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  • Bovine tuberculosis shows genetic diversity throughout Africa
    on January 18, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Bovine tuberculosis (BTB) is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis that affects cattle as well as other animals and humans. Now, by combining genotyping M. bovis samples from cows across African countries, researchers have been able to study the diversity and evolution of the disease. […]

  • Canine distemper confirmed in Far Eastern leopard, world's most endangered big cat
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world's big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV). […]

  • Are amoebae safe harbors for plague?
    on January 16, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Amoebae, single-celled organisms common in soil, water and grade-school science classrooms, may play a key role in the survival and spread of deadly plague bacteria. New research shows that plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis, not only survive, but thrive and replicate once ingested by an amoeba. The discovery could help scientists understand why plague outbreaks can smolder, stay dormant for years, and re-emerge with a vengeance. […]

  • Experts raise concerns over raw meat diets for cats and dogs
    on January 12, 2018 at 3:40 am

    Experts are warning dog and cat owners to be aware of the risks associated with feeding their pets raw meat-based diets, instead of the more conventional dry or canned pet foods. […]

  • MERS antibodies produced in cattle safe, treatment well tolerated in phase 1 trial
    on January 9, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    An experimental treatment developed from cattle plasma for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection shows broad potential, according to a small clinical trial. The treatment, SAB-301, was safe and well tolerated by healthy volunteers, with only minor reactions documented. […]

  • Veterinary surgeons perform first-known brain surgery to treat hydrocephalus in fur seal
    on December 28, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    A neurosurgical team has successfully performed what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind brain surgery on a Northern fur seal named Ziggy Star in an attempt to address her worsening neurologic condition. Ziggy, an adult female, is recovering well at her permanent home at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. […]

  • 'Tis the season to be vigilant: Risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs peaks at Christmas
    on December 21, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Researchers are warning of a 'significant peak' in the risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs over the Christmas period as households stock up on festive treats. In a new, researchers have used electronic health records from UK veterinary practices to analyze cases of chocolate ingestion in dogs. […]

  • Experts advise using benchmarking to identify farms with high antibiotic use
    on December 21, 2017 at 12:57 am

    A number of British dairy farms are using extremely high levels of antibiotics in their cattle, a new study finds. The researchers say that identifying these high use farms will enable targeted strategies for disease prevention, to help reduce antibiotic use in dairy herds and combat antibiotic resistance in the farming industry. […]

  • Most dog treats exceed recommended daily energy allowance
    on December 21, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Most commercially available dog treats contain a range of undefined ingredients, including sugars, and often exceed the recommended daily energy allowance for treats ('complementary feed'), warn researchers. […]

  • Protecting pigs from PRRS during reproduction
    on November 29, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    New research is helping to eradicate a devastating swine disease. […]

  • Radiographs of Dolly's skeleton show no signs of abnormal osteoarthritis
    on November 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Original concerns that cloning caused early-onset osteoarthritis (OA) in Dolly the sheep are unfounded, report experts. […]

  • Dog ownership linked to lower mortality rate
    on November 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    A team of scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes during the 12-year follow-up. […]

  • How to keep cows happy
    on November 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    New research now shows that removing splashes of colors, shadows or water puddles from corrals, keeping noise levels down and not using dogs and electric prods can dramatically reduce the stress cattle experience. […]

  • Sheep are able to recognize human faces from photographs
    on November 8, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Sheep can be trained to recognise human faces from photographic portraits -- and can even identify the picture of their handler without prior training -- according to new research. […]

  • Low genetic diversity in domestic ferrets
    on November 1, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Researchers reported that the domestic ferrets in North America and Australia had extremely low genetic diversity, whereas ferrets in Europe had higher genetic diversity, as periodic hybridization with wild polecats appears to occur. However, all the countries sampled had ferrets with lower genetic diversity than their wild ancestors. […]

  • An early Christmas present: Scientists have unwrapped the reindeer genome
    on November 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    A new article describes the sequencing and analysis of the reindeer genome. The article provides a resource for gaining greater understanding of the processes of evolution, domestication, animal husbandry, and adaptation to extreme environments. […]

  • Treatment for dogs alleviates fear of noisy fireworks
    on November 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Many dogs suffer anxiety and fear from the loud bangs and explosions of firework displays. A new study shows how a medicinal treatment can help alleviate common fear behaviors, such as trembling and whining. […]

  • Dogs may protect against childhood eczema and asthma
    on October 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Two new studies show there may be even more reason to love your dog as they may provide a protective effect against eczema and asthma. […]

  • 'Antelope perfume' keeps flies away from cows
    on October 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    In Africa, tsetse flies transfer the sleeping sickness also to cattle. The damage is estimated to be about 4.6 billion US dollars each year. Experts have developed an innovative way of preventing the disease. Tsetse flies avoid waterbucks, a widespread antelope species in Africa. The scientists imitated the smell of these antelopes. […]

  • Dogs are more expressive when someone is looking
    on October 19, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Dogs produce more facial expressions when humans are looking at them, according to new research. […]

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