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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346670/neospora-caninum-in-beef-herds-in-new-south-wales-australia-2-analysis-of-risk-factors
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B J Moloney, C Heuer, P D Kirkland
OBJECTIVE: To determine the influence of farm-level and animal-level factors on the seroprevalence of antibodies to Neospora caninum and associations between seropositivity and reproductive outcomes. METHODS: A questionnaire for a cross-sectional survey was posted to the 63 properties with a herd size ≥50 beef breeding cows that had participated in a previous seroprevalence study. Correspondence analysis, which does not appear to have been used previously in any Australian studies of livestock diseases, was used in conjunction with logistic regression to analyse the data...
April 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343988/sampling-maternal-care-behaviour-in-domestic-dogs-what-s-the-best-approach
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Veronika H Czerwinski, Bradley P Smith, Philip I Hynd, Susan J Hazel
Our understanding of the frequency and duration of maternal care behaviours in the domestic dog during the first two postnatal weeks is limited, largely due to the inconsistencies in the sampling methodologies that have been employed. In order to develop a more concise picture of maternal care behaviour during this period, and to help establish the sampling method that represents these behaviours best, we compared a variety of time sampling methods Six litters were continuously observed for a total of 96hours over postnatal days 3, 6, 9 and 12 (24hours per day)...
March 23, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299201/lyssaviruses-and-rabies-current-conundrums-concerns-contradictions-and-controversies
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Charles Rupprecht, Ivan Kuzmin, Francois Meslin
Lyssaviruses are bullet-shaped, single-stranded, negative-sense RNA viruses and the causative agents of the ancient zoonosis rabies. Africa is the likely home to the ancestors of taxa residing within the Genus Lyssavirus, Family Rhabdoviridae. Diverse lyssaviruses are envisioned as co-evolving with bats, as the ultimate reservoirs, over seemingly millions of years. In terms of relative distribution, overt abundance, and resulting progeny, rabies virus is the most successful lyssavirus species today, but for unknown reasons...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285591/black-backed-jackals-canis-mesomelas-are-natural-hosts-of-babesia-rossi-the-virulent-causative-agent-of-canine-babesiosis-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Barend L Penzhorn, Ilse Vorster, Robert F Harrison-White, Marinda C Oosthuizen
BACKGROUND: Babesia rossi, which is transmitted by Haemaphysalis spp. and is highly virulent to domestic dogs, occurs only in sub-Saharan Africa. Since dogs are not native to the region, it has been postulated that the natural host of B. rossi is an indigenous African canid. Although various attempts at artificial infection indicated that black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) could become subclinically infected with B. rossi, data on occurrence of B. rossi in free-ranging jackals was lacking...
March 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280555/clever-mothers-balance-time-and-effort-in-parental-care-a-study-on-free-ranging-dogs
#5
Manabi Paul, Shubhra Sau, Anjan K Nandi, Anindita Bhadra
Mammalian offspring require parental care, at least in the form of nursing during their early development. While mothers need to invest considerable time and energy in ensuring the survival of their current offspring, they also need to optimize their investment in one batch of offspring in order to ensure future reproduction and hence lifetime reproductive success. Free-ranging dogs live in small social groups, mate promiscuously and lack the cooperative breeding biology of other group-living canids. They face high early-life mortality, which in turn reduces fitness benefits of the mother from a batch of pups...
