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The messiest domestic pets to keep at home
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26th August 2016
A lot is written about the fact that several of our most popular pet animals tend to be very clean and fastidious about having everything just so-like the cat, which buries its own waste and spends a significant amount of its time grooming its fur and generally staying clean. Cats dislike messy living situations too, and will often tur....Read Full Article

The basics of caring for a tortoise
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26th August 2016
Thirty or forty years ago, tortoises were a very common pet in the UK, and most streets had a couple of families that would have a tortoise wandering around the garden in the summer, and boxed up carefully to hibernate during the cooler months of the year. However, tortoise ownership is a lot less common these days, which is due to man....Read Full Article

Limber tail more common in dogs in the North, study reveals
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26th August 2016
Limber tail syndrome is a temporary affliction that can affect dogs from time to time, and that is also sometimes referred to as swimmer’s tail or the rather frightening-sounding acute caudal myopathy. For dog owners that have never seen the condition before or are not aware of it, it can be quite frightening to witness....Read Full Article

Mitral valve disease in dogs
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24th August 2016
Mitral valve disease is also called endocardiosis, and is a type of heart disease that can affect dogs, usually those that are mature or reaching old age. It is a progressive condition that worsens as the dog gets older, and is in fact the most common heart problem to affect older dogs-in some cases, dogs will not present with symptoms....Read Full Article

Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Phosphates 1 Deficiency (PDP-1) in spaniels
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24th August 2016
Pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphates 1 deficiency, known as PDP-1 for short, is a hereditary health condition that can affect the Clumber spaniel and the Sussex spaniel....Read Full Article

Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIB (MPSIIIB) in the Schipperke dog breed
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24th August 2016
Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIB or MPSIIIB for short is a hereditary health condition that has been identified in the gene pool of some dogs of the Schipperke breed, and is also sometimes known as Sanfillippo syndrome. The condition is a type o....Read Full Article

What does “deed not breed” really mean?
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24th August 2016
If you were put on the spot and asked to name one dangerous dog breed, your answer would probably be one of two things; either the pit bull as the first dog that comes to mind as one of the UK’s banned breeds, or that there is no such thing as a dangerous breed per se, and that dogs’ behaviour comes down to a combination of....Read Full Article

Is the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) fit for purpose?
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24th August 2016
This year, the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) turns 25 years old, and some of the UK’s current dog owners were not even born when the legislation came into play, and so, will have no frame of reference for the changes that the Act has brought to the UK. However, the Dangerous Dogs Act is one of the most controversial Acts eve....Read Full Article

Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) testing for Jack Russell and Parson Russell terriers
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18th August 2016
Spinocerebellar ataxia or SCA for short is a hereditary health condition that leads to a progressive degeneration of the spinal cord, which affects the way that the spinal cord carries messages to the brain. The condition has been found in UK populations of the ....Read Full Article

Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM) testing in the Great Dane and Labrador retriever
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18th August 2016
Centronuclear myopathy or CNM for short is a hereditary health condition that has been identified as present in the gene pools of the Great Dane and Labrador retriever....Read Full Article

Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK) testing for the Labrador retriever
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17th August 2016
Hereditary nasal parakeratosis or HNPK for short is a hereditary health condition that has been identified as present in the gene pool of the Labrador retriever breed. The condition occurs due to a mutation of the SUV39H2 gene, which cau....Read Full Article

Skeletal Dwarfism (SD2) testing for the Labrador retriever
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17th August 2016
Skeletal dwarfism (also sometimes known as skeletal dysplasia) or SD2 for short is a hereditary health condition that affects some dogs of the Labrador retriever breed. The condition occurs due to a mutation of the COL11A2 gene, which is responsib....Read Full Article

Pap-PRA1 (progressive retinal atrophy) testing for Papillon and Phalene dogs
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17th August 2016
Pap-PRA1 is a form of progressive retinal atrophy that has been identified as present in the Papillon dog breed, and the Phalene variant of the Papillon as well, but no other breed. Progressive retinal atrophy is a hereditary health condition tha....Read Full Article

ICT-A (Ichthyosis) testing for the Golden retriever dog breed
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17th August 2016
Ichthyosis or ICT-A for short is a hereditary health condition that has been identified in the Golden retriever dog breed. Ichthyosis is a form of dermatitis of the skin, which occurs due to a gene mutation that causes the cells of the skin to malfu....Read Full Article

Six cat behaviours that let you know your cat loves you
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15th August 2016
People that have never owned a cat or spent a lot of time getting to know them often have the misconception that cats are aloof, unfriendly animals that are only interested in people when there’s something in it for them-such as food! However, anyone who has owned a cat will know that this is not true, and cats are generally very....Read Full Article

keep your chickens healthy
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15th August 2016
If you fancy doing something a little bit different when it comes to pets and have some space outside, you might be considering keeping a few chickens. Keeping your own chickens is generally fairly low-maintenance compared to other forms of livestock, and as well as meaning that you might be able to have free eggs on-tap at all times, ....Read Full Article

GRPA rcd4 progressive retinal atrophy testing for the Irish setter and Gordon setter
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15th August 2016
Progressive retinal atrophy is one of the most common hereditary eye conditions that can affect dogs, and that is prevalent within certain breeds, passed on through the genes to each successive generation of dogs. Progressive retinal atrophy cannot be prevented or cured in dogs that inherit the faulty genes that cause the con....Read Full Article

Hyperuricosuria (HUU) in dogs
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15th August 2016
Hyperuricosuria or HUU for short is a hereditary canine health condition that causes the uric acid concentration in the dog’s urine to be abnormally high, which raises the chances of affected dogs developing kidney and bladder stones, as well as cystitis. The condition occurs because of a gene mutation, which in turn re....Read Full Article

Leonberger Polyneuropathy (LPN1)
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14th August 2016
Leonberger polyneuropathy is a hereditary health condition that affects the Leonberger dog breed, and is actually a collection of diseases that affect the dog’s neuromuscular system. The condition is progressive, with the first symptoms u....Read Full Article

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) in the Old English sheepdog
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14th August 2016
Primary ciliary dyskinesia or PCD for short is a hereditary health condition that can affect the Old English sheepdog breed. The condition affects the dog’s lungs and airways by leading to motility defects in the cilia, short hair-like stru....Read Full Article



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