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What harm is blue-green algae for dogs?

Blue-green algae, which poses a health risk to humans and animals, flourishes during warm spells. Hot and dry weather across the UK in the spring and summer often leads to UK environment agencies confirming reports of blue green algae nationwide.  Dogs are at risk because they enjoy drinking and playing in lakes and ponds, and may lick their fur after swimming. With the summer rapidly approaching, it's time to make sure that you know how to keep your pets safe.
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Why is my cat sneezing?

Cats, like many animals, will sneeze from time to time. An occasional sneeze, as with humans, is rarely of concern. If you notice that this sneezing becomes frequent, or there are other signs, then you may need to go to your vet’s for a pet check.
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RIP Grumpy Cat… UTIs in cats

In case you hadn’t heard, the world’s most famous cat, Tardar Sauce, died on Friday. Beloved by millions (literally…) because of “her” Instagram account, her unique facial features were reportedly the result of a form of dwarfism. Some said that she was exploited, but her owners seem to have taken excellent care of her - I’m not going to explore that in this blog though. No, from a veterinary perspective, her death - as reported - was curious. She was seven years old, and according to the media, died of complications of a urinary tract infection. This is unusual, and worth commenting on.
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What’s Lucy’s Law, and is it important?

If you follow animal welfare news outlets or social media channels, or even the mainstream news, you’ll probably have heard a lot about Lucy’s Law this week. However, with the Brexit furore, it might have passed you by, if (like many of us!) you turn off (literally or metaphorically) to any news from parliament. So, in this blog, I’m going to look at this new legislation, and see what it means for animal welfare.
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Are pets good for my mental health?

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week - and it’s such an important conversation to be part of, because mental health problems are, sadly, very common. In fact, about 1 in 4 people in the UK will suffer a mental health problem in any one year. The most common specific problems are anxiety and depression, but there are of course many, many more. Mental health problems can tear a person apart from the inside. They can cause relationships with families and friends to break down, lead to self harm or suicide, or even exacerbate physical ailments such as heart problems. However, in recent years, there has been a great deal of research on whether pets and companion animals can help prevent, or even manage, mental health problems.
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What is Vet Nurse Awareness Month all about?

Veterinary Nursing as a profession has grown in both recognition and status over the last few years. Year on year, the number of Student Vet Nurses enrolling on Veterinary Nursing courses increases, as well as the total number of Veterinary Nurses recorded on the RCVS register. This not only demonstrates the rising awareness of the existence of the profession, but also the viability as a career choice. This is excellent news for the field and is the first step in the right direction of what ‘Vet Nurse Awareness Month’ is trying to achieve. However, knowledge of the importance and complexity of a vet nurse’s role in practice is, understandably, still not as well understood by those not working in a veterinary practice.
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