The Kennel Club recently revealed that the French bulldog is due to overtake the Labrador as the UK’s most popular dog, but the RSPCA have released figures that paint a very different picture of the most common dog in England and Wales.
With the rise in popularity of the French bulldog (and other brachycephalic breeds) the sound of snuffling and wheezing patients can be heard in many a practice. The demand for this breed, pugs, shih tzu and Boston terriers has undoubtedly resulted in unscrupulous breeding where the long-term health of an individual dog is seen as insignificant compared to the value of a quick sale.
Over the last twelve months there has been a surge of interest in coconut oil for pets. This interest has largely been driven by evidence indicating adding coconut oil to a dog’s diet can help kill dental bacteria and improve coat condition.
Experts at the charity International Cat Care have recently developed a feeding plan, based on scientific evidence, to help mimic the way cats eat in the wild and so provide both physical and mental stimulation for cats. The plan encourages cats to hunt, explore, climb and play – activities which boost cats’ positive behaviour and wellbeing.