January 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267780/the-eurasian-otter-lutra-lutra-as-a-potential-host-for-rickettsial-pathogens-in-southern-italy
#6
Mario Santoro, Nicola D'Alessio, Anna Cerrone, Maria Gabriella Lucibelli, Giorgia Borriello, Gaetano Aloise, Clementina Auriemma, Nunzia Riccone, Giorgio Galiero
Canine monocytic ehrlichiosis and rickettsiosis are zoonotic tick-borne diseases of canids caused by the intracellular obligate bacteria Ehrlichia canis and Rickettsia species respectively. In this study, we investigated using standard and real-time PCR and sequencing, the occurrence and molecular characterization of E. canis and Rickettsia species in the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) from the southern Italian population. Samples were screened by using molecular assays also for Neospora caninum, Toxoplasma gondii, Clamydophyla spp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262006/diet-dietary-selectivity-and-density-of-south-american-grey-fox-lycalopex-griseus-in-central-chile
#7
Andrés Muñoz-Pedreros, José Yáñez, Heraldo V Norambuena, Alfredo Zúñiga
The South American Grey Fox (Lycalopex griseus) is a canid widely distributed in southern South America, however some aspects of its biology are still poorly known. We studied the diet and density of L. griseus in the Lago Peñuelas Biosphere Reserve, in Central Chile. The trophic niche breadth was B = 6.16 (Bsta = 0.47) and prey diversity was H ' = 2.46 (Hmax' = 3.17, J' = 0.78). The highest proportions of prey consumed in the diet were Oryctolagus cuniculus (52.21%) and other mammals (32.78%). We compared these results with a latitudinal gradient of diet results for this species in Chile...
March 6, 2017: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247556/a-systematic-review-of-naltrexone-for-attenuating-alcohol-consumption-in-women-with-alcohol-use-disorders
#8
Shantrel S Canidate, Giselle D Carnaby, Christa L Cook, Robert L Cook
Several clinical trials have evaluated naltrexone as a treatment for alcohol use disorders (AUDs), but few have focused on women. The aim of this review was to systematically review and summarize the evidence regarding the impact of naltrexone compared to placebo for attenuating alcohol consumption in women with an AUD. A systematic review was conducted using PubMed, Cochrane, Web of Science, CINAHL, and Alcohol Studies Database to identify relevant peer-reviewed randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published between January 1990 and August 2016...
March 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215858/molecular-survey-of-dirofilaria-immitis-and-dirofilaria-repens-by-new-real-time-taqman-%C3%A2-pcr-assay-in-dogs-and-mosquitoes-diptera-culicidae-in-corsica-france
#9
Djamel Tahir, Fadi Bittar, Hélène Barré-Cardi, Doudou Sow, Mustapha Dahmani, Oleg Mediannikov, Didier Raoult, Bernard Davoust, Philippe Parola
Dirofilaria immitis and D. repens are filarioid nematodes of animals and humans, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Domestic and wild canids are a major natural host and reservoir for these parasites. In this study, we designed a duplex real-time PCR protocol targeting the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene, detecting both D. immitis and D. repens using two primer pairs and two Dirofilaria-specific hydrolysable probes. The sensitivity and specificity of the primers and probes were tested in both experimental and naturally infected samples...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215215/the-mitochondrial-genome-of-ancylostoma-tubaeforme-from-cats-in-china
#10
X L Shi, Y Q Fu, A Y Abdullahi, M W Wang, F Yang, X G Yu, W D Pan, X X Yan, J X Hang, P Zhang, G Q Li
