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…

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…

Antimicrobial drug sales for food animals tick up

December 17, 2020 (published) By Ross Kelly Regulators, fighting drug resistance, say broad trend remains downward. Quantities of key antimicrobial drugs sold for use in food animals rose in the United States in 2019 but authorities maintain that efforts to curb their overuse are still working. Sales for production animals of “medically important” antimicrobials, which…

AAHA Updates Guide To Veterinary Fees

More Than 950 Practices Contributed Data On What They Charge For Hundreds Of Services. The American Animal Hospital Association has released the latest edition of The Veterinary Fee Reference, a price benchmarking guide. The 464-page paperback breaks down fee  pricing  data from more than 950 veterinary practices, AAHA Press reported. Over 500 services are presented…

Vets Welcome Government Steps To Ban Primates As Pets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the launch of an eight week public consultation on the government’s manifesto commitment to ban keeping primates such as capuchins, lemurs and squirrel monkeys as pets. Under the proposed plans, it would be an offence to keep a primate as a pet in England. Only those kept to zoo level…

Rates of dog bites in children up during COVID-19 pandemic

Aurora, Colo. (Aug. 11, 2020)-Greater rates of Colorado’s children are going to the pediatric emergency department as a result of dog bites during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recently published commentary article in the  Journal of Pediatrics . The article’s authors, Cinnamon Dixon, DO, MPH/MSPH and Rakesh Mistry, MD/MS, who are attending physicians at…