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  • ABCD & Merial invite applications for the Young Scientists Clinical & Research Awards 2013
    Publication date: 14/10/2012

    ABCD & Merial invite applications for the Young Scientists Clinical & Research Awards 2013

    (application deadline 1 January 2013)  The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) invites applications for the 2013 ABCD & Merial Young Scientists Clinical & Research Awards, which aim to reward innovative and outstanding work by promising young professionals in the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology. Candidates should have made an original contribution to the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology, which has been published or...

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  • Publication date: 19/03/2012

    A pilot study of the body weight of pure-bred client-owned adult cats

    A total of 539 pure-bred and seventy-five cats without a pedigree were weighed and scored at cat shows or in veterinary surgeries. Data from normal-weight cats with a body condition score (BCS) of 5 (ideal) were only used. Breeds were grouped into five classes. For female cats, the mean weight for these groups were as follows: very light (2.8 kg); light (3.2 kg); medium (3.5 kg); large (4.0 kg); giant (4.9) kg. For male cats, the corresponding values were 3.6, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1 and 6.1 kg. Siamese/O...

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  • Publication date: 12/03/2012

    A meta-analysis of studies of treatments for feline urine spraying

    Feline urine spraying inside the home is a common problem behaviour that owners seek advice for from veterinarians. Individual trials relating to a variety of interventions produce variable results, and to date, no consensus on the value of different treatments has emerged. This study therefore aimed to meta-analyse, current data from appropriate published clinical trials that evaluate treatments for feline urine spraying.Inclusion and exclusion criteria for study selection were predefined and m...

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  • Publication date: 20/02/2012

    Animal contact as a source of human non-typhoidal salmonellosis

    Non-typhoidal Salmonella represents an important human and animal pathogen world-wide. Most human salmonellosis cases are foodborne, but each year infections are also acquired through direct or indirect animal contact in homes, veterinary clinics, zoological gardens, farm environments or other public, professional or private settings. Clinically affected animals may exhibit a higher prevalence of shedding than apparently healthy animals, but both can shed Salmonella over long periods of t...

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  • Publication date: 13/02/2012

    Multidetector-row computed tomography of thoracic aortic anomalies in dogs and cats Patent ductus arteriosus and vascular

    Diagnosis of extracardiac intrathoracic vascular anomalies is of clinical importance, but remains challenging. Traditional imaging modalities, such as radiography, echocardiography, and angiography, are inherently limited by the difficulties of a 2-dimensional approach to a 3-dimensional object. We postulated that accurate characterization of malformations of the aorta would benefit from 3-dimensional assessment. Therefore, multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) was chosen as a 3-d...

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  • Publication date: 06/02/2012

    Serological Detection of Viral Infections in Captive Wild Cats from Costa Rica

    Serum samples from a total of 44 wildcats, 28 margays (Leopardus wiedii), 10 ocelots (Leopardus pardalis), four jaguaroundis (Herpailurus yaguaroundi), one oncilla (Leopardus tigrina), and one jaguar (Panthera onca) were obtained between January 2001 and August 2002 from the Profelis Centre for rehabilitation of wild felids, located in the northwestern region of Costa Rica. Forty three samples were tested for antibodies against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and p27 antigen of feline...

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