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If cats were banned from going outside, the rats and mice of the world would celebrate

Dr Peter Marra, an academic who is the director of the Smithsonian migratory bird centre in Washington, has written a book called “Cat Wars”, and he's made a call for all cats to be kept indoors or on a lead to address the “devastating impact” that they have on wildlife.
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What’s all this fuss about antibiotic resistance? – Part 1

You’ve almost certainly heard of “antibiotic resistance”, or “antimicrobial resistance”, or “superbugs”. But do you know what they are? Or why they’re a problem? Or why we’re worrying about them in animals? Read on to find out more!
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Unusual pet homes: guinea pigs living in a fireplace

When you think “guinea pig house”, do you think “traditional hutch in a garden”? Think again. With a bit of imagination, guinea pigs can be kept in all sorts of locations.
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Tick Alert! Why ticks are a problem for your pet

You’ve probably seen the headlines over the last few days about ticks in the UK – but do you know what it means for you and your pet, or what to do about it?
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Do you ask your vet questions by email or Facebook?

Most of my working life as a vet is spent answering questions. Most often, pet owners ask me questions in the consulting room. “Why has my dog stopped eating?” “What is the lump on my cat’s head?” “What is wrong with my pet rabbit?”

At our vet clinic, people often ask me questions on the telephone. “Why has my dog has started howling at night?” “Why is my cat messing in the house?” Often it is not possible to answer such questions without examining the animal. Dogs may howl because of pain from arthritis and cats may mess in the house because of a urinary tract infection. But one way or another, the questions are eventually answered.

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