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Can I catch coronavirus from my pet?

Updated 27/07/2020

It seems highly likely that the new coronavirus, catchily named COVID-19, originated in animals. The current consensus seems to be that it is primarily a bat virus, although some genetic input from related coronaviruses circulating in snakes or pangolins has also been suggested. As a result, wondering if it could be transmitted to - or even by - other animal species is a reasonable question to ask. Can dogs carry coronavirus? Can cats carry coronavirus? In fact, can any pet carry coronavirus? In this blog, we’re going to look at the evidence, and discuss realistic ways forward for animal owners and veterinary organisations.


Fact Vs Myth: Dental Disease in Pets

We all want the best for our pets and we would certainly never see them in pain or suffering without intervening. However, dental disease can be a common feature in many animals’ lives, causing them a great deal of discomfort, without an owner ever being aware. 
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Why is my dog limping?

Limping, or lameness, can occur in any dog and any breed for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s a passing thing, comparable to a strain whilst playing sport, and sometimes it’s something more serious or ongoing. It can occur in any leg and sometimes in more than one leg. Because there are so many different causes, sometimes it can be hard to work out why your dog is limping.
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Fact vs Myth: Can I use Cranberry Juice for my Cat’s Cystitis?

Cystitis just means ‘inflammation of the bladder’ and can be caused by many things. Many cases of ‘cystitis’ affect not only the bladder, but the urethra as well, so in cats we tend to refer to FLUTD - Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. This is a range of syndromes and diseases that produce the same clinical symptoms. 
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Can scientists help dogs to live longer?

You probably haven't heard of Agnes Sligh Cambell. She was born in America in 1888, the daughter of two Scottish immigrants. She liked to write and published several novellettes that have mostly been forgotten. But you may have read an extract of hers, which circulates the Internet in meme form today:  “Dogs’ Lives are too Short. It's their only fault, really.” Agnes Sligh Turnbull This certainly resonates with me: even Bluey, the record-holding Australian Cattle Dog, didn't make it into a third decade (7th June 1910 - 14th November 1939) and humans can easily live four times that long. For me, the saddest part of a vets' job is not the act of putting an animal to sleep (it is often the right thing to do) but witnessing the end of an incredible bond and the intense suffering of the owner.
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Is your Pet Sociable or Solitary?

As humans, most of us have an inbuilt need for company. We tend to gather in groups of at least two people, and from individual friendships through to the whole of society, we understand the importance of social contact for our physical and mental health. This Valentine’s Day I’m sure many of you will be celebrating your relationships. Our pets are quite different. Although some species, like dogs, enjoy company, others do not. Is your pet solitary or social?
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