Two studies to examine antibiotic use in cats and dogs

April 19, 2021 (published) Image (UMN College of Veterinary Medicine photo by Martin Moen) By Lisa Wogan Researchers look to veterinarians, digital records in ambitious data-collection effort The evolution of pathogens to resist drugs designed to kill them is widely understood to be one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. One key…

Vets warned of major canine welfare crisis

The coronavirus pandemic sparked a puppy-buying boom, but life in lockdown has left many of those puppies suffering behavioural issues due to a lack of opportunities for them to be socialised appropriately. Vets have been warned that the rise in behavioural problems among so-called “pandemic puppies” is only likely to get worse as social distancing…

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…

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…

What’s New At BSAVA Virtual Congress 2021

Author: BSAVA New small animal veterinary research and a host of opportunities to learn about new innovations have been lined up for BSAVA Virtual Congress 25th – 27th March 2021. With a programme comprising more than 100 speakers, 80 live sessions and a new format that blends clinical, practical and interactive content, BSAVA Virtual Congress…

Case of FMDV in dogs after eating infected meat

A case report filed by scientists at The Pirbright Institute details the first instance of naturally acquired foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) infection in dogs. In this unusual case reported in BMC Veterinary Research, FMDV was identified in a sample of heart tissue received by Pirbright’s diagnostic laboratory, the World Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (WRLFMD). The sample was…