Opinion

Canine arthritis management and the new norm

Canine arthritis is considered a welfare concern, and patients could benefit greatly from nurse-led clinics. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic telehealth has been embraced, and nurses are well placed to run these following a few simple rules. This workshop outlined the benefits of the nurse-led clinic and the best way to approach online consultations.

Parasite roundup 2020

This article draws information from the European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites UK and Ireland parasite forecasts, as well as other renowned sources to provide a roundup of companion animal parasitology in 2020.

The importance of year-round flea and roundworm prevention in lockdown and beyond

Whether routine preventative deworming regimens for Toxocara spp. in cats and dogs should be used to reduce zoonotic risk, continues to be a subject of much debate. Nurses are on the frontline of giving preventative parasite control advice and it is vital that this is based on the latest evidence to minimise zoonotic risk while ensuring over treatment does not take place. The need for routine year-round flea treatment is also fundamental to parasite control protocols in cats and dogs. The...

Pet travel — the times they are a changing

One of the largely overlooked aspects of Brexit was the changes to the pet travel rules. Ian Wright outlines what these changes mean for veterinary professionals and pet owners wishing to take their dog, cat or ferret abroad.

Myth or truth — are flat-faced dogs really less healthy?

New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) confirms that flat-faced (brachycephalic) breeds — including Chihuahuas, Pugs, French Bulldogs and British Bulldogs — are generally less healthy than their non-brachycephalic counterparts, answering the burning question about whether flat-faced dogs truly are less healthy overall.

Autumn parasite review

The year 2020 has been an ongoing struggle for many of us, especially for those of us working in veterinary practices. But although our lives seemingly stood still for much of the spring and summer, parasites did not stop! This article will provide a brief overview of some of the current parasite hot topics and threats to the UK, taking information from the quarterly Parasite Forecast published on the ESCCAP UK & Ireland website: www.esccapuk.org.uk.

Controlling disease to save species

Disease surveillance has a vital role to play in species conservation. Wlidlife Vets International collaborates with and trains a wide range of veterinary professionals to ensure they know how to monitor the level of disease in the animal populations with which they work.

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