Chewing robot aids canine oral care

Nov 20, 2017

Scientists have created a unique “chewing robot“ in a bid to improve canine oral care by providing insights into how potential new products or prototypes are performing when it comes to plaque removal. Using a scan of a real canine mouth and jaw, the 3D-printed model replicates the normal mastication action of a dog and the pressures it might exert on a dental chew. By painting the robotic teeth with a coloured compound that mimics dental plaque, scientists can comprehensively, but rapidly, test the effectiveness of different product materials and shapes in removing that plaque. Developed by Mars Petcare, the “chewbot“ therefore allows scientists to hone and refine canine food products at a much earlier stage in the research and development process. Phil McGenity, global pet oral care technical leader at Mars Petcare, said the robot allows scientists to observe the effects of a dental chew much easier than in a real dog. “Typically, it’s very difficult to look inside the mouth of a dog while it’s chewing, but this... ...

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Unique mycobacteria test a ‘game changer’

Nov 20, 2017

A unique test to detect diseases such as bTB and Johne’s disease, with the global potential to be worth “billions” of pounds, will be commercially available to UK veterinary laboratories from the end of November. The test, Actiphage, which is in the process of securing a worldwide patent, is based on advanced bacteriophage research conducted by Cath Rees, associate professor in microbiology at the The University of Nottingham School of Biosciences, and colleague Ben Swift, now a research fellow at the RVC. The test can detect live mycobacteria in blood or milk in six hours, allowing affected cattle to be quickly identified and isolated/culled before they can infect others within the herd. Dr Rees said: “The existing skin test [for bTB] is based on the animal’s immune response, and takes three days to produce a result, but, more worryingly, is known to miss about 20% of infected animals, so more tests are needed to improve disease detection. “Our new test is unique as it is the only test that directly... ...

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Norbrook launches product compendium

Nov 13, 2017

Norbrook Laboratories has launched the latest edition of its product compendium for vets – an easy-to-use reference guide to all of the company’s products. Douglas Palmer, veterinary advisor for Norbrook, said products are easy to find, with a choice of searching alphabetically, by species or by active ingredient – with important information, such as safety instructions, withdrawal periods, product indications and dosage rates under the name of each product. The compendium contains data sheets for recently launched products, including: Solantel – a closantel-containing oral suspension for sheep Thyronorm – a liquid oral suspension for treating hyperthyroidism in cats Betafuse – a fusidic acid/betamethasone gel for dogs A copy of the compendium can be obtained from your Norbrook territory manager, or by telephoning 01536 741147. Alternatively, a digital version can be downloaded from the Norbrook website and the datasheets are also available on the Norbrook Veterinary Excellence Tool app, available to download for Apple and Android devices. ...

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