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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.

Confirmed Bovine Tuberculosis Transmission Between Pets and Owners

bovine tuberculosis in cats

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?

excited dog coming home

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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Canine Periodontal Disease: Does my dog have gum disease?

Canine periodontal disease is a type of inflammation of the gum and deeper supporting structures of the teeth that can lead to bone loss, tissue damage and tooth loss.  The term gum disease is usually used to describe periodontal disease in dogs, but can also refer to gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum caused by dental plaque. Whilst …

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Canine Gastritis and Gastroenteritis

lethargic dog canine gastritis

Canine gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining, which may be caused by irritation, disease or damage. The condition is fairly common amongst dogs and rarely causes complications. Cases of canine gastritis are considered either acute or chronic. Acute canine gastritis has a rapid onset but will usually clear up after 24-48, whilst chronic canine gastritis is a persistent …

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Protein Losing Enteropathy: Intestinal Protein Loss in Dogs

yorkshire terrier protein losing enteropathy

Protein losing enteropathy in dogs is a condition that affects the ability of the intestines to absorb protein from the diet. Dogs with protein losing enteropathy have to deal with a net loss of protein, which means they lose more protein than they are able to take in from the diet. This can affect the dog’s health quite severely, as …

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Common Types of Canine Benign Tumours: Lipoma, Papilloma & Adenoma

lipoma papilloma adenoma

Canine benign tumours are non-cancerous masses of cells. Benign tumours (unlike malignant, cancerous tumours) generally do not spread and have a slow growth rate. Although canine benign tumours are not cancerous, they can still have negative health effects. The most obvious health issue caused by benign tumours is their ‘mass effect’. The size of an unusual benign growth can cause …

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Hot Spots on Dogs: Canine Acute Moist Dermatitis

hot spots on dogs

Hot spots on dogs (also known as canine acute moist dermatitis) are bacterial skin infections caused by irritation. Hot spots usually occur on the paw, limbs, hip, chest or ears but can develop almost anywhere on the body. Hot spot related bacterial infections arise initially as a result of biting or scratching at a site of irritation. This irritation could …

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