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Can you catch infections and diseases from your cat?
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3rd January 2019
There are so many benefits having a cat as your pet. Not only are they good company, they are low-maintenance pets and can generally look after themselves, so long as food and water are readily available, and they have ample opportunity to explore the outdoors (if they are an outdoor cat). A cat will purr gratefully as you stroke its s....Read Full Article

Five ways to make 2019 your dog’s best year yet
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2nd January 2019
New Year’s Eve and the start of January see many of us looking back over the past year and reflecting over its highs and lows, as well as making plans to improve ourselves and our lives in the new year to come. This of course often results in us making New Year’s resolutions for the year ahead, to introduce some p....Read Full Article

Kennel Club issues timely reminder to dog owners about Alabama rot as peak season for the condition
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2nd January 2019
Alabama rot is a health condition that we in the UK have only known about for a few years, because until its relatively recent arrival on UK shores, the condition was thought to be limited to dogs in the USA. This very serious condition is one that has caused great concern to dog owners over the last few years, due to its sev....Read Full Article

Important ground and stable etiquette for your horse
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31st December 2018
If you are an inexperienced horse owner, there are some basic principles that you should teach your horse from the onset, which will make yours and the horse’s life easier. It is no different to teaching a dog or cat some ground rules in terms of behaviour – ‘a what to do and what not to do’ situation! Happiness....Read Full Article

What are the implications of a ‘No Deal Brexit’ for our pets?
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31st December 2018
The mention of the word Brexit makes the UK population heave a sigh of ‘not again’. For the last two years it has been foremost in the news, mainly due to the different directions that the movement has gone through, and the indecision and inability to reach an agreement. The phrase ‘no deal’ has been b....Read Full Article

Five ways to help your dog’s anxiety over the New Year’s period
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30th December 2018
The run-up to Christmas and New Year is a very exciting time for many children and adults alike, and the entire week between these two holidays is often quite a strange one for many of us, with no work, a break from the normal routine, and visits to and from friends and loved ones for socialisation and parties. Dogs often ver....Read Full Article

Retinal dysplasia (RD) and oculo skeletal dysplasia (OSD) DNA testing for the Labrador retriever dog
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28th December 2018
The Labrador retriever is the most popular large dog breed in the UK and the 8th most popular dog breed of all – and in terms of annual Kennel Club registrations of new puppy litters, the Lab was in fact the number one ranked dog for well over two decades, ....Read Full Article

Prekallikrein deficiency or Fletcher factor deficiency (KTK) DNA testing for the Shih Tzu dog breed
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28th December 2018
The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular dog breeds of all in the UK, being ranked in 8th place out of a total of 244 different dog breeds and types. These small, lovable little dogs are classed within the Kennel Club&r....Read Full Article

Understanding the Sleeping Habits of Horses
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27th December 2018
Sleep is vital to a horse’s mental and physical well-being. However, the horse’s sleeping habits are not something we tend to think about, but it is essential to understand as it can affect their behaviour as well as an early indication of a health issue. Much depends on whether the animal is living in a stable, out at gras....Read Full Article

Sensory neuropathy DNA testing for the Border collie dog breed
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27th December 2018
The Border collie is a very popular dog breed within the UK and all across the world, where they are widely used for working-herding roles, as well as of course being kept as pets. Border collies also tend to excel at canine sports, as they have a unique combination o....Read Full Article

Pompe’s disease or glycogen storage disease type II DNA testing for the Finnish Lapphund
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27th December 2018
The Finnish Lapphund is one of the most uncommon and unusual dog breeds in the UK – so much so that they fall right down in the 230th place position out of a total of 244 different dog breeds and types. Whilst Finnish Lapphunds are a reasonably unco....Read Full Article

Raine syndrome DNA testing for the Border collie dog breed
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24th December 2018
The Border collie is the world’s smartest working dog breed, and people who know the breed well often say that they are almost scarily smart in their ability to predict your next command or direction and get ahead of the game! This, combined with the breed&rsquo....Read Full Article

Severe combined immunodeficiency DNA testing for the Jack Russell dog breed
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24th December 2018
The Jack Russell is a popular small dog breed of the terrier type, which is one of the most common dog breeds that most of us see on a regular basis out and about in the UK. Jack Russells are the 11th most popular dog breed in the UK overall, and these plucky, entertaining and some....Read Full Article

Can dogs be ticklish?
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23rd December 2018
Most people have a ticklish spot somewhere on their bodies whether they enjoy being tickled or not, and dog owners often wonder if the same is true for their pets. Like people, most dogs have specific preferences about where they like to be touched and the type of pressure that they enjoy, and other areas that they might try to hide or....Read Full Article

Microphthalmia (RBP 4) DNA testing for the soft coated wheaten terrier dog breed
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23rd December 2018
The soft coated wheaten terrier is a medium-sized dog from the Kennel Club’s terrier grouping, which were originally bred as working farm dogs, as the breed is versatile, adaptive....Read Full Article

Narcolepsy DNA testing for the Doberman pinscher dog breed
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23rd December 2018
The Doberman pinscher is a very handsome-looking dog that most of us recognise instantly, and they’re also one of the more popular large dog breeds in the UK as well as the 44th most popular overall. Doberman pinschers are recognised within the Kennel Club’s ....Read Full Article

Neuroaxonal dystrophy DNA testing for the Papillon dog breed
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23rd December 2018
The papillon is a very petite and finely boned little dog that has a delicate and almost ethereal appearance, thanks in large part to their large, highly feathered ears! It is in fact these ears that give the breed their name, as “papillon” is the French for &l....Read Full Article

Out of the box equestrian gifts for the festive season
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21st December 2018
Horse owners and riders are usually the easiest people to buy for but what if you want to find something a little more original than just another pair of warm socks, a fleecy hat or a new saddle cloth? Why not buy from one of the recognised equestrian charities?  World Horse Welfare and Redwings are amongst numerous equi....Read Full Article

Nemaline myopathy DNA health testing for the American bulldog dog breed
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21st December 2018
The American bulldog is not as well-known within the UK as our native English bulldogs or our national favourites the French bull....Read Full Article

Adiposity or obesity marker DNA testing for the Labrador retriever dog breed
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21st December 2018
The Labrador retriever is a hugely popular dog breed in the UK, and is in fact our sixth most popular of all at the time of writing. It is perhaps the breed’s versatility that has helped to make the Lab....Read Full Article



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