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23-04-2013 | General practice | Article

Chinese bird flu continues to spread

The H7N9 avian influenza outbreak in China is continuing to spread, although authorities believe that the large majority of those affected did not become infected via human-to-human contact.

23-04-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

MRSA spotted on small US pig farms

Routine surveillance at small pig farms may be necessary, say researchers who identified both human and animal serum samples colonized with methicillin-resistant

Staphylococcus aureus

at such locations.

16-04-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Canine epilepsy related to breed, gender

Epilepsy of unknown origin is more likely in male compared with female dogs, but is no more likely among purebred dogs than their crossbred counterparts, report researchers.

09-04-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Finnish protocol appears satisfactory for elbow dysplasia in dogs

A single, flexed mediolateral view of the elbow is sufficient to diagnose mild elbow dysplasia in Labrador retrievers, giving a high sensitivity and specificity compared with computed tomography, study findings show.

02-04-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Free-range laying hens at risk for skin disease

Study results from Sweden indicate that free-range laying hens are at greater risk for acquiring

Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae

than those housed in conventional or furnished cages.

25-03-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Inflammatory responses could help diagnose equine EGS

Evidence of increased acute phase proteins in the serum and plasma of blood taken from horses with equine grass sickness indicates the presence of an inflammatory response, say researchers.

19-03-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Double-balloon endoscopy shows promise in dogs

Oral double-balloon endoscopy is an effective and low-risk procedure for dogs and could prove useful in the diagnosis of disease in the deep portion of the canine small intestine, report Spanish researchers.

12-03-2013 | Public health | Article

Underreporting of orphan zoonotic disease in the UK

”Orphan” zoonotic diseases might be underdiagnosed and underreported in the UK, with awareness of these diseases likely to be greater in rural areas than in urban centers, suggests a review.

05-03-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Drug to relieve pain of feline osteoarthritis identified

The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug meloxicam significantly improves nighttime physical activity in cats with osteoarthritis, indicating its potential as a pain reliever in this feline population, report Canadian researchers.

26-02-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Bespoke management reduces hen-pecking

Tailored management packages could successfully reduce the amount of injurious pecking that occurs in commercial flocks of laying hens, show UK study results.

19-02-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Dog owners concerned about daily living with osteoarthritis

Carprofen for the treatment of dogs with osteoarthiritis significantly improves owner-assessed chronic pain as well as lameness compared with placebo, show US study results.

12-02-2013 | Public health | Article

Researchers call for botulism testing in sick and healthy cows

Evidence of

Clostridium botulinum

and its toxin in milk and udder tissue samples from dairy cows has led German researchers to call for “statistically relevant testing of healthy and sick cows from healthy and affected farms.”

05-02-2013 | Pharmacology | Article

Surgery could boost chemotherapy outcomes in canine TCC

Dogs that undergo curative surgery for transitional cell carcinoma before initiating a combination of doxorubicin and piroxicam therapy have significantly longer median overall survival than their counterparts not pretreated surgically, report researchers.

29-01-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Maternal diet, first-year housing affect foals' osteochondrosis risk

Mares that are fed a diet that includes or is solely comprised of concentrates during gestation are significantly more likely to produce foals that develop permanent osteochondrosis lesions compared with mares who are fed a diet of roughage alone, report researchers.

22-01-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Gastrointestinal, liver effects common after doxycycline in cats

Doxycycline, an antibiotic derivative of tetracycline, commonly results in adverse gastrointestinal side effects and increased liver enzyme activity in cats, report German researchers.

15-01-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Proteinuria common in canine lymphoma

Approximately a quarter of dogs with lymphoma have proteinuria, a much greater proportion than seen in healthy dogs, indicate research results.

08-01-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Susceptibility genes for bovine digital dermatitis found

Researchers have identified genetic variants that influence susceptibility to bovine digital dermatitis, an infectious condition that causes lameness of the hindfoot.

01-01-2013 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Cavities more likely in fore hoof of racehorses

Cavities that form between the stratum medium and stratum internum of the hooves of racehorses are more likely to occur in the fore than the hind hooves, at the midline dead center of the toe, report Japanese researchers.

18-12-2012 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Zoo data show low incidence of animal–human infection

Zoonotic transmission rates are low and the risk for animal–human infection is well managed, show zoo data spanning 19 years.

10-12-2012 | Veterinary medicine | Article

Sage could protect young chickens against salmonella

Adding sage extract to the diet of chickens has significant effects on biochemical markers of liver health, and reduces the hepatic

Salmonella

count, show study results.