World Penguin Day – April 25

There are actually 2 different holidays that recognize these beautiful and often funny creatures. The first one is the Penguin Awareness Day, always celebrated on 20th of January. The second is World Penguin Day celebrated on 25th of April. The origins of World Penguin Day aren’t very familiar; neither do the questions when and how it started being celebrated can …

Rhino gets a CT scan

The veterinarians at the Brookfield Zoo decided to get unconventional with their latest patient. Their patient was a 7-year old black rhino named Layla, that was unfortunate to get a sinus infection. Sinus infections are pretty common and easily treatable in humans, but when it comes to rhinos this infection can be very much life-threatening. Rhinos are animals that breathe …

World Malaria Day – April 25

History In May 2007 the 60th session of the WHA (World Health Assembly) established the World Malaria Day as an international observance commemorated every April 25 to recognize global efforts for malaria control. Prior to the establishment of World Malaria Day, every April 25 since 2001 Africa Malaria Day was being held. This particular event was initiated after the Abuja …

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Rabies could be eliminated in Africa

A recent study, conducted by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, in collaboration with European and African colleagues, including collaborators from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, determined the effects a massive dog vaccination have on human rabies exposure. They used a bio-mathematical method to determine and estimate the dynamics of transmission of rabies. They say that if politicians get …

Pyometra Dog – Video by Vet Surgery Channel

Pyometra is a condition that is defined as an infection of the uterus. This condition is considered very serious and fatal. There are two types of pyometra, “open” where you can see vaginal discharge, and “closed” where there is no discharge. The second one is more dangerous. Pyometra is considered to be a “secondary” infection due to hormonal changes in …

Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Cats

A recent study, published in the “Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery”, speaks about all the potential applications of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in cats. Authors of the study are Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM from the Ohio State University, and Dori L. Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Mesenchymal stem cells are cells that …

“Mad Camel Disease”?

A recent study, published in the “Emerging Infectious Diseases” journal, done by an international team of researchers made of veterinarians and food safety scientists, has confirmed a fatal and degenerative disease in the camels in Algeria. The paper says that the disease is caused by a prion similar to the one that causes the “mad cow disease” or bovine spongiform …

Osteosarcoma vaccine in test phase

The University of Pennsylvania has been granted a $775 000 by the MAF (Morris Animal Foundation) to test and evaluate a new vaccine that can improve the quality and longevity of life for dogs that suffer from osteosarcoma. The research team plans to conduct several clinical trials in which they will evaluate this new immunotherapy treatment. The vaccine is a …