The April issue of Veterinary Research Communications is now available. (Full-text PDFs of the journal’s articles are available for download at no charge.) Of note in the current issue:

  • A report (405–412) on treating canine open-cervix pyometras with a Chinese herbal medicine preparation called “Yun-Nan-Pai-Yao” (the article provides a chart identifying the Chinese, common, and scientific names for each component). The report’s authors find the treatment to be promising. Of a 20-dog study group, 75 percent recovered fully within three weeks of starting treatment, and 95 percent recovered within five weeks. The authors caution that a follow-up study is necessary to determine the rate of relapse before use of the preparation can be recommended.
  • A study (419–425) compares tests of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) in the milk of lactating Holstein cows and finds that the test of ALP is the most accurate for diagnosising subclinical mastitis.