Second Australian state to ban puppy and kitten farms

November 17, 2016 – Victoria will become the second state in Australia to pass legislation to stop puppy and kitten farms, and will introduce a central registry of domestic animal businesses. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) passed similar legislation in September 2015. last month, Victoria’s Government announced that a review of the amendments to the Domestic...
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London vet school leads canine heart disease breakthrough

November 2, 2016 – Researchers led by Professor Adrian Boswood of London’s Royal Veterinary College have made a breakthrough in the treatment of dogs with the most common type of canine heart disease that will significantly extend their lives. Mitral valve disease (MVD) is caused by the deterioration of one of the heart valves and...
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Marc the Vet’s top tips for calmer pets during fireworks

October 26, 2016 – Award-winning vet, animal welfare campaigner and author Marc Abraham, also known as ‘Marc the Vet’, gave Pet News Today his top tips to help you keep your pets safe, secure and calm during fireworks on Halloween and Guy Fawkes night. Stay at home with your pets. Don’t take them with you...
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It’s official – dog owners are fitter than those without canine companions

October 18, 2016 – An international study has found dog owners are fitter and are more likely to meet or exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) minimum weekly physical exercise guidelines compared to people without pooches. The study, published in BMC Public Health and carried out by Hayley Christian from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in collaboration with the...
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Animal welfare, vet groups stunned by Scottish government surprise backtrack on animal welfare laws

October 6, 2016  – In a move that has left veterinary professionals and animal welfare experts and campaigners stunned, the Scottish government has announced it is reintroducing tail docking of dogs and allowing the sale and use of electric shock and other aversive collars for dog training. In an official statement entitled, ‘Protecting animal welfare’...
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NZ government to introduce BSL that will see thousands of dogs put to death

October 5, 2016 – New Zealand’s government plans to introduce new breed specific legislation (BSL) in February 2017 that could see an estimated thousands of dogs euthanised because of the way they look, as opposed to how they behave, in an effort to combat rising dog attacks in the country. Associate Minister for Local Government...
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