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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 Otitis Externa: Ear Infections and Inflammation

canine otitis externa ear inflammation

Canine otitis externa refers to the inflammation of the external ear, the ear canal. Other types of canine otitis include otitis media and otitis interna, referring to inflammation of the middle and inner ear. Canine otitis externa is relatively common amongst dogs, estimated to affect between 14-20%. All ages and breeds can develop the condition, although long-eared breeds are more …

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Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Canine atopic dermatitis is the term given to the skin irritation that develops in dogs with allergies to certain common allergens such as pollen. Canine atopic dermatitis is fairly common and is estimated to affect around 7-10% of dogs. It can take time for the allergies responsible for the skin irritation to develop, which means that symptoms of the condition …

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Are Hypoallergenic Diets What They Seem?: Pet Food Allergies

A recent study reported that a number of hypoallergenic pet foods were actually contaminated with undeclared animal by-products that could cause allergic responses. Hypoallergenic diets are an important diagnostic tool for determining pet food allergies, however the study discovered that 10 of the 12 limited antigen diets contained undeclared avian, mammalian or fish DNA (e.g. bone, protein and fats). This …

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A New Therapy for Bone Cancer in Dogs: Oncolytic Treatment of Canine Osteosarcoma

canine osteosarcoma

Bone cancer in dogs (canine osteosarcoma) results in aggressive development of tumours on the canine skeleton, particularly below the knee or elbow. The rapid spread (metastasis) of the cancer means that even amputation of the affected limb may not be enough to prevent further development of the cancer. With the right treatment and care, around 25% of affected dogs will …

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A New Treatment for Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy: Pexion

pexion canine epilepsy

We recently wrote about canine idiopathic epilepsy, a form of epilepsy where the cause remains unknown. Today we are looking at a new treatment; Pexion. The severity of epilepsy can vary greatly between individual sufferers. Some dogs may experience a single, isolated seizure, whilst other can experience multiple seizures every week. Recently Boehringer Ingelheim has announced their latest product for the treatment of canine …

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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Diarrhoea: Probiotic Treatment

feline immunodeficiency virus cat

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is thought to affect over 11% of the cat population worldwide. It is closely related to the Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Whilst the virus is not typically lethal, it can result in a higher occurrence of infections and degenerative conditions that can be stressful and uncomfortable for the infected cat. Many cats afflicted with FIV suffer from intestinal …

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12 of the Best Supplements Proven to be Beneficial for your Dog

12 best supplements for a healthy dog

We’ve compiled a list of what we think are the 12 best supplements for your dog, including vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics and more. Supplements are becoming increasingly popular in the companion animal industry, following the successes of the human supplement industry. So we’ve taken a look at just what those supplements are actually proven to do. Take a look through …

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Bute Found in Contaminated Horse Meat: Does it Pose a Risk?

Horse Meat Bute

As the ‘horse meat scandal’ continues to develop, concern has been growing over the possible danger that bute (phenylbutazone) may impose on human health. In this article, we’ll be discussing what bute is and why it is used, as well as the risks that it may (or may not) carry. Also covered below are the recent results from the FSA …

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Is it Possible to Improve Feline Immunity through the Diet?

kitten eating feline immunity

We all know how important diet and nutrition are in maintaining good health, for both ourselves and our pets. This is why it is important to provide our animals with a varied diet, to ensure that they receive all the nutrients they need and to prevent deficiencies. Whilst we may feed certain foodstuffs to correct or prevent deficiency, an increasing number of …

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Canine Herpesvirus: How Canine Herpesvirus Affects Pregnancy

newborn puppies canine herpesvirus

Canine herpesvirus (CHV) is a widespread viral infection, similar to the herpes virus found in other mammals such as ourselves. Canine herpesvirus has an extremely high prevalence (particularly in Europe), with rough estimates putting the total number of infected dogs anywhere between 40-90%! The virus lies dormant in the nerve cells of an infected dog for the majority of its …

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