Breed-related disease: Border Collie

The classic working farm dog, the Border Collie originated in the border country between Scotland and England. Farmers bred their own individual varieties of sheepdogs for the hilly area. As Borders often tended their flock alone, they had to think independently and be able to run around 50 miles a day in hilly country. Considered…

Leptospirosis and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia: A lethal association

Tommaso Furlanello* and Ida Reale   Vet Res Forum. 2019 Summer; 10(3): 261–265. Published online 2019 Sep 15. doi: 10.30466/vrf.2019.99876.2385   An eight-year old crossbreed dog was referred to San Marco Veterinary Clinic with a history of acute illness presenting a severe hemolytic anemia, and intense icterus most likely immune-mediated condition. Circulating antibodies against red blood…

The Importance of AGP in FIP Diagnosis: An Overview

Maigan Espinili Maruquin The Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) The coronaviruses are enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses with non-segmented genomes of around 30,000 nucleotides in length (Tasker 2018)( Siddell SG, 1995). The feline coronavirus (FCoV) has two pathotypes distinguished by their biological behavior. The highly prevalent feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) is highly contagious with transmission from…

Midwestern Pet Foods issues voluntary recall due to potential Salmonella contamination

Image: zontica / stock.adobe.com dvm360 Staff Earlier this year, the company issued a major international recall after hundreds of dogs became ill or died due to aflatoxin poisoning. Just 3 months after issuing a major international recall prompted by the risk of aflatoxin poisoning associated with some of its pet food brands, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc, has announced another…

Breed-related disease: Somali cat

John K Rosembert The Somali cat is often described as a long-haired African cat; a product of a recessive gene in Abyssinian cats, though how the gene was introduced into the Abyssinian gene pool is unknown. It is believed that they originated from Somalia, long lost cousin of the Abyssinian cat; which has origins in Ethiopia. If one…

FAO builds stronger veterinary diagnostic laboratories in West and Central Africa

Content provided by APO Group   National laboratory systems play a crucial role in preventing, detecting and responding to health threats. An integral part of these systems, veterinary diagnostic laboratories are at the centre of veterinary services’ control programmes for transboundary animal diseases (TADs). TADs, including zoonosis, can have major impacts on economies, trade and food…

Flea control breakdown

Fleas are thriving on UK pets, with results from The Big Flea Project showing 28.1% of cats and 14.4% of dogs to be infested (Abdullah et al, 2019). This is a concern as flea infestations are a source of diseases with both veterinary and human medical significance. Although cat fleas cannot live and reproduce on…

Stewardship programmes can cut antimicrobial prescribing

James Westgate Structured stewardship programmes can deliver big reductions in the prescribing of highest priority critically important antimicrobials (HPCIAs) in small animal practice. That was the headline finding from a new trial by the University of Liverpool’s Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET), which saw a reduction of up to 40% in prescribing rates for…