Parasitologist: UK on ‘verge of exotic parasite epidemics’

Jul 16, 2018

The UK could be on the verge of an exotic parasite epidemic unless the number of imported pets coming into the country is curbed, a leading parasitologist has warned. Ian Wright of the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCAAP) UK and Ireland, said a ”very real” risk exists for the UK to be subjected with an influx of parasitic and vector-borne diseases if the number of imported pets does not significantly reduce. He said: “We are on the verge of a series of exotic parasite epidemics across Europe, but particularly in the UK, if there’s not a reduction in the rate at which people are adopting pets from abroad. It is inevitable. ”The problem is caused by well-meaning people adopting dogs from foreign countries and bringing them to the UK, all with the animal’s best interests at heart, not realising there may be long-term consequences for the health of the dog, their household, the wider public and veterinary surveillance.” Such is the severity of the situation Mr Wright, on... ...

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‘Don’t Fret Pet’ campaign launched

Jul 16, 2018

 Lintbells has launched its YuCALM ‘Don’t Fret Pet’ campaign this month to help pets and owners keep calm and carry on. The initiative will support efforts to keep animals relaxed during vet visits, at home and in the wider community. Practices taking part will benefit from support materials, including posters, display materials and an educational guide. Better relationships Brand manager Gemma Cunningham said: “Dogs being reactive in the waiting room and stressed cats are all part and parcel of the daily case load. ”There’s so much that can be done to help change that – from supporting owners before their pet is even brought into the practice, to positive socialisation when pets are young and creating spaces in the practice that help pets stay relaxed. ”This type of approach doesn’t just make for better relationships and healthier pets – it makes great business sense, too.” Support materials Practices interested in receiving Don’t Fret Pet practice support materials should contact their Lintbells representative. ...

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Dr John Bradshaw receives RSPCA Honour

Jul 16, 2018

Author and TV personality wins Animal Welfare Science Award Animal welfare expert Dr John Bradshaw has been honoured with an Animal Welfare Science Award by the RSPCA. The renowned scientist has spent much of his career studying the behaviour of dogs and cats and is passionate about sharing this information with pet owners. He has written several books, including the bestseller ‘In Defence of Dogs’, and has appeared in television documentaries ‘The Secret Life of the Cat‘ and ‘Cat Watch 2014‘. Dr Bradshaw received the award at the RSPCA Honours in London, hosted by Alastair Stewart OBE. The awards recognise and honour those who help to make the lives of animals better; through kindness, courage, determination and innovation. RSPCA chief scientific officer Dr Julia Wrathall said: “This Honour is hugely well deserved by John. His work has been invaluable to the RSPCA, helping to inform our own understanding of and approach to various areas of animal welfare. “John’s work now focuses on the extremely important task of making animal welfare... ...

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Hyperdrug recalls Trimax Plus for racing pigeons

Jul 16, 2018

Product recalled ‘as a precaution’ Hyperdrug Pharmaceuticals Ltd is recalling its Trimax Plus 4 in 1 liquid for racing pigeons due to a product defect. The product is used to treat canker, coccidiosis, worms and external parasites in racing and show pigeons. The recall is being carried out as a precaution via a FREEPOST address and purchasers will be offered a replacement. Affected batches: 170109 (expiry date: January 2019) 170322 (expiry date: March 2019) 171012 (expiry date: October 2019) 180214 (expiry date: February 2020) Hyperdrug is contacting wholesalers to arrange for returns via FREEPOST NEA10804 DL12 0NG. ...

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BVA reacts to Brexit white paper

Jul 16, 2018

John Fishwick welcomes commitment to build on animal welfare standards BVA president John Fishwick has responded to the government’s Brexit white paper on the future relationship between Britain and the European Union. The paper covers agricultural, food and fisheries products and specifies that being outside of the common agricultural policy (CAP) will allow the UK to implement higher animal welfare standards. It also reaffirms the future partnership will endeavour to recognise the qualifications held by professionals, including vets. Responding, Mr Fishwick said: “We’re pleased to see that the government is committed to seeking out opportunities to build on the UK’s existing high animal welfare standards post-Brexit. Veterinary involvement is key to upholding these standards and placing the UK on a firm footing in trade negotiations. “While Brexit will of course bring challenges, it also presents significant opportunities to enhance and prioritise animal welfare in areas including transportation, live exports and food labelling. However, there are areas that will continue to require a proactive and joined-up international approach, such as disease... ...

