Owner misconceptions help fuel designer dog boom, study shows

Huge demand for designer cross-breed dogs has been fuelled by misconceptions they are more hypoallergenic, generally healthy, easy to train and good with children, according to a new study. Led by the RVC, the study looked at the reason for a boom in cross-breed dogs – including cockapoos, Labradoodles, cavapoos, sprockers and golden doodles – … Read more

Allergies affecting horses – how RVNs can support such cases

Allergies are commonly seen in equine patients. This article will look at two of the main respiratory and skin allergies that affect horses, and investigate how the RVN can assist the vet with the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Equine asthma Equine asthma (EA) is one of the most common respiratory diseases of modern-day … Read more

Summer allergies: readying owners and yards for prevention

Insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH) is a chronic, recurrent seasonal (spring, summer and autumn) dermatitis that is known to affect 5% to 50% of horses dependent on their location, breed and genetics (Schaffartzik et al, 2012). The prevalence of the disease is based on the geographical and local distribution of midges and, therefore, can be well … Read more

sponsored The many roles of diet in canine dermatology

As the largest organ in the body, the skin plays a key role as a barrier, minimizing water loss and protecting the body from environmental insults, meaning that using nutrition to support the skin and coat can be beneficial to overall health and well-being of patients. Why dietary modification is not just for adverse food … Read more

15 Dog Owners Share Secrets for Beating Spring Canine Allergies

15 Tips for Springtime Allergies in Dogs Ah .. springtime. A time for budding flowers, chirping song birds, and allergies. When your dog starts that itch scratch cycle, you’ll do anything to calm their irritation. Recently we asked our 4 million followers on Facebook to share their top tips for dealing with springtime dog allergies. … Read more