Ancylostoma tubaeforme may infect canids, felids and humans, and pose a potential risk to public health. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques were used to amplify the complete mitochondrial (mt) genome sequence of A. tubaeforme from cats and to analyse its sequence characteristics after molecular identification based on the internal transcribed spacer ITS1+ sequence. The results show that the complete mt genome sequence (GenBank accession number KY070315) of A. tubaeforme from cats was 13,730 bp in length, including 12 protein-coding genes, 22 transfer RNA (tRNA) genes, two ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes, two non-coding regions and an AT-rich region...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201986/the-origin-of-chow-chows-in-the-light-of-the-east-asian-breeds
#11
Hechuan Yang, Guodong Wang, Meng Wang, Yaping Ma, Tingting Yin, Ruoxi Fan, Hong Wu, Li Zhong, David M Irwin, Weiwei Zhai, Yaping Zhang
BACKGROUND: East Asian dog breeds are one of the most ancient groups of dogs that radiated after the domestication of the dog and represent the most basal lineages of dog evolution. Among these, the Chow Chow is an ancient breed that embodies very distinct morphological and physiological features, such as sturdy build, dense coat, and blue/purple tongue. RESULTS: Using a Restricted site Associated DNA (RAD) sequencing approach, we sequenced the genomes of nine Chow Chows from China...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198911/dioctophyme-renale-prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-parasitism-in-dogs-of-s%C3%A3-o-crist%C3%A3-v%C3%A3-o-district-tr%C3%A3%C2%AAs-barras-county-santa-catarina-state-brazil
#12
Daniela Pedrassani, Adjair Antonio do Nascimento, Marcos Rogério André, Rosangela Zacarias Machado
Dioctophyme renale is a nematode that can be found parasitizing the kidney, peritoneal cavity and, rarely, other organs of canids and mustelids. This disease has high occurrence in the municipality of Três Barras, state of Santa Catarina, thus making this an interesting area to study the epidemiological aspects of infection by D. renale in dogs. Among 197 dogs, 14.2% showed the parasite eggs in urine and 16.4% showed IgG antibodies anti-D. renale in serum samples according to the indirect ELISA method; among seropositive dogs, 15 (37...
February 9, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192048/a-serosurvey-of-diseases-of-free-ranging-gray-wolves-canis-lupus-in-minnesota
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Michelle Carstensen, John H Giudice, Erik C Hildebrand, J P Dubey, John Erb, Dan Stark, John Hart, Shannon Barber-Meyer, L David Mech, Steve K Windels, Andrew J Edwards
We tested serum samples from 387 free-ranging wolves ( Canis lupus ) from 2007 to 2013 for exposure to eight canid pathogens to establish baseline data on disease prevalence and spatial distribution in Minnesota's wolf population. We found high exposure to canine adenoviruses 1 and 2 (88% adults, 45% pups), canine parvovirus (82% adults, 24% pups), and Lyme disease (76% adults, 39% pups). Sixty-six percent of adults and 36% of pups exhibited exposure to the protozoan parasite Neospora caninum . Exposure to arboviruses was confirmed, including West Nile virus (37% adults, 18% pups) and eastern equine encephalitis (3% adults)...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180084/italian-wolves-canis-lupus-italicus-altobello-1921-and-molecular-detection-of-taeniids-in-the-foreste-casentinesi-national-park-northern-italian-apennines
#14
Giovanni Poglayen, Francesca Gori, Benedetto Morandi, Roberta Galuppi, Elena Fabbri, Romolo Caniglia, Pietro Milanesi, Marco Galaverni, Ettore Randi, Barbara Marchesi, Peter Deplazes
After centuries of massive decline, the recovery of the wolf (Canis lupus italicus) in Italy is a typical conservation success story. To learn more about the possible role of parasites in the wolves' individual and population health and conservation we used non-invasive molecular approaches on fecal samples to identify individual wolves, pack membership, and the taeniids present, some of which are zoonotic. A total of 130 specimens belonging to 54 wolves from eight packs were collected and examined. Taeniid eggs were isolated using a sieving/flotation technique, and the species level was identified by PCR (gene target: 12S rRNA and nad1)...
