Nutrition and Cognition

Aging leads to changes that can negatively affect cognition in pets (and humans) and, in fact, a dog’s brain has a high metabolic rate, which is reported to be severely reduced by the time the animal is six years old. It is also known that a deficiency … Read More>>

Mental health and wellbeing in veterinary medicine

Studies have confirmed a link between the veterinary profession and various forms of stress and mental illness.  In a recent study to measure the prevalence of severe mental distress and determine the level of wellbeing within the profession, the autho … Read More>>

Is long-term stress contagious between species?

Dogs and humans have lived closely together for at least 15,000 years and various studies have been undertaken to explore their unique bond. These studies have shown that short-term stress appears to be contagious between the species but, to the author … Read More>>

Viewing like a horse

Vision is crucial to all species to help avoid threats and to navigate. As vision varies between species, this must be taken into account when creating sporting, training and housing environments – an issue that is particularly important when consideri … Read More>>

Paroxysmal Dyskinesia

The first report of episodic muscle hypertonicity in Norwich terrier (NT) dogs was first reported in 1984. Since then, our knowledge has advanced little. Paroxysmal dyskinesias (PxDs) can be inherited or acquired and can be primary or secondary to othe … Read More>>

Pangolins state of play

Pangolins were included in the Appendix I of CITES in 2016 and, since then, global awareness of the importance of conserving these unusual mammals has increased. They are the most trafficked animals in the world, commonly poached in Africa and Asia.  P … Read More>>

Monitoring giraffe skin disease

Giraffe numbers have decreased around 40% over the last thirty years, mainly because of anthropogenic causes, primarily poaching and habitat destruction.  Diseases, including giraffe skin disease (GSD), however, also play a role in their decreasing num … Read More>>

The importance of bats

Forget about the myths and legends that have besmirched their reputation – bats play an important role in the ecosystem! Bat species represent a quarter of all mammalian species. Each is individual in terms of its hunting strategies and use of bio sona … Read More>>

Food-borne parasites

The European Food Safety Authority has published an open-access report with a description of parasites not routinely controlled in food: Cryptosporidium spp., Toxoplasma gondii and Echinococcus spp. Each of these parasites can be transmitted by ingesti … Read More>>

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