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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.

The Overweight Cat: Are we Feeding Cats Too Many Treats?

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A recent study by Cats Protection investigated whether cat owners believed their cats to be overweight or not. Of the 1,120 owners asked, 23% of them deemed their cats to be overweight. The true figure of cats that would fall in to the overweight category is likely to be even higher than that. The study was conducted right after the …

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Canine Epilepsy and the Causes of Canine Seizures

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There are many causes of canine seizures, and fortunately for some dogs, those seizures are isolated incidents. For many dogs however, the incidence of a seizure may not be isolated. When this is the case, it may be that the dog is suffering from canine epilepsy. Note that epilepsy and seizure are not synonyms. Epilepsy is a cause of seizures …

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Canine Urinary Tract Infections: Symptoms and Treatment

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Canine urinary tract infections (UTIs), also know as bladder infections or cystitis, are a type of bacterial infection that can be caused by a number of different bacteria. They occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and are able to colonise a section of the tract. Canine urinary tract infections can be uncomfortable or even painful for the patient. Urination …

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What You Need to Know About Seasonal Canine Illness

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Over the past few years, awareness of seasonal canine illness has been steadily increasing. This mysterious illness strikes around autumn time and seems to affect dogs who have been walked in woodland areas. In the autumn of 2009, numerous reports of dogs becoming ill after having been walked through the countryside (particularly woodland areas) were received. Each year since, reports …

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Essential Fatty Acids: Can Omega Fish Oils Improve Canine Osteoarthritis?

We’ve touched on looking after our pet’s joints before, we looked at how the most common type of joint supplement (glucosamine and chondroitin) can have beneficial effects towards osteoarthritis, a type of degenerative joint disease. New research is now looking in to the possibilities of other supplements to aid the joint health of our beloved pets, and this time around, …

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Why Does My Dog Scratch So Much?: How Diet Can Cause Itchy Skin

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Dogs itch and scratch all the time, but when scratching becomes excessive it might be time to seek help. There are many reasons as to why your dog might be scratching so much, some simple, some not so much. Some causes of itchy skin include; skin infections, irritation, parasites, fleas or even boredom. Did you know, that food allergies might …

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Is My Dog Pregnant?: The Signs and Symptoms of Canine Pregnancy

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There comes a time when many-a-worried dog owner may have to ask, “Is my dog pregnant?”. You might think the answer is a simple yes or no, but unlike humans, it can be difficult to gauge whether a dog is pregnant until the final few days of the pregnancy! Typically, canine gestation is around 60-63 days long, beginning on the …

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