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Researchers seeking evidence on dog activity levels
The survey aims to explore how different factors, including age, gender, health and time of year, impact how often a dog gets exercised.
Survey to explore how different factors impact different dogs

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are urging dog owners to complete a short survey to help them investigate dog activity levels.

The survey aims to explore how different factors, including age, gender, health and time of year, impact how often a dog gets exercised. As part of their study, the researchers are also seeking to understand if any breeds are more sensitive to extreme weather conditions - particularly very hot or very cold weather.

Researchers hope their results could be used by veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to identify conditions that can impact dog activity levels and therefore increase the dog’s risk of developing obesity. They also hope the results could also help new dog owners identify breeds that might better suit their lifestyle.

“We don’t really know how much exercise or what type of exercise - the average pet dog currently gets,” said Emily Hall, a lecturer in veterinary nursing at Nottingham Trent University. “This work may help us to understand which factors impact a dog’s level of exercise and therefore identify dogs at risk of diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.”

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New single-dose RHD-2 vaccine launched

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 The first monovalent vaccine to be registered in Europe for the prevention of rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHD-2) has been launched by animal health firm HIPRA.

ERAVAC is a single-dose injectable emulsion that can be administered without the need for reconstitution beforehand. The new presentation contains 10 vials with individual doses that can be given to companion rabbits from 30 days of age. 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from www.bsava.com/shop