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Scientists are conducting a trial to see whether a drug called rapamycin could make dogs live longer and more healthily. And if it does, they think there’s a good chance the same may be true for humans.

May Reed, from the University of Washington, has recruited 120 dogs for her trial, and is looking for 400 more. If she gets the numbers, she thinks that after 2025 they will be able to answer whether, as they predict, they can add a year on to the lifespan of a typical large dog.

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Among anti-ageing scientists, who treat ageing itself as a disease that can be suppressed, rapamycin has long been considered a promising drug. It regulates the immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to alter crucial metabolic pathways.

Read more on The Times

A mysterious respiratory disease has been affecting dogs across several states in the US including Oregon, Colorado, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, Indiana, Illinois, Washington, Idaho, Georgia and Florida.

Research is ongoing to determine the causes of the disease, its transmission and potential treatments.

The cases appear to fall into three categories:

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Vetlexicon Canis has the following information on canine respiratory disease:

Article: Canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD)

Article: Lung: bacterial pneumonia

We will bring updates on this emerging issue as and when developments occur.

Scientists and researchers at the University of Bristol have made progress in the search for the cause of Alabama Rot, the often-fatal canine disease of which hundreds of cases have already been recorded in the UK.

They have isolated a bacterium from material of dozens of confirmed cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) cases.

Read the full article from the Vet Times here.

CRGV: cutaneous lesion 01 by @Laura Holm

To support your knowledge on the high-risk disease, read through our resources on Vetlexicon Canis.

Client Factsheet: Alabama rot (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV))

Article: Kidney: idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy

Audio Article: Kidney: idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy audio article

Brucellosis is a rare bacterial disease in the UK but there has been a marked increase in the number of cases since 2020 (3 diagnoses pre-2020 and 97 diagnoses in 2023 (to June 2023).
This is in line with the increase in dogs imported from Eastern Europe. All UK cases have been in dogs that have either been imported, have mated with an imported dog, have had contact with the birthing products of an imported dog, or are the offspring (puppy) of an imported dog.

In the female dog, the infection can result in abortion and stillbirth. In the male, it can cause epididymitis, orchitis, prostatitis, testicular atrophy, and infertility. Brucellosis is highly contagious and infected dogs can also pose a risk to owners, veterinary staff and laboratory staff testing samples.

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Vetlexicon Canis has the following topics on Brucellosis:

Article: Brucellosis

Article: Brucella canis

Client Factsheet: Brucellosis infection in dogs

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