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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.

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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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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