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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Risks Examined

May 20, 2019

In Mexicali, Mexico, an uncontrolled epidemic of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, one of the deadliest tickborne diseases in the Americas, has affected more than 1,000 people since 2008.

Where on Earth Is the Salish Sea?

May 17, 2019

Less than half of the people in Washington and British Columbia have heard of the Salish Sea, even though they live alongside it.

Homemade Cat Food Diets Could Be Risky

May 07, 2019
UC Davis researchers analyzed homemade cat food recipes and found none provided all essential nutrients for healthy adult cats.

Remembering Dr. Shri Giri

May 06, 2019
Shri Giri, DVM, passed away on April 22, 2019. He served on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for 35 years (1968-2003), including 12 years as chair of the Department of Molecular BioSciences.

UC Davis PET Research to Improve Racehorse Safety and Welfare

May 03, 2019
A significant advance in veterinary research is coming to the racetrack in the form of a standing equine PET scanner. The machine will soon be available at Santa Anita Park, marking a major milestone in the battle against racetrack injuries.

Parrot’s Challenging Fungal Infection Successfully Treated

May 01, 2019
Ginger, an 8-year-old female eclectus parrot, was not feeling like herself a few months ago. Over the course of several days, her decreased appetite caused her to skip a meal of kiwi—her favorite fruit—and she no longer danced around her cage like normal. Her owners thought she was having trouble with egg binding, a condition she suffered from previously. As regular clients of the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Service at the UC Davis veterinary hospital, they brought Ginger in for an examination.

Life-Threatening Foot Disease Found in Endangered Huemul Deer in Chile

April 24, 2019
Scientists report the first cases of foot disease for endangered huemul deer in Chilean Patagonia in a study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of California, Davis’ One Health Institute, with partnering institutions in Chile and the United States. 

Oral Magnesium and Boron Found to Reduce Headshaking in Horses

April 23, 2019
Giving magnesium and boron can benefit headshaking horses, the findings of research suggest. Trigeminal‐mediated headshaking, which used to be called idiopathic headshaking, is caused by a low threshold of firing of the trigeminal nerve in the face. In most cases, the condition is worse during spring and summer, and geldings are over-represented. Various treatments have been tried, including face masks with ultraviolet light protection, nose nets, nutritional supplements, antihistamines, corticosteroids, neuromodulation, and even surgery on the nerve. Results have been variable.

Good News About Mercury in Dog Food

April 23, 2019
An investigation into levels of methylmercury in a small sampling of commercial dog food offers good news for dog owners.