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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906456/environmental-risk-factors-for-diabetes-mellitus-in-cats
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M Öhlund, A Egenvall, T Fall, H Hansson-Hamlin, H Röcklinsberg, B S Holst
BACKGROUND: Diabetes in cats resembles type 2 diabetes in people. The etiology is not fully understood, but both genetic and environmental factors are believed to contribute. OBJECTIVES: To assess the associations of environmental risk factors with diabetes in cats. ANIMALS: Cats with a diagnosis of diabetes (n = 396) insured by a Swedish insurance company during years 2009-2013, and a control group (n = 1,670) matched on birth year. METHODS: A web-based questionnaire was used in a case-control study...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892873/evidence-of-disseminated-infection-by-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-hominissuis-in-a-pet-ferret-mustela-putorius-furo
#2
Javier Bezos, Beatriz Álvarez-Carrión, Antonio Rodríguez-Bertos, Álvaro Fernández-Manzano, Lucía de Juan, Cristina Huguet, Víctor Briones, Beatriz Romero
The infection caused by the zoonotic opportunistic pathogen Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (Mah) was reported for the first time in a pet ferret. Both owners were HIV-positive. Euthanasia of the pet was recommended due to medical reasons and as a preventive action. Disseminated and open tuberculosis lesions were observed in the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems of the ferret. Ecographic and radiographic surveys showed a severe generalized lymphadenopathy, strong thickening of the gastric wall and peritoneum layer...
September 17, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876947/a-survey-on-parasites-of-long-eared-hedgehog-hemiechinus-auritus-in-northeast-of-iran
#3
Ali Moshaverinia, Hassan Borji, Mehrab Kameli, Sara Ghabdian, Reza Ghanei
As there appeared to be no data available on parasite infection of Hedgehogs in the region and considering the potential threat of Hedgehogs for animal and public health, the present study was carried out using biological samples and necropsy findings collected from long-eared hedgehog captured in Mashhad city in the northeast of Iran. During the study 23 dead hedgehogs were collected randomly from different regions of Mashhad County. Following autopsy of these animals, observation for enteric parasites was carefully done...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876765/pre-and-post-weaning-diet-alters-the-faecal-metagenome-in-the-cat-with-differences-vitamin-and-carbohydrate-metabolism-gene-abundances
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Wayne Young, Christina D Moon, David G Thomas, Nick J Cave, Emma N Bermingham
Dietary format, and its role in pet nutrition, is of interest to pet food manufacturers and pet owners alike. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of pre- and post-weaning diets (kibbled or canned) on the composition and function of faecal microbiota in the domestic cat by shotgun metagenomic sequencing and gene taxonomic and functional assignment using MG-RAST. Post-weaning diet had a dramatic effect on community composition; 147 of the 195 bacterial species identified had significantly different mean relative abundances between kittens fed kibbled and canned diets...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809967/prevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-pet-dogs-in-mainland-china-a-meta-analysis
#5
Yu-Meng Gao, Huan Ding, Poppy H L Lamberton, Da-Bing Lu
Toxoplasmosis, caused by Toxoplasma gondii, is one of the most common zoonosis in the world, and can cause severe adverse consequences in pregnant women and immunosuppressed people. Throughout the world dogs are popular companion animals, however they are also important intermediate host of T. gondii and may play an instrumental role in mechanically transmitting Toxoplasma infection to humans. Therefore, an assessment of the level of T. gondii infection in pet dogs is of public health importance. To estimate the overall serological prevalence of toxoplasmosis in pet dogs in mainland China, we performed a meta-analysis using five bibliographic databases: CNKI, WanFang, VIP Chinese Journal Databases, PubMed and Google Scholar...
October 15, 2016: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796564/parasites-and-vector-borne-diseases-in-client-owned-dogs-in-albania-infestation-with-arthropod-ectoparasites
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Enstela Shukullari, Dhimitër Rapti, Martin Visser, Kurt Pfister, Steffen Rehbein
To establish the diversity and seasonality of ectoparasite infestation in client-owned dogs in Albania, 602 dogs visiting four small animal clinics in Tirana from March 2010 to April 2011 inclusive were examined for ectoparasites by full body search and total body comb. In addition, ear swab specimens collected from all dogs and scrapings taken from skin lesions suspicious of mite infestation were examined for parasitic mites. Overall, 93 dogs (15.4 %, 95%CI 12.6-18.6) were demonstrated to be infested, and nine species of ectoparasites were identified: Ixodes ricinus, 0...
