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See detailSensitivity and specificity of blood leukocyte counts as an indicator of mortality in horses after colic surgery
Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Grulke, Sigrid ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 173(11),

The objectives of this study were to describe and relate perioperative changes in blood leukocyte counts to the outcome of surgical colic horses, determine a cut-off value in the early postoperative ... [more ▼]

The objectives of this study were to describe and relate perioperative changes in blood leukocyte counts to the outcome of surgical colic horses, determine a cut-off value in the early postoperative period to obtain an indicator of the outcome, and compare the obtained value to a validation population of horses. Fifty-three horses undergoing colic surgery were included in the descriptive part of the study. Total leukocyte counts were performed before, during and serially after surgery. A receiver operating characteristic analysis was performed on the leukocyte counts of 45 of these horses to determine a cut-off value for the outcome. The results obtained were validated on a second set of 50 horses that underwent colic surgery in similar conditions. The kinetics of blood leukocytes in survivors was higher than in non-survivors during the first days. Non-survivor horses were more likely to have at least one blood leukocyte count ≤3.9×103/mm3 between 28 and 60 hours after surgery than survivor horses. This cut-off value was confirmed in the validation population. These results suggest that routine values of blood leukocyte counts can be used as an additional prognostic indicator after colic surgery alongside other predictors previously associated with the outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailBovine lymphotropic herpesvirus detected in Belgium
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Bayrou, Calixte ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 172

The bovine lymphotropic herpesvirus was detected for the first time outside the US, Canada and UK in a cow with nonresponsive chronic metritis.

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See detailSchmallenberg virus circulation in Belgium in 2012
Bayrou, Calixte ULg; Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 172

Field and laboratory observations suggest that Schmallenberg virus was circulating in Belgium during the summer 2012 despite a very high herd immunity. Further studies will be conducted to determine ... [more ▼]

Field and laboratory observations suggest that Schmallenberg virus was circulating in Belgium during the summer 2012 despite a very high herd immunity. Further studies will be conducted to determine whether we are observing the last cases of this epizootic or if the above calves announce a transition to endemicity. [less ▲]

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See detailCan horses be clinically screened for West Nile fever ?
van galen; Calozet, L; Leblond, Agnès et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 172(4), 101

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See detailAssociation of breeding conditions with prevalence of osteochondrosis in foals
Vander Heyden, Laurent ULg; Lejeune, Jean-Philippe ULg; Caudron, Isabelle ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 178

Osteochondrosis (OC) is the most common developmental orthopaedic disease in horses and represents a major problem to the horse industry. The complete mechanism of this multifactorial disease is not yet ... [more ▼]

Osteochondrosis (OC) is the most common developmental orthopaedic disease in horses and represents a major problem to the horse industry. The complete mechanism of this multifactorial disease is not yet elucidated, but it is accepted that OC lesions are the result of intrinsic genetic and external factors. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the relationship between breeding management and OC. Breeding conditions were recorded, and a radiological examination was performed in 223 foals. Feeding practice and housing management were analysed in a multivariate model to determine risk factors for OC in three periods: gestation, birth to weaning and weaning to one-year-old. The major breakthrough of this study is the significant relationship between OC development and (1) the maternal nutrition during gestation and (2) the type of housing of the foals during their first year. It appears that mares fed with concentrates during gestation are more likely to produce foals that are subsequently affected by OC compared with other mares (P<0.05). Foals housed exclusively at pasture until one year of age are significantly less affected than foals exclusively housed in box or, alternatively, in box and at pasture (P<0.05). These results underline the role of the energy metabolism and the level of exercise in the aetiologic process of the disease, and help to develop preventive strategies during the crucial period of gestation to one year of age of the foal. [less ▲]

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See detailBreeding success of barn owls reflects risk of hantavirus infection
Heyman, P; Cochez, C; Simons, L et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 172

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See detailThree cases of Parafilaria bovicola infection in Belgium, and a few recent epidemiological observations on this emergent disease
Caron, Yannick ULg; Groignet, Stéphanie; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 175

Parafilariosis is a vector borne parasitic disease caused by the development of the nematode Parafilaria bovicola in the subcutaneous and intermuscular connective tissues of cattle. On February 28th 2012 ... [more ▼]

