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  • Respiratory diseases linked with high blood pressure in lungs
    on October 16, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the lungs of both animals and people. When tiny vessels in the lungs become narrowed or blocked, it becomes harder for blood to flow through and can cause the heart to weaken or fail.

  • Dog owners often inaccurately measure out kibble
    on October 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    New research finds dog owners are often inaccurate when measuring out kibble using a scoop, putting the dogs at risk of under-nourishment or weight gain.

  • Identifying a gene for canine night blindness
    on October 3, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Researchers have identified the gene mutation responsible for a form of night blindness in dogs. Strategies to treat this condition, which affects a layer of neurons just below the primary photoreceptor cells, could also inform treatment of other diseases that rely on targeting this cell type.

  • Toxin promotes cattle-to-cattle transmission of deadly Escherichia coli strains
    on October 3, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Shiga toxin subtype 2a (Stx2a) may play a key role in promoting the colonization and transmission of life-threatening Escherichia coli strains in cattle, according to a new study.

  • Horse nutrition: Prebiotics may do more harm than good
    on October 1, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Prebiotics are only able to help stabilize the intestinal flora of horses to a limited degree. Before they can reach the intestines, commercially available supplements partially break down in the animals' stomachs, which can lead to inflammation of the stomach lining.

  • Immune response against Toxocara roundworms helps explain disease
    on September 26, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Neurotoxocarosis (NT) occurs in humans when larvae of the Toxocara roundworm migrate into the central nervous system. That infection is accompanied by a complex molecular signaling cascade, including changes to anti-inflammatory lipid molecules, researchers now report.

  • The problem with promoting 'responsible dog ownership'
    on September 24, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Dog welfare campaigns that tell people to be 'responsible owners' don't help to promote behaviour change, a new report suggests. Dog owners interviewed for a study all considered themselves to be responsible owners, despite there being great variation in key aspects of their dog-owning behavior.

  • Wild animals' immune systems decline with age, sheep study finds
    on September 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    It is well established that weakened immune systems in old age affect people's health and fitness, but a study suggests that it is also an issue for wild animals.

  • Overweight Danes are more likely to have overweight dogs
    on September 19, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    A new study reports that the prevalence of overweight dogs is markedly larger among overweight owners than among normal weight owners. Part of the explanation lies in whether treats are used as training tools or ''hygge-snacks''.

  • The diet-microbiome connection in inflammatory bowel disease
    on September 9, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    A change in diet is a go-to strategy for treating inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's. In dogs with a similar illness, researchers tracked specific changes in the microbiome as the pets went into remission. The team's findings, which mirror what is seen in children with Crohn's, could inform the design of improved therapeutic diets.

  • Feeding pets raw food is not considered by pet owners as a significant source of infections
    on September 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    An extensive international survey indicates that pet owners do not consider raw food to considerably increase infection risk in their household. In the survey, targeted at pet owners, raw food was reliably determined to be a contaminant only in three households.

  • Furry friends ease depression, loneliness after spousal loss
    on September 5, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Researchers have found the companionship of a pet after the loss of a spouse can help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness in older adults.

  • Livestock disease risk tied to herd management style
    on September 4, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    A new look at the prevalence of the widespread and often fatal sheep and goat plague virus in Tanzania reveals that livestock managed in a system where they are the sole source of an owners' livelihood are more likely to become infected than livestock managed in a system where the owners' livelihood is supplemented by agriculture.

  • Hush, baby -- the dog is whimpering!
    on August 21, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    We are all familiar with the sounds of a cat or dog vying for human attention, and for pet-owners, these sounds are particularly evocative. Dog sounds are especially sad to both cat and dog owners, who actually rate a whimpering dog as sounding as sad as a crying baby.

  • Treating dogs with human breast cancer drug
    on August 20, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Like many women who develop a particular type of breast cancer, the same gene -- HER2 -- also appears to be the cause of lung cancer in many dogs. Researchers found that neratinib -- a drug that has successfully been used to battle human breast cancer -- might also work for many of the nearly 40,000 dogs in the US that annually develop the most common type of canine lung cancer, known as CPAC.

  • Dog down: Effort helps emergency medical staff treat law enforcement K-9s
    on August 20, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Law enforcement K-9s face the same dangers their human handlers confront. Recognizing a gap in care for law enforcement K-9s injured on the job, a team of veterinarians, emergency medical services experts and canine handlers has developed protocols for emergency medical service personnel who may be called upon to help treat and transport the injured dogs.

  • National livestock movement bans may prove economically damaging
    on August 19, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    New research has pioneered an economic perspective on controlling livestock diseases. Focusing on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), bovine TB (bTB) and bluetongue virus (BTV), the researchers draw striking conclusions about the role of movement bans in controlling an outbreak.

  • Care of horses: Damage found in the bit area of most Finnish trotters
    on August 16, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Damage was found in the part of the mouth affected by the bit in more than 80% of trotters examined after a race. However, such damage is easily overlooked due to being out of sight.

  • New insight into bacterial infections found in the noses of healthy cattle
    on August 16, 2019 at 11:55 am

    New research used the 'One Health' approach to study three bacterial species in the noses of young cattle and found the carriage of the bacteria was surprisingly different. The findings which combined ideas and methods from both animal and human health research could help prevent and control respiratory diseases.

  • When working with animals can hurt your mental health
    on August 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    While it might sound like fun to work around pets every day, veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters face particular stressors that can place them at risk for depression, anxiety and even suicide.

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