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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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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.