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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.

Can Lysine Treat Cat Influenza?

Cat Influenza (or cat flu) is not an infection by the influenza virus like human flu. Instead, cat flu is the term used to describe a variety of upper respiratory tract diseases. In particular, feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is one particular virus that causes cat flu. Whilst there are other causes of cat flu, FHV-1 is particularly interesting. Typically, treating viral …

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Easter, Chocolate & Dogs

Easter. A Christian holiday that celebrates the rebirth of Jesus – with chocolate eggs! No matter how early or late Easter arrives in April, you’ll find the supermarkets stocking up on festive chocolate treats weeks before the days arrive! So, we thought we’d get in an early reminder for you just in case you’re stocking up on these sweet treats. …

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Outbreak of Canine Distemper in Ferrets – Trouble Ahead?

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Veterinarian, Simon Thomas recently wrote to the Veterinary Record to warn of an great increase in the number of ferrets being diagnosed with canine distemper in the UK. Over 300 cases of canine distemper have now been reported in ferrets since October 2011 and with no licensed vaccine available many ferrets have gone without vaccination in recent years. Veterinarians are …

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