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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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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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A no-deal Brexit will increase hassle and costs to vets, pets, farm animals and agricultural trade in the UK

As the days, weeks and months count down to Brexit day, every sector of British life must surely have its own concerns. The veterinary sector, largely involving pets and farm animals, is no different. As the UK government prepares for the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit, new technical notices have been issued that give detail of the changes that will need to be implemented. These include pet travel, as well as the import/export of animals and animal products coming to and from the UK. The anticipated changes will be very challenging to implement, even if there are enough vets to carry out the work.

There are three main areas that will be significantly impacted:

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Pet insurance should be more affordable. Here’s why it’s so expensive in 2018.

Pet insurance has made a huge difference to many animals’ lives. The principle is simple: you pay a relatively small monthly sum to the insurance company, and if your pet is unfortunate enough to fall seriously ill or have an accident, the insurance covers the costs of the vets’ bills. Of course this is subject to the expected caveats of pre-existing conditions and excess contributions, but still, the principle is sufficient to make a huge difference to the affordability of vets’ bills for thousands of people. The benefits for animal health and welfare have been immense.
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The “Staffie Ban” – what was that all about?

For those of you who don’t follow dog-related news, there has recently been a debate in Parliament over whether or not to ban Staffies (Staffordshire Bull Terriers). The mechanism for this was whether or not to add the breed to section one of the Dangerous Dogs Act, along with the Pit Bull, the Japanese Tosa, the Fila Brasileiro and Dogo Argentino. The decision was made not to amend the law to include the Staffie, and I for one am glad - in this blog I’m going to explain why, and why I don't think that breed specific legislation (or BSL) is fit for purpose.
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