Iowa State University Veterinarian: Volume 43, Issue 1
On August 5, 1980, a dead 950 pound steer was submitted to the Iowa Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for necropsy (IVDL Case 18274). The history included acute dyspnea, raspy cough, a temperature of 40.5-41.7 C (105-107 F) in 20 out of 125 animals and two death.s These cattle had been purchased on July 17, 1980 and first noticed sick on August 4, 1980. The tentative diagnoses were Hemophilus pneumonia and viral pneumonia. Treatment included intravenous tetrayccline and intramuscular penicillin and resulted in a "fairly good" response.
The authors have written a book designed for a small animal practitioner who sees the common problems encountered when treating caged and aviary birds. It was written not to cover all aspects of caged bird medicine, but to "provide the basic information required to diagnose and treat the common disease conditions of pet birds."
A 3-year-old neutered male Persian cat was presented with a history of gagging and vomiting solid food for about two months. The cat would keep down liquids and soft food, but had lost weight.
Anabolic steroids, a drug commonly given to promote growth, especially in race or show horses, may be harmful to a mare's reproductive performance, a veterinary scientist says.
The tragedy that exists is that all too often we ask too much of the horse and a permanently disabling lameness is often the result. Our technology has provided us with drugs to ease his pain, and yet we are now finding that we are probably doing him more harm than good. The use of drugs such as phenylbutazone and corticosteroids is now under the scrutiny of the American public, for it has been discovered that their use may lead to an irreversible condition of degenerative joint disease (DJD).