Archive for December, 2014

Living with pets linked to stronger social skills in children with autism

New study involving 70 families finds that children with autism have stronger social skills when there is any kind of pet in the home – including rabbits, reptiles, birds and fish.

Bats are potential source of West Africa Ebola epidemic

New research finds that the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease occurring in West Africa may have originated from contact between humans and virus-infected bats.

New vaccine against Bovine Viral Diarrhea: Boehringer Ingelheim receives European marketing authorization for Bovela

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved Boehringer Ingelheim’s Bovela®, a new vaccine for active immunization of cattle against the virus causing the severe cattle disease Bovine Viral…

Pet zebu recuperating at home after treatment at UF for kidney injury

A family’s beloved pet miniature zebu is recuperating at his home after receiving life-saving hemodialysis treatment for severe kidney injury at the University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals in…

Festive treats for dogs potentially fatal

Direct Line Pet Insurance is calling on dog owners to be extra vigilant this festive season as vets report a surge in the number of cases of dogs consuming potentially toxic human foods.

Prosthetic leg gets Little Donkey walking in time for Christmas thanks to a UK charity

Hector the Donkey in Luxor, Egypt, is back on his feet thanks to a specially made prosthetic lower leg.

Increased risk of salmonella in young children from pet reptiles

Around 1 in 4 cases of salmonella infection in pre-school children is associated with having a pet snake or other reptile, reveals a new study.

Breakthrough in BVA welfare at slaughter campaign as Minister hints at clearer labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warmly welcomed reports in 20 December, Daily Telegraph that environment minister George Eustice is giving serious consideration to labelling meat and…

Consultation on veterinary use of courtesy title ‘Doctor’

We are launching a consultation on proposals to allow all RCVS-registered veterinary surgeons to use the courtesy title ‘Dr’/‘Doctor’, and are seeking the views of all members of the veterinary and veterinary nursing professions, and the general public.

Don’t let Christmas lunch turn into a dog’s dinner, warn leading vets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) are urging pet owners to watch out for potential hazards to their pets this Christmas.