Research

Itchy skin is linked to behavioural problems in dogs

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There are many factors that can influence a dog’s behaviour and underlying medical reasons are just one. Now, a new study has shown that itch severity in dogs with Apotic Dermatitis (cAD) is associated with behaviours typically considered undesirable, for example: mounting, chewing, hyperactivity, eating faeces, begging for and stealing food, attention-seeking, excitability, excessive grooming […]

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Bones trigger stress response when animals face danger

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When humans and animals are faced with danger, hormones (glucocorticoids) flood the body in preparation for ‘flight or fight’, this is referred to as the acute stress response (ASR).  Consequently, physiological changes occur in the body, for example the heart and breathing rate increases.  The production of glucocorticoids is regulated by the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis […]

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New insights into common health issues for Westies

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The largest ever study of illnesses suffered by West Highland White Terriers has produced insight into the most common issues encountered by the breed. The Royal Veterinary College released results that had been analysed using data from over 900,000 Westies under UK veterinary care.  Common illnesses recorded included: dental disease (16%), ear disease (11%), overgrown […]

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Dogs can be good for your social life

A recent poll of 2,000 dog owners by Janevic et al. (2019) supports previous findings that pets can promote social contact between other owners (Knight and Edwards, 2008). The researchers found pet parents met, on average, four new people thanks to their four-legged friend either through dog walking or puppy training classes. Most owners also […]

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Dogs reduce risk of Uni students failing their studies

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Numerous studies suggest dogs can improve physiological and psychological health in adults and even enhance cognitive development in infants (Hurley et al., 2010).  Consequently, our four-legged friends are now frequently used in therapy to provide emotional support, whether that’s during Court trials or airline travel.  A new study has now found that being around dogs […]

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Dogs are eating 54,000 extra calories annually

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Over-indulgence can lead to weight-gain in humans and it is the same for pets.  Whilst many owners carefully manage their dog’s diet, a new survey indicates the average owner is feeding their dog an extra 54,000 calories a year, in addition to their daily meals. The research, conducted by food manufacturer Royal Canin, investigated how […]

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Dog attacks – what studies tell us

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This past week we have heard the horrific news of a young boy in Cornwall being killed and a baby boy from Hawick being in critical condition both as a result from dog attacks. Whilst further details are yet to be released relating to these cases and calls are being made to change UK Dog […]

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Could you catch flu from your dog?

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Zoonostic diseases (caused by bacteria, virus and parasites that spread from animals and humans) include Ebola and Salmonella.  Scientists at Korea University suggest a potentially new and harmful virus could be added to that list, passed from dogs to humans. Previous flu research has typically neglected dogs according to Dr Daesub Song, who led a […]

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Gene mutation linked to sudden blindness in dogs

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A new study has found that a change in genetic code is linked to sudden blindness known as goniodysgenesis ( or ‘gonio’) in Border Collies. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies identified a mutation in the gene called 0LFML3.  This is a gene involved in […]

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Chemical pollutants at home and in diet may impact dogs’ fertility

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Whether you are aware of it or not hazardous chemicals are often lurking in many of the products we use and immediate environment.  Two of these man-made chemicals include: i.) DEHP, a softener for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used in a wide array of products such as carpets, clothes and toys and, ii.) polychlorinated biphenyl 153, […]

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