Ocular protection and helping blind pets adapt to life

For many people, the news their pet is going, or has gone, blind can be devastating, especially when the condition is incurable. No matter the cause, the main concern for the owner and diagnosing vet is likely to be maintaining or maximizing the patient’s quality of life. Blinding conditions Generalized progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is … Read more

Royal Dick dentists sort Minnie’s mouth

A young dog’s canine tooth has been successfully designed after being fitted with a unique bite plane. Minnie, a six-month-old Labrador retriever, was born with a genetic condition known as lingually displaced mandibular canine teeth. Wrong direction The condition caused one of Minnie’s bottom canine teeth to grow in the wrong direction, meaning the tooth … Read more

SARS-CoV-2 variants can infect more animals’ cells – study

Scientists have discovered variants of the virus causing COVID-19 can potentially infect more animal species than the original strain. In a study led by The Pirbright Institute, SARS-CoV-2 variants alpha, beta and delta were found to infect more species, such as rodents and ferrets, compared to the ancestral virus strain, due to the mutations in … Read more