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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.

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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Microchipping Dogs Now Compulsory in England

Microchipping dogs is now compulsory under new English law. The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 states that from the 6th April 2016, all dogs over the age of 8 weeks must be fitted with a microchip. This new law affects England, Scotland and Wales. Failure to comply with this new regulation could result in a criminal prosecution and a £500 …

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Xylitol and Dogs: The Emerging Sweetener Proven to be Toxic

Xylitol - the toxic sweetener

The toxic relationship between xylitol and dogs has become more of a problem over the last few years. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that is harmless to humans but is toxic to dogs. As xylitol has gained popularity as a food additive, the number of cases of xylitol poisoning in dogs has increased. Xylitol is similar to sugar, but has fewer calories, a much …

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13 Popular but Toxic Plants for Cats

Tulips in vase

It’s Poison Prevention Week, so we’re looking at common pet poisons found around the home. In this article, we’re looking at ornamental plants that are poisonous to cats. Below is our roundup of the 13 most toxic plants for cats. See also our top 10 cat poisons roundup. Ornamental plants can be found in homes across the nation. They help reduce stress, promote well-being and improve …

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10 Cat Poisons That May Surprise You

common cat poisons

It’s Poison Prevention Week, so we’re going to be looking at pet poisons found around the home. In this article, we’re listing some of the more common poisons that affect cats. Below is our roundup of the ten most common cat poisons. See our top 10 dog poisons. The 10 Most Reported Cat Poisons Dog Flea Products (Permethrin) Flea and tick products marketed for dogs …

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10 Dog Poisons That May Surprise You

It’s Poison Prevention Week, so we’re going to be looking at pet poisons found around the home. Some you would expect, others may surprise you. In this article, we’re listing some of the more common poisons that affect dogs. Below is our roundup of the ten most common dog poisons. The 10 Most Reported Dog Poisons Chocolate The most common cause of …

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Can Excitement Boost Your Dog’s Training Sessions?

training stress dogs

Will a little bit of excitement improve the next training session with your dog? A new study conducted at Duke University suggests the answer is yes – but only if your dog is laid-back. The study investigated the relationship between the level of arousal (a state of being reactive to stimuli, both physiologically and psychologically) in dogs, with their problem solving …

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23 Reliable Signs of Cat Pain Selected by Experts

cat in pain wearing bandage

Cat pain can be difficult to spot. As a species, cats are extremely good at hiding their pain. It is usually not until their pain becomes excessive that we are able to notice. Spotting the signs of pain in cats usually relies on being able to notice slight changes in their behaviour. Opinions are mostly mixed about what behavioural changes indicate pain. A …

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