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Silent Fireworks Hold New Hope for Traumatised Animals

Pet Articles Posted on by Sandy Cosser

There are very few people in the veterinary business and animal welfare who like fireworks. Every year around Guy Fawkes, but now increasingly at other times of the year, especially New Year, the number of animals brought in to veterinary hospitals spikes. Furthermore, the number of pets reported lost or missing because they escape and […] Read More

Please Don’t Limit the RSPCA in Animal Welfare Prosecutions

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In an alarming move, the Environment Food and Affairs Committee has requested that the RSPCA (the world’s oldest animal rights organisation) take a less active role in bringing animal abusers to justice. Gudrun Ravetz, president of the British Veterinary Association, has said that the reasoning behind this is mysterious, since the RSPCA is responsible for 90% […] Read More

Critical Health Problems That Affect Ageing Cats

Pet Articles Posted on by Sandy Cosser

As if ageing isn’t hard enough, life also throws a couple of curve balls in the form of geriatric-related illnesses. Cats, even with their nine lives, aren’t immune to old age ailments. Some cats will age gracefully and without much more than arthritis to show for it. Others, however, will succumb to one or more […] Read More

Did You Know a Bad Case of Bloat Can Kill Your Dog?

Pet Articles Posted on by Sandy Cosser

Not many people know about a potentially lethal condition that affects bug dogs: Gastric bloat or Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV). Gastric bloat is second only to cancer as the leading cause of death among dogs, especially deep-chested dogs such as German Shepherds, Bassets, Boxers, Great Danes, Weimeraners, St. Bernards, and Dobermans. What causes gastric bloat? It’s […] Read More

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Chickens as Pets: An Idea Fair or Fowl?

Pet Articles Posted on by Sandy Cosser

Though it may seem strange to some, more and more households in the UK keep chickens as pets. While they aren’t the most obvious choice of companion animal, remember that humans have kept birds as pets for centuries. There are also many households where other animals usually reserved for the farmyard have been welcomed into […] Read More

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Basic Petiquette: Critical Considerations for Pet Parents

Pet Articles Posted on by Sandy Cosser

When we take on the responsibility of being guardians for dogs, we take on certain legal obligations, too. However, perhaps more important, we take on the status of ambassadors to those who do not have dogs. They can be ignorant and impatient, these non-owners. And they vote. A lot of the ridiculous breed-specific legislation in […] Read More

Mite Infestations in Dogs: The Itch that Has to be Scratched

Pet Articles Posted on by Sandy Cosser

You may have noticed recent articles about outbreaks of mite infestations in the UK. Your beloved pooch may be scratching for reasons other than fleas and it is definitely something you should investigate. There are four species of mite which can infest dogs. For identification and treatment purposes, they are practically identical. They are all […] Read More

Learn How to Spot the Signs & Treatment of Arthritis in Pets

Pet Articles Posted on by Sandy Cosser

Getting old is not for sissies. One of the most common conditions in ageing pets is arthritis. Arthritis in pets takes three primary forms. One is normal as pets age, but the other two are more serious and require immediate medical intervention. Types of arthritis: Immune-mediated arthritis (IMPA) is joint inflammation caused by the immune system […] Read More