Proposed tough action on puppy trade welcomed

Jan 15, 2018

Veterinary and animal welfare bodies have applauded the Government’s stated intention to implement the biggest-ever legal crackdown on unscrupulous puppy farmers and smugglers in England. Proposed legislation – which could be introduced early this year – will also seek to address the breeding of unhealthy dogs with severe genetic disorders. Responding to the Government’s announcement, BVA president John Fishwick said: “Responsible breeding and ownership of pets are among vets’ priorities, so we commend the Government’s plans for new and updated legislation around the buying and selling of pets, ensuring it is fit for purpose in the internet age we live in. “We also welcome the Government’s efforts to combat the illegal trade in puppies. As vets, we see first-hand the tragic consequences that can result from poorly bred and illegally imported puppies, with almost one third of vets reporting concerns about illegally imported puppies last Christmas [2016].” RSPCA interim chief executive Michael Ward also welcomed the announcement, saying: “This is good news for the hundreds of thousands of dogs bought... ...

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Dechra Veterinary Products introduces Redonyl Ultra to its dermatology offering

Dec 11, 2017

A dietetic complementary feed to help cats and dogs suffering with allergic skin conditions has been launched. Dechra Veterinary Products has added Redonyl Ultra to its dermatology range for use as part of a multimodal approach to support skin function in cases of dermatosis and excessive hair loss. The company said Redonyl Ultra’s skittle capsules contain essential fatty acids, palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and biotin, which are balanced to support the physiology of the skin barrier. PEA is a naturally occurring biomodulator with scientifically proven activity against the mechanisms contributing to inflammation and pain, while biotin is important for synthesis of fatty acids and support of optimal skin condition. Dechra brand manager Claire Morgan said: “Redonyl Ultra is a great addition to Dechra’s extensive dermatology range that allows a holistic approach to treatment, control and maintenance of dermatological conditions. “Allergic skin conditions are among the most common causes of skin and ear disease in cats and dogs, and it is estimated up to 15% of dogs are affected by atopy. “In situations where an... ...

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It’s “Take Your Dog To Work Day” – EVERYDAY!

Dec 11, 2017

It’s not just workmen who are enjoying having their dogs with them at work. New swanky office buildings in cities throughout the UK are springing up which welcome our four-legged friends. “Office providers are going out of their way to make dogs and pets welcome – it’s a huge growth market – think pet friendly holiday homes, but for office workers”, says Desk.co.uk’s Martin Jones. “People absolutely love it, and the amount of serviced offices and coworking spaces now offering “pet friendly” as a feature is growing super fast”. In June there is of course Take Your Dog To Work Day but how about being able to bring your pooch to work every single day. Many new style coworking offices encourage networking and social interaction, and have such features as cafes, chillout areas and all-inclusive fruit juice stations. The pet friendly feature is to help a new wave of millennials who are blurring the line between work and home life. The benefits of having your four-legged friend at work are:... ...

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Woodley Equipment launched the Bionote Vcheck V200 at London Vet Show

Dec 4, 2017

Woodley Equipment launched the Bionote Vcheck V200 at London Vet Show, with this fully quantitative automated analyser which provides accurate diagnosis for dogs and cats proving to be extremely popular. Woodley Equipment to release new tests for Vcheck V200 fully quantitative automated analyser following successful launch at London Vet Show. The Vcheck V200 enables you to achieve true analysis with fluorescence technology, providing reference lab quality without test referrals. Say goodbye to semi quantitative guesswork and don’t rely on a rapid test device reader. The V200 can currently test for the following groups of analytes: Pancreatic specific lipase is used to diagnose pancreatitis in dogs and cats presenting vomiting, fever, anorexia or abdominal pain. The Vcheck 200 enables accurate measurement of: Canine pancreatitis – specific lipase – cPL measurement range 50~2000ng/ml Feline pancreatitis – specific lipase – fPL measurement range 1~50ng/mL Real-time inflammation markers – acute phase proteins cCRP and fSAA are real-time inflammation markers in cats and dogs, providing accurate and rapid information about inflammation: Dog inflammation marker cCRP (C-Reactive Protein)... ...

