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Antibiotic resistance: should the veterinary industry be doing more to help?

Antibiotic resistance, like global warming, is a threat to our future that keeps popping up in the media. The topic moved centre-stage today, with the long awaited publication of a major report that specifies the severity of the risk, and the measures that need to be taken to avert the threat. It's a long report, at 84 pages, and it's worth reading for those with a serious interest in the subject, but here's the gist of what's being said.
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Urgent call by vet profession to stop suffering of brachycephalic dogs and cats

The Pug in the photo below may look "cute", but when you look closely, you'll see that there's a dark circle in the centre of his throat. This is a permanent tracheostomy which had to be surgically created because the unfortunate animal was unable to breathe properly through his nose and mouth. He had started to collapse, suffocating, when he went about his normal daily activities. The tracheostomy was needed to stop him from dying a frightening, choking death.
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Giving medication to pets: a necessary but challenging task

Giving medication to pets is not easy. In a typical case of a dog with a skin condition, I may send the owner home with three types of tablets to be given twice daily for ten days. As I write up the final details of the patient’s file, I sometimes reflect that I have sent the owner away with a challenging task to complete.

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A message from the Easter Bunny for owners of pet rabbits

I've often wondered about the oddness of the Easter Bunny. What does a rabbit have to do with Christianity? And why on earth would a rabbit produce eggs? A little internet research was enough to find some answers.
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Commercial pet food: could insects provide a new form of sustainable ingredients?

The Pet Food Manufacturers Association runs a pet-related seminar every year, often covering novel topics that are interesting to anyone with any connection with the pet world. This year, the topic was “sustainability” - both of the production of pet food, but interestingly, also the production of pets, including the complex issue of dog breeding. This is the first of two blogs from the seminar: the second one will discuss the “sustainable dog production” issue.

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