What to know about adopting pets in Indonesia

Jul 31, 2018

All animals deserve the chance to go on a journey of rescue to recovery. They belong in a family that can give life-long commitment and unconditional love; and to be one of them is to first understand what adoption truly means. What is adopting and why should I adopt? Where there are millions of homeless, neglected, mistreated and abused animals but not enough homes, adoption gives these animals a second chance. Before settling in a permanent home, they enjoy time in foster care. Mission Paws’ible founder Prue Barber uses this time to get insight into what they need for the future and to match the right pet to the right lifestyle, family and budget. “This is something breeders or pet shops do not offer because they are only interested in money and not the welfare of the animal, nor you, the pet owner,” she said. Additionally, adopting allows space for another animal to be rescued, as noted by Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) cofounders Karin Franken and Natalie Stewart. Franken believes... ...

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Homeless pets sing for royal couple

May 21, 2018

Beagle pup and a Shetland pony star in tribute to Harry and Meghan With royal wedding fever sweeping the nation, one animal charity has come up with a novel way to celebrate the upcoming nuptials: getting their animals to sing a rendition of Here Comes the Bride. Blue Cross says that dozens of dogs, cats and horses from its rehoming centres across the UK feature on the track, created as a special gift for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. They include a beagle pup named Marley, four adorable short-haired kittens and a Shetland pony named Tristan. Meghan Markle is a huge animal lover and her adopted beagle Guy made the move to the UK when the royal couple got engaged last year. Sadly her Labrador-shepherd mix Bogart had to remain in Canada as he was too old to make the journey. “We know that Meghan Markle is a huge fan of rescue pets and the fantastic support she provides for animals is something we want to celebrate,” said Mandy Jones,... ...

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Scientists and vets call for a labelling scheme for pets

May 21, 2018

A scientific report published in the new issue of the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour calls for a ‘pet-labelling scheme’ to enable informed decision-making by consumers about the types of animals they keep. The Brighton-based Animal Protection Agency supports the proposed scheme, which they say is much-needed to ensure people don’t acquire difficult or demanding pets. Authors of the report entitled, ‘Exotic pet suitability: understanding some problems and using a labeling system to aid animal welfare, environment and consumer protection‘, conclude that the more scientists learn about the needs of exotic animals, the more they appreciate their complexity and how generally unsuited they are to life as pets. Also, the time, money and expertise in keeping, particularly exotic, animals is commonly underestimated. In addition to many species being unable to adapt to captivity, the report highlights low quality care information given by animal dealers and hobbyists as a cause of animal suffering and premature mortality, for instance, at least 75% of reptiles die within their first year in the home. Many... ...

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Vet professionals warned of eye injuries to owners and pets from canine ear gel

Apr 30, 2018

European Medicines Agency advises application caution after ocular damage from accidental exposure to popular otitis externa treatment reported. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a warning about cases of injuries to pets and their owners from accidental eye exposure to Osurnia ear gel for dogs. The patented gel formulation – from Elanco Europe – is indicated for the treatment of otitis externa in canines and contains the active substances terbinafine, florfenicol and betamethasone acetate. Eye exposure An EMA release stated: “Eye exposure in people mostly happened when the dog shook its head during – or just after – applying the medicine. “It is not clear if cases in dogs were also due to accidental contact, although this was confirmed in a few reports. “The injuries in people include two cases of corneal ulcer, as well as reports of eye irritation, conjunctivitis, redness, burning, stinging and itchiness. “The eye injuries in dogs included corneal ulcers, squinting, impaired vision, conjunctivitis, redness and swelling around the eye.” Report side effects The release... ...

