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Veterinary - Health - 30.04.2024
Cavapoo and Cockapoo designer dog breeds at high risk of tick infestation
The RVC's VetCompass Programme reveals the dog breeds at most and least risk of tick infestation to help prevention and support canine welfare. New research from the RVC has revealed that designer cross breeds, including Cavapoo, Cockapoo, Goldendoodle and Cavachons have higher risk of becoming infested by ticks due to their Poodle parentage.

Health - Veterinary - 27.03.2024
New research from the RVC highlights most common disorders in UK pet guinea pigs
New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has identified the most common conditions in pet guinea pigs in the UK are overgrown nails, ringworm and eye ulcers. Several of these common conditions are linked to sedentary lives in captivity and therefore offer opportunities to reduce their frequency.

Health - Veterinary - 18.03.2024
New RVC research proves clinical benefits from surgical intervention for dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture
A new study from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has revealed that surgical management of cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) ruptures in dogs causes better outcomes for reducing lameness compared to non-surgical management. The study demonstrated substantial clinical benefits following surgical management for CCL, with short-term lameness reduced by a quarter and long-term lameness by a third.

Veterinary - Health - 15.02.2024
New study from the RVC identifies most common findings in pre-purchase examinations of horses
New study from the RVC identifies most common findings in pre-purchase examinations of horses
New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has found that lameness is the most common prejudicial PPE finding in prepurchase examinations (PPEs) in horses in the UK. It was also found that horses with a higher purchase price are more likely to undergo a five-stage vetting (5SV), compared to a two-stage vetting (2SV).

Environment - Veterinary - 02.02.2024
Handwashing a major source of pet pesticide pollution in UK rivers
A new study reveals that handwashing in the weeks after spot-on flea and tick treatments is the largest source of pet pesticide pollution in rivers. The study's authors, from the University of Sussex and Imperial College London, are calling for a review of the regulatory framework and prescribing practices to address toxic pet pesticides washing into rivers.

Life Sciences - Veterinary - 26.01.2024
New Thoroughbred genetic fracture risk scoring system developed by the RVC discovers collagen is contributing factor
New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) into genetic risks of fracture in Thoroughbred horses has found that horses with lower levels of collagen type III have a higher risk of fracture. Previously, there has been limited research into this disease with no specific genetic mechanisms identified.

Health - Veterinary - 24.01.2024
New research highlights surprisingly good health characteristics in Shih Tzu dogs in the UK
New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has found the most common conditions diagnosed in Shih Tzu dogs in the UK are periodontal disease (inflammation of the gums and tissue around the teeth), anal sac impaction and ear disorders. While the findings suggest that the breed is predisposed to a number of conditions, the overall disorder profile of the Shih Tzu is surprisingly different and better than many other common flat-faced breeds.

Veterinary - Health - 22.01.2024
High levels of problem behaviours and use of aversive training methods in pandemic puppies
The pawfect storm: study finds high levels of problem behaviours and use of aversive training methods in pandemic puppies The average number of owner-reported problem behaviours among 'pandemic puppies' was five, with problem behaviours more likely in owners using aversive training techniques, says the Royal Veterinary College Four in five (82%) 'pandemic puppy' owners have reported using aversive training methods in attempts to address their dog's problem behaviours, according to a new study by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

Health - Veterinary - 18.01.2024
New research highlights high risk of ear and eye disease in English Cocker Spaniels in the UK
New research highlights high risk of ear and eye disease in English Cocker Spaniels in the UK
New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) VetCompass? programme has found that English Cockers Spaniels have an increased risk of disorders such as ear discharge, dry eye and musculoskeletal pain, but have reduced risk of allergies, alopecia (hair loss) and osteoarthritis. This research will help vets, breeders and dog owners to predict what problems English Cocker Spaniels might develop, better monitor their health and promote earlier diagnosis.

Health - Veterinary - 14.12.2023
New research confirms extreme welfare issues in Shar Pei, the sandpaper skin dog breed
Last Updated: 14 Dec 2023 00:01:45 New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has found that in-turned eyelids and ear disorders are the most common health conditions in Shar Pei dogs in the UK; both resulting from the breed's characteristic loose, thickened and folded skin. This research highlights that urgent action is needed to discourage the normalisation and high public demand for dogs such as Shar Pei with extreme body shapes that threaten the dog's welfare.

