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James Watts

BSc Bioveterinary Science. Editor of PetSci. When I'm not writing, learning, discussing, or reading about animals, you know it's the weekend! Currently developing PetSci HealthTrak, the fast and easy way to monitor your pet's weight and calorie intake. HealthTrak offers a simple way to track your pet's progress, helping them achieve a healthy weight and a long, happy life.

Cats Can Learn About the Nutritional Value of Their Food

Cats can get a bad rep for being finicky eaters, but research by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition suggests otherwise. A study looking at the flavour, aroma and nutrition of cat foods found that even unappealing flavours can be a cat’s preferred choice if the nutritional content is right. The study by Mars Petcare showed that cats are able to …

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Is the English Bulldog One of the World’s Unhealthiest Breeds?

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The genetic diversity of the English Bulldog is now so limited it could be difficult to improve the health problems associated with the breed. Selective breeding of the English Bulldog for specific traits has been carried out by humans for many years. This has caused large changes in the genome of the Bulldog, which now put it at the top …

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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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iPet Companion Lets You Play With Real Cats Over the Internet

iPet Companion is an innovation that lets people across the globe interact with shelter cats through the internet. You can head over there right now and entertain shelter cats waiting for a new forever home. A simple click of a button is all it takes to get the toys wiggling and the cats moving. Shelters across North America and Canada have signed up …

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Cat Food Puzzles Improve Feline Health and Wellbeing

Cat food puzzles are being used to help combat the negative physical and behavioural effects an indoor lifestyle has on felines. Keeping a cat indoors is recommended for their safety and health. However, indoor housing is associated with physical and behavioural problems, such as: Obesity Type-2 diabetes Joint problems Chronic lower urinary tract diseases Aggression Attention-seeking behaviors Stress-related behaviors e.g. house-soiling and overgrooming A new study …

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Rapid Decline in Male Dog Fertility Observed

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Male dog fertility has drastically decreased over the past 26 years, a University of Nottingham study finds. A reduction in the overall sperm quality of a population of breeding studs has been linked to environmental contaminants accumulating in the semen and testes. The environmental contaminants connected to the drop in fertility have also been found in commercial pet foods. A 26 …

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Why Are Labradors So Greedy Compared to Other Dogs?

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Why are labradors so greedy? A new study claims to finally have the answer! The study, supported by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council Metabolic Diseases Unit, found genetic links between labrador retrievers and their motivation for food. These findings are one of the first to directly link a gene to canine obesity. There is no doubt that labradors tend to be …

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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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