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What Causes Heavy Metal Toxins in Dogs?

Posted by Ibrahim on December 21, 2013 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)


"Environmental pollution by heavy metals is ubiquitous," says a 2012 Open Veterinary Journal article. Not only are you at risk from exposure to these pollutants, but so are your dogs and cats. Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity mimic those of gastrointestinal disorders, so it's possible a pet could be m...

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Call for Global Monitoring of Infectious Diseases in Dogs and Cats

Posted by Ibrahim on November 14, 2012 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Most emerging infectious diseases of humans come from animals. International health agencies monitor these diseases, but they do so only for humans and livestock, not for companion dogs and cats. A new study recommends a global system is needed to monitor infectious diseases of companion dogs and cats.

The study, led by Michael Day, Professor of Veterinary Pathology in th...

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Psychology of Equine Performance and the Biology Behind Laminitis

Posted by Ibrahim on October 16, 2012 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (3)


Achieving the best performance from a horse is the goal of not just professional riders, but also the millions of amateur and hobby riders all over the world. A new article published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Veterinary Research looks at the issues surrounding training, competition environment and practices, and how the psychology of horse mood, emotion and temperament can be used ...

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'Mad Cow' Blood Test Now On the Horizon

Posted by Ibrahim on September 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)


A simple blood test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Mad Cow disease is a step closer, following a breakthrough by medical researchers at the University of Melbourne.

Using newly available genetic sequencing scientists discovered cells infected with prions (the infectious agent responsible for these dis...

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Immunology: A key checkpoint against infection

Posted by Ibrahim on August 15, 2012 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)


The body’s initial response to invading bacteria or viruses is mediated by the innate immune system, wherein cells secrete signaling factors called cytokines that promote inflammation and stimulate a generalized counterattack against targets perceived as ‘foreign’. The protein Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3), for instance, helps initiate the innate immune response against viruses....

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Novel Vaccine for Strain of Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Posted by Ibrahim on July 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)


One of the most economically devastating diseases in the world for those who raise cows, sheep, pigs, goats, deer and other cloven-hoofed animals is foot and mouth Disease (FMD). This incredibly contagious and fast-spreading disease causes fever, blisters on the feet and mouth (hence the name), loss of appetite, drooling, and lameness. Most herds affected are culled, as in the case of the 2001 outbr...

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New Method Detects Traces of Veterinary Drugs in Baby Food

Posted by Ibrahim on May 24, 2012 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)


The quantities are very small, but in milk powder and in meat-based baby food, residues of drugs given to livestock were found. Researchers from the University of Almeria (Spain) have developed a system to analyse these substances quickly and precisely.

Antibiotics, such as tilmicosine, or antiparasitic drugs, such...

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Commonly Used Pesticide Turns Honey Bees Into 'Picky Eaters'

Posted by Ibrahim on May 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Picture: Using an ascending range of sugar water from 0 to 50 percent, the researchers touched the antennae of each bee to see if it extended its mouthparts.

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that a small dose of a commonly used crop pesticide turns honey bees into "picky eaters" and affects their ability to recruit th...

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Clean Animals Result in Fewer E. Coli

Posted by Ibrahim on May 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Following the E. coli case in Norway in 2006, when 17 people fell ill and one child died after eating mutton sausages, the meat industry introduced a number of measures in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning from meat. Clean animals and good hygiene during slaughtering are essential preconditions for food safety.

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