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    One Health – a new approach

    Have you heard of the “One Health” movement? If not, you will be soon! As we learn more and more, we’re realising just how connected human health, animal health, and environmental health are. As a result, in recent years vets, doctors and environmental scientists have started working more and more closely… to study the problem and hopefully find some solutions.
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    Does my cat need company?

    This is a question vets hear a lot - people who are worried that their cat will be lonely, or need a companion. So in this blog, we’re going to look into it in more detail for you!
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    Top Tips: Caring for Animals in the Cold

    While anyone who was completely surprised by the freezing weather and snowstorms of the last couple of days obviously wasn’t paying attention (!), I think it’s fair to say that a lot of us were startled at how bad it actually got. Down here on Dartmoor, we haven’t seen weather like this for a decade or more. So, I thought it was a good idea to put up a quick blog on caring for animals in the snow.
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    Best UK Vet 2018!

    What are the Best UK Vet Awards? When you are searching for a vet practice, you want to be assured that you’ll be going somewhere with top customer service, which often comes through personal recommendation, or more importantly these days through online reviews. The Best UK Vet Awards recognise this, and are based on genuine pet owner reviews of veterinary practices, rewarding dedication to excellent customer service. This is something very close to our heart, which is why this is our sixth year of sponsoring the awards. Pet owners are encouraged to leave reviews on and, using a star system to rank the practice (one star for very poor and five for excellent), plus any comments to explain the ranking given. We then tot up all of the four and five star reviews for participating practices, from the past 12 months, to find our winners. Winners receive a certificate and trophy at an awards ceremony and a party budget to allow them to thank all of their lovely clients. The 2018 results are finally in….and….the winners are…
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    Did you know that February is Neutering Month?

    This is a rather strange one (and I have to say I think it’s rather unfortunate it falls over Valentine’s Day!), but neutering is a major issue in animal health. There are three reasons for this - it’s widely carried out, there are population-level health benefits, but there are both advantages and disadvantages to neutering on the individual pet level.
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    Beat the Bulge and Build the Bond

    After a Christmas holiday of feasting and relaxation, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s reluctant to face the bathroom scales this week…! After all, the British Nutrition Foundation reports that it’s disturbingly easy to eat as many as 6000 calories on Christmas Day alone (see here for the breakdown), so no wonder we're facing an increasingly overweight future. While this isn’t really a human health blog, I’d like to point out, in the spirit of One Health, that the same problems afflict our pets - especially our dogs. As part of the family, we want to indulge them - however, all those treats and extra snacks impact their health as much, or more, than ours. So in this blog, I’m hoping to harness all of our new-found New Year’s Resolutions to encourage us to work on our pets’ diets, as well as our own, and put some effort in to make all of us (human, canine, feline, whatever!) healthier, leaner and happier in 2018.
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    It is not “fake news” to call for animal sentience to be included in post-Brexit UK legislation

    Who would have thought that “animal sentience” would cause a national political ripple? That’s exactly what has happened recently, as I described in a recent blog post.
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    The Communications Revolution

    In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in the middle of a revolution in communications - and here at VetHelpDirect we want your help to study it! So if you can spare 5 or 10 minutes, we'd love you to take our survey!   Why are we asking now?   Well, the options we have for communicating with friends, families, businesses and service providers are changing incredibly fast, and we just don't know how animal owners are using these new opportunities.
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    The UK parliament vote has excluded “animal sentience”: why?

    The EU Withdrawal Bill, which transposes all European law into UK law, was voted on by MPs last week, and there was one glaring omission: the recognition of animals as “sentient beings” was specifically removed, and the requirement for governments to pay “full regard” to their welfare is now absent.

    Do you know about World Rabies Day?

    Did you know that 28th September is World Rabies Day? Sadly, this disease still exists, and claims 59,000 human lives each year, not counting the thousands of infected animals. There is, however, an umbrella organisation trying to change that - the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (or GARC for short). They’ve set themselves the (difficult, but achievable!) goal of “Zero by 30” - in other words, no human cases by 2030. The World Rabies Day is there to promote their work, to raise awareness, and to build support.
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