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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.

Are Your Pets at Risk When You’re Home with the Cold or Flu?

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Each year brings a seasonal increase in cold and flu infections, but have you ever worried about sharing your illness with your pets? Dogs and cats can be a great comfort while recovering when you’re ill and the latest advice says, if a little pet therapy is what you need, don’t be afraid to indulge in it. “The pet is a …

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Feline Panleucopenia and Feline Parvovirus (FPV)

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Feline panleucopenia (also known as feline infectious enteritis) is a highly contagious disease caused by a specific viral infection. The virus responsible is feline parvovirus (FPV), which is closely related to canine parvovirus. The name feline panleucopenia comes from the low white blood cell count caused as a result of FPV attacking immune cells.

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Proposed Guidelines for Breeders to Reduce Instance of Syringomyelia in Toy Breeds

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A recent study conducted at the University of Bristol, supervised by Dr. Clare Rusbridge, has identified two significant risk factors for the development of a painful neurological disease in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The findings implicate certain aspects of skull shape in the onset of syringomyelia, a painful condition more common in toy breeds, including the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and …

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Bob Martin to Tackle Permethrin Poisoning in Cats

permethrin poisoning in cats with fleas

Pet health company, Bob Martin, has taken action to remove their permethrin-based flea treatments from general sale to reduce the misuse of these products. Permethrin based flea treatments are widely available, but strictly for canine use only as they are toxic to cats. However, through mistake or misunderstanding these products are still occasionally used on cats. As a result permethrin poisoning is …

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Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (Cat Flu)

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Feline upper respiratory tract infections are a common health problem amongst cats. Infections of the feline upper respiratory tract are described as ‘cat flu’. Unlike human flu, which is caused by the influenza virus, cat flu can be caused by a number of different viruses and bacteria. The two most common causes of feline upper respiratory tract infections are feline herpesvirus …

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is the term used to describe a range of diseases with similar symptoms that affect the lower urinary tract of male and female cats. FLUTD is one of the most common health implications affecting cats, estimated to affect over 1% of the total cat population. Fortunately, with treatment, the prognosis for FLUTD is good …

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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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The 10 Most Common Canine Health Problems

In this article, we’ve put together a list of the most common canine health problems. The various disease and conditions listed below are the 10 most common canine health problems reported by vets during the previous year.  Although each year, the order may change slightly, you will find that the same 10 or so conditions claim the top spot on this …

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Ever wondered why your dog gets so excited when you come home?

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If you’ve ever wondered why your dog seems so excited when you return home then a new study might just have the answer. The calming effect dogs can have on humans has been quite well documented. Stroking or petting your dog can alleviate stress and dog ownership is thought to improve our quality of life, but what about the effect …

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