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Zinc phosphide is an inorganic compound with a dark grey, crystalline appearance. It has a characteristic smell of garlic or rotting fish. Zinc phosphide was synthesised for the first time in 1740 and initially used as a rodenticide in Italy in 1911-1912. This compound is currently used for the control of various animals, such as mice, rats, squirrels, wild rabbits and moles. In recent years it...
Trombiculiasis is a parasitic skin disease in dogs and cats caused by the infestation of larvae of Neotrombicula autumnalis, a mite which, in the adult phase, lives in the external environment. The larvae can infest several animals, including humans.   MORPHOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL CYCLE OF THE PARASITE The hexapod larvae are ovoid, 250-500 µm long and characterized by a typical deep red-orange...
Various laboratory tests are available for the assessment of liver function: 1. Tests indicative of increased membrane permeability, enzymatic induction or hepatobiliary damage: ALT (alanine aminotransferase), AST (aspartate aminotransferase), ALP (alkaline phosphatase) and GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase). These tests are not a direct expression of liver function. 2. Tests indicative of hepatic...
Subaortic stenosis is the second most common congenital disease in the dog, with a prevalence of 25.5%; it is characterized by fibrous lesions which surround, entirely or partially, the subvalvular part of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT).   AETIOLOGY Subaortic stenosis is more common in large or giant breeds. The breeds predisposed are the German Shepherd, Boxer, Newfoundland, Golden...
Leucocytes or white blood cells are nucleated cells that can be found in the peripheral blood and are dedicated, in various ways, to defending the body against potential pathogens. There are five different subpopulations of leucocytes in the blood, each with different morphological features and functions: neutrophil, eosinophil and basophil granulocytes, lymphocytes and monocytes.
Vaccination against Canine parvovirus 2 (CPV-2) is essential for the prophylaxis of this infection, but the choice of the time to give the vaccination is critical with regards to its efficacy. The main factors to take into consideration are maternally derived antibodies (MDA) whose titre in the puppy is directly proportional to the antibody titre in the mother. The puppy’s maternally derived...
Unlike the situation in humans and cats, acromegaly in the dog due to a pituitary adenoma is extremely rare, although a case has been described. Acromegaly in the dog is more frequently related to the production of mammary growth hormone (GH). This production occurs in middle-aged or elderly bitches during the luteal phase of the oestrous cycle as a consequence of high levels of progesterone in...

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