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Daily Pet Blog is the news site for all animal lovers. On these pages we bring you the latest in veterinary medicine, research and animal science, our thoughts on animal care and husbandry, as well as interesting and fun stuff related to animals.
Animal companions bring joy, kindness, innocence and learning into our daily life and the work on this blog is expression of our gratitude.


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© Ilanit Caruana Brandon

Whether you are moving in and out of Malta with your pets, or planning a short holiday abroad you will need to plan ahead and prepare in advance for this journey. Here is the summary of legal requirements and some useful tips:

Domesticated dogs are among the most popular companion animals and forge strong bonds with both people and other animals. But aggressive behaviour nevertheless remains a common problem and in many cases leads to animals being euthanised. To some, the role of gut microorganisms in canine aggressiveness and other psychological symptoms may seem far fetched, but is it really?

Mercy © Christa Cilia

Every since I integrated Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine into my practice I was at loss how to explain the ability of acupuncture to enhance growth of new tissue and repair what is normally considered irreparable  by conventional wisdom. I have seen it happening many times, cruciate ligament tears, intervertebral disc disease, advanced degenerative  changes...but I had no science backed explanation how acupuncture repairs profound organic changes or rebuilds lost tissue. Until now.

The superorganism concept

From a microbiologist's point of view,  no animal including Homo sapiens is an individual but, rather, a superorganism that only thrives because the members of this community have been living together since primeval times. Intestinal bacteria contribute 36 percent of the small molecules that are present in human body.  The aggregate of all inhabitants of the body, the so-called microbiota, constitutes an independent organ. Weighing in at 2 kilograms in humans , it's heavier than the brain and has a biochemical activity that is comparable to the liver's.

This superorganism has evolved over millions of years -- and doesn't cope well with some of the innovations of the modern world. Antibiotics, for instance, may destroy dangerous bacteria, but beneficial ones also unfortunately suffer. Only two treatment cycles of the synthetic antibiotic ciprofloxacin are enough to deal a painful blow to the microbiota. Although the intestinal bacteria eventually grow back, it's now known that they don't regain their original degree of diversity.

The inflammatory bowel diseases are the most common cause of chronic vomiting and diarrhoea in cats, and refer to a group of diseases. The term Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, is applied to a group of poorly understood gut pathologies that are considered to be a consequence of uncontrolled intestinal inflammation in response to a combination of elusive factors that may involve the diet, the environment, the gut microflora and dysregulation of the immune system in susceptible cats.

DogRisk is a research project about nutritional, environmental and genetic factors behind canine diseases.  The research team at the Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine in Helsinki led by Dr. Anna Hielm Bjorkman has already obtained ground breaking data, however due to lack of funds they are unable to complete this project and publish their findings in peer reviewed journals. Now it is time for every pet parent, every dog or cat lover to contribute  and make the future of our furry friends brighter.    

 As always - prevention is better than the cure.

Lately social media users have been consumed with panic over Parvovirus infection.  Indeed Parvovirosis is a serious disease, highly contageous  and  very often  fatal. However this is usually the case with very young, typically unvaccinated and immunocompromised dogs. In reality Parvovirus has always been with us and it is not a new disease and there are efficient ways to prevent it. Here are some facts about this virus every pet parent should know...

When getting a new puppy or a rescued adult dog many novce dog owners take it for granted  that every dog is by default  born knowing how to be a dog.  In reality pups depend on their parents and their pack to teach them how to become well balanced and happy dogs. When  becoming  "pet parents" we must fullfil this role.  We are not all biologists, zoologists or behaviourists but we can all acquire a pup or adult dog when ever we like. To protect your dog's wellness and biology as a canine, YOU must know your dog's biology and how this operates within the environment.

Right now, in the wild, adult social canines are changing their "time-keeping," providing support, slowing down time and ensuring that the new members of their family receive all they need to be balanced individuals, both within themselves and their environment and surroundings.  Dr. Isla Fishburn teaches us  how be the same for our own dog.

 Dr. Emma Bermingham

Dog owners can improve the wellbeing of their canine companions by serving up a high meat diet rather than the “human-like” fare favoured by many, a new study shows.

The independent New Zealand study – only the second of its kind in the world – found the high meat diet is easier for dogs to digest, means more nutrients are able to be absorbed, and resulted in higher levels of bacteria associated with protein and fat digestion.

These higher levels of bacteria demonstrated a dog’s gut is biologically designed to digest a diet high in meat.



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