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It’s out! The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report 2018…

Every year, the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals - PDSA - releases a “state of the nation” report about pet health in the UK. And the 2018 report has now been released! In this blog, we’re going to take a quick look at their key findings, and reflect on what we can all do to make Britain a better place for our pets. 
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Your Data and Your Vet

I suspect you can’t have missed the massive surge of emails recently from companies asking to keep your data on file - possibly even from organisations you’d forgotten you had anything about! This is all part of the new Data Protection law that came into force today, the “General Data Protection Regulation”. While this is European legislation, the government has confirmed that it will apply and continue to apply in the UK whatever happens over Brexit. In this blog, I’m going to talk about how may affect you, as a client of a veterinary practice.
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New research shows how vets can help tackle antibiotic resistance

The increasing threat of antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest challenges to human health in the 21st century. Previously curable infectious diseases are becoming untreatable, with the risk of widespread morbidity and mortality. Resistant infections could potentially spread throughout the world in a short space of time, thanks to the recent growth in international trade and travel.
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Drug scares – how do I know what is true?

We live in a social world - one philosopher once called humanity “the ape that talks”, and we’re constantly talking, discussing, arguing, and sharing ideas and opinions. In general, I think this is great - communication has the capacity to widen our scope, to let us understand each other and the world. However, like every scientific and technical invention, modern communications (and especially social media and the internet) have their dark side. Beyond the cosy family chat, or judicious and informed news website, There be Dragons. I hope to look at data issues in veterinary practice in a later blog, but today I plan to do battle with just one of those dragons - Rumour. Specifically, the wide range of drug safety rumours that do the rounds on social media.
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Microchipping Law – is it working?

It is now two years since the “Microchip Law” - actually, The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 - came into force. The aim was definitely laudable:   “Not only will this mean the UK’s 8.5 million dogs can be returned to their owners more quickly if they wander too far from home, but it will also make it easier to track down the owners of dogs that carry out attacks on people.”

DEFRA, 6th April 2016

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