Archive for October, 2015

Can your pet ward off evil spirits?

A spooky new survey of more than 2,000 pet owners reveals that more than 30% believe their pets protect them from evil spirits, while others say their furry friends are psychic.

Reptile pets: Food insects shuttle allergens into homes

Reptiles are often chosen as pets when an allergy risk exists within a family and the choice is made to avoid potentially allergenic pets such as dogs, cats or guinea pigs.

Defra launches consultation on RCVS governance reform

Today, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on reforming our governance arrangements. This follows a period of discussions between Defra and us on how we might best modernise RCVS Council.

UK Labrador Retrievers at risk of middle-aged spread, study finds

Britain’s most popular dog breed can suffer from weight gain in middle age just like people, a UK canine health survey suggests. Labrador Retrievers gain an average of 0.

Technologies can improve research, cut costs by replacing animal-derived antibodies

PETA Science Group paper published in Biotechnology Advances addresses concerns of NIH, scientific communityTime, money, and tens of thousands of animals could be saved if researchers replace…

Capacity to regenerate body parts may be the primitive state for all 4-legged vertebrates

A team of paleontologists of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, the State University of New York at Oswego and Brown University shows in a new study of fossil amphibians that the extraordinary…

Remember, remember to prepare your pet for 5th November, says BVA

With bonfire night fast approaching, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is encouraging pet owners to start preparing pets now to prevent possible upset from fireworks.

Cats retain multiple functional bitter taste receptors

The bitter truth: Kitty’s picky eating habits further unraveledAccording to new research from the Monell Center, cats have at least seven functional bitter taste receptors.

Therapy dogs have calming effect on children having cancer treatment

A multi-center trial provides some of the first hard evidence to support anecdotal claims that therapy dogs can help calm child cancer patients and their families.

Gene therapy treats all muscles in the body in muscular dystrophy dogs

Muscular dystrophy, which affects approximately 250,000 people in the U.S., occurs when damaged muscle tissue is replaced with fibrous, fatty or bony tissue and loses function.