Lintbells receives a visit from Fabulous Finn

May 21, 2018

Hitchin-based premium natural supplements company Lintbells received a visit this morning from ‘Fabulous Finn’. Now retired, police dog Finn rose to fame when he saved the life of his handler PC Dave Wardell and was stabbed in the process. Finn’s injuries were so severe he wasn’t expected to survive but he surprised everyone by pulling through. His exploits became the subject of a best-selling book, Fabulous Finn: The Brave Police Dog Who Came Back from the Brink. The visit was to say thank you to the Lintbells team who are delighted to be sponsoring his YuMOVE ADVANCE 360. Finn is currently busy supporting his owner to bring about a change in the law. Finn’s Law will see police and service dogs like Finn protected by the law and those who attack them penalised accordingly. Despite the fact that Finn was stabbed with a ten inch blade in his chest into his lung and also through the top of his head, his assailant was only charged with ‘criminal damage’ for inflicting... ...

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Fun in the sun at The Great British Dog Walk

May 14, 2018

Event was one of a Virbac-sponsored series across the country being held to raise cash to train more puppies to help people with hearing difficulties.   The Suffolk leg of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’s Great British Dog Walk, sponsored by Virbac, has taken place at Ickworth Park near Bury St Edmunds. Participants could choose between a 3km or 8km walk at the Suffolk event. The venue welcomed 447 walkers and 280 dogs, who could choose an 8km or 3km trail, and the Virbac companion animal team turned out in force to support the event. Proud Andrew Connolly, head of marketing for companion animals at Virbac, said: “It was wonderful to see so many walkers and such well-behaved dogs. “The Great British Dog walk is a fantastic way for people to enjoy their dogs and raise money for an excellent cause, which Virbac is proud to be associated with. We really enjoyed the walk.” Gill Yeates, national fund-raising manager at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said: “We are delighted so... ...

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MPs launch inquiry into dangerous dog laws

May 14, 2018

Evidence call follows campaigns to end breed specific legislation  Cross-party MPs are launching an inquiry into dangerous dog laws, amid concerns that current legislation is impacting dog welfare and failing to protect the public. The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 makes it an offence to own four breeds of dog that are traditionally associated with fighting – the pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Fila Brasileiro and Dogo Argentino – unless the dog is placed on the exemption list and adheres to certain requirements. Whilst the law was created to protect the public from dog attacks, numerous animal welfare charities say it has failed to achieve its goals. Research by the RSPCA shows 37 people have died in dog-related incidents since 1991, of which 28 involved dogs that were not banned breeds. Other data show the number of yearly hospital admissions for dog bites increased by 76 per cent between between 2006-2016. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Committee is calling for evidence on how effective the act is at protecting... ...

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YouTube videos offer insight into dog bites

May 14, 2018

Seven in 10 victims were men, study found  For the first time, scientists have used YouTube videos to learn more about the risk factors that lead to dog bites. Researchers from the University of Liverpool used search terms such as ‘dog bite’ and ‘dog attack’ to find 143 videos, of which 56 showed details of the human and dog behaviour that led up to the bite. Findings published in the journal Scientific Reports suggest that around seven in 10 of the bite victims in the videos were male, while over half were children or infants. Common dog breeds observed were Chihuahuas, German shepherds, pit bulls and Labrador retrievers. Whilst the study did not explore the causal relationship between human behaviour and dog bites, tactile contact with a dog increased around 20 seconds before a bite, as did standing or leaning over a dog. Researchers acknowledged that YouTube videos of dog bites are likely to be subject to some bias. For example, bites by small dogs may be perceived as ‘comical’... ...

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Dog lawfully shot after killing pregnant ewes

Mar 26, 2018

Unsupervised hound attacked flock of 80 A dog has been shot by a farmer in Country Durham after killing two pregnant ewes. According to Farmers Weekly, the German-shepherd type dog was unsupervised when it attacked a flock of 80 pregnant ewes in a field near Howden-le-Wear last Thursday evening. The attack took place on two in-lamb ewes who were both expecting twins. One of the ewes died from her injuries and the other had to be put to sleep. It is not yet known how the attack affected the remainder of the flock. To prevent further attacks, the farmer made the decision to legally shoot the dog. Another dog which was also at the scene was able to escape. Investigating police officers said that no one was seen with the dogs at any point during the attack. The dog that was shot did not have a microchip and was not wearing a collar. According to information obtained by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW), some 15,000 sheep were... ...

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Study finds ‘sing-song’ talk helps human-dog interaction

Mar 19, 2018

University of York researchers, who conducted a series of scientific speech interaction experiments between adult dogs and humans, say vets should adopt “baby talk” when interacting with canines. Vets should be using “baby talk” with unfamiliar canine patients to make them relax and comfortably interact in the practice, according to research. Previous studies on communicating with dogs had suggested talking in a high-pitch voice with exaggerated emotion, just as adults do with babies, improved engagement with puppies, but made little difference with adult dogs. Now, researchers at the University of York, who conducted a series of scientific speech interaction experiments between adult dogs and humans, believe sing-song “baby talk” works for older dogs too, when combined with dog-related phrases such as “good boy”. The work, published in Animal Cognition, saw scientists monitor the varying reactions of canine subjects when humans (who were completely unfamiliar to them) addressed them in different modes of speech – from infant-directed speech to dog-directed speech. One of the authors, Katie Slocombe from the University of... ...

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Police considering dog DNA database to tackle livestock worrying

Feb 26, 2018

New data prompts rethink from National Police Chief’s Council  Police are exploring the idea of a dog DNA database to help tackle the problem of livestock worrying. The measure is one of a number of recommendations made in the Livestock Worrying Police Working Group Final Report, published last week (21 February) by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC). Other proposals include giving police officers more power to confiscate dogs who repeatedly worry livestock and placing a legal obligation on dog owners to report livestock attacks. The investigation involving police forces from across the UK found that there have been 1705 recorded incidents of livestock worrying since September 2013. Many of these incidents involved repeat offenders and, in the majority of incidents, the dog owner was not around at the time of the attack. NPCCs chief constable David Jones said that the project “provided hard data showing livestock worrying is a very significant issue for farmers”. “We need dog-owners to take responsibility for their animals – not just by putting their dogs... ...

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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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