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Respiratory and digestive problems in dogs 'often linked'

14th September, 2023

A new study suggests there is a strong link between disorders in dogs’ respiratory and digestive systems. Researchers at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) found that three in four (75%) dogs with respiratory disease without gastrointestinal (GI) signs had one or more co-existing digestive system abnormalities....

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'Cool first, transport second' if your dog overheats

14th September, 2023

Dogs with heatstroke should be cooled down before being taken to the vet, researchers say. It comes after a new study by the VetCompass team at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) found that dogs with heatstroke may be suffering even further due to outdated first aid practices....

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Dogs' mental decline may be worsened by other conditions

14th September, 2023

Older dogs who have age-related cognitive decline are more likely to have other physical conditions, and vice-versa, new research shows. The study, led by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, was based on an online survey with the owners of more than 800 senior dogs of various breeds....

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Dogs are better than conventional tests at detecting Covid-19

14th September, 2023

A scientific review has shown just how good dogs are at sniffing out diseases. Their highly evolved noses, with physical and neural optimisations for smell, mean that dogs are able to detect Covid-19 faster and more accurately than antigen tests used at home, as well as reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests available in clinics and hospitals....

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Dog owners offered online information on otitis externa

30th August, 2023

New online resources are available for owners of dogs with otitis externa. A common ear infection, otitis externa occurs when the lining of the outside part of the dog’s ear (from the ear flap and along the ear canal to the ear drum) becomes inflamed and thickened in one or both ears....

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Timeless Tails- Embracing the joy of adopting an older pet

21st August, 2023

There’s something about seniors! Find out why adopting an older dog could be the right decision when it comes to bringing a new pet into your home....

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Leaves and Laughter. Unleashing the joy of Autumn walks

21st August, 2023

Walking your dog in Autumn can be a strange time of year. The sunshine sneaks away and the wet weather creeps in, the next thing you know the clocks are going back making our days of brightness shorter....

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Animal Pain Awareness Month 2023 with FirstVet

21st August, 2023

Pain isn’t fun for any of us, and our furry friends are no exception! September is Animal Pain Awareness Month; it helps educate and inform pet owners about animal discomfort. The goal is to help pet owners learn about their pet’s health and well-being when it comes to pain management, be it acute or chronic pain. This can greatly improve their quality of life....

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Helping your pets with the back-to-school blues

21st August, 2023

With the kids going back to school, the house is quiet again. But what about your dog, who was been used to all the energy and activity in the house while everyone was at home all summer?...