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Home checklist to help dogs with arthritis
The checklist covers everything from floor surfaces and stairs to getting on and off the sofa with ease.
Simple tool considers what features can be adapted 

A simple checklist for owners, occupational therapists and veterinary nurses to use when adapting the home for a dog with arthritis has been published by Canine Arthritis Management (CAM).

Based on a well-respected human screening tool, The Home Assessment Checklist can be used to consider what features in the home might be adapted, to reduce the impact of arthritis on an individual dog’s function.

The checklist covers everything from floor surfaces and stairs to getting on and off the sofa with ease. It also includes items on external pathways and making sure that dogs can get in and out cars without additional help.

The guide has been compiled with the help of CAM’s Facebook followers, who submitted information on personal experience. From the responses, the author designed 17 questions that focus on day-to-day activities that are closely linked to the home environment.

Writing on its website, CAM said that it intends to trial the tool, and then use a panel of experts to refine it. It is hoped that the final tool will contribute to assisting the multimodal management of canine arthritis.

‘Pet owners are increasingly looking for ways to assist their pet to achieve a better quality of life into older age,’ writes CAM. ‘Like humans, living into old age often means living with long-term conditions, such as arthritis, that have a profound effect on mobility and comfort.

‘CAM has recognised that there is a lot that the enlightened owner can do to reduce the cumulative effects of activities that are thought to compound ‘wear and tear’ on joints, (such as slipping on laminate floors), and making the dog's environment easier to negotiate thereby improving their quality of life.’

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”