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Ticks are ectoparasitic arthropods (Phylum Arthropoda, Class Arachnida, Order Acarina) of animals and humans, of considerable socioeconomic and medical importance. There are two main families of ticks, Argasidae (the so-called soft ticks) and Ixodidae (the so-called hard ticks) which, at our latitudes, infest respectively birds and mammals.
Pancreatitis is an inflammatory process that develops from the infiltration of inflammatory cells in pancreatic tissue.  It is a very common disorder of the exocrine pancreas in both the dog and cat1,2. In one study in dogs the prevalence of this disease was estimated to be about 1.7% in  9,342 samples of pancreatic tissue examined3. In another, more recent study4  only 8.2% of the pancreatic...
Communication is fundamental for the survival of all living beings. The exchange of information occurs through the transmission of mechanical or chemical signals or by emanations that stimulate one or more sensory channels of the recipient individual. Chemical signals are the oldest and most widespread method of communication in the plant and animal kingdoms. The first research on this subject...
The term megaoesophagus is used to describe oesophageal dilatation. There are various different causes of such dilatation, including factors such as hypomotility, loss of normal peristalsis and obstruction.1,2,3 Megaoesophagus may be congenital or acquired and this latter type can be distinguished into primary (idiopathic) or secondary forms.4   ETYMOLOGY From the Greek mega (large) and ...
Behavioural changes secondary to organic diseases are relatively common and justify a careful clinical examination during a consultation for behavioural problems (Fig. 1). In the light of the model proposed by P. Pageat, the diagnosis of a behavioural disorder is a differential diagnosis, not a “hold all” diagnosis when an organic disease cannot be identified. An organic disease should be...
Gastric ulcers are erosions of the gastric mucosa which may involve also the deeper layers, such as the submucosa and muscularis, and may then be the cause of perforations of the gastric serosa with subsequent peritonitis.     AETIOLOGY
Osteoclastoma is a rare tumour which mostly affects adult, large-sized dogs. The most commonly affected sites are the epiphyses of appendicular bones (Fig. 1), but the mandible and cranial bones may also be involved. The tumour causes local bone lysis and may metastasise.1

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