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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.

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

Curly coat retriever

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?

Why are labradors so greedy

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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High-Rise Syndrome in Cats: Why Open Windows Can Be Dangerous

High-rise syndrome cats

During the warmer months, many homes are quick to open windows. However, cat owners should be aware of the dangers an open window can pose to their pets. A phenomenon called high-rise syndrome is to blame. High-rise syndrome is also used to describe the injuries cats sustain when falling from a height. A fall from the second floor (7m+) or above can be dangerous. Cats falling …

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Canine Babesiosis: An Emerging Threat to UK Dogs

Dermacentor reticulatus causes canine babesiosis

Canine babesiosis is a parasitic disease caused by infection with Babesia spp. Ticks carrying the Babesia parasite transmit it to dogs when they fed on their blood. Babesia infection leads to babesiosis. Until recently, this disease was rare in the UK, although commonly found across Europe and Central America. The main species currently affecting dogs in the UK is Babesia Canis. Babesia infects red blood cells, leading …

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Lyme Disease in Dogs: Symptoms & Treatment

lyme disease in dogs

Lyme disease in dogs was first discovered in 1984. It is a disease caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks transmit these bacteria when they feed. The primary vector is the tick species Ixodes. Lyme disease can affect many animals, including dogs and humans. The number of tick-related infections is increasing each year. A warming climate and the migration of people is helping spread ticks and …

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