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Raw food can be good for some pets, but owners should be aware of potential health issues

The feeding of raw meat to pets appeals to many people: there seems to be something pure and natural about it that makes intuitive sense. If you imagine dogs and cats in their natural state, they’d obviously eat raw meat. And if you ever feed your pet raw meat, you see them hungrily tucking into it with enthusiasm. So why on earth do we choose to feed them on processed food, like kibble, that has been thoroughly cooked?

Why is kibble the most popular form of pet food?

There are many logical and historical reasons why kibble has been so popular and successful over many decades (e.g. it’s nutritionally complete, it’s been proven by many feeding trials to be good for pets’ health, it’s an economic way of mass producing pet food and it’s safe for pets and people). However, some people feel strongly that they prefer to feed their pets on raw meat, and as a consequence, there’s an increasing market for this type of pet food.

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Dry skin on your dog? The common causes!

Skin is the body’s largest organ, representing 12%–24% of body weight. It has multiple functions: providing a barrier and environmental protection, regulating temperature, producing pigment and vitamin D, and sensation. Anatomically, skin consists of many layers, the most important being the epidermis. In the base (basal layer) of the epidermis, cells grow and multiply, then transition from living to dead cells at the surface (stratum corneum or SC) and are eventually shed. Anything disturbing this process can lead to dry skin, known as “scale”.
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Is it safe for my dog to eat its own sick?

If you’ve owned dogs for any period of time, you’ll be well aware of their less pleasant habits… However, there are very few that are as disgusting to us as eating their own sick! That awful “retch… retch… heAVe… slurp slurp slurp” is something none of us enjoy hearing from behind the sofa, especially if the culprit then trots round to give us a friendly kiss! But why do they do it, and is it safe?
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How clever is your dog? A literature review sums up the evidence and if dogs were clever enough to understand, they wouldn’t be happy

A literature review carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter has reached a conclusion that may upset millions of pet owners: the combination of many different studies of animal intelligence suggest that dogs are no smarter than many other animals. You may think your pooch understands every word you say, you may believe that Rover knows exactly what is going on around him, and you may like to think that when he looks at you with his head cocked, that he has the intellectual ability of a super-smart mammal. The truth? He may be no smarter than a pigeon.
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My dog’s eaten… is it poison?

As vets, we see far too many dogs who have, one way or another, been poisoned. In fact, one recent study by the British Veterinary Association suggested that 94% of vets had seen at least one poisoning case in the previous year - and the average was one a month, so it isn’t a rare problem! However, there are a lot of common beliefs surrounding poisoning (and what constitutes a poison) in pets and, in this blog, we’d like to explore some of them and introduce our new online Poisons Guide that we hope will help to save you (and your vets’!) time and anxiety, by helping you to determine how serious a possible poisoning incident is.
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