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Weight loss in obese dogs improves health markers
One third-of dog owners do not recognise when their pet is overweight.

Findings provide further evidence of the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. 

Canine weight loss is associated with significant improvements in health markers such as life quality, metabolic status and immune-regulation, according to new research.

In the Purina-backed study, 11 obese dogs participated in a six-month weight loss programme. When compared to a control group of dogs of a healthy weight, the obese dogs improved on several key indicators related to immune function, including reduced tumour necrosis factor and interleukin.

Researchers say their findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, provide further evidence of the importance of maintaining a healthy weight in pets.

“Preventing pet obesity is a major focus at Purina,” explained Hugues du Plessis, pet obesity prevention manager at Purina.
We not only want to be providing pet owners with information on the benefits of a healthy pet lifestyle, but we also want to help them achieve it."

The importance of educating pet owners has been highlighted in another purina-backed study which found that one-third of dog owners do not recognise when their pet is overweight. The study of 3,339 dog owners across five countries revealed that owners with healthy weight dogs were more likely to have support from friends for exercising and to understand the costs of owning a dog.

Researchers say the findings of this study add to the knowledge of the root causes of pet obesity and reinforce the need to keep exploring solutions focused on prevention and treatment.

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RCVS launches photo contest for Mental Health Awareness Week

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 The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) is holding a photo competition for Mental Health Awareness Week to highlight the link between the natural world and wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May) aims to encourage people to talk about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can prevent people from seeking help. This year's theme is nature - notably the connection between the natural world and better mental health.

The RCVS is calling on aspiring photographers to submit a photo on this theme to Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters manager, at l.quigley@rcvs.org.uk with a short explanation about their submission and why nature improves their mental health and wellbeing.  

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WSAVA to host free webinar on illegal online puppy trade

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has announced a free webinar to update veterinary professionals across Europe about the illegal online puppy trade. Taking place on Tuesday, 25 May, the webinar will also discuss the importance of the new EU Animal Health Law to help prevent illegal pet sales and make sellers accountable for their actions.

WSAVA chair Dr Natasha Lee said: "Veterinary professionals regularly have to deal with the repercussions of illicit breeding and trading when presented with clinically ill and sometimes dying puppies and distraught owners. Our webinar will equip veterinarians in Europe with the knowledge to play their part in upholding the new legislation and to contribute to new solutions for regulating the online puppy trade."

For more details visit wsava.org