Veterinary - Life Sciences - 04.10.2023
Cats purr differently than previously thought
Cats purr differently than previously thought
The cat larynx can produce purring sounds without cyclical neural input A recent investigation led by voice scientist Christian T. Herbst from the University of Vienna, published in Current Biology, delivers novel insights into how cats produce their purring sounds. A special 'pad' embedded in the vocal folds might explain why the cats can produce these low-frequency sounds.

Veterinary - Health - 15.09.2023
Cars, chlamydia and canines are biggest koala killers
A database tracking hospital admissions and deaths reveals the devastating impact cars, disease and dogs are having on the South East Queensland koala population. Professor Joerg Henning and his colleagues at The University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science have analysed data from the UQ-developed KoalaBASE.

Health - Veterinary - 30.08.2023
Scientists Apply Game Theory to End Rabies
Scientists Apply Game Theory to End Rabies
Elimination of rabies in Africa could be within reach through a more coordinated One Health approach. An innovative study by Swiss TPH and partners applied game theory to tackle rabies challenges and identified effective strategies for affected countries. The paper, published in Nature Communications, demonstrates that a more coordinated approach could end this fatal disease and result in major health, economic and social gains.

Veterinary - Life Sciences - 03.08.2023
Data uncovers new tick threat times for Australian pets
University of Queensland research reveals that spring, rather than summer, is the peak time for tick paralysis in dogs and cats and there are cases year-round. A team led by Professor Stephen Barker at UQ's School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences analysed 22,840 cases across 20 years of veterinary records in four regions along Australia's east coast.

Veterinary - Life Sciences - 27.06.2023
Like human, like dog
Like human, like dog
Dogs and humans process body postures similarly in their brains A study by researchers at the University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna shows that information from body postures plays a similarly important role for dogs as it does for humans. The results offer new insights into how dogs and humans perceive each other and their environment.

Health - Veterinary - 27.06.2023
A Very big dog problem: New study identifies alarming bone cancer risk in giant dogs
New research from the Royal Veterinary College has shed light on the frequency and risk factors associated with osteosarcoma bone cancer in dogs in the UK New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has revealed the frequency and risk factors for osteosarcoma across dog breeds in the UK. Osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumour, was found to be much more common in giant dogs, including the Scottish Deerhound (3.28% of all dogs affected each year), Leonberger (1.

Health - Veterinary - 01.06.2023
New RVC study identifies cancers as health priority in Boxer dogs
New RVC study identifies cancers as health priority in Boxer dogs
In the largest ever study of Boxer dogs using veterinary records, researchers from the Royal Veterinary College have identified the most common health disorders in the breed in the UK Research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has found the most common health conditions in UK Boxer dogs are ear problems, tumours and eye ulcers.

Health - Veterinary - 19.05.2023
English Cocker Spaniels - a fairly typical, but potentially moody, dog
English Cocker Spaniels - a fairly typical, but potentially moody, dog
A new study from the Royal Veterinary College illuminates the most common disorders in English Cocker Spaniels in the UK, aiding owners to know what to expect if they get this breed New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has found the most common conditions in one the UK's most popular dog breeds, English Cocker Spaniels, include dental disease, ear infection, obesity and aggression.

Life Sciences - Veterinary - 12.04.2023
Integrating genetics with functional genomics to dissect the aetiopathogenesis of equine exertional rhabdomyolysis
Integrating genetics with functional genomics to dissect the aetiopathogenesis of equine exertional rhabdomyolysis
Equine exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER) is a syndrome involving painful, exercise induced episodes of muscle stiffness and acute myonecrosis which can result in renal failure and in severe cases, death. While it is seen in many different species from humans to dogs, horses seem to be particularly predisposed.

Environment - Veterinary - 20.03.2023
Toxic pet flea and tick treatments are polluting UK freshwaters
Parasite treatments and preventatives we put on our pets are finding their way into UK waters in concentrations that are toxic to aquatic species. Parasiticides are commonly applied as 'spot-on' treatments on dogs and cats to prevent or kill fleas or ticks, but they contain toxic chemicals that are making it into UK rivers and ponds, particularly in urban areas.
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