Burdizzo is a castration device which employs a large clamp designed to break the blood vessels leading into the testicles. Once the blood supply to the testicles is lost, testicular necrosis occurs, and the testicles shrink, soften, and eventually deteriorate completely. When the device is used the operator crushes the spermatic cords one at a time, leaving a space in between in order to maintain an interruption of blood-flow to the scrotum.

The Burdizzo has the advantage of elastrator rings in that it is non-invasive and causes no bleeding. Unlike elastrator rings it can be used on older animals.

The burdizzo is used primarily on farm animals such as cattle and sheep.



Cytauxzoon felis

Cytauxzoon felis in erythrocytes

Cytauxzoonosis is parasite disease caused by parasitic protozoa Cytauxzoon felis and it was first reported in the USA in 1976. This genus was originally described in African grey duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), but is now known to be common in felids including the domestic cat.

The domestic cat (Felis catus) has been considered an aberrant or dead-end host given the acute and fatal course of disease; however, there are reports of domestic cats surviving natural infection with and without treatment. The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is the natural host, typically experiencing subclinical infection and maintaining chronic parasitemia. Cytauxzoon felis infection has been reported in several other wild felids, such as cougars and panthers, in the absence of overt disease; however, a few lions and tigers have been reported to succumb to illness.

The parasites are transmitted by tick bite. After a cat or other host is bitten by an infected tick the parasites infect mononuclear phagocytes. Within these they undergo asexual reproduction (schizonts). As these leukocytes become engorged with schizonts, they line the lumens of veins and may causing obstruction of blood flow. The schizonts develop into merozoites which eventually cause host cell rupture and enter the blood. These intravascular merozoites infect variable numbers of erythrocytes.

6-Foot Snake Undergoes Surgery To Remove Towel

Snake x-ray

Snake x-ray

CBS Miami

TAMPA (CBSMiami) – When Killer, a six-foot-long boa constrictor, went-in for the kill, he ended up having to go-in for surgery in order to remove the towel he accidentally ate.

The male snake, according to BluePearl Veterinary Partners, accidentally swallowed the large towel while eating a rat.

To remove the towel, Killer had to undergo surgery which was performed by doctors at BluePearl, headquartered in Tampa.

The towel was successfully removed and Killer is expected to make a full recovery.

The towel was successfully removed from the 6-foot snake. (Source: BluePearl Veterinary Partners) The towel was successfully removed from the 6-foot snake. (Source: BluePearl Veterinary Partners)

Snake swallowed towel. (Source: BluePearl Veterinary Partners) Snake swallowed towel. (Source: BluePearl Veterinary Partners)

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Radiation treatment for mouth tumor in african lion

Tsavo the lion receives treatment to remove orange size tumor – © AP

Assistant professor of radiation oncology Dr. Nathan Lee prepares an African lion named Tsavo for cancer treatment at the University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. The 11-year-old big cat is undergoing radiation treatment for a large tumor near its mouth. This was the fourth, and last, of Tsavo’s radiation treatments. At his first visit, the tumor measured 10 centimeters — about the size of an orange. At this one, it measured about 6 centimeters, smaller than a lime. With any luck, the radiation has killed the cancer’s DNA so that the tumor will continue to shrink over the next four weeks. If not, Tsavo will have surgery to remove it.

Source: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/07/09/12644085-tsavo-the-lion-receives-treatment-to-remove-orange-size-tumor


Limber tail syndrome

Limber tail syndrome, or acute caudal myopathy, is a disorder of the muscles in the tail, usually affecting working dogs.

An injury occurring mostly in sporting or working dogs such as English Pointers, English Setters, Foxhounds, Beagles, and Labrador Retrievers. Limber Tail Syndrome is also known as Cold Water Tail, Broken Tail, Dead Tail or Broken Wag.

Typically the presentation is a young adult dog with an acutely flaccid tail that hangs down from the tail base or is held horizontally for 3-4 inches and then drops down. The tail remains in this position even when the dog moves about.  Pain may be seen on touching the tail base and some owners report that the dog seems uncomfortable.  The best thing to do is leave the tail alone.