Purina Animal Nutrition recalls 4 feed brands

March 10, 2020 dvm360 Staff The voluntary recall was prompted by elevated calcium levels in several lots of chicken, turkey and rabbit feed. The FDA has announced the recall of four Purina Animal Nutrition feed products due to elevated calcium levels. According to the FDA notice, customers have said that the affected products may have…

Canine babesiosis

Canine babesiosis   Robert Lo, Ph.D, D.V.M   Canine babesiosis occurs worldwide and results from infections with a variety of Babesia spp., tick-borne hemoprotozoa. The disease was first described in cattle with hemolytic anemia in 1888 by a Rommanian bacteriologist, Victor Babes (Babes, 1888). Babesiosis is one of the most important tick-borne infectious diseases of…

Feline corona virus (FCoV) and Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)

Feline corona virus (FCoV) and Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)   Andy Pachikerl, Ph.D   Introduction: Feline coronavirus (FCoV) is a widely known positive-stranded RNA virus is infecting many cats worldwide (Satoshi, Takehisa and Motonobu 2012). This virus belongs to the species Alphacoronavirus 1 of the genus Alphacoronavirus from within the virus family Coronaviridae (Antoniw and Adams…

Giardia lamblia

Giardia lamblia   LIN, WEN-YANG (WESLEY), Ph.D   Giardia lamblia (=G. intestinalis, =G. duodenalis) also called Giardia duodenalis, Giardia intestinalis and pear-shaped flagellate is a common and well-known anaerobic flagellated protozoan parasites colonize in human (or in canine) small intestines and cause diarrhea, stomach pain etc. Its character of parasitic zoonoses make them also infecting other…

CAPC’s role in heartworm prevalence tracking and guidance

March 20, 2020 dvm360 Staff This independent organization is at the forefront of heartworm disease monitoring. Michael Pettigrew / stock.adobe.com The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) has served as a timely, credible and accurate provider of information about the prevalence, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of parasitic infections since 2002. As an independent, nonprofit organization…

Breed-related disease: Himalayan

John K. Rosembert The Himalayan cat is a medium-sized cat very similar in appearance to the Persian cat but distinguished by the points on the cats’ extremities (the facial mask, feet, ears, and tail) which results in a Persian-type cat with the coloring and deep blue eyes of the Siamese-patterned cat. The ideal Himalayan is…

First diagnostic test for canine IBD coming soon

photo: penyushkin / stock.adobe.com dvm360 Staff The noninvasive and cost-effective tool will help veterinarians identify the cause of canine chronic enteropathy and monitor a dog’s response to treatment over time. Antech Diagnostics (part of Mars Petcare) has announced the completion of its final study of a new blood test for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Chronic…