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Cutaneous horns are composed of keratin overgrowth. There are a number of suspected underlying causes for CH formation on cat footpads, sometimes these occur on the face or other areas (if not on a weight bearing surface, these lesions usually do not cause lameness).

They are associated with papillomavirus infection, FeLV, and squamous cell carcinoma. Diagnosis of the condition is usually based on the appearance of the lesions. Affected cats should be tested for FeLV because this is an easy rule-out diagnosis. Single horns associated with scaly skin...

A five week old stray kitten has been rescued by Lort Smith and MFB from the engine of a car after having travelled over 20 kilometres from Deer Park to Parkville and left there for close to 12 hours while the unaware car owner was at work.

The kitten, now dubbed Honda, only became known to the driver of the car as she started to drive home after a full day of work in Parkville. As she began driving, she heard a meowing sound which gradually grew louder. She managed to make her way to Lort Smith in North Melbourne where MFB fire-fighters from West Melbourne...

Brachycephalic Dog Breeds - Surgery and Medicine Challenges for Vets


In this lecture Dr Charles Kuntz and Dr Alex Santamaria will discuss:

  • surgical approaches to brachycephalic airway surgery
  • orthopaedic diseases common to brachycephalics - patellar luxation, hip dysplasia and
  • spinal diseases common to brachycephalics - disc disease, hemivertebrae, “screw tail"
Our surgeons will then be joined by our very popular...

It’s not uncommon to miss the company of animals when travelling. But a severe case of “dogsickness” changed the career direction of forest scientist Cynthia (Cindy) Karsten.

“I went to work in Montana with the AmeriCorps program Montana Conservation Corps, travelled a lot with the job and couldn’t have a dog,” she said. “Thus I started volunteering at the local shelter”.

“My first impression was that it...

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the conclusion of court proceedings against actress Amber Heard.
Heard was charged with violating biosecurity laws after bringing two Yorkshire terriers into the country by private jet last year while her husband Johnny Depp was shooting a film.

She was given one month good behaviour bond and no conviction, though she and Depp shot 42 second video...

A welfare issue for horses fitted with tight nosebands has been highlighted by new research from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science.

‘The Effect of Noseband Tightening on Horses’ Behaviour, Eye Temperature, and Cardiac Responses’ was published in PLOS ONE journal in early May, and finds that horses experience physiological stress responses when prevented from moving their jaws.

The study reveals instances of horses’ resting heart rates rising from 34bpm to 100bpm...

Canine urinary capillariosis is caused by the nematode Pearsonema plica. P. plica infection is seldomly detected in clinical practice mainly due to diagnostic limitations. This report describes six cases of urinary capillariosis in dogs from Italy. Recurrent cystitis was observed in one dog, whereas another patient was affected by glomerular amyloidosis.


In the remaining animals, the infection was considered an incidental finding. Immature eggs of the parasite were observed with urine sediment examination in 3/6 patients. Increased...