April 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178276/selfish-pups-weaning-conflict-and-milk-theft-in-free-ranging-dogs
#15
Manabi Paul, Anindita Bhadra
Parent-offspring conflict theory predicts the emergence of weaning conflict between a mother and her offspring arising from skewed relatedness benefits. Empirical observations of weaning conflict have not been carried out in canids. In a field-based study on free-ranging dogs we observed that nursing/suckling bout durations decrease, proportion of mother-initiated nursing bouts decrease and mother-initiated nursing/suckling terminations increase with pup age. We identified the 7th - 13th week period of pup age as the zone of conflict between the mother and her pups, beyond which suckling solicitations cease, and before which suckling refusals are few...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131365/global-distribution-of-alveolar-and-cystic-echinococcosis
#16
REVIEW
P Deplazes, L Rinaldi, C A Alvarez Rojas, P R Torgerson, M F Harandi, T Romig, D Antolova, J M Schurer, S Lahmar, G Cringoli, J Magambo, R C A Thompson, E J Jenkins
Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) and cystic echinococcosis (CE) are severe helminthic zoonoses. Echinococcus multilocularis (causative agent of AE) is widely distributed in the northern hemisphere where it is typically maintained in a wild animal cycle including canids as definitive hosts and rodents as intermediate hosts. The species Echinococcus granulosus, Echinococcus ortleppi, Echinococcus canadensis and Echinococcus intermedius are the causative agents of CE with a worldwide distribution and a highly variable human disease burden in the different endemic areas depending upon human behavioural risk factors, the diversity and ecology of animal host assemblages and the genetic diversity within Echinococcus species which differ in their zoonotic potential and pathogenicity...
2017: Advances in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128348/population-expansion-and-individual-age-affect-endoparasite-richness-and-diversity-in-a-recolonising-large-carnivore-population
#17
Ines Lesniak, Ilja Heckmann, Emanuel Heitlinger, Claudia A Szentiks, Carsten Nowak, Verena Harms, Anne Jarausch, Ilka Reinhardt, Gesa Kluth, Heribert Hofer, Oliver Krone
The recent recolonisation of the Central European lowland (CEL) by the grey wolf (Canis lupus) provides an excellent opportunity to study the effect of founder events on endoparasite diversity. Which role do prey and predator populations play in the re-establishment of endoparasite life cycles? Which intrinsic and extrinsic factors control individual endoparasite diversity in an expanding host population? In 53 individually known CEL wolves sampled in Germany, we revealed a community of four cestode, eight nematode, one trematode and 12 potential Sarcocystis species through molecular genetic techniques...
January 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111799/endocrine-and-paracrine-controls-of-canine-follicular-development-and-function
#18
N Songsasen, J Nagashima, C Thongkittidilok
Canid reproduction is unique among other mammals in that females experience long and variable periods of ovarian inactivity. While the domestic dog exhibits a non-seasonal, largely sporadic monoestrus occurring once or twice a year, most wild canids, such as the gray wolf (Canis lupus) and red wolf (Canis rufus), are seasonal breeders with onset apparently dependent on species, latitudinal location and/or variety of environment factors. Neuroendocrine controls of ovarian functions have been mostly studied in the dog, but less so in their wild counterparts, due to difficulties in regular blood sampling...
January 22, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098220/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-raccoon-dog-skin-to-determine-melanin-content-in-hair-and-melanin-distribution-in-skin
#19
Zhanyu Du, Kai Huang, Jiaping Zhao, Xingchao Song, Xiumei Xing, Qiong Wu, Linbo Zhang, Chao Xu
The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) is an important canid fur-bearing animal species worldwide. Chinese raccoon dogs that present a white mutation, especially those with a white coat. Exploring melanin biosynthesis in the hair and skin of raccoon dogs is important for understanding the survival and evolutionary mechanisms of them. In this study, we measured the content of melanin in the hair of two types of raccoon dog and generated stained slices of skin tissue. The results indicated that melanin biosynthesis occurs in the wild-type (W) and white-type (B) raccoon dog skin, although less melanin is produced in B skin...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074717/endosulfan-poisoning-in-canids-and-felids-in-the-calabria-region-of-southern-italy
#20
Antonella De Roma, Carmela Rossini, Caterina Riverso, Giorgio Galiero, Mauro Esposito
Endosulfan, a highly toxic insecticide and acaricide, was globally banned under the Stockholm Convention in May 2011 because of its threats to human health and the environment. Despite the ban on its use, endosulfan is still present in the environment, causing poisoning events in domestic animals and wildlife. Toxicologic analysis of poisoned animals conducted by the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Mezzogiorno revealed that in the past 3 y, this pesticide has not disappeared in the regions of interest...
January 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
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