Fulminant Tritrichomonas foetus ‘feline genotype’ infection in a 3-month old kitten associated with viral co-infection

Laura Setyo, Shannon L. Donahoe, and Jan Šlapeta   Original article: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2018.12.007   Tritrichomonas foetus is a microscopic single-celled flagellated protozoan parasite which mainly causes colitis (large bowel diarrhea) in young cats and kittens. A 3-month-old Bengal kitten showed severe T. foetus infection of the colon, cecum and ileum with concurrent feline enteric coronavirus (FCoV)…

Serum Canine Pancreatic Lipase Immunoreactivity Assay (cPLI) in Diagnosing Canine Pancreatitis

Maigan Espinili Maruquin The lipases are present from a variety of cells, including pancreatic, hepatic, and gastric cells, with similar function, ie , hydrolysis of triglycerides (Xenoulis and Steiner 2012)( Steiner JM, 2000)(Dröes and Tappin 2017). From the pancreatic origin, the canine pancreatic lipase increases in the event of pancreatic inflammation (Steiner and Williams 2003,…

Ticks may hold the key to treating tick-borne disease

Research led by University of Maryland veterinary professor examines this parasites remarkable immune system. KPixMining/stock.adobe.com You may have more in common with ticks than you think-at least when it comes to immunobiology. According to Utpal Pal, PhD, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Maryland, ticks don’t want to be infected with pathogens…

Breed-related disease: Toyger cat

John K. Rosembert Lots of cats are named Tiger, but it wasn’t until Judy Sugden was struck by the two spots of tabby markings on the temple of her cat Millwood Sharp Shooter that it occurred to her that they could be the secret to developing a domestic cat that truly resembled the lord of…

Pets don’t need a COVID-19 vaccine now, experts say

December 2020, Veterinary Advantage   As COVID-19 vaccines begin rolling out for humans, a smaller effort to develop vaccines for pets and other animals has also begun. But there’s no urgent need for a pet vaccine, Science magazine reports. While the rates of infection in dogs and cats may be similar to those in humans, symptoms seem…

Patients sought for faecal matter transplantation study

Paul Imrie Davies Veterinary Specialists wants patients with chronic small intestinal diarrhoea for multicentre study. Canine patients with chronic small intestinal diarrhoea are being sought for a groundbreaking multicentre study into faecal matter transplantation (FMT). Chronic diarrhoea is normally managed by diet, probiotics or antibiotics, with immunosuppressive agents recommended if diet and therapeutic approaches fail…