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Three weeks after the scientific world marked the 20th anniversary of the birth of Dolly the sheep new research, published by The University of Nottingham, in the academic journal Nature Communications has shown that four clones derived from the same cell line — genomic copies of Dolly — reached their 8th birthdays in good health.

Nottingham’s Dollies — Debbie, Denise, Dianna and Daisy — have just celebrated their 9th birthdays and along with nine other clones they are part of a unique flock of cloned sheep...
Pioneering Veterinary cardiologists at Davies Veterinary Specialists (DVS) have teamed up with human doctors from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London to use a cutting edge technique to cure dogs with life-threatening heart conditions. The procedure is used regularly in human medicine but is almost entirely out of reach for pets.

Dogs with fast, irregular heartbeats can show weakness, fainting, difficulty exercising and at worst, sudden death. Previously complex and expensive drugs were the only option but now some sick pets can be treated in the same way as...
Case 1 involved a 4-month-old intact male Somali cat in which peripheral pulmonary artery stenosis (PPS) was recognized after a cardiac murmur remained following patent ductus arteriosus ligation.

Case 2, which involved a 1-year-old neutered male Norwegian Forest cat, and Case 3, which involved a 6-month-old intact female American Curl cat, were referred, because of cardiac murmurs.

Grades III to IV/VI systolic heart murmurs were auscultated at the left heart base in all 3 cats.

All cases showed bilateral pulmonary artery stenosis, although there were no...
By Jessica Vogelsang, DVM

Can drugs such as rapamycin be a way to ensure much frolicking and play continues even as dogs age? (Getty Image)Throughout the ages, man has been fascinated with the idea of cheating time, slowing the clock and edging ever more closely toward immortality. Ponce de Leon sought out the Fountain of Youth in what is now Florida. While...

More than twenty veterinarians gave evidence earlier this month to the Queensland parliament’s inquiry into the Hendra virus vaccine.

Private practitioners told their personal experiences with the vaccine and the issues surrounding Hendra virus. Others gave evidence in their professional capacity representing their employers. The AVA was represented by Equine Veterinarians Australia members, Nathan Anthony and Peter Reid, along with AVA’s National Public Affairs Manager, Marcia...
Concerns have been raised about the regulatory processes for assessing the safe use of neonicotinoids in Australia.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) uses a risk-based, weight-of-evidence assessment, which considers the full range of risks and takes into account studies of the environment—and how these risks can be minimised through instructions for use and safety directions.

This approach is consistent with best practice among international regulators and the APVMA is a well-respected member of international standard setting...
by Adam Greenbaum

Over a year ago, our team had an idea - we're going to change the veterinary industry forever with technology. It all started with a conversation with my veterinarian. I own a digital marketing agency and was telling her about our business, she said to me, "I wish I had a grasp on that stuff, it's so hard to know what makes a good website and how much it should cost." She paid $5,000 for her website, it was not mobile responsive, it had no security or analytics, it was not...
Considerable clinical and molecular variations have been known in retinal blinding diseases in man and also in dogs.

Different forms of retinal diseases occur in specific breed(s) caused by mutations segregating within each isolated breeding population. While molecular studies to find genes and mutations underlying retinal diseases in dogs have benefited largely from the phenotypic and genetic uniformity within a breed, within- and across-breed variations have often played a key role in elucidating the molecular basis.

The increasing knowledge of phenotypic,...
Dogs are companion animals that live in close proximity with humans. Canine H3N2 influenza virus has been isolated from pet dogs that showed severe respiratory signs and other clinical symptoms such as fever, reduced body weight, and interstitial pneumonia.

The canine H3N2 influenza virus can be highly transmissible among dogs via aerosols. When we analyzed global gene expression in the lungs of infected dogs, the genes associated with the immune response and cell death were greatly elevated.

Taken together, our results suggest that canine H3N2 influenza...
The pathophysiology of canine diabetes remains poorly understood, in part due to enigmatic clinical features and the lack of detailed histopathology studies. Canine diabetes, similar to human type 1 diabetes, is frequently associated with diabetic ketoacidosis at onset or after insulin omission. However, notable differences exist.

Whereas human type 1 diabetes often occurs in children, canine diabetes is typically described in middle age to elderly dogs. Many competing theories have been proposed regarding the underlying cause of canine diabetes, from...