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Cardiorespiratory parameters and anaesthesia quality in cats anaesthetised with either intramuscular (IM) alfaxalone or ketamine both combined with dexmedetomidine and butorphanol for castration were evaluated.

Thirty-two client-owned cats were randomly assigned to receive either alfaxalone (A; 3 mg/kg IM) or ketamine (K; 5 mg/kg IM), combined with dexmedetomidine (10 μg/kg) and butorphanol (0.2 mg/kg). Heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR) and rectal temperature (T°) were recorded prior to...
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Cystinuria is a classical inborn error of metabolism characterized by a selective proximal renal tubular defect affecting cystine, ornithine, lysine, and arginine (COLA) reabsorption, which can lead to uroliths and urinary obstruction.

In humans, dogs and mice, cystinuria is caused by variants in one of two genes, SLC3A1 and SLC7A9, which encode the rBAT and bo,+AT subunits of the bo,+ basic amino acid transporter system, respectively. In this study, exons and flanking regions of the SLC3A1 and SLC7A9 genes were sequenced from genomic DNA of cats (Felis catus)...
Work by the RVC skeletal biology group has been showcased at an event highlighting key publications from the past year.

Location and areal density of bridges across the growth plate projected on the tibial joint surface: (a) OA-susceptible 8 weeks, (b) non-susceptible 8 weeks, (c) OA-susceptible 40+ weeks and (d) non-susceptible 40+ weeks (click to zoom).
Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science...
The UK’s first hyperbaric veterinary medicine chamber has been acquired by Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurology.

Hyperbaric oxygen chamber at Fitzpatrick Referrals.
Following some interesting results from the US – the Eashing-based team will be evaluating the efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in tissue healing and reconstruction, as well as other novel treatments.

In the human orthopaedic field, HBOT has been used to treat non-union fractures and osteoradionecrosis and to...
A prototype vaccine to tackle a horse virus could potentially save the lives of hundreds of thousands of equines, it has been claimed.
African Horse Sickness is a highly infectious and deadly disease spread by insect vectors. Image: David Mullins.
African horse sickness (AHS) is one of the deadliest viruses to affect horses, causing up to 90% mortality in susceptible animal populations and economic losses for the equine industry as a result.

Caused by a virus transmitted by...
Epilease, an anti-epileptic therapy product, is back on the market following official licensing from the VMD.

The product comes from veterinary nutraceutical expert VetPlus and contains potassium bromide, a well-established adjunctive treatment for epilepsy in dogs.

VetPlus halted the mass circulation of the product in 2011, but has now reintroduced Epilease 250mg, with the same formulation, in a blister pack of 60 capsules.

Phillipa Lomax, senior marketing manager at VetPlus, said: “Epilease is a trusted treatment for thousands...
A series of respiratory disease vaccines for the European market have been launched by Merial Animal Health.


Bovalto Respi vaccines contain a newly developed combination of viral and bacterial antigens. The recent vaccine isolates effectively target European-circulating bovine respiratory disease (BRD) strains.

All Bovalto antigens are also proven by challenge, including at six months post-vaccination to confirm long-lasting protection.

Complex condition
BRD is complex to manage and, each...
The WSAVA has hit back at inaccurate reports in the national media claiming it was urging vets to avoid using a market-leading vaccine.


Former WSAVA president Michael Day has rebutted The Daily Telegraph’s article claiming the association was recommending vets avoid using MSD’s Nobivac L4 leptospirosis vaccine on puppies younger than 12 weeks.

Describing the statement as “blatantly untrue”, he said: “The WSAVA would never ‘urge owners’ and would never make recommendations about individual named...
In order to find out whether or not there's chemistry between a veterinary practice owner and a newly-hired associate, you need to walk a fine line.

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A free global webinar on MRI physics takes place on 27th July, courtesy of Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging. The webinar will be hosted by speaker Dr Steve Roberts PhD. Steve is Technical Director at Ha...

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