Pug health risks mean it can no longer be considered ‘typical dog’

Pugs are almost twice as likely to suffer one or more disorders a year compared to other dogs – and the breed should no longer be considered a “typical dog”. Research carried out by the RVC reveals that the health of the brachycephalic breed in the UK is substantially different and largely worse than non-pug … Read more

Future’s so bright Duke’s gotta wear shades

A referral center in Wiltshire is advising that dogs that need protection from bright light are fitted with specially-designed pet sunglasses. With temperatures on the rise, Eastcott Veterinary Referrals is helping dogs with eye problems beat the blinding glare by recommending visors and sunglasses that have been specifically designed for animals. Distinctive designs Ida Gilbert, … Read more

Review does not support ACE inhibitor use in dogs with preclinical MMVD

Use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) for the management of preclinical myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) in dogs made little or no difference to the risk of them developing congestive heart failure, new research has found. The study – “Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors in preclinical myxomatous mitral valve disease in dogs” – is the first comprehensive … Read more

Soccer Players Kick Off Game By Finding Homes For Shelter Dogs

Even though fans gathered for a soccer game in Romania, the sport was not the highlight of the event. Soccer players in Romania started their game in a special way that was unrelated to soccer. Instead of doing something sports-related to kick off the event, soccer players cuddled adoptable dogs from a local shelter. With … Read more

New treatment for corneal ulcers in cats and dogs – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

TVM has launched Stromease a ready-to-use, anti-collagenase eye drop, indicated for the supportive treatment of corneal ulcers in dogs and cats. Corneal ulceration is a condition that affects up to 0.8% of dogs in the UK. It can have a number of causes such as trauma, foreign bodies or underlying ocular pathology such as tear … Read more

Can laser therapy be used in dogs?

Laser therapy is a relatively new therapy used to reduce pain and inflammation. Although this service is fairly new to the veterinary world, it is not completely new to the market. Different types of laser therapy have been common in the human medical world for many years. For example, for hair removal and eye surgery. However, many companies are now offering laser therapy in dogs (and even cats) for a wide range of conditions, including wound healing, arthritis, and even skin disease. Laser and related techniques, such as the Klox system, can be grouped together as photobiomodulation, and are increasingly popular. However – does it work? Can it be used in dogs? And if so, where can you get it?

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How to Stop My Dog’s Tail Banging into Things

We all know at least one dog who could wag their tail professionally, constantly excited and full of energy. If a dog brings their wagging tail into the home environment however, this can lead to subsequent issues such as tail trauma from banging against hard surfaces, and also broken furniture (to the owner’s dismay)! The reasons behind tail wagging are more complex than most people think. The tail is vitally important to dog communication. In this blog we will be discussing different messages a wag could be trying to communicate. As well as ways you can protect your home from wag-induced destruction whilst keeping your dog happy.

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Welfare fears at plans to restrict drug used for chronic pain

Vets fear proposals to restrict a key treatment used for chronic pain in dogs and cats to humans only could hit animal welfare. While myriad licensed vet analgesic medications are available and prescribed, human antiviral amantadine is also used by vets because no licensed product is available for the treatment of central sensitization – a … Read more