October 29, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793067/the-association-between-dog-ownership-or-dog-walking-and-fitness-or-weight-status-in-childhood
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C Westgarth, L M Boddy, G Stratton, A J German, R M Gaskell, K P Coyne, P Bundred, S McCune, S Dawson
BACKGROUND: Health benefits of dog walking are established in adults: dog owners are on average more physically active, and those walking their dogs regularly have lower weight status than those who do not. However, there has been little research on children. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to examine the association between dog ownership or dog walking and childhood fitness or weight status. METHODS: A survey of pet ownership and involvement in dog walking was combined with fitness and weight status measurements of 1021 9 to 10-year-old children in the Liverpool SportsLinx study...
October 28, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766257/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-colonization-with-staphylococcus-aureus-in-healthy-pet-cats-kept-in-the-city-households
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Karolina Bierowiec, Katarzyna Płoneczka-Janeczko, Krzysztof Rypuła
Staphylococcus aureus, especially methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), is a significant pathogen in both human medicine and veterinary medicine. The importance of pets as reservoirs of human infections is still poorly understood. This article provides detailed information of a cross-sectional study of a S. aureus colonization in clinically healthy indoor cats. The study systematically assessed a number of different anatomical locations for the S. aureus colonization and the influence of a range of potential risk factors on the value of the final S...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747924/results-of-screening-of-apparently-healthy-senior-and-geriatric-dogs
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A Willems, D Paepe, S Marynissen, P Smets, I Van de Maele, P Picavet, L Duchateau, S Daminet
BACKGROUND: There is a growing interest in health care of elderly dogs; however, scientific information about physical and laboratory examination findings in this age group is limited. OBJECTIVES: To describe systolic blood pressure (SBP), and results of physical examination and laboratory tests in senior and geriatric dogs that were judged by the owner to be healthy. ANIMALS: Hundred client-owned dogs. METHODS: Dogs were prospectively recruited...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747219/safety-evaluation-of-parastar-%C3%A2-plus-in-dogs-and-assessment-of-transferable-residue-of-fipronil-and-cyphenothrin-from-dogs-to-humans
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Katharine M Case, Natalia M Vega, Ramesh C Gupta, Michelle A Lasher, Terry D Canerdy
Dogs are easily infested with fleas, ticks, and other ectoparasites serving as vectors for transmitting bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases. Therefore, the use of ectoparasiticides is inevitable and important. The present investigation was undertaken with two specific objectives: one, to evaluate the safety of fipronil and cyphenothrin in dogs after topical application of Parastar(®) Plus, and two, to determine the transferable residue of these insecticides from dogs to humans. Six healthy, adult dogs (medium length hair, weighing between 20...
2016: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729589/clinical-features-and-disease-progression-of-l-2-hydroxyglutaric-aciduria-in-27-staffordshire-bull-terriers
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A Shea, L De Risio, H Carruthers, A Ekiri, E Beltran
To describe the development of clinical signs (CS) and outcome of L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria (L-2-HGA), owners of 119 Staffordshire bull terriers positive for the known L-2-hydroxyglutarate dehydrogenase autosomal-recessive mutations were requested to complete a questionnaire regarding their pet's CS. Questionnaires were returned for 27 dogs, all with neurological abnormalities-not all questions were answered in all cases. The mean age of CS onset was 12 months (range 2.5-60). Gait dysfunction was reported in 26/26 dogs, with stiffness of all four limbs the most common (24/26) and earliest recognised abnormality...
October 11, 2016: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27719765/urolithiasis
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Ricardo Videla, Sarel van Amstel
Urolithiasis is the most common urinary problem in male ruminants, and one of the most common emergencies in male goats and sheep. This disease has substantial welfare implications because it causes severe pain and it has a high fatality rate. The expense associated with veterinary care and loss of affected animals has a strong economic impact on pet owners and farmers.
November 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Food Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706826/long-term-outcome-and-complications-following-prophylactic-laparoscopic-assisted-gastropexy-in-dogs
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Natasha K Loy Son, Ameet Singh, Pierre Amsellem, Jessica Kilkenny, Brigitte A Brisson, Michelle L Oblak, Adam T Ogilvie
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the short- and long-term outcome (>12 months), complications, and owner satisfaction following prophylactic laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy (LAG) in dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. ANIMALS: Client-owned dogs (n = 49). METHODS: Dogs that underwent prophylactic LAG at 2 veterinary academic hospitals were studied. Surgical time, anesthesia time, concurrent intra- and extra-abdominal procedures, and intraoperative and postoperative complications were recorded following review of medical records...
