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Foreign Bodies – and where to find them

It’s an odd phrase, ‘foreign body.’ It’s like something that a caricature of a 1960s Home Office worker might have found. But of course, when we use it medically, we mean something very specific: an object that has sneaked, or been put, into an inappropriate place in the body. It’s often a vet’s job to get it out.
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Worm Tales Part 2: Nematodes

Nematodes are the most abundant animals on Earth (according the Encyclopaedia Britannica)   Trees have them; soil has them; the insides of animals have them..... And so, of course, do people and their pets.   But what exactly is a nematode? Nematodes are Roundworms. These are round worms, as their name suggests: earthworms are the obvious example. The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes roundworms as being ‘the most abundant animals on Earth’; they have an opening at each end, and soil, tissue and dirt travel through them, getting smaller as the worm breaks this matter down and removes some useful nutrients. It is an important part of the decay process.   And how do nematodes affect me? They help to shape our landscapes and support the food chain. Without nematodes, our world would look completely different......
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Worm Tales, part 1 – Canine Tapeworms

Our planet has a wealth of habitats. There are the icy poles; there are equatorial rainforests. There are peat bogs and tundra, mountain and desert, city and moor. Life, however, has developed ways of surviving in almost every nook and cranny, whatever the temperature, light intensity, moisture levels or hazards in that environment. The animal's body is another collection of environments with differing levels of harshness, that support small forms of life.
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Is there another way of birth control rather than neutering?

Hormonal treatments can be used to control reproduction in dogs, cats and ferrets. These are not generally recommended by vets because neutering brings many health benefits and the medications can cause serious side effects. However, in certain situations birth control by medication can be effective and practical.
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Does my dog have a cold?

Does your dog have watery eyes, a runny nose, a cough, lack of energy and appetite? Is it like a human common cold? If yes, he or she may have a mild, viral infection like a cold, but not one we can catch or that they have caught from us - dogs are generally unaffected by the viruses that trouble us and vice versa.
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