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    physical changes in the body it causes behavioural changes In farm animals castration is carried out for several reasons to increase growth rate to improve the quality of meat meat from entire male animals eg boars often has a very strong unpleasant smell and taste to reduce dangerous behavioural traits for example entire bulls can be dangerous to handle compared to neutered bullocks to prevent unwanted breeding farmers only want to breed from the best genetic stock In horses castration is carried out to prevent unwanted matings to calm down their behaviour entire stallions can be much more difficult to handle than geldings for medical reasons eg trauma to the testicles In dogs castration is recommended for several reasons to prevent unwanted puppies to modify antisocial behavioural traits such as aggression towards other dogs mounting people roaming urine marking in houses for medical reasons including injuries to the testicles cancer of the testicles common in older dogs torsion of the testicle retained testicles also called cryptorchidism or ectopic testes when there is a perineal hernia rupture present to treat prostate disease hypertrophy or cancer which are sex hormone linked to treat tumours around the anus adenomas which are sex hormone

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/castration.htm (2016-02-08)
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    in lactation and it is important not only for it s nutritive value but because it contains antibodies against a variety of infectious diseases In the newborn animal the intestinal tract is permeable and allows these antibodies to pass into the bloodstream so the colostrum provides the young animal with passive immunity before it s own immune system is fully developed and can mount it s own reaction to fight

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/colostrum.htm (2016-02-08)
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    on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet Description derived from con meaning together and genitus meaning begotten Indicates diseases deformities or other abnormalities that are either present at birth or if they have a genetic inheritance from the parents occur later in life It is important to realise that all congenital disorders are not caused by genetically inherited abnormalities they may result from

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/glossary/congenital.htm (2016-02-08)
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    is a commonly used term but what does it mean A disease that is contagious can be spread by direct contact of an animal with an affected individual body secretions or by indirect contact with inanimate objects such as drinking utensils bedding food troughs cages kennels stables and so on that the affected individual has been in contact with To prevent a contagious disease being passed from one animal to

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/glossary/contagious.htm (2016-02-08)
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    its important role in the maintenance of healthy skin Copper is an important component of several metalloenzymes and of proteins used for transport and storage in the body Deficiency of copper leads to several clinical signs Loss of pigmentation in hair black hair coat turns brown or grey Thinning of the hair coat Dullness of the hair coat The coat appears to be rough staring and unkempt In addition skin structure eg elasticity is likely to be adversely affected If the cause of these skin signs is copper deficiency copper concentrations in tissues hair plasma liver as well as others are low and can be measured in samples collected for analysis The biochemical roles of copper that explain these changes include Cuproenzymes are important for the conversion of L tyrosine to melanin Cuproenzymes are important for the formation of keratin from prekeratin Cuproenzymes are important in the conversion of carotene to retinal vitamin A is important in skin health Cuproenzymes are important in connective tissue maturation and Cuproenzymes are important for normal cross linking of aldehydes in both collagen and elastin tissues Copper deficiency is not common It occurs most often in young puppies or kittens due to one of

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/diseases/copperskin.htm (2016-02-08)
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    abdominal mass eg an enlarged liver or a cancer A large worm burden especially in young puppies and kittens Weakening of the abdominal muscles leading to a pendulous abdomen eg as occurs in Cushing s Syndrome The presence of free fluid in the abdominal peritoneal cavity Quite a large volume of fluid is needed to cause visible distension of the abdominal wall and this fluid can take several forms including Clear watery fluid due to oedema this is true ascites Urine eg if the bladder is ruptured Fluid produced as a result of inflammation eg as occurs in peritonitis What causes this accumulation of watery fluid in the abdomen called ascites Ascites is NOT caused by Drinking too much water Eating too much salt High blood pressure Ascites IS caused by several disorders including Low concentrations of protein albumin in the bloodstream This can occur If there are massive losses of protein from the body due to kidney disease If there are massive losses of protein from the body due to gastrointestinal disease In starvation Obstruction to normal blood circulation e g liver disease Poor circulation as occurs in heart failure A diagnosis of free fluid in the abdomen can

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/ascites.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Recording Medicines on Farms
    case of civil action for damages Date of veterinary examination of the animal s The name and address of the owners of the animal s The number of animals treated with the drug What diagnosis was made What product was prescribed What dose of drug was to be administered How long the drug was to be administered for What withdrawal period was recommended Provet Comment It is perhaps surprising to lay people that Legislation was deemed necessary to enforce veterinarians to record this information One would have assumed that responsible professionals would automatically keep such records for future reference and it is almost unbelievable that the small animal sector of the profession successfully argued that they should be exempt from this Legislation when prescribing drugs for companion animals In addition to the veterinarians obligations to record information under different Legislation Animals and Animal Products Examination for Residues and Maximum Residues Limits Regulations 1997 the farmer also has a legal obligation to record the following details as soon as possible after administration of a drug and retain the records for at least 3 years Date of purchase of a veterinary medicinal product Date of administration of a veterinary medicinal product Description

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/diseases/farmmedicines.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • Provet Farm Secondhand Equipment Request
    Form Enter your details and requirements here and you will be contacted within 48 hours Salutation Mr Mrs Miss Ms Dr Prof etc Forename Surname Company Practice Street Area Town County Post Code Telephone Email Required field Type of Item

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/farm/SecondHandRequest.asp (2016-02-08)
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