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

Researchers sound bacteria warning over raw meat diet

The feeding of raw meat to dogs poses “a significant zoonotic threat” because of the potential for spreading antibiotic resistant forms of Escherichia colia new study has suggested. Scientists at the University of Bristol said they hope their research will help raise wider public awareness of the risks associated with the dietary program. In response, … Read more

Glasgow to host 2022 ISCAID Symposium

The International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) will be hosting its 2022 Symposium in Glasgow from 4 to 7 September. Veterinary researchers from around the world are expected to attend the conference, which features a three-day program with presentations from leading scientists, covering a range of veterinary pathogens of importance in the UK … Read more

More work needed to address raw diet questions, says scientist

Further research into the claimed benefits of raw meat diets for dogs is needed, according to one of the scientists behind a new study comparing raw and non-raw regimes. The latest paper by academics from the University of Liverpool reopened the debate about which feeding program is best for pets. The study, published in the … Read more

Research links raw meat diets to higher presence of bacteria

A study has found Salmonella and antibiotic ‑ resistant forms of Escherichia coli are more commonly present in dogs fed raw meat diets, compared to those that are not. Scientists from the University of Liverpool analyzed nearly 200 faecal samples for the study, which has been published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice. And … Read more

Northern Ireland Protocol plan ‘would prevent catastrophe’, AHDA boss claims

An industry body says Government plans to reform the Northern Ireland Protocol will prevent “catastrophic” disruption to the supply of veterinary medicines. The Animal Health Distributors Association (AHDA) has welcomed the publication of a new bill, which would give the VMD the power to override EU law. Grace period The EU has threatened legal action … Read more

Tackling Salmonella hidden in dairy herds

The practice where the author works offers free quarterly bulk milk antibody screening to all of its dairy clients for Salmonella groups B and D, among other diseases. This is a useful tool to help understand herd’s disease status, often prompting further investigation. As a practice, it wanted to proactively monitor the disease status of … Read more

Webinar to cover raw food risks and benefits

Raw feeding will be the focus when Horiba UK hosts the next free CPD webinar in its series on 7 July. “Raw feeding part II – bacteriological risks and benefits in companion animals” is being hosted from 7:30 pm, with vet Conor O’Halloran providing an outline of the presentation before a Q&A session. Inform decisions … Read more