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Cryptorchidism in Cats
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24th September 2016
The term “cryptorchid” might sound like the name for some exotic species of flower, but the reality is in fact rather different-it refers to testicles that have not descended from the body in the normal way, and so, that are not present in their correct place! Whilst this is not something that most cat owners will....Read Full Article

Skin problems common to the Persian cat breed
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23rd September 2016
The Persian cat breed is one of the most popular cat breeds in the UK, usually vying for the top spot in the rankings with the Siamese and British shorthair. Their distinctive flattened faces, long luxurious fur and affectionate natures make them popular wi....Read Full Article

Five important things to know before buying a Bengal cat
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22nd September 2016
The Bengal cat breed is one of the most unique and distinctive domestic cat breeds of all, thanks to not only their eye-catching appearance but the fact that the Bengal breed was created by the crossing of domestic cats with the Asian Leopard Cat, a small, w....Read Full Article

Five large dog breeds that look like bears
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22nd September 2016
Whilst dog lovers tend to like dogs of all shapes and sizes and enjoy mentally ticking off breeds that they meet out and about in the street, many people are a little taken aback at the unexpected sight of very large dog breeds, some of which look fearsome and noble and would certainly make you pause if you met them unexpectedly down a....Read Full Article

Five spaniel breeds you might not have heard of
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22nd September 2016
Virtually every dog lover in the UK can name several different spaniel breeds, with the springer, cocker and ....Read Full Article

BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme for breeding stock and their litters
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21st September 2016
Problems with the eyes and vision in general in dogs can come in many different types and presentations, but a great many such problems are hereditary in nature, and/or caused by a specific fault in conformation that can affect certain dog breeds. In order to provide some standardisation and a formal protocol for the testing ....Read Full Article

What can you feed to your dog if you’ve run out of dog food?
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21st September 2016
Accessibility to buying dog food of all different types is easier today than it ever has been when you consider all of the available options. Dog food can be ordered online, bought from pet shops, supermarkets and veterinary clinics and many other places, and so the chances of being caught out with an empty bag and a hungry dog are fai....Read Full Article

Von Willebrand's Disease (vWD type II) Testing for Dogs
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20th September 2016
Von Willebrand’s disease (vWD) is a hereditary canine health condition that affects the coagulation and clotting of the dog’s blood, due to a lack of the necessary clotting factor. This can lead to uncontrolled bleeding, meaning that a dog that gets a small cut or graze may potentially bleed heavily and have problems clotti....Read Full Article

Canine Breed Club Heart Testing
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20th September 2016
Pretty much every breed of pedigree dog that you may spot out and about in the UK are apt to have a heightened chance of being born with some form of hereditary health problem compared to the non-pedigree dog population, due to the comparatively small gene pool of suitable breeding stock from each pedigree breed. Such conditi....Read Full Article

BVA/KC Chiari-malformation and Syringomyelia Testing Scheme for Dogs
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19th September 2016
In order to improve the health of pedigree dog breeds and reduce the incidence rates of hereditary and conformation problems within specific pedigree breeds, The Kennel Club (in association with the British Veterinary Association) oversees a number of testing and screening schemes for various health conditions. All of the con....Read Full Article

Pituitary Dwarfism Syndrome in Dogs
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19th September 2016
Pituitary dwarfism is a hereditary health condition that can affect several different breeds of dog, including the Saarloos wolfdog, Czech wolfdog, and German shepher....Read Full Article

Breed Club Dermoid Sinus Checks for Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies
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18th September 2016
Dermoid sinus is a hereditary skin condition that can affect Rhodesian ridgeback puppies, generally along the line of their spine from the neck to the tail along the spinal column. The sinus itself is a drainage structure formed in tube shapes, w....Read Full Article

Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE)
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17th September 2016
Pugs are one of the most instantly recognisable and most popular small dog breeds in the UK, thanks to their unusual appearance and winning personalities; however, they are also one of the breeds most apt to be affected by a wide plethora of different health is....Read Full Article

Breed Club Testing for Sebaceous Adenitis in Dogs
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17th September 2016
Sebaceous adenitis is a skin condition that causes the sebaceous glands of the skin to become sore and inflamed, which may also be accompanied fur loss. Whilst the condition can potentially present in any dog breed, it is a hereditary condition that has become prevalent within certain breeds of dog to the point that it is con....Read Full Article

Cerebellar Ataxia (CA) in the Italian Spinone dog breed
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16th September 2016
Cerebellar ataxia is a hereditary neurological condition that can affect dogs, and that has been identified as being prevalent enough within the Italian Spinone dog breed as to pose a significant risk to the genetic health of the breed as a whole.....Read Full Article

Breed Club testing for haemophilia in male German shepherds
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16th September 2016
Haemophilia is a hereditary disorder that leads to anomalies in the blood’s ability to clot, due to the lack of what is known as Factor VIII, a vital element in clotting and wound healing. Dogs that are deficient in Factor VIII may potentially bleed prolifically (internally and externally) any time they get a cut or minor injury,....Read Full Article

How your dog picks up on your hidden cues and mood
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15th September 2016
Anyone who has had a dog for any length of time will know all too well how intuitive dogs can be, with their sometimes psychic-seeming intuition into our moods, responses and feelings, and this is something that a lot of us simply take for granted. But you may have wondered on occasion exactly how dogs pick up on our hidden cues and mo....Read Full Article

Are tortoises affectionate pets?
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15th September 2016
The most common and popular pets in the UK such as cats and dogs undoubtedly form strong bonds with their owners, and show affection and love for them in very obvious and easy to interpret ways. The same is true for most other pets as well, including other popular pets like ferrets, rabbits and chinchillas, but when it comes to non-fur....Read Full Article

How to stop your dog escaping from the garden
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15th September 2016
One thing that most of us dog owners take for granted is being able to send our dogs out into the yard or garden to use the loo in the early morning or late at night, or to let the get some fresh air and play in between walks. However, some dog owners can’t take these simple things for granted at all-and these owners ar....Read Full Article

Why might a dog rehoming shelter reject your application?
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15th September 2016
Many of the most rewarding elements of dog ownership can come from adopting or rescuing a dog from a rehoming shelter and giving them a second chance at life in a forever home that will love and care for them properly. Adoption is definitely something you should consider if you are in the market for a new dog, and most shelters will ha....Read Full Article



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