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Pet Ownership Reduces Allergies and Obesity in Children

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Research from the University of Alberta has found pet ownership could reduce obesity and allergic diseases in children. The study conducted by Anita Kozyrskyj, a pediatric epidemiologist, looked at 746 infants. They found babies from households with pets had higher levels of certain microbes in the gut. These microbes are linked to a reduced risk of obesity and allergic diseases …

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Whelping Essentials: Preparing for your Dog’s Pregnancy

We’ve compiled a list of whelping essentials to help you and your dog get through her pregnancy. When your dog becomes pregnant there are lots of preparations that can be made to make the labour as stress-free as possible. A well-prepared owner greatly improves the odds of each puppy’s survival. These whelping essentials will make sure you’re prepared for all possible …

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Does Britain Leaving the EU Affect Pet Owners?

In the coming months, the UK begins its departure from the EU. Being part of the EU brings with it many regulations, which formed part of the leave/remain debate. This article discusses the regulations that affect pet owners and what life post-EU could be like without those regulations. Travelling With Pets In 2012 the UK sought to make pet travel easier throughout the EU …

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Could Some Cat Foods Contribute to Feline Hyperthyroidism?

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The amount of cats that have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in the last three decades has increased, and surprisingly fish flavoured cat food could be the culprit. Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland produces an excess of hormones. Excessive amounts of these thyroid hormones can cause thyrotoxicosis. It has previously been thought that cats being exposed to flame …

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Confirmed Bovine Tuberculosis Transmission Between Pets and Owners

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A news release from Public Health England and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency confirms that two people in England developed bovine tuberculosis (bTB) following contact with an infected domesticated cat. The cat was infected with Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis), the bacterium responsible for causing TB in cattle. A further two people were found to have a latent infection, suggesting …

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Bute Found in Contaminated Horse Meat: Does it Pose a Risk?

Horse Meat Bute

As the ‘horse meat scandal’ continues to develop, concern has been growing over the possible danger that bute (phenylbutazone) may impose on human health. In this article, we’ll be discussing what bute is and why it is used, as well as the risks that it may (or may not) carry. Also covered below are the recent results from the FSA …

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