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Audible launches series of books for dogs
Dr Tamara Montrose with Tia.
Research finds audiobooks have a calming effect

Audible bas published a series of books designed to have a calming influence on dogs, after recent research by Hartpury University.

Researchers studied the behaviour of 31 dogs living in a rescue shelter, comparing the impact of audiobooks, classical music, pop music, music designed for dogs and no sound at all.

Dr Tamara Montrose said: “The study suggests that exposure to audiobooks can enhance the welfare of kennelled dogs due to their calming influence on dog behaviour.

“Use of audiobooks provides a simple yet practical tool that can be readily used in many kennel environments to enhance dog welfare and potentially increase the likelihood of successful rehoming of dogs.”

Audible said the research had inspired its range of audiobooks for dogs, which include the classics, Peter Pan by JM Barrie, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. It is hoped the books will help to calm dogs when they are home alone.

 

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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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Withdrawal period increased for Closamectin pour-on

The withdrawal period for Closamectin pour-on solution for cattle has been increased from 28 days to 58 for meat and offal.

Closamectin treats roundworms, late immature to adult fluke (from seven weeks), mange mites and lice.

Norbrook Laboratories Ltd said the change would take effect immediately. Customers are being offered practical support to inform end users.

The change meets industry requirements to reduce the amount of residue going into food and the environment. It has been approved by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and an updated summary of product characteristics will be available on the website.