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What’s all this fuss about antibiotic resistance? – Part 2

In Part 1, we looked at how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and how without these drugs, modern medicine (surgery, chemotherapy, organ transplantation) would be almost impossible. In this second part, we’ll look at what drives resistance in the real world, and how we can help.
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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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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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Petition Update: A list of what vets can do to help brachycephalic breeds breathe more easily

At the meeting last month organised by the Kennel Club to discuss the issue of brachycephalic dog health, the signatories of the vet/vet nurse petition were asked to write a list of actions that they, themselves, could take to improve the situation for these animals. In a recent blog, I asked for suggestions, and I have now put these together into a list, which you can read below.

I have sent this list on to the Kennel Club, who are having another meeting today to discuss more details of what actions will be taken.

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