Archive for the 'Pet health and Nutrition' Category

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

PDSA Animal Welfare (PAW) 2013 Report

The third annual PDSA PAW report makes for interesting reading, not all of it reassuring. The percentage of dogs having daily off-the-lead exercise has decreased from 73% in 2011 to 66% in 2013. Only 17% of dog owners take into account body shape before deciding how much to feed. (For cats the figure is 5%)  […]

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