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Researchers seeking evidence on dog activity levels
The survey aims to explore how different factors, including age, gender, health and time of year, impact how often a dog gets exercised.
Survey to explore how different factors impact different dogs

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are urging dog owners to complete a short survey to help them investigate dog activity levels.

The survey aims to explore how different factors, including age, gender, health and time of year, impact how often a dog gets exercised. As part of their study, the researchers are also seeking to understand if any breeds are more sensitive to extreme weather conditions - particularly very hot or very cold weather.

Researchers hope their results could be used by veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to identify conditions that can impact dog activity levels and therefore increase the dog’s risk of developing obesity. They also hope the results could also help new dog owners identify breeds that might better suit their lifestyle.

“We don’t really know how much exercise or what type of exercise - the average pet dog currently gets,” said Emily Hall, a lecturer in veterinary nursing at Nottingham Trent University. “This work may help us to understand which factors impact a dog’s level of exercise and therefore identify dogs at risk of diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.”

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Webinar to share tips on impactful consultations

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 A webinar to help veterinary professionals communicate more effectively with their clients is set to be hosted by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

Taking place on Thursday 30 September, 'Top Tips for Impactful Consultations' will be led by Suzanne Rogers, co-director of Human Behaviour Change for Animals and Dr Natasha Lee, chair of the WSAVA's Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee.

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.