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  • 07
  • Apr
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Article by John Burns
Posted in Pet health and Nutrition

Jerky treats – a health issue?

This week’s Veterinary Record has a letter about Fanconi syndrome in a dog. No, I didn’t know what it was either but basically it is a type of kidney damage which causes a loss of glucose and aminoacids in the urine. It is a life-threatening toxicity, widely reported in the USA, Canada and Australia and which is […]

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  • 03
  • Mar
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Article by John Burns
Posted in General

The Incredible Shrinking House

Before most of you were born, the Parker-Morris Committee drew up minimum standards for social housing which included indicators on how much was needed as a reasonable living space .  It is doubful if theese standards are still in use; modern housing seems to be shrinking in size.  As we passed a new development of tiny […]

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  • 03
  • Mar
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Article by John Burns
Posted in General

Snap up a bargain

I used to be a regular reader of the Independent on Sunday.  As I recall it regularly featured reviews by the motoring correspondent of cars costing many tens, and even hundreds, of thousands of pounds.  Or the travel section would recommend hotels costing hundreds of pounds per night! “Who is this paper aimed at?”, I wondered. […]

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  • 03
  • Mar
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Article by John Burns
Posted in Pet health and Nutrition - Tagged

Why cats need meat

We all know that dogs can be vegetarian but cats cannot.  For cats, the amino acid taurine is essential, that is to say they cannot sythesise it, (certainly not enough)  so must have it in their diet. The usual source is animal flesh.  On the  other hand, dogs can make their own taurine so they don’t need to […]

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  • 25
  • Feb
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Article by John Burns
Posted in Burns Pet Nutrition

Burns awards

Burns afficianados may be aware that Burns recently received several accolades from the readership of Your Dog magazine.  The company hoovered up the awards for Best Dry Food, Best Moist food and Best Specialised Food. They have pride of place alongside the Powell Dyffryn Cup, awarded for best leeks at Kidwelly Horticultural Show.  Oh I […]

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  • 25
  • Feb
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Article by John Burns
Posted in Pet health and Nutrition

Dog nutrition

Adam Henson on Countryfile the other night interviewed a dog trainer (whose name I missed) about dog nutrition.  I didn’t agree with everything which was said but it was still a welcome change from the nonsense broadcast in the film “The Truth about Pet Food” on Channel 5 recently.  On that note, my comments which […]

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  • 21
  • Feb
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Article by John Burns
Posted in environment - Tagged

Kellogg’s and palm oil

  The Guardian newspaper notes that Kellogg food group has “caved in” to public pressure and agreed to buy palm oil only from suppliers who actively protect rainforests and show respect for human rights. I can claim a small share of that public pressure as I signed the online petition organised by a campaigning group […]

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  • 21
  • Feb
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Article by John Burns
Posted in Pet health and Nutrition

Do dogs really understand us?

A study published by Hungarian researchers in the journal Current Biology suggests that the brains of dogs react to sounds in the same way as humans.  The dogs were trained to lie still in an MRI scanner which detected that the parts of the brain which reacted to voices were the same in dogs as humans.  […]

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  • 05
  • Feb
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Article by John Burns
Posted in Pet health and Nutrition

Dogs and wolves

Are dogs just domesticated wolves?  Chris Packham’s TV programme “Inside the Animal Mind ” the other night came up with some intersting findings. He demonstrated how dogs use vision as well as their sense of smell, whereas wolves rely much less on sight and depend more on their sense of smell to find food.  Dr […]

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