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Species included: Dogs and Cats
PPR, kata, or goat plague is caused by peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV), a morbillivirus (family Paramyxoviridae) closely related to the morbilliviruses of rinderpest, measles (in humans), carnivores, and marine mammals. The disease occurs mostly in goats and sheep and has spread...
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The best diet is useless unless it is eaten by the patient. To aid recovery of patients, it is essential to provide the most appropriate diet and correct level of nutrients. Practicing vets will often face a balance between adequate provision of nutrients that aid recovery and ensuring that...
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Injuries to the sole of the foot or feet e.g. abrasion, puncture wounds, bruising, abscess etc. are commonly associated with excessive wear of moisture-softened feet on rough and abrasive flooring. The conditions are painful and infection of the foot can lead to the development of abscessation...
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An umbilical hernia is a protrusion (outward bulging) of the abdominal lining, abdominal fat, or a portion of abdominal organ(s) through the area around the umbilicus (also called the navel or belly button). The umbilicus in dogs and cats is located on their underside just below the ribcage...
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Overview: “Pain” is a perception that the brain creates from input called “nociception” (pronounced no-si-sep-tion). This is the physiology term to describe the chemical processes that are at work in the body that receive a stimulus, modify it, and transfer it to the brain for interpretation...
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