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TB confirmed in cats with no outdoor access
Vets said clinicians should be aware of the possibility of TB in young pedigree cats that may have been fed a raw food diet, even if they lack a history of outdoor access.

Clinicians urged to get in touch with similar cases 

Vets have confirmed three cases of feline TB due to Mycobacterium bovis.

The cases, which occurred in two households in England, were reported in Vet Record letters (Vol 183 No 16).

Authors said the cases are unusual in the sense that they occurred in young pedigree cats that had no history of outdoor access since they were adopted as kittens.

In addition, both households were located in areas of the country that are deemed to be low risk for M bovis in cattle and other species.

It was noted, however, that all three cats were fed a commercial raw food diet, but the significance of this is not yet clear.

The cases were not ‘typical’ cases of feline TB, which present with cutaneous lesions at fight and bite sites.

Vets said clinicians should be aware of the possibility of TB in young pedigree cats that may have been fed a raw food diet, even if they lack a history of outdoor access.

Writing in Vet Record, the authors invited vets with any suspicious cases, or those who have diagnosed similar cases, to get in touch via: conor.o’halloran@roslin.ed.ac.uk

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”