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Are Essential Oils Safe for Dogs?

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With the field of holistic and complementary medicine gaining popularity we’ve gathered some advice for pet owners looking to try animal aromatherapy in their homes. Always follow the advice of your veterinarian, only they are qualified to prescribe the use of alternative medications such as essential oil aromatherapy. Are Essential Oils Safe for Dogs and Other Pets? Essentials oils are …

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A Pet Owner’s Guide to Surviving Firework Night

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Bonfire night can be a stressful time if your pet is scared of fireworks. A PDSA report from 2015 found 39% of pets have a fear of fireworks. Although we know the colourful explosions in the sky are perfectly safe, our pets don’t understand. Their heightened sense of hearing also makes fireworks more intense. For dogs, cats and other pets …

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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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Why Do Small Dogs Live Longer?

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Have you ever wondered why small dogs live longer? Although still a debated topic, new research suggests life expectancy is determined during the early stages of development. Smaller dog breeds outliving larger breeds seems to go against the rest of the mammalian kingdom. For example, mice live for only a few years whereas elephants can live for up to 70 years! …

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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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