November 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682237/understanding-how-dogs-encourage-and-motivate-walking-cross-sectional-findings-from-reside
#14
C Westgarth, M Knuiman, H E Christian
BACKGROUND: Many people live with dogs but not all walk with them regularly. This study examines the demographic and behavioural factors that contribute towards owners reporting having a strong sense of encouragement and motivation to walk provided by their dogs, which we call 'the Lassie effect'. METHODS: Data was collected from 629 dog owners participating in the RESIDE cross-sectional survey in Perth, Western Australia. Multivariable logistic regression analyses of factors associated with two separate outcome survey items 'Dog encouragement to walk' (how often dog encouraged me to go walking in last month) and 'Dog motivation to walk' (Having a dog makes me walk more)...
September 29, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664444/-who-s-been-a-good-dog-owner-perceptions-and-motivations-for-treat-giving
#15
G A White, L Ward, C Pink, J Craigon, K M Millar
Complex relationships commonly exist between owners and their companion animals, particularly around feeding behaviour with an owner's affection or love for their animal most pronounced through the provision of food. It is notable that the pet food market is experiencing strong year-on-year growth in sales of dog and cat treats. Recognising the impact of treat giving in pet nutrition, the objective of the study was to investigate owner attitudes and motivations towards feeding treats (shop bought and other) to their dogs...
September 15, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27658384/the-association-between-dog-walking-physical-activity-and-owner-s-perceptions-of-safety-cross-sectional-evidence-from-the-us-and-australia
#16
Hayley Christian, Lisa Wood, Andrea Nathan, Ichiro Kawachi, Stephen Houghton, Karen Martin, Sandra McCune
BACKGROUND: We examined the relationship between dog walking and physical activity within and between four US cities and Australia and investigated if dog walking is associated with higher perceived safety in US and Australian cities. METHODS: Dog owners (n = 1113) in the Pet Connections Study completed a cross-sectional survey. Data were collected across four study sites; three in the US (San Diego, Nashville, Portland) and a fourth in Australia (Perth). Physical activity, local walking, dog walking, and individual and community perceptions of safety were analysed for dog walkers and non-dog walkers for each study site...
September 22, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27646111/dirofilaria-infections-in-dogs-in-different-areas-of-greece
#17
Anastasia Diakou, Emmanouil Kapantaidakis, Androniki Tamvakis, Vassilios Giannakis, Nina Strus
BACKGROUND: The nematodes Dirofilaria immitis and D. repens are enzootic in Greece. In the light of evidence of dirofilariosis spreading to new areas around the world, the aim of the present study was to update and enrich the current knowledge on the prevalence of Dirofilaria infections in dogs in Greece, to assess the risk factors of heartworm infection, and to initiate the drawing of the epizootiological map of canine dirofilariosis, investigating Dirofilaria infections in five locations along the north-south axis of the country, i...
2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27626933/eye-contact-is-crucial-for-referential-communication-in-pet-dogs
#18
Carine Savalli, Briseida Resende, Florence Gaunet
Dogs discriminate human direction of attention cues, such as body, gaze, head and eye orientation, in several circumstances. Eye contact particularly seems to provide information on human readiness to communicate; when there is such an ostensive cue, dogs tend to follow human communicative gestures more often. However, little is known about how such cues influence the production of communicative signals (e.g. gaze alternation and sustained gaze) in dogs. In the current study, in order to get an unreachable food, dogs needed to communicate with their owners in several conditions that differ according to the direction of owners' visual cues, namely gaze, head, eyes, and availability to make eye contact...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27616812/cat-fel-d-1-and-dog-can-f-1-allergen-levels-in-cars-dwellings-and-schools
#19
A Niesler, G Ścigała, B Łudzeń-Izbińska
Pets are an important source of indoor allergens. The aim of the study was to compare cat and dog allergen levels in cars, schools and homes. The study was carried out in 17 cars, 14 classrooms and 19 dwellings located in the highly industrialized and urbanized region of Poland. Dust and air samples were analyzed for Fel d 1 and Can f 1 using a double monoclonal ELISA assay. The highest amounts of cat and dog allergens (Fel d 1: 1169 μg/g; Can f 1: 277 μg/g) were found in dwellings with pets. Allergen concentrations were correlated with the number of animals kept at home...
2016: Aerobiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27614898/development-of-a-larval-bioassay-method-using-96-well-microtiter-plates-for-evaluation-of-susceptibility-of-the-cat-fleas-siphonaptera-pulicidae-to-insecticides
#20
Yi-Ju Chen, Chin-Gi Huang, Ju-Chun Hsu, Wen-Jer Wu
Cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis (Bouché)) are a common flea species mostly found on cats and dogs. They not only cause discomfort to pets and their owners but also act as important vectors for human and pet zoonoses. Over the past 15 yr, the control of cat fleas on pets has been revolutionized through the use of various treatments. At present, fipronil and imidacloprid are used for flea control in Taiwan and are available in spot-on and spray formulations. Outside Taiwan, spinosad in tablet form is also available...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Medical Entomology
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