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New study to explore dog owner awareness of separation anxiety
Hannah says that separation anxiety has become more important due to people spending more time at home during lockdown.

Project aims to show how changes in routine can impact a dog's behaviour.

A new study has been launched in a bid to help dog owners better understand separation anxiety.

The project will be led by Hannah Beard, a final year Veterinary Nursing with Small Animal Rehabilitation student at Harper Adams University. 

Hannah launched the project following a placement, where she saw first hand the consequences of separation anxiety and the effect it can have on a dog's behaviour. 

“I saw a lot of owners complain about their animals’ destructive behaviours but instead of understanding, they became frustrated and sometimes thought it was a physical disease rather than a behavioural, treatable condition,” she explained.

“Researching more, and seeing how many animals are relinquished and euthanised each year, astounded me.” 

As well as raising awareness of separation anxiety, Hannah's project aims to show how changes in routine can impact our canine companions - something that Hannah believes has become more important due to people spending more time at home during lockdown.

“Awareness will aid in protecting the owner and canine bond as understanding to aid prevention, is always much better than cure,” she said. 

Hannah is particularly keen to hear from dog owners that have had a disruption to their usual routine. Her survey can be found here and will remain open until the end of February.

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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2021 NOAH Compendium now available

The 2021 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines has been published.

Published annually by NOAH, this book is sent to every veterinary practice in the UK for free. The 2021 edition includes an even larger range of products than previous years.

Chief executive Dawn Howard stated that NOAH will shortly be launching a survey for practices on the Compendiums effectiveness.

She added: "Our survey will give users of the Compendium the opportunity to say how they think we can improve it to assist them in prescribing veterinary medicines and advising animal keepers on their use. We look forward to getting your views."