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This is a really interesting question, and raises a number of really valid points. To answer it, we need to look in more detail the reasons why dogs behave the way they do, and the hormonal influences on them. Common misconceptions It is widely – and falsely – believed that neutering “calms a dog down”. […]

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The increasing threat of antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest challenges to human health in the 21st century. Previously curable infectious diseases are becoming untreatable, with the risk of widespread morbidity and mortality. Resistant infections could potentially spread throughout the world in a short space of time, thanks to the recent growth in international […]

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Vet Help Direct by David Harris Bvsc Mrcvs - 2w ago

One of the most exciting things about working in the veterinary field is how quickly things change. We’re privileged enough to be living at a time when revolutionary steps in technology, medicine, surgery, and even our society as a whole are happening almost every day. As a case in point… I recently ran across a […]

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Vet Help Direct by David Harris Bvsc Mrcvs - 3w ago

We live in a social world – one philosopher once called humanity “the ape that talks”, and we’re constantly talking, discussing, arguing, and sharing ideas and opinions. In general, I think this is great – communication has the capacity to widen our scope, to let us understand each other and the world. However, like every […]

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Vet Help Direct by David Harris Bvsc Mrcvs - 1M ago

It is now two years since the “Microchip Law” – actually, The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 – came into force. The aim was definitely laudable:   “Not only will this mean the UK’s 8.5 million dogs can be returned to their owners more quickly if they wander too far from home, but it […]

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A social media war is raging in the veterinary world An unnecessary war is raging between non-believing and believing members of the veterinary profession. No, I am not talking about religion, but the beliefs I’m talking about are held as passionately as if this was a fundamentalist versus atheist war. The topic is homoeopathy, and […]

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Licensed veterinary medicines are, generally, fairly safe. Before receiving a license and being marketed, they must be very thoroughly assessed for effectiveness and safety by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in the UK, or their equivalent organisations elsewhere in the EU. While it is true that adverse reactions and side effects may occur, if used appropriately […]

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Easter break is finally upon us! However, while it’s a holiday for us – and for many of us, a time to celebrate with Easter Eggs and family gatherings. However, there are some serious seasonal threats to our pets – in this blog, we’re going to look at 5 important poisons to be aware of […]

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There are a wide range of plants that are potentially toxic to cats (check out this list for more details!). However, for most plants, poisoning is relatively uncommon because most cats are sensible enough not to try eating them! There are, however, a number that are important, either because cats can be exposed in other […]

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Vet Help Direct by David Harris Bvsc Mrcvs - 2M ago

Have you heard of the “One Health” movement? If not, you will be soon! As we learn more and more, we’re realising just how connected human health, animal health, and environmental health are. As a result, in recent years vets, doctors and environmental scientists have started working more and more closely… to study the problem […]

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