Veterinary research identifies changing epidemiology of congenital toxoplasmosis

RVC scientists have warned against complacency despite new research indicating a long-term decline in levels of exposure to the parasite that causes congenital toxoplasmosis (CT) among pregnant women. The study, published in Trends in Parasitologyalso argues more research is needed into the condition in low and middle-income nations, together with new diagnostic methods to understand … Read more

ESCCAP launches diagnostic guideline

The European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) has announced the completion of its new diagnostic guideline. “Parasitological diagnosis in cats, dogs and equines” is intended for use by veterinary professionals who carry out routine diagnostic procedures in their practice for the detection of parasitic infections, and for those who submit samples regularly to external … Read more

AI breakthrough to detect animal infection

Scientists have announced a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that can quickly identify parasites infecting animals. A team from Aberystwyth University, working with disease technology firm Techion, has developed and tested machine learning tools that can automatically identify parasites using camera images. It is hoped that the discovery could eventually help farmers diagnose infections faster and … Read more

‘Proactive strategies’ call as 1.2m UK cats don’t have pets

A new report has estimated that up to 1.2 million cats in the UK are not registered with a veterinary practice and millions more may have undiagnosed health problems. The Cats and Their Stats Report 2022, released by Cats Protection, also indicated much greater reluctance to visit a vet among owners already worried about other … Read more

Rapid PCR test for hard-to-diagnose parasites

Horiba UK Veterinary has added an Encephalitozoon cuniculi test to its in-house PCR range of rapid veterinary diagnostic tests for the Pockit Central analyzer. It said this would expand the number of available tests to approaching 200, which already includes viruses, bacteria, parasites and protozoa for companion animals and farm species. Mammal infections I cut … Read more

New five-point plan launches to reduce the impact of parasiticides on the environment

The BVA, BSAVA and British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) have launched a new resource to help veterinary professionals practice responsible use of parasiticide products for dogs and cats. A five-point plan has been created to help reduce the impact of parasiticide use following results from BVA’s 2021 July Voice of the Veterinary Profession mini survey, … Read more

Compulsory testing call following UK’s first dog-to-human Brucella canis case

Vets have renewed calls for compulsory testing Brucella canis following the UK’s first reported case of dog-to-dog and dog-to-human transmission. Parasitologists and bodies, including the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP), have been concerned for some time about the potential importation of B canis, it is spreading between animals and their carers, and it … Read more

75 Poodles Survive Horrific Puppy Mill Infested With Parasites And Deceased Dogs

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA) was contacted by the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office regarding a puppy mill bust. The kind-hearted folks at OAA immediately sprung into action, organizing their dedicated staff and volunteers for what can only be described as a rescue mission. When shelter staff arrived on the scene at … Read more

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Third of dogs infected with A. vasorum ‘asymptomatic’ – study

Angiostrongylus vasorum infection could be more common among seemingly health dogs, after researchers found more than a third of infected dogs in a study were clinically asymptomatic. Data in the study1which challenges perceptions of what was thought a largely clinical disease, shows that more than a third (36.1%) of the dogs were clinically asymptomatic and … Read more