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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.
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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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