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Eight rhinos die in Kenya relocation exercise

Jul 16, 2018

Cause of death currently thought to be salt poisoning  An investigation has been launched in Kenya after eight critically endangered black rhinos died during a relocation exercise. The animals were part of a group of 11 rhinos being moved from Nairobi National Park and Nakuru National Park, to a newly created sanctuary in Tsavo East National Park. Preliminary investigations suggest the rhinos died from salt poisoning, as a result of drinking high salinity water on arrival at the sanctuary. According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, there appears to have been a challenge in adapting from fresh water to saline water in the new environment. It is thought high salt levels led to dehydration, triggering the thirst mechanism and excess intake of saline water, which exacerbated the problem. The surviving three rhinos are being closely monitored by veterinary and park management teams. Fresh water is being provided in temporary water pans whilst officials wait for the post-mortem report and further forensic investigations. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)... ...

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Hopes raised for critically endangered Amur leopard

Jul 16, 2018

Hopes that Amur leopards could be reintroduced to Russia in the future have been raised after the birth of a cub at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. RZSS Highland Wildlife Park is home to the world’s only purpose-built Amur leopard habitat which is not on show to the public. It has been designed solely to breed Amur leopards and maximise their potential of being released into the wild. Head of living collections Douglas Richardson hailed the birth as ‘incredibly exciting’, adding that it shows the vital role conservation breeding programmes have in protecting threatened species. ...

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New guidance for companion animal establishments and inspections

Jul 16, 2018

New guidance for companion animal establishments and their inspection has been published following six years of research and development by an international team of leading scientists and vets. Just published in the prestigious scientific journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, the ‘Guidelines for Inspection of Companion and Commercial Animal Establishments’, is believed to provide the best evidence-based and most objective information resource of its kind anywhere in the world. For decades, concerns over animal welfare and public health issues have been reported for a variety of animal establishments including dog breeding kennels, pet shops and other facilities. Formal inspection methods have been inconsistent at best. A lack of objective, universal, guidance has played a role in a situation that has long been unacceptable. The new report offers comprehensive coverage for both animal husbandry (including invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) as well as inspection protocols for a variety of commercial and non-commercial establishments such as pet shops, breeding centres, boarding kennels and sanctuaries. Space for animals, responsible handover, facility layout, human health and... ...

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Supreme wins again!

Jul 16, 2018

Supreme Petfoods wins Pet Product Marketing (PPM) Retailer Recommended Awards with the Small Animal Product of the Year and Product Innovation of the Year Supreme Petfoods just keeps adding to its accolades this year. The manufacturer of food for small pets has now been voted number one in the Pet Product Marketing (PPM) Retailer Recommended Awards with the Small Animal Product of the Year. Supreme Selective Naturals treats also won Product Innovation of the Year – an award that extended across all categories and all pets! In the small pet product category, the company nominated its Selective brand for the first time – having won twice before with other brands. Marketing Manager, Claire Hamblion says the company made the decision to reflect changes in the marketplace – more pet owners are demanding high quality top of the range mono-component foods and their pets are now seen more as valued companions rather than children’s pets. She attributes the win to solid nutritional credentials and the resources and support available for stockists,... ...

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Laura Muir announces new canine event as part of Simplyhealth Great South Run

Jul 16, 2018

British middle distance runner and recently qualified vet, Laura Muir, has announced the date for the inaugural Simplyhealth Canine Run which will take place on Saturday 20 October as part of the Simplyhealth Great South Run weekend. Simplyhealth is also asking local vets and vet nurses who want to volunteer as marshals, or to be part of the event, to get in touch. For anyone looking for something a little more challenging than a fun run, the Simplyhealth Great Run Series will involve 100 fit dogs and their sporty owners. Those who register and are accepted will take part in the 2.5km run along the scenic Southsea seafront, starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade. Dogs taking part in the Simplyhealth Canine Run will need to be well socialised. Whilst an on-site vet will be on hand on the day to deal with any emergencies, owners should also make sure that they consult their vet ahead of the run to check through their dog’s training plan and ensure they are in great... ...

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