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Ticking Off

Ticking Off

| by Les Ellison

Still The Best Protection Against ‘Tracker Dog Disease’ Ehrlichiosis Environmental change is exposing Britain’s dogs to more and more diseases once confined to warmer Mediterranean and tropical climes. Diseases spread by ‘vectors’ including fleas, mites...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Paramphistomiasis In The UK - Accurate Egg Counting Is No Fluke

Paramphistomiasis In The UK - Accurate Egg Counting Is No Fluke

| by Les Ellison

Paramphistomiasis, or rumen fluke, is of increasing interest as a parasitic disease of livestock producing a range of non-specific symptoms including diarrhoea, weight loss and general weakening. Paramphistomes are two-host trematode parasites that spread...
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Slugs and Snails and Puppy-dog’s Ailments – The Rise in Canine Lungworm

Slugs and Snails and Puppy-dog’s Ailments – The Rise in Canine Lungworm

| by Les Ellison

As its alternative name suggests, the lungworm parasite was not always a disease common among cats and dogs in the UK. The first case of ‘French Heartworm’ appeared in 1975.  In the 40 years...
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Egg Counts and Coccidians - Controlling Coccidiosis in Cattle and Sheep

Egg Counts and Coccidians - Controlling Coccidiosis in Cattle and Sheep

| by Les Ellison

Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease caused by single-celled coccidian parasites. Though there are several species of coccidian protozoa, all must get inside the cells lining the intestines of their host to reproduce. Coccidians spread when their eggs...
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What’s Eating Your Pet? Diagnosing Dermophytosis, Ringworm and Fungal Skin Diseases with Mykodermoassay-Trio

What’s Eating Your Pet? Diagnosing Dermophytosis, Ringworm and Fungal Skin Diseases with Mykodermoassay-Trio

| by Les Ellison

Ringworm is a dermophytic fungus that eats skin, hair, horn and claws in companion and commercial animals. Rapid veterinary diagnosis of dermophyte infection is the first step toward identifying, treating and eradicating fungal...
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Big Five Parasite Safari: Tracking the Life that Lives On and In Your Pet

Big Five Parasite Safari: Tracking the Life that Lives On and In Your Pet

| by Les Ellison

Tracking the ‘Big Five’ usually means a safari for lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino in the wilds of Africa. Your vet can help you track-down the big five pet-parasites with Veterinary Diagnostics, Microscopy...
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