in cats is a naturally occurring genetic mutation; however, the Sphynx cat, as a breed, was developed through selective breeding. The Sphynx first appeared as a natural mutation in Canada in 1966. The first hairless male, Prune, was mated…

Case study: Cerebral toxoplasmosis in a cat with feline leukemia and feline infectious peritonitis viral infections

Case study: Cerebral toxoplasmosis in a cat with feline leukemia and feline infectious peritonitis viral infections   Robert Lo, Ph.D, D.V.M   A diarrheic young cat died because of severe multifocal meningoencephalitis caused by Toxoplasma gondii. Protozoan cysts and tachyzoites in the brain were confirmed by immunohistochemical staining. Coinfection of feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and…

Elanco poised to acquire Bayer Animal Health

Elanco Animal Health is closer to becoming the world’s second-largest provider of veterinary medicines, now that European antitrust regulators have conditionally cleared its $7.6 billion acquisition of Bayer’s animal health business. In terms of size, Elanco currently ranks fourth in the animal health market by revenue; Bayer is fifth, according to company filings. If all…

Pet Tales: Coronavirus Cleaning Can Pose Danger to Pets

The hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and cleaning products that people have been buying and using during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a spike in calls to veterinary toxicology specialists. As people spend more time at home with their pets and more time cleaning and sanitizing their homes, the Pet Poison Hotline is reporting a 100…