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Pets Need Vets campaign launched

Apr 20, 2018

Initiative to promote benefits of registering with a vet The RCVS and the BVA have launched a social media campaign to highlight the benefits of registering pets with veterinary practices. The move comes as new figures show an estimated 3.1 million pets in the UK are not registered with a vet. The collaborative ‘Pets Need Vets’ initiative shares 11 benefits of registering pets with a veterinary practice. They include easier access to emergency care, regular weight checks and nutritional advice. The campaign also calls on pet owners to visit findavet.org.uk to find the right practice for them and their pet. “Pets need vets to ensure their lifelong wellbeing, which is why it is concerning that a large number of pet owners in the country have not registered their animals with a practice,” said BVA president John Fishwick. “It is important that owners have access to reliable advice and veterinary care to be able to best look after their pets, and so we are calling on the profession to get involved... ...

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Pain and behaviour

Apr 9, 2018

Pain should always be high on the list of a vets diagnosis Pain is an unpleasant, emotional and sensory experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. How it is recognised varies from country to country and culture to culture. In her lecture at BSAVA Congress (7 April), behaviour specialist Kersti Seksel spoke about how we recognise pain especially in cats and what we can do about it. There have been all kinds of attitudes towards pain, from ‘pain is good because it stops the animal from moving too much’ to ‘animals feel less pain than humans’. The inability to communicate negates the possibility that an individual is feeling pain. Pain can be classified as physiologic, pathological, acute, chronic and physiological. There is also adaptive pain – a normal response to pain – and maladaptive pain, which is the inadequate management of adaptive pain leading to physical changes in the nervous system. When behaviour changes, our first thought should be that the animal is in pain. However, behaviour can be... ...

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PFMA Releases its Top Ten Pets Chart and New Pet Population Data

Mar 26, 2018

Dogs unleashed and cats miaow-ving up the charts   Today, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) releases its 2018 pet population data, based on interviews with 8000 households, confirming a 400,000 rise in the dog population, which now stands at 9 million. 26% of households now own a dog, representing an increase of around 300,000 households. From the research, it is clear that a rise in dog ownership among families is the key driver. The number of households with children owning a dog has grown by 11% to 2.3 million, 230,000 more than last year. However, dogs are not the only pets to have moved up the charts. The cat population is at its highest for five years at 8 million. 18% of households own a cat, which equates to 140,000 more cats and 75,000 more households. Key Findings: 13 million households (45% of UK households) have a pet 600,000 more households have a pet this year 5 million households own a cat (75,000 more than last year) 6.6 million households own... ...

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Trafficked pets released back into the wild

Mar 19, 2018

Turtles and tortoises were illegally kept and sold as pets  A new initiative to return trafficked exotic animals to the wild has begun with the release of 79 turtles and 10 tortoise in the Peruvian Amazon. Most of the yellow-spotted river turtles, which are classed as ‘vulnerable’, were seized from traders who kept them illegally in tubs, buckets or fish tanks. They were sold as pets to members of the public who were wrongly advised that the species is easy to care for. All 89 animals were rehabilitated at establishments in Lima over a period of months, before being released at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve near Puerto Maldonado. The successful release was organised by Animal Defenders International (ADI), government authorities ATFFS Lima, the regional government of Madres de Dios and organisations IRUPA, UPA and Animal Voice. It is expected to be the first of many, helping to ensure the future survival of the species. ADI president Jan Creamer said: “It is such a joy to see these animals go back... ...

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Vets urged to do more to tackle obesity crisis

Mar 19, 2018

The growing crisis of UK pet obesity is being compounded because vets do not find it “an interesting enough topic”, it has been claimed. Weight management expert Alex German told an audience of veterinary professionals, at what is believed to be the UK’s first weight management congress, obesity did not “pique the interest” of graduate vets more interested in “complex and exciting” areas, such as internal medicine and surgery. Addressing delegates at the Royal Canin Weight Management Congress, Prof German said the problem of, and prejudice around, obesity was ingrained and suggested the focus should shift to vets of the future and vet nurses, “who really do get the topic of obesity”. Prof German said: ”Quite frankly, vets still don’t find [obesity] an interesting enough topic. “So, when vets develop a clinical interest when they graduate, it has to be things that pique their interest, such as internal medicine and surgery. All of these things are interventions: they are complicated and exciting. “If you contrast that with obesity, which is... ...

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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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