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    Boxers: a unique and intriguing breed of dog

    I have known Frazier, Ali, and Lennox-Lewis. Most recently, I have met Tyson, who is pictured at the top this column.  And the world recently learned about another example: Buster, who featured in the latest John Lewis advert. Of course, I am not talking about human boxing champions. I am talking about a wonderful breed of dog known as the Boxer.
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    Raw meat and bones diets for dogs: are they fab or are they a fad?

    The mainstream media seems to feature a continual flow of new dietary breakthroughs for humans: from high protein to low protein, high glycaemic index, gluten-free, Paleolithic, alkaline, the list goes on and on. The pet world isn’t immune from a similar trend, and a visit to the local pet shop will present you with a bewildering proliferation of options. The standard conventional choice is tinned, sachets or dry food, but within those brackets, there’s anything from the cheapest generic type to the most costly human-style meals. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s the type of feeding that most vets don’t seem to like talking about: raw diets. You can buy raw diets fresh or frozen, and there seems to be a convincing argument for their use.
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    The social importance of meal times – for pets and people

    Food is one of the most basic needs of all living creatures. The struggle to find enough food to survive is one of the main preoccupations for many animals, and indeed many humans.
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    Dark Delights – Thoughts about Black Cats

    Black cats like Hannah need homes tooIn a wonderfully seasonal story for Halloween, this week the charity Cats Protection has put out an appeal to find new homes for black cats. Tragically, black (and black-and-white) moggies are unpopular with owners, taking 22% longer to rehome. I find it bizarre that according to their surveys, when trying to decide which cat to take home, more people rated “appearance” the most important trait (34%) than “cuteness” (32%) or even “friendliness” (a mere 22%). Although I agree it's harder to photograph a black cat (as witness the photo - best I could get in those light levels!), I’d strongly advise reversing that order when choosing a pet!
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    What’s all this fuss about antibiotic resistance? – Part 2

    In Part 1, we looked at how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and how without these drugs, modern medicine (surgery, chemotherapy, organ transplantation) would be almost impossible. In this second part, we’ll look at what drives resistance in the real world, and how we can help.
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