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The purpose of this manuscript is to revise and update the previous consensus statement on inflammatory airway disease (IAD) in horses.

Since 2007, a large number of scientific articles have been published on the topic and these new findings have led to a significant evolution of our understanding of IAD.

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Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a serious disease of horses, and its management continues to be a challenge for veterinarians.

The protozoan Sarcocystis neurona is most commonly associated with EPM. S. neurona has emerged as a common cause of mortality in marine mammals, especially sea otters (Enhydra lutris). EPM-like illness has also been recorded in several other mammals, including domestic dogs and cats.

This paper updates S. neurona and EPM information from the last 15 years on the advances regarding life cycle,...
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The complex and unresolved evolutionary origins of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic exposed major gaps in our knowledge of the global spatial ecology and evolution of influenza A viruses in swine (swIAVs).

Here we undertake an expansive phylogenetic analysis of swIAV sequence data and demonstrate that the global live swine trade strongly predicts the spatial dissemination of swIAVs, with Europe and North America acting as sources of viruses in Asian countries.

In contrast, China has the world’s largest swine population but is not a major exporter of live...
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Background

Sebaceous adenitis (SA) and Addison’s disease (AD) increased rapidly in incidence among Standard Poodles after the mid-twentieth century. Previous attempts to identify specific genetic causes using genome wide association studies and interrogation of the dog leukocyte antigen (DLA) region have been non-productive. However, such studies led us to hypothesize that positive selection for desired phenotypic traits that arose in the mid-twentieth century led to intense inbreeding and the inadvertent amplification of AD and SA...
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The short answer is no.

Recent coverage of the Zika virus and its health impact on people and fetuses has raised questions among pet owners. The Zika virus was first identified in Africa more than 60 years ago. It is spread to people primarily by mosquito bites, and usually causes no or only mild symptoms in people. However, infection with Zika virus in pregnant women has been linked to microcephaly, a condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development.

Dr. Ashley Mitek at the University of Illinois College of...
Christoph Mans, Dr. med. vet., DACZM, University of Wisconsin

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Ornamental fish are the third most commonly kept pets in the United States1 and are increasingly presented to veterinarians for evaluation and treatment of diseases. Veterinary technicians play an important role in evaluating and treating these patients.

Transportation
Ornamental fish owners should be instructed how to properly transport fish to the practice because...
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A former greyhound racing insider is lifting the lid on horrific animal cruelty and corruption in the sport, saying what he has witnessed shows the sport is incapable of cleaning itself up.

Former Greyhound Racing NSW on-track vet Dr Greg Bryant has spoken out on the ABC's 7.30 program in support of the shock decision to ban the sport in the state, despite threats to his family from greyhound trainers.

"I was disgusted by what I witnessed. I saw some horrific injuries and I saw some of the worst aspects of human behaviour too," said Dr Bryant, who was an...
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TERRITORY pet owners disadvantaged by distance, illness or disability will still have access to exemplary vet care because of a new, innovative internet-based service that takes it into their homes.

Gove Veterinary Services owner and i-Vet inventor Dr Susanna Samuelsson was inspired to develop the tool after spending seven years as the local vet in remote Nhulunbuy.

“There are no other virtual vet clinics like i-Vet, so we have traversed uncharted waters during our development phase and pilot program,” Dr Samuelsson said....
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Background

Specificity of canine pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity (cPLI) assays in dogs with hyperadrenocorticism (HAC) is unknown.

Hypothesis
Results of cPLI assays differ for clinically healthy dogs and dogs with HAC.

Animals
Seventeen healthy dogs and 20 dogs with HAC diagnosed by ACTH stimulation test results without evidence of clinical pancreatitis.

Methods
Dogs were enrolled between December 2009 and November 2010. Serum cPLI concentrations were determined...
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Times have changed a bit since Dr. Samuel Bender ’41 was a veterinarian. “Back when I started, we didn’t even have penicillin,” he says. “Our practice depended a lot on how to take care of the animal until nature healed them.”

He recalls what one of his Cornell professors, Dr. Howard J. Milks, professor of therapeutics and small animal diseases, would tell his students: “Now boys, nature will heal 90-some percent of your cases, medicine will heal a small percent, and there’s some cases where nothing will heal it.”

Patient outcomes are good deal brighter...