The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer and the Scottish and Welsh Governments have announced Avian Influenza Prevention Zones for England, Scotland and Wales to help protect poultry from the highly pathogenic strain of Avian Influenza (H5N8) currently circulating in mainland Europe.
Dogs Trust is taking a stand against impulse puppy purchasing by changing its name to Socks Trust, encouraging Brits to #GiveSocksNotDogs this Christmas. To highlight the huge number of Christmas gift pups given up by ill-prepared owners, the charity has created an exclusive line of festive socks featuring some of the loveable hounds left abandoned over the festive season.
The annual John Lewis Christmas advert, which this year features ‘Buster’ the Boxer, has sent searches for Boxer dog puppies to record highs in the run up to Christmas, leading the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club, to remind people about the importance of choosing a dog carefully to prevent dogs needlessly ending up in rescue.
We saw a steady rise in the number of dogs being implanted from the start of the year. Not surprisingly we saw a big increase in the numbers of dogs (and cats) that were microchipped in April and the following months.
There is growing evidence to show that flat-faced or brachycephalic cats, including most modern Persians or Exotic Shorthairs, are suffering from a number of health problems, leading to lifelong suffering as a direct result of being 'designed' to have a very flat face.
Whilst we’ve all been adding coconut oil to our diets for its claimed health benefits, research has shown that it could be even more beneficial for our four legged pals and could help with canine dental health, brain function, and coat health and even potentially weight loss.