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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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Babesiosis – a new arrival to the UK

On 16th March this year, newspapers and news feeds across the UK broke the news that a new "deadly tick-borne disease" had been diagnosed in dogs in Kent. The disease turned out to be babesiosis - a parasite of the red blood cells, similar in many ways to malaria, transmitted by tick bites. The condition has now, apparently, reached the UK for the first time. So, how seriously should we take the stories, and are they accurate?

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Crufts – the best and worst of the dog world?

Crufts starts today – the World's Largest Dog Show - an annual dog-fest that used to be seen as a "best of British" institution, but which has become controversial in recent years. This year, three different viewpoints have been loudly expressed.
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If you care about animals, why aren’t you vegan?

Are you an animal lover with a vague unease about eating meat? Have you heard all the recent buzz about veganism, and wondered if it's for you? If so, you're like me: read on.
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BBC’s Today Programme asks a profound question: how much is a dog’s life worth?

Dogs and vets' fees took centre stage in the UK media yesterday when they featured on the BBC's Today programme, the most popular show on Radio 4, with over 7 million listeners every week. One of the presenters, Evan Davis, brought his whippet, Mr Whippy, into the studio, and a discussion on vets' fees followed. Mr Davis recounted how he'd spent £4000 on fixing Mr
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