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    It’s out! The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report 2018…

    Every year, the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals - PDSA - releases a “state of the nation” report about pet health in the UK. And the 2018 report has now been released! In this blog, we’re going to take a quick look at their key findings, and reflect on what we can all do to make Britain a better place for our pets. 
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    How do I become a vet?

    There are multiple ways of becoming a vet and it can be done at any age. However, it is not normally a career path that you accidentally fall into… most vets have dreamed of working with animals since being tiny! The course takes a minimum of 5 years to complete and includes plenty of early morning lectures and more hours than everyone else in your whole university (this is what it feels like!!).
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    The future’s… French?

    Well, it’s official. This week, the Kennel Club has announced that registrations of French Bulldogs have overtaken Labradors as the UK’s most popular dog breed. This has sparked a great deal of debate among breeders, pet owners, and vets. However, a lot of the information being put out is quite confusing - and some of it is quite misleading - so in this blog I’m going to try and look at the facts behind the furore!
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    Clicker Training – how does it work?

    Clicker training is a very common way of teaching a dog a new trick, or skill, or behaviour. However, it can also be used in other animals - including cats, horses and even rabbits! The basic principle is very simple, but using it, we can teach our pets all sorts of behaviours by using a fun, positive method.
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    Time to call halt to the traditional snaffle bit for horses?

    A dog behaviourist once made an interesting statement in a lecture about the widespread use of dog collars: “ We call dogs “man’s best friends”, then we tie a noose around their necks and drag them around after us. Some way to treat a friend”. She was extolling the virtues of head collars, harnesses and other more humane ways of controlling dogs when out on walks. Similar arguments can be made in the equine world over the use of the traditional snaffle bit, which is the conventional way to control a horse.
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    Your Data and Your Vet

    I suspect you can’t have missed the massive surge of emails recently from companies asking to keep your data on file - possibly even from organisations you’d forgotten you had anything about! This is all part of the new Data Protection law that came into force today, the “General Data Protection Regulation”. While this is European legislation, the government has confirmed that it will apply and continue to apply in the UK whatever happens over Brexit. In this blog, I’m going to talk about how may affect you, as a client of a veterinary practice.
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    My dog’s really nervous after neutering – does he need some sort of HRT?

    This is a really interesting question, and raises a number of really valid points. To answer it, we need to look in more detail the reasons why dogs behave the way they do, and the hormonal influences on them.
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    New research shows how vets can help tackle antibiotic resistance

    The increasing threat of antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest challenges to human health in the 21st century. Previously curable infectious diseases are becoming untreatable, with the risk of widespread morbidity and mortality. Resistant infections could potentially spread throughout the world in a short space of time, thanks to the recent growth in international trade and travel.
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    How do vets stay up to date?

    One of the most exciting things about working in the veterinary field is how quickly things change. We’re privileged enough to be living at a time when revolutionary steps in technology, medicine, surgery, and even our society as a whole are happening almost every day.
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    Drug scares – how do I know what is true?

    We live in a social world - one philosopher once called humanity “the ape that talks”, and we’re constantly talking, discussing, arguing, and sharing ideas and opinions. In general, I think this is great - communication has the capacity to widen our scope, to let us understand each other and the world. However, like every scientific and technical invention, modern communications (and especially social media and the internet) have their dark side. Beyond the cosy family chat, or judicious and informed news website, There be Dragons. I hope to look at data issues in veterinary practice in a later blog, but today I plan to do battle with just one of those dragons - Rumour. Specifically, the wide range of drug safety rumours that do the rounds on social media.
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