Parafilariosis is a vector borne parasitic disease caused by the development of the nematode Parafilaria bovicola in the subcutaneous and intermuscular connective tissues of cattle. On February 28th 2012, the so-called bleeding spots were observed in two heifers and one bull in a cattle herd close to Namur (Belgium). The animals had been treated in December with an injectable ivermectin/closantel solution (Closamectin pour on®, Norbrook Lab) at the recommended dosage. Samples of serohaemorrhagic exudate and blood as well as skin biopsies were collected. Embryonated eggs of Parafilaria bovicola in the serohaemorrhagic exudate and high levels of creatine phosphokinase (CPK) were detected. Clinically affected animals were treated with injectable ivermectin (Ivomec®, Merial) at 200 µg/kg. Two epidemiological phone surveys were carried out in the south of Belgium (Wallonia) in order to estimate the geographical distribution of this condition since it was first described and published in 2009. A standardized questionnaire was used and the results were analysed. Most outbreaks were recorded in the provinces of Liege and Luxembourg. The initial source of infection is still unknown but this parasitic infection is clearly spreading from the initial Belgian outbreak site. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of pregnancy losses after embryo transfer by measuring plasma progesterone and bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 concentrations
Breukelman, S. P.; Perényi, Z.; Taverne, M. A. M. et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2012), 194(1), 71-76

The aim of this analysis was to determine whether pregnancy loss (PL) after embryo transfer (ET) in cattle was related to maternal progesterone (P4) concentrations during and shortly after ET, and ... [more ▼]

The aim of this analysis was to determine whether pregnancy loss (PL) after embryo transfer (ET) in cattle was related to maternal progesterone (P4) concentrations during and shortly after ET, and maternal bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (bPAG-1) concentrations in plasma at days 25–35 of gestation. Embryos (n = 260) were produced either in vivo after superovulation (n = 115), or in vitro from oocytes (obtained with ovum pick-up) in co-culture (n = 44) or cultured in a synthetic medium (n = 101). Overall, PL was 56.9% (148) and no significant differences occurred in calving rate among the three embryo production groups. There was no difference in P4 concentrations on days 7–14 of gestation in the three groups, nor between ongoing and interrupted pregnancies. Between days 25 and 35 of pregnancy, bPAG-1 concentrations were unaffected by embryo production, but in cattle that had PL between days 26 and 120, four bPAG-1 profiles could be detected. Between days 25 and 32, bPAG-1 concentrations were influenced by PL, and concentrations were significantly lower in animals in which PL occurred between days 26 and 120 than in those animals that aborted later or calved at term. Early P4 concentrations suggested that maternal luteal factors were not responsible for PL which appeared to be caused by impaired conceptus development (regardless of embryo type) as reflected by low maternal bPAG-1 concentrations prior to embryonic death [less ▲]

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See detailPerilimbal pocket technique for surgical repositioning of prolapsed nictitans gland in dogs
Prémont, Johanna ULg; Monclin, Sébastien ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2012)

The objective of this prospective study was to investigate the success rate, practicality and complications of a new perilimbal pocket technique for the replacement of prolapsed nictitans gland in 30 dogs ... [more ▼]

The objective of this prospective study was to investigate the success rate, practicality and complications of a new perilimbal pocket technique for the replacement of prolapsed nictitans gland in 30 dogs (44 eyes). A first incision was made in the bulbar conjunctiva, 2-3 mm from and parallel to the infero-nasal limbus, a second incision on the bulbar aspect of the nictitating membrane (NM), 2-3 mm parallel to the free edge. The gland was returned to its normal position by suturing the subconjunctival tissues of the NM to the episcleral tissues, using four to six interrupted horizontal mattress sutures. The English bulldog, Neapolitan mastiff, great dane and American cocker spaniel were commonly presented. Nictitans gland prolapse occurred prior to one year of age in 83.3 per cent of dogs, and unilaterally in 15 patients. The procedure was easy to perform, and had a 90.9 per cent success rate, with minimal complications. The median duration of follow-up, conducted by ophthalmic examination or telephone contact with the owners, was 21.5 months. Tear production and ocular health were not affected in 17 eyes with at least six months follow-up. There was a statistically significant increase between preoperative and postoperative Schirmer tear test-1 measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo-dimensional and M-mode echocardiographic reference values in healthy adult Saanen goats
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Moonen, Marie ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2012), 170(6), 154

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats. The ... [more ▼]

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats. The aim of this study was to test the inter-day repeatability and to establish the reference values of two-dimensional (2D-) and time-motion (M-) mode echocardiographic variables in healthy adult Saanen goats. Six goats were investigated three times by the same observer at one day interval using a standardized 2D- and M-mode echocardiographic protocol. The intra-observer inter-day repeatability was tested using analysis of variance, calculation of the coefficient of variation and confidence intervals. A single echocardiographic examination was performed in 6 other goats, and values obtained in the 12 goats were used to establish the 2D- and M-mode echocardiographic reference values in healthy adult female Saanen goats. Statistical analysis revealed a good inter-day repeatability of the echocardiographic cardiac measurements. Echocardiographic reference values obtained in healthy adult Saanen goats seemed slightly higher than those reported in healthy Swedish domestic goats and were similar to those reported in healthy adult sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailTickborne encephalitis virus antibodies in wild cervids in Belgium
Linden, Annick ULg; Wirtgen, Marc ULg; Nahayo, Adrien et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2012), 170

