Tag: biologybehindthepet

In a mix about Myxomatosis

In a mix about Myxomatosis

  What is myxomatosis? Myxomatosis is a disease caused by the Myxoma virus in both wild and pet rabbits. The virus works by inhibiting immune functions that could protect rabbits against the virus. In Australia, the myxoma virus was released into the wild to biologically control populations of European rabbits.   How is it spread? … Continue reading In a mix about Myxomatosis

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I wouldn’t eat raw meat…so should I feed it to my pet?

A raw meat diet for dogs and cats is debated a lot within the veterinary sector and by breeders and pet owners. This post aims to outline both the advantages and disadvantages of a raw meat diet to help pet owners make an informed decision on whether or not to feed your pet raw meat. … Continue reading I wouldn’t eat raw meat…so should I feed it to my pet?

Taurine – true saviour of cats

The importance of dietary taurine has been well documented in the scientific literature for a number of decades now. However, taurine deficiency is still a threat to domestic cats and this blog posts aims to highlight why taurine is so important.   What is taurine? Taurine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building … Continue reading Taurine – true saviour of cats

Alabama Rot – Alabama What?

  What is Alabama Rot?  Alabama Rot is the common name for a disease called “cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy”. It has been recognised in greyhounds in the USA since at least 1985. The name Alabama Rot arose due to the high number of cases seen at Greenetrack Racing Park in Alabama. Alabama Rot arises … Continue reading Alabama Rot – Alabama What?

Obesity in cats: risk factors

Obesity in cats: risk factors

Following on from my two blog posts on obesity in dogs, this post will be specific to obesity in cats. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that 59% of cats are obese. This post will discuss the risk factors for obesity in cats and any associated conditions will be discussed in my next post. … Continue reading Obesity in cats: risk factors

Obesity in dogs: associated conditions

Obesity in dogs: associated conditions

Following on from my post on risk factors for obesity in dogs (https://biologybehindthepet.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/obesity-in-dogs-risk-factors/), this post describes the conditions that can arise in dogs as a result of obesity. Associated conditions Figure 1 Summary of conditions associated with obesity in dogs. Taken from: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/529524868662145291 https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/529524868662145291/   Bone disease Obesity is strongly associated with diseases of the bone and … Continue reading Obesity in dogs: associated conditions

Obesity in dogs: risk factors

Obesity in dogs: risk factors

Following on from my post on obesity in pets (https://biologybehindthepet.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/obesity-quite-literally-a-growing-problem-in-our-pets/), this post is specific to obesity in dogs. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that 54% of dogs are obese even though it can be prevented. This post describes the risk factors for obesity and my next post will discuss the conditions that can … Continue reading Obesity in dogs: risk factors