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US scientists find PFAS chemicals in cats and dogs
Estimated PFAS exposure levels in dogs and cats were found to be above the minimum risk level set by the U.S Agency for Toxic Substances.

Study suggests pets could be used to monitor human exposure

Cats and dogs excrete PFAS chemicals in their faeces above minimum risk level for humans, according to a study by the New York State Department of Health.

PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl) substances are used in carpets, non-stick pans and pizza boxes and, according to health and safety experts, have become omnipresent in the environment.

Writing in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, researchers describe how they measured 15 different PFAS in 78 samples of cat and dog faeces from the Albany area of New York.

Using a chemistry technique called liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, they found a total of 13 different PFAS in the samples. In both dogs and cats, the most abundant compounds were perfluorocarboxylic acids.

With this knowledge, the team were able to work out the estimated PFAS exposure levels for the pets.

They found that for three compounds (perfluorooctanoic acid, PFOA; perfluorononanoic acid, PFNA; and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, PFOS), and total PFAS, estimated exposure levels were above the minimum risk level set by the U.S Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

The researchers say that because pets share homes with people, they could be used to monitor human exposure to PFAS.

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.