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Curly Coat/Dry Eye (CC/DE) testing for Cavalier King Charles spaniels
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28th July 2016
Curly Coat/Dry Eye (CC/DE) is a dual-pronged condition that can affect the Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog breed, resulting in the concomitant presentation of the conditions congenital keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) and ichthyosif....Read Full Article

Collie Eye Anomaly/Choroidal Hypoplasia (CEA/CH) testing for dogs
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27th July 2016
Collie eye anomaly (also known by its scientific name of choroidal hypoplasia) is a hereditary eye condition that commonly affects collie-type dogs, as well as a couple of other breeds too. It can potentially lead to total blindness in some dogs affected by the condition. It cannot be treated or cured, and it is passed on from parent d....Read Full Article

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA-rcd 1) testing in Irish setters
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26th July 2016
Progressive retinal atrophy is one of the best known and widely disseminated canine health conditions that can affect the eyes, and whilst it is reasonably well understood, it cannot be prevented, cured or reversed. Ultimately it leads to a gradual and full blindness in affected dogs, which is not painful but does of course cause a fai....Read Full Article

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (GR-PRA1) testing for the golden retriever
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26th July 2016
Progressive retinal atrophy is one of the most widely spread chronic and progressively disabling vision problems that can affect dogs, and which is a hereditary condition passed on to subsequent generations of dogs through their breed lines. There are a whole host of different types of progressive retinal atrophy that are all caused by....Read Full Article

All about rat’s teeth and common dental problems
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24th July 2016
Rats make for excellent pets for people of all ages, and many of today’s adults remember having a cage of these lively, intelligent animals when they were younger, and aspire to sharing their enjoyment of pet rats with their own children too. While rats and other small, caged furry pets are by no means as demanding as h....Read Full Article

PRA (CRD3) Progressive retinal atrophy health testing for the Glen of Imaal terrier
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22nd July 2016
Progressive retinal atrophy is a hereditary health condition that affects a significant number of different breeds and types of dogs, by means of genetic inheritance through the breed line. It affects the eyes of the dog by means of causing a gradual degeneration in the eye tissues, which ultimately causes blindness. The cond....Read Full Article

All about the British Veterinary Association’s Eye Scheme for dogs
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22nd July 2016
When it comes to hereditary health problems in dogs, the eyes are one of the most commonly affected areas, and there are a significant number of different health conditions that can be passed down from parent dogs to their offspring that affect the eyes. In order to try to reduce future incidences of preventable chronic hered....Read Full Article

Hyperkeratosis in dogs
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22nd July 2016
Hyperkeratosis is a canine health condition that leads to certain areas of the skin on the pads of the paws or the dog’s nose, becoming thicker than usual and also, harder. Not all affected dogs will present with the condition on both their nose and their paws; in some cases, it will be restricted to just one or the other. ....Read Full Article

Glaucoma in dogs
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22nd July 2016
Glaucoma is a condition of the eye that can affect a wide range of different animals, including cats, dogs and people. Left unchecked, glaucoma can lead to eventual blindness, which is irreversible, and so it is important for all dog owners to learn a little bit about the condition, its symptoms, and what it means for affected dogs. In....Read Full Article

Ten great ideas to help your rabbit to stay fit
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21st July 2016
Rabbits are one of the most popular pets in the UK, although they have not yet taken over the top two positions that are currently held by cats and dogs! However, because many people who are now grown up with children of their own have the frame of reference of rabbits kept in a hutch and not paid much attention when they kept them as ....Read Full Article

Testing for elbow dysplasia in dogs
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21st July 2016
Elbow dysplasia in dogs is a condition that causes the dog’s elbows to develop abnormally, leading to both potential pain, an abnormal gait, and problems with moving around and exhibiting a full, normal range of movement. The condition is hereditary and so, passed on from the parent dogs to their offspring, which means that the o....Read Full Article

Testing for hip dysplasia in dogs
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21st July 2016
Hip dysplasia is a hereditary health condition that leads to abnormal hip development in affected dogs, which can be both painful and affect their normal movement. Because the condition is passed on from the parent dogs to their young, preventing dogs with bad hips from breeding is important, and in some cases, mandated by The Kennel C....Read Full Article

Seven things to try to stop your dog from snoring
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18th July 2016
Snoring is one of those things that many people have to deal with-either because they snore themselves, or sleep within earshot of someone that does! Some dogs too will snore as well, and this can be just as inconvenient as it can also be when your partner snores, potentially leading to a lot of restless nights spent lying awake listen....Read Full Article

Seven important things all prospective ferret owners should know
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15th July 2016
While keeping a pet ferret may not seem like the obvious choice for anyone that wants a pet, they have a lot to recommend them in certain situations-they are smaller and usually less hassle than cats or dogs, can still be enclosed and caged like smaller pets like hamsters and Guinea pigs, and for many people, provide the prefect balanc....Read Full Article

Can you feed human food and kitchen scraps to chickens?
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15th July 2016
Letting chickens run free around the place is great, especially if you've rescued some commercially bred hens. It's a wonderful feeling as you watch them and a cockerel or two busy themselves around the backyard or garden. They can be very efficient at keeping a lawn down too. However, you need to keep an eye on just ....Read Full Article

Nuclear sclerosis: A canine eye condition
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15th July 2016
As dogs get older, they become exponentially more likely to suffer from a range of different problems with their eyes and vision, the most common of which is of course cataracts. However, while many dog owners will assume that changes in the appearance of the eye, such as clouding or taking on a new tint is indicative of cataracts, the....Read Full Article

Feeding your new kitten the right way
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13th July 2016
Getting a brand new baby cat to raise and care for and provide with a lifelong home is hugely rewarding and exciting, and it often surprises people how much love they begin to feel for their little fur ball from within just a couple of days of bringing them home! However, getting a new kitten that is just three or so months o....Read Full Article

Five pieces of dog training advice that are badly out of date
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13th July 2016
When it comes to training a dog or puppy (either from scratch or just to teach them some new skills) one thing is very true-everyone has their own ideas about how to do it and what is best, and they will usually be only to keen to tell you all about it! While there is no set-in-stone right and wrong way to train a dog and the....Read Full Article

Finding out a dog’s energy level
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12th July 2016
When it comes to picking a new dog-be that an adult dog or a puppy-one of the most important factors in terms of making the right decision of what dog to get is the dog’s energy levels, as this is something that will have a massive impact on every element of your life with your dog, how much exercise they need, and how easy or ot....Read Full Article

Five things your pet knows about before you do
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9th July 2016
A huge number of pet owners are convinced that their pets have extrasensory powers when it comes to certain aspects of life-whether this takes the form of a dog that hates loud noises acting strangely for several hours before a thunderstorm hits, or a cat that is apt to stare avidly into space, looking at “ghosts.” ....Read Full Article



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