This study is the first TBE serological screening of wild sentinel species performed in Belgium. Our results provide indirect evidence of the presence of TBEV in at least two different microfoci in ... [more ▼]

This study is the first TBE serological screening of wild sentinel species performed in Belgium. Our results provide indirect evidence of the presence of TBEV in at least two different microfoci in southern Belgium. Larger-scale screenings are currently being carried out to evaluate the potential TBE risk areas in the region. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of Salmonella serotypes in male mule ducks in Belgium
Flament, Aline; Soubbotina, Alexandra; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2012)

Salmonella species infections of male mule ducks were studied for 32 months in 100 flocks on nine duck farms in Belgium. The prevalence of Salmonella species infections changed significantly over time (P ... [more ▼]

Salmonella species infections of male mule ducks were studied for 32 months in 100 flocks on nine duck farms in Belgium. The prevalence of Salmonella species infections changed significantly over time (P<0.001) with infection rates of 50, 13.4, 6.7, 2.6 and 2.9 per cent, respectively, at the time of arrival on the farm, at three, six and nine weeks of age, and when the ducks left the breeding unit to enter the force-feeding rooms (at 11 or 12 weeks of age). During the study period, 95 strains of Salmonella were isolated, belonging to 11 serotypes. S Indiana (42.1 per cent) and S Regent (36.8 per cent) were the two most common serotypes, whereas S Typhimurium and S Enteritidis were found only once (1.1 per cent). All isolated strains were resistant to at least two antimicrobials, but resistance to more than five antimicrobials was observed in 21.6 per cent of the strains. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of the best suture pattern to close a stuffed Christmas turkey
Verwilghen, Denis ULg; Busoni, Valeria ULg; Van Galen, Gaby ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2011), 169(26), 685-686

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See detailSubclinical diseases underlying poor performance in endurance horses: diagnostic methods and predictive tests.
Fraipont, Audrey ULg; Van Erck, E.; Ramery, Eve ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2011), 169(6), 154

Thirty-eight endurance horses underwent clinical and ancillary examinations, including haematological and biochemical evaluation, standardised exercise tests both on a treadmill and in the field, Doppler ... [more ▼]

Thirty-eight endurance horses underwent clinical and ancillary examinations, including haematological and biochemical evaluation, standardised exercise tests both on a treadmill and in the field, Doppler echocardiography, impulse oscillometry, video endoscopy and collection of respiratory fluids. All of the examined poorly performing horses were affected by subclinical diseases, and most of them had multiple concomitant disorders. On the contrary, the well-performing horses were free of any subclinical disease. The most frequently diagnosed diseases were respiratory disorders, followed by musculoskeletal and cardiac problems. Poor performers exhibited lower speeds at blood lactate concentration of 4 mmol/l (VLA4) and at heart rates of 160 (V160) and 200 bpm (V200) on the treadmill and in the field, as well as slower recovery of heart rate. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Dermacentor reticulatus ticks
Wirtgen, Marc ULg; Nahayo, A.; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2011), 168(9), 248

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See detailInhalation with NDS27 attenuates pulmonary neutrophilic inflammation in recurrent airway obstruction
Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Olejnik, Dorine; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2011)

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See detailCattle enterotoxaemia and Clostridium perfringens: description, diagnosis and prophylaxis
Lebrun, M.; Mainil, Jacques ULg; Linden, Annick ULg

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2010), 167(1), 13-22

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See detailPhenotypic and genotypic characterisation of Brucella strains isolated from cattle in the Gambia.
Bankole, A. A.; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Berkvens, D. et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2010), 166(24), 753-6

Thirty-five serum samples and six hygroma fluid samples were collected from sexually mature cattle in one herd with clinical signs of brucellosis (abortion and hygromas) in the Western Region of the ... [more ▼]

Thirty-five serum samples and six hygroma fluid samples were collected from sexually mature cattle in one herd with clinical signs of brucellosis (abortion and hygromas) in the Western Region of the Gambia in order to isolate and characterise Brucella species. Information on the sex, age, number of calvings, number of abortions, presence of hygromas, and presence of orchitis was also collected for each animal sampled. Twenty-six (74 per cent) of the serum samples were positive in the rose bengal test and 29 (83 per cent) were positive by indirect ELISA. Three isolates of Brucella, biotyped as Brucella abortus biovar 3, were cultured from six hygroma fluid samples. The multiple locus variable number tandem repeat analysis assay clustered the isolates as B abortus with the same profile for the three isolates, suggesting a common origin of contamination. [less ▲]

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See detailEnterotoxaemia-like syndrome and Clostridium perfringens in veal calves
Muylaert, Adeline ULg; Lebrun, M.; Duprez, Jean-Noël ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2010), 167

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See detailEquine atypical myopathy. Letters (equine health)
Votion, Dominique ULg; Van Galen, Gaby ULg; Marr, C. M.

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2009), 165

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