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Domestic Poultry, Friends or Food?

Domestic Poultry, Friends or Food?

| by Les Ellison

Chickens as Companion Animals The chicken (Gallus gallus) we love to eat can trace its relatively short ancestry back to the Red Junglefowl of south-east Asia, with a smattering other similar junglefowl species helpfully bred... read more »

Why Some Mice Just Want to Be Caught

Why Some Mice Just Want to Be Caught

| by Les Ellison

How Toxoplasma Makes Infection More Likely Toxoplasmosis in cats is caused by infection with the single-celled organism Toxoplasma gondii. Manifesting itself in symptoms including anorexia, weight loss, lethargy, vomiting, jaundice and difficulty breathing, infection is... read more »

Why Springtime is The Big Time for Ticks

Why Springtime is The Big Time for Ticks

| by Les Ellison

It’s Not the Blood They Suck, It’s What They Leave Behind Ticks are an unpleasant experience for dogs and people. Unlikely to cause lasting harm in themselves, the diseases and infections they carry, however, are... read more »

Health Dangers That Can Harm Your Pet This Summer

Health Dangers That Can Harm Your Pet This Summer

| by Les Ellison

While summertime staples like backyard barbecues and walks on the beach are a lot of fun, they can pose health risks for some pets. It is important to know how to keep your animals... read more »

BOAS Constriction in Dogs

BOAS Constriction in Dogs

| by Les Ellison

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome Kennel Club figures show a 3000% rise in ownership of pugs, bulldogs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Shih Tzus and boxers since 2007. Yet many owners remain unaware... read more »

Dog Shows Like Crufts Dog Show

Dog Shows Like Crufts Dog Show

| by Les Ellison

Constitute a Powerful Lever for Change As significant an event as the Boat Race, Grand National, Trooping of the Colours and The FA Cup Final, Crufts Dog Show has become embedded in British National Culture. Founded... read more »

Alabama Rot - Fishy Tale Opens New Research into Link with Mystery Dog Disease

Alabama Rot - Fishy Tale Opens New Research into Link with Mystery Dog Disease

| by Les Ellison

2018 opened with yet more confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in UK dogs. With a fatality rate of 80%, the kidney disease, characterised by ulcer-like skin sores, has now affected over 100 dogs... read more »

The Mating Game – Breeding Assistance Dogs Isn’t A Game of Chance

The Mating Game – Breeding Assistance Dogs Isn’t A Game of Chance

| by Les Ellison

The breeding of assistance dogs, under the supervision of the UK Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre. Each mating is carefully planned to guarantee the health and welfare of each breeding bitch and their... read more »

Kennel Club’s 3 Things Not To Do When Choosing Your New Puppy

Kennel Club’s 3 Things Not To Do When Choosing Your New Puppy

| by Les Ellison

Over the 2016-17 Christmas fortnight of 20 December to 2 January, Dog’s Trust received 127 unwanted dogs and puppies – a 54% increase above the figure for the same period in 2015-16. More than 300... read more »

The Feline Five - Feline Personality Profiling Keeps Your Cat Healthy

The Feline Five - Feline Personality Profiling Keeps Your Cat Healthy

| by Les Ellison

You know your cat has his or her own unique personality. Now studies in New Zealand and South Australia have shown that understanding your cat’s personality can help owners and vets give pets a... read more »

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