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 …

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 …

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 …

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“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 …

World Animal Vaccination Day – April 20

The World Veterinary Association and “HealthForAnimals” launched this global holiday back in 2016 with the sole purpose of educating the public and the people responsible for animals, no matter if companion animals or livestock, the grave importance of one of the greatest scientific discoveries – VACCINES! Vaccines are a method that provides active acquired immunity to a certain disease. Vaccines …

Inauguration of “Dog Flu Prevention Week”

The people from “Merck Animal Health” announced that they have created a new awareness-raising animal holiday, the Dog Flu Prevention Week. This holiday is planned to be celebrated every year during the 3rd week of April, and this year that is April 16-22. They say that this awareness event is much needed in order to educate pet owners about the …

Rottweilers are the most predisposed breed for osteoarthritis

A recent research study, done by the VetCompass, sheds new light on joint disease, diagnosis, and treatment. The study analyzed 455 557 dogs from different breeds and concluded that the Rottweilers are the breed that showed the highest predisposition in developing osteoarthritis. Other breeds that were high on the list were English sheepdogs, Dogues De Bordeaux and Labrador Retrievers. Osteoarthritis …

Dog loses a lung because of foxtail

Foxtail is a cluster of grass that has the ultimate purpose to disperse its seeds as a unit. This peculiar grass seed system is very dangerous to dogs. Most dogs when they encounter foxtail, they either sniff it or step on it, sometimes it gets in their ears. With sniffing foxtail, this clever grass cluster travels upon the nasal passages …