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The gastrointestinal microbiota consists of a very complex ecosystem which includes numerous bacterial species, some beneficial and others potentially harmful, the activity of which exerts an important influence on the digestive function and, more generally, on the well-being and health of the host (Roberfroid et al., 1995).
Insufficient or inadequate nutrition is responsible for many pathophysiological changes. One of the most serious consequences is cellular and humoural immunoparesis from reduced neutrophil activity.
The descent of the testes from the abdominal cavity where they originate is the characteristic feature of animal species defined as having externalised testes. In such animals the prepubertal location of the testes outside the abdomen ensures an intratesticular temperature 3-5°C lower than body temperature, a condition necessary for spermatogenesis. Abnormal testicular descent refers to the lack...
Doxorubicin (or adriamycin) is an anthracycline and one of the most widely used chemotherapeutic agents in veterinary oncology.   CHEMICAL STRUCTURE AND PHARMACOKINETIC PROPERTIES Doxorubicin is an antineoplastic antibiotic that was isolated from Streptomyces peucetius in 1960. The chemical structure is a planar tetracyclic ring, adriamycinone, with a sugar moiety (daunosamine) attached by a...
Urinary incontinence after gonadectomy is a condition first reported in 1965, characterized by the involuntary loss of urine following removal of the gonads. The disease is particularly frequent in countries where gonadectomy is performed on a large scale for birth control and to keep the number of stray animals under control. The disorder is rarely seen in the queen, or in male subjects, and...
Whole blood transfusions are indicated in all patients experiencing a rapid loss of red blood cells and plasma, as may happen as a result of trauma, surgery, rupture of organic masses, rodenticide poisoning, etc. Plasma administration is appropriate in the presence of infectious or inflammatory disorders in which a major protein loss has been detected (e.g., parvovirosis with severe diarrhoea),...
The term oesophagitis means inflammation of the mucosa (and sometimes also of the submucosa) of the oesophagus. There are various causes of oesophageal inflammation and in chronic cases the oesophatitis can cause oesophageal strictures and mega-oesophagus.   CAUSES

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