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There is strong evidence of a looming brachycephalic crisis, says Dan O’Neill, of the RVC

Dec 4, 2017

Dan O’Neill, senior lecturer at the RVC warns profession to brace itself for three-pronged welfare challenge for brachycephalic breeds. He said substantial evidence showed severe health problems in brachycephalic breeds were associated with their physical conformation and may be further exacerbated by the scramble to breed enough dogs to supply demand. In addition, the bubble of dogs bought on a wave of popularism are starting to age, meaning a natural increase in health problems associated with ageing in already predisposed breeds. Finally, evidence suggests welfare charities are already inundated with unwanted brachycephalic breeds by owners who are either tired of them or feeling the economic impact of caring for them. Paradoxically, if vets are successful in turning the tide of popularity by dissuading the public from owning brachycephalic breeds, this could lead to a larger spike in numbers dumped in rescue homes as their popularity diminishes – making it harder to rehome them, he said. Dr O’Neill, author of several VetCompass studies into brachycephalism in dogs, said: “It is easy... ...

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Latest VetCompass research uncovers new evidence on the ownership, behaviours and health of Rottweilers in the UK

Nov 30, 2017

A new study conducted by the VetCompass Programme at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has revealed novel insights into the demographics, behaviours and disorders of Rottweilers. This information will raise awareness of predispositions in Rottweilers to a variety of behavioural and health conditions and assist with their diagnosis and treatment. The results will also help potential owners to make better informed decisions on ownership of the breed. In the UK, Rottweilers are a well-known dog breed and have often been used for guarding, police and military roles. Additionally, in recent decades the breed has increasingly been owned as a domestic pet. However, behavioural traits that are ideal for a guard dog are not always appropriate for a domestic pet dog. Consequently, undesirable behavioural issues in Rottweilers kept as pets have been the subject of considerable debate for many years. The Rottweiler has been scored as high for aggression among breeds and several studies have reported that the Rottweiler is over-represented among serious dog-bite statistics on humans. The breed has also... ...

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Purina Launches its First Report Reflecting on Commitments to Society

Nov 27, 2017

Nestlé Purina PetCare EMENA [NPPE] unveiled its first Purina in Society Report ( http://www.purina.eu/pinsreport ) last night. The report shares highlights of the progress made in 2016 against Purina’s 10 commitments to society and showcases success stories from across Europe that demonstrate the value of the pet-human bond in a world that is becoming more complex. It was launched at an exclusive evening event held in London last night that brought together experts, including leading futurist speaker, Gerd Leonhard, who discussed the role that our humanity and relationships, including those with pets, play in a technologically-driven society. The event focussed on four (of the 10) Purina in Society pet-focused commitments: Promote pet adoption through collaborations and partnerships Promote responsible pet ownership programmes for children Promote pets in the workplace Help reduce the risk of pet obesity through collaborative prevention programmes Purina believes that the benefits of the pet-human bond will become increasingly important in the future. The emotional bond between pets and people helps to keep us connected in a... ...

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InGeneron ARC system hits UK market

Nov 20, 2017

UK vets will soon have access to a piece of kit for the treatment of a range of orthopaedic injuries, allergies and non-healing wounds in dogs and horses. Nupsala Veterinary Services has signed an exclusive license and agreement with InGeneron to supply the point of care ARC system to the UK veterinary market. InGeneron’s ARC system allows veterinary clinics to rapidly prepare canine and equine adipose-derived regenerative cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from an animal’s own body at point of care for immediate treatment for a range of diseases and injuries. Vets can use prepared cells to aid the treatment of orthopaedic injuries, OA, allergies and non-healing wounds in dogs and horses, Nupsala said. A company spokeman said: “InGeneron’s ARC tissue processing system uses fat tissue obtained from the patient. Regenerative cells, including stem cells, are prepared for reinjection in about 90 minutes from excised solid tissue, or 60 minutes for lipoaspirate. “With the ability to process solid tissue in practice, this point of care system offers a new and... ...

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Norbrook launches product compendium

Nov 13, 2017

Norbrook Laboratories has launched the latest edition of its product compendium for vets – an easy-to-use reference guide to all of the company’s products. Douglas Palmer, veterinary advisor for Norbrook, said products are easy to find, with a choice of searching alphabetically, by species or by active ingredient – with important information, such as safety instructions, withdrawal periods, product indications and dosage rates under the name of each product. The compendium contains data sheets for recently launched products, including: Solantel – a closantel-containing oral suspension for sheep Thyronorm – a liquid oral suspension for treating hyperthyroidism in cats Betafuse – a fusidic acid/betamethasone gel for dogs A copy of the compendium can be obtained from your Norbrook territory manager, or by telephoning 01536 741147. Alternatively, a digital version can be downloaded from the Norbrook website and the datasheets are also available on the Norbrook Veterinary Excellence Tool app, available to download for Apple and Android devices. ...

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