Luca Bellini

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BACKGROUND Because of routine screening and treatment of pregnant women for Toxoplasma infection in France, most neonates born to mothers who seroconverted during pregnancy are either not infected or asymptomatic. Early diagnosis relies mainly on radiologic, ophthalmologic and biologic tests. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cytochemical evaluation is one of(More)
The effects of two sedation protocols combining midazolam with ketamine (ketamine group) or dexmedetomidine (dexmedetomidine group) were studied in dwarf companion rabbits undergoing abdominal ultrasound scan. The onset of sedation was faster in the ketamine group; a few rabbits in the dexmedetomidine group required additional doses to lose the righting(More)
 The dynamics of nutrients (N, P, K, Ca, Mg) in decomposing beech and fir litters was studied. N, P, Mg and Ca content increased in all litters, whereas K content decreased. Nutrient content correlated to mass loss with a few exceptions for K and P. Final N, K, Mg and Ca content was higher the lower the initial content and the higher the initial C/nutrient(More)
This study aimed to determine the ultrasonographic features and reference values of the abdominal anatomy in mixed-breed dwarf rabbits. Complete abdominal ultrasonographic examination was performed in 21 mixed-breed rabbits (12 males and 9 females) referred for examination to the Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health, University of Padua,(More)
Three medetomidine-based protocols were evaluated for sedation in companion rats undergoing diagnostic procedures. Group Me received medetomidine at 150 μg/kg intramuscularly (IM); group Me-Bu received medetomidine 100 μg/kg IM and butorphanol 2 mg/kg IM, and group Me-Bu-Mi received medetomidine 50 μg/kg IM, butorphanol 2 mg/kg IM and midazolam 1 mg/kg IM.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine ultrasonographic features and reference values of the anatomy of the abdomen of common rats (Rattus norvegicus). ANIMALS 20 adult male and 20 adult female rats. PROCEDURES A complete abdominal ultrasonographic examination was performed with the rats sedated. The cadavers of 4 rats were used for anatomic comparisons. Two cadavers(More)
BACKGROUND The increasing popularity gained by pet birds over recent decades has highlighted the role of avian medicine and surgery in the global veterinary scenario; such a need for speciality avian medical practice reflects the rising expectation for high-standard diagnostic imaging procedures. The aim of this study is to provide an atlas of matched(More)
CASE HISTORY A 15-year-old female huacaya alpaca (Vicugna pacos) was referred because of a non-weight-bearing lameness (4/4) in the left pelvic limb caused by a grade three open metatarsal fracture. The referring veterinarian treated the fracture with conservative management using bandages, but it progressively evolved to a non-union. CLINICAL FINDINGS(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether intraoperative administration of a lidocaine infusion to dogs with septic peritonitis was associated with short-term (48 hours) survival after surgery. DESIGN Retrospective case series. ANIMALS 75 dogs with septic peritonitis. PROCEDURES Medical records of dogs with septic peritonitis that underwent laparotomy between(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the pharmacokinetics of two doses of tramadol during isoflurane anaesthesia in sheep and their ability to prevent the cardiovascular response induced by surgical stimulation. STUDY DESIGN Prospective randomized controlled study. ANIMALS A total of 12 healthy sheep (mean weight, 47.5±7.9 kg) undergoing lumbar transpedicular(More)