Phytogenics to Manage Reproductive Disorders in Ruminants

Dec 9, 2015

Reproductive disorders are one of the most critical problems that reduce the production and productivity of dairy cows. Failure in reproduction process leads to great economic losses to the farmers involved in livestock sector. Dr Srijit Tripathi, International Technical Manager at Ayurvet Limited, evaluates the benefits of treating reproductive disorders with phytogenics, a group of natural growth promoters used as an alternative to in-feed antibiotics. The history of the use of herbs for curing reproductive disorders started centuries ago, and the author outlines how these herbs can still be hugely relevant in practice today. ...

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Zoonotic Diseases

Dec 9, 2015

In this article, Zoran Katrinka, Councillor for Europe at the World Veterinary Association, takes a comprehensive look at zoonotic diseases; how they occur and how our rapidly changing population is affecting their prevalence. The author advocates a ‘One Health’ approach in the treatment of zoonotic diseases – a collaborative, international, cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary mechanism to address threats and reduce risks of detrimental infectious diseases at the animal-human-ecosystem interface (FAO). ...

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Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma; A Hidden Cancer

Dec 9, 2015

Tumours of the apocrine glands of the anal sac represent 2% of all canine skin and subcutaneous tumours, and 17% of all perianal malignancies. Most tumours are malignant (adenocarcinoma) with 46-90% of tumours having spread at time of diagnosis. Early diagnosis, aggressive surgery and adjunctive therapy are crucial in achieving the best possible outcome for an individual patient. In this review, Katie McNaught and Professor Jo Morris of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences aim to highlight the clinical signs and importance of early diagnosis and staging and discuss the different treatment options available. ...

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Routine Testing, Not Routine Worming, Should Form the Base of a Good Equine Worm Control Programme

Dec 9, 2015

In this article, Gillian Booth, Director at Westgate Laboratories, describes the problem of blanket worming of horses and how this can lead to worm resistance to important drugs. Booth covers in detail the history of anthelmic use, illustrating how the move to over-the-counter worming products is causing issues with resistance in the present day. Further to this, the author explains how resistance may develop and covers a variety of practical steps to slow it down. She concludes that there should be more of a focus on routine testing, rather than worming, to reduce the problem of resistance going forward. ...

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Managing the Digestion Process in Slaughter Poultry

Dec 9, 2015

The condition of the digestive system during breeding is one of the key factors in ensuring a good animal weight or good amount of raw material produced from a livestock farm. In terms of supporting the digestive system, more attention is now being devoted to natural substances, which have accompanied animals for thousands of years. Albert Nakielski, Specialist of Poultry Diseases, and Andrzej Juszczuk, Product Development Specialist at BioPoint, describe specific examples of herbal remedies used in enabling good digestive health and the variety of applications they have; such as aiding in liver functioning and the prevention of metabolic diseases. ...

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