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Heartworm disease (cardiopulmonary filariasis) is a serious parasitic disease caused by a nematode, Dirofilaria immitis (Fig. 1), whose adult stage localises in the pulmonary arterial system, in the chambers of the right side of the heart and in the large vessels draining into them (the cranial and caudal venae cavae). The natural host of D. immitis is the dog, but more than 30 wild and domestic...
Examination of puppies is an essential part of clinical practice for both general veterinarians and specialist ones. In order to be able to measure an animal’s temperature accurately, palpate it or withdraw blood or other organic material, it should be possible to handle the patient easily and, if necessary, for long periods of time. Some critical steps associated with the clinical examination...
L-asparaginase is a bacterial enzyme isolated from Escherichia coli and Erwinia carotovora. The enzyme from this latter has some advantages (less risk of causing allergic reactions) and some disadvantages (reduced activity and often difficult to obtain). There is also a pegylated form (PEG-asparaginase), which is the enzyme extracted from E. coli stabilised by polyethylene glycol. PEG-...
Prostatic diseases include benign or cystic hyperplasia, squamous metaplasia, paraprostatic cysts, prostatitis and prostatic neoplasias. In view of their greater sensitivity to genital and urinary tract infections and the presence of prostatic hyperplasia the predisposition for prostatic diseases is greater in dogs than in cats.   ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
When dealing with dogs and cats it may happen to have to take care of orphaned puppies and kittens who have no access to maternal care and/or cannot be nursed with their mother’s milk.
Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV), family Retroviridae, genus Alpharetrovirus, is responsible for  one of the most important infectious diseases of the cat. Indeed, FeLV is among the leading causes of death of domestic cats, especially in those living in close contact with each other (the virus does not survive long in the environment).
The term leucocytosis indicates an increase in the number of leucocytes so that the normal range of values is exceeded. Generally speaking, leucocytosis occurs when there is an increase in the number of neutrophils or lymphocytes in the blood, which alone account for more than 80% of leucocytes. Occasionally the increase in the number of these cells is sufficient to exceed the reference limit for...

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