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One Health approach saves little dog with heart condition
Two-year-old Rumple was presented to the hospital with severe pulmonary stenosis.

Vets and paediatricians treat Havanese with severe pulmonary stenosis

Veterinary surgeons and paediatricians in the US have joined forces to save a dog with a life-threatening heart condition. The collaboration is thought to be the first of its kind in veterinary medicine.

Two-year-old Rumple, a Havanese weighing around 14 pounds, was presented to the University of Florida (UF) Small Animal Hospital with severe pulmonary stenosis.  

Cardiologists at the hospital usually treat around 10-15 dogs a year with the condition, but on this occasion their standard approach did not work.

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.