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Domestic Poultry, Friends or Food?

Domestic Poultry, Friends or Food?

| by Les Ellison

Chickens as Companion Animals The chicken (Gallus gallus) we love to eat can trace its relatively short ancestry back to the Red Junglefowl of south-east Asia, with a smattering other similar junglefowl species helpfully bred... read more »

Why Some Mice Just Want to Be Caught

Why Some Mice Just Want to Be Caught

| by Les Ellison

How Toxoplasma Makes Infection More Likely Toxoplasmosis in cats is caused by infection with the single-celled organism Toxoplasma gondii. Manifesting itself in symptoms including anorexia, weight loss, lethargy, vomiting, jaundice and difficulty breathing, infection is... read more »

Diagnostic Testing for Koi Herpes Virus

Diagnostic Testing for Koi Herpes Virus

| by Les Ellison

Protecting Valuable Koi Stocks Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) is a distressing and deadly disease of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) and all its wild and ornamental varieties including mirror, leather, ghost and koi. Within a carp... read more »

Why Springtime is The Big Time for Ticks

Why Springtime is The Big Time for Ticks

| by Les Ellison

It’s Not the Blood They Suck, It’s What They Leave Behind Ticks are an unpleasant experience for dogs and people. Unlikely to cause lasting harm in themselves, the diseases and infections they carry, however, are... read more »

Health Dangers That Can Harm Your Pet This Summer

Health Dangers That Can Harm Your Pet This Summer

| by Les Ellison

While summertime staples like backyard barbecues and walks on the beach are a lot of fun, they can pose health risks for some pets. It is important to know how to keep your animals... read more »

Brucellosis Vaccine

Brucellosis Vaccine

| by Les Ellison

Initiative Calls For New Collaborative Approach The Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVMed) is calling for veterinary laboratory, academic and industrial collaboration toward ‘milestone two’ in developing and manufacturing an effective vaccine against... read more »

BOAS Constriction in Dogs

BOAS Constriction in Dogs

| by Les Ellison

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome Kennel Club figures show a 3000% rise in ownership of pugs, bulldogs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Shih Tzus and boxers since 2007. Yet many owners remain unaware... read more »

Dog Shows Like Crufts Dog Show

Dog Shows Like Crufts Dog Show

| by Les Ellison

Constitute a Powerful Lever for Change As significant an event as the Boat Race, Grand National, Trooping of the Colours and The FA Cup Final, Crufts Dog Show has become embedded in British National Culture. Founded... read more »

Lower Lambing Season Losses

Lower Lambing Season Losses

| by Les Ellison

Fast Field Test for E.coli- K99 Pathogen The first lambs of the lambing season are here and full of the joys of the spring yet to arrive. Delivering as early as the second week in... read more »

Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

| by Les Ellison

Bird Flu Prevention Zone in England and Wales Just a few weeks into the New Year, England’s Chief Veterinary Officer has imposed a bird flu prevention zone over the whole of England. Intended to protect... read more »

Alabama Rot - Fishy Tale Opens New Research into Link with Mystery Dog Disease

Alabama Rot - Fishy Tale Opens New Research into Link with Mystery Dog Disease

| by Les Ellison

2018 opened with yet more confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in UK dogs. With a fatality rate of 80%, the kidney disease, characterised by ulcer-like skin sores, has now affected over 100 dogs... read more »

The Naming of The Flu – HPAI, H5N8 and What It All Means for You

The Naming of The Flu – HPAI, H5N8 and What It All Means for You

| by Les Ellison

The approach of winter marks the beginning of the high-risk Avian Flu season (also known as ‘bird flu’ or ‘fowl plague’) for commercial poultry keepers. With UK chicken, duck, goose, turkey and wild bird... read more »

CSI Vet –Veterinary Forensics and The Fight Against Animal Cruelty

CSI Vet –Veterinary Forensics and The Fight Against Animal Cruelty

| by Les Ellison

Veterinary forensics is becoming increasingly important in the investigation of animal cruelty since it became apparent that people who do harm to animals are also more likely, than those who have no record of... read more »

Online And Social Media Ads Drive ‘Impulse Buy’ Pet Purchases

Online And Social Media Ads Drive ‘Impulse Buy’ Pet Purchases

| by Les Ellison

With Christmas on the way, animal charities and welfare organisations are flagging up the dangers around online and social media pet ads that can lead to impulse buying of very young, unhealthy and misrepresented... read more »

The Mating Game – Breeding Assistance Dogs Isn’t A Game of Chance

The Mating Game – Breeding Assistance Dogs Isn’t A Game of Chance

| by Les Ellison

The breeding of assistance dogs, under the supervision of the UK Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre. Each mating is carefully planned to guarantee the health and welfare of each breeding bitch and their... read more »

Survey of Horses and Owners Shows Importance of FEC Monitoring

Survey of Horses and Owners Shows Importance of FEC Monitoring

| by Les Ellison

A survey of horse owners at the 2017 Royal Welsh Show found that better awareness of routine faecal egg counting (FEC) in horses could reduce the need for veterinary treatment. The UK’s county-based agricultural... read more »

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