Saturday, July 7, 2018
Dogs with noise sensitivity should be routinely assessed for pain by veterrinariians.Dogs which show fear or anxiety when faced with loud or sudden noises should be routinely assessed for pain by veterinarians, according to new research. Researchers believe that pain, which could be undiagnosed, could be exacerbated when a noise makes the dogs tense up or 'start', putting extra stress on muscles or joints which are already inflamed leading to and associated with a loud or startling noise. Animal behavioural scientists from the UK and Brazil examined cases of dogs which had developed a sensitivity to either loudness, different pitches, or sudden noises, and found that those which also had associated musculoskeletal pain formed a greater sensitivity to noise. The study suggested that that fear or anxiety about noise could be association between a fear of noises and underlying pain.
Friday, November 3, 2017
THE ROLE OF VETERINARIANS IN ONE HEALTH. Happy one health day!!!One Health. Such a significant movement—and veterinarians are a vital part.Happy One Health Day! Every year on November 3, International One Health Day is observed around the world. Veterinarians and their teams are involved in many of the areas that fall under the One Health umbrella. You provide veterinary care for cats, dogs, horses and exotic pets to prevent zoonoses from spreading to their human families and to preserve the human-animal bond for as many years as possible. Vets know a lot about vector-borne and parasitic infections and how to prevent them, perhaps more than their counterparts in human medicine. Vets strive to ensure food safety and are at the forefront of combating antimicrobial resistance. Veterinarians work on technology and procedures that one day may translate to human medicine, or the converse; veterinarians also are working to adapt human medical advances to the veterinary field. The One Health connections is everywhere you look. When you see science bulletins such as “Flying Insects Are Disappearing at Huge Rates, And We Should All Be Worried,” you’re knowledgeable enough to understand the implications—and you see the connections. Or when you see news articles such as “Pollution linked to 9 million deaths worldwide each year,” you’re concerned about pollution’s effects on animals, as well as humanity—and you see the connections. Or when you read about current events like the deadly black plague outbreak in Madagascar, you know Yersinia is usually transmitted through flea bites and rodents are involved—and you see the connections. Should you ever doubt the importance of the role of veterinarians in One Health, please take just 13 minutes to watch this;
Thursday, March 31, 2016
There’s no one, perfect solution for antibiotic-free poultry production, according to veterinarians at leading companies in the industry. Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown, vice president of food safety and quality at Perdue Farms, and Dr. Jeff Courtney, director of veterinarian services at Pilgrim's Pride, and Dr. Brian Wooming, senior staff veterinarian at Cargill Turkey Products, shared their views on antibiotic-free production (ABF) issues ranging from training growers on antibiotic-free practices to using curative antibiotics in an ABF environment. They offered these advice at a workshop on judicious use of antibiotics ; read more @ wattagnet.com
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
VETERINARY MEDICINE: LIVER TREAT FOR DOGS. Dogs require protein to build the body and repair damaged cells thus they are an essential part of the diet.Protein can be sourced from plants and animals to be incorporated in dog meals. Protein sources that are of animal origin are beef, mutton, chicken,turkey ,liver,gizzard tongue,and eggs,while plant based protein will include beans and soy.The proportion of the protein varies with source and the inclusion in diet will depend on this amount.The use of protein in the body cannot be overemphasized,however the inclusion of this in diet must be proportional to dietary requirement,health status and age of dog. Protein make and repair cells,turn food to energy,create certain enzymes,hormones and antibodies.The metabolism of protein results in amino acids that are needed for proper body functioning and cell function maintenance. Liver is a protein source for dogs can be incorporated in diet at a rate of once or twice a week.Liver provides protein,fat and vitamin A.It is also a source of copper,iron,niacin,phosphorus and zinc. Liver treats are restricted to 1/2 servings per week because its very high in vitamin A,so as not to risk the possibilities of hypervitaminosis . Liver recipes may include boiled,fried,baked or steamed and stewed options.The liver to be used as treats must possess these qualities so that its nutritional value is harnessed.The liver must be clean,with no holes or nodules. It must not be brittle,discolored or have any odor.The liver must not have flukes,or worms and must not be turgid.It must not be filled with blood,jaundiced or doughy. Liver can be a supplement to a meal or as a healthy snack or a main meal.A liver recipe that is quick and easy is the fried liver treat,prepared as follows; 1) Get liver; wash and dice. 2)boil for some 2 minutes,then fry the liver cubes. This can be served with pasta/rice or just serve as liver cuts. The liver can also be boiled until very tender and pounded this can be incorporated in meals or used as stewing delicacy.Liver treats not only serve nutritional benefits but can be used as therapy in anemic patients,where liver extracts are of immense benefits. When next you are having a liver dish, toss fido his share he will love it.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health concern,the center for disease control and prevention records that 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused each year by antibiotic- resistant bacteria in the US alone.This has prompted president Obama to sign an executive order September 2014,launching federal efforts to combat the rise in antibiotic-resistance bacterial illness. The order resulted in the constitution of a task force,comprising of representatives of agriculture colleges,universities,pharmaceutical industry,animal agriculture community,veterinarians and other stakeholders,with the goal to advice the government on research agenda for alternatives to antibiotics in animal feed and to help publicly disseminate information on the effects of antibiotics in production agriculture,the group is to submit a report early February 2015. Scientist,food processors,food retailers, veterinarians and some concerned citizens have shown concern about the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria referred to as superbugs in veterinary and human medicine.The W.H.O & C.D.C have expressed serious concern as well,that some bacteria have developed defenses against different classes of antibiotic compounds. The W.H.O has called antibiotic resistance a problem so serious that it threatens the achievement of modern medicine and if immediate actions are not initiated,the world might go back to "pre antibiotic era." The center for science and environment has reported that it has found some antibiotic residue in some chickens sampled in Delhi,India.The center reports that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in poultry production has been linked to growing antibiotic resistance in Indians. India is currently experiencing a deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria epidemic,where tens of thousands of newborns are dying ;last year about 58,000 newborns died because medicine can no longer effectively treat bacterial infections, this has prompted the C.S.E to seek a ban on use of antibiotics in poultry. Researchers have discovered superbugs carrying a genetic code first identified in India, in other countries such as France,Japan and U.S. All efforts must be geared towards the ban on antibiotics in animal feed,and also suitable alternatives must be initiated to achieve a healthy flock,optimum production and wholesome by-products.There are some alternatives currently used by only few producers, such as the Atovi powder, probiotics,prebiotics, organic acids, inclusion of green algae and organic feed e.t.c if more producers imbibe other alternatives ,then superbugs era will soon be history. The superbugs effect has confirmed that;WE ARE WHAT WE FEED OUR ANIMALS. JOIN THE CHANGE MOVEMENT!!!! SAY NO TO ANTIBIOTICS IN ANIMAL FEED.