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Don’t let unwanted guests ’itch a ride on your pets this summer warn vets on World Veterinary Day


As summer is just around the corner, holidaymakers around the UK are looking forward to their annual summer getaway and travelling abroad - but the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warned travellers to ensure their pets don't pick up worms and other parasites on holiday. 

The warning comes on World Veterinary Day (WVD, 25th April 2015), a day that celebrates vets across the globe and the contribution they make to human and animal health. The WVD theme for 2015 is vector-borne diseases with zoonotic potential – diseases that can be transmitted from one animal to another, including from animals to humans, often by biting insects such as mosquitoes.

Such diseases include leishmaniasis, an infectious disease transmitted by sandflies, occurring commonly in Mediterranean coastal areas. The most common symptoms of the disease include skin inflammation and infection. If left untreated the disease is fatal in pets. The disease is also zoonotic, which means that it can be passed on to humans although there has never been a reported case of dog to human transmission in the UK. The good news is that owners can take precautions against leishmaniasis and the condition can be treated.


Cat competition!

Win a bundle of toys from PetSafe®!


To celebrate National Pet Month, PetSafe® is offering two lucky cat owners the chance to win an exciting bundle of toys - worth a total of £60 - so you can show your furry friend just how much you love them.

Included in the bundle is the new FroliCat™ CHEESE™ - an automatic teaser toy featuring two golden mice that pop out unexpectedly to keep your kitty guessing.

Also up for grabs is the treat-dispensing Fishbowl - watch your curious cat try to fish out the food from the clear plastic bowl and have fun smelling and catching the treats inside.

National Pet Month is all about celebrating our cuddly companions, promoting responsible pet ownership and helping pet charities take care of animals across the UK. Pets provide us with so much love and this is the purr-fect way to do something special for your feline friend!

For more information, visit the PetSafe® website.


The Tucker Trial Video

With only 3,200 wild tigers left on earth, money raised from the event will aim to stop the senseless slaughter of tigers by significantly increasing the anti-poaching patrols on the ground, support undercover work to trap and prosecute illegal traders, and educate people to stop using tiger parts in medicine. It is hoped that the power of our combined voices will be used to pressure governments at home and overseas, and to increase the numbers of tigers in the wild.

Celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Ricky Gervais, Mel C, Sir Roger Moore, Gemma Atkinson, Abi Titmuss, Stephen Fry and Susan Sarandon have already put their name to the campaign at www.isupport.tigertime.info

Joanna says: 'If the tiger disappears from the wild because of our behaviour we humans shall have lost all claims to be called civilised and compassionate. The greatest enemy is indifference. Please join TigerTime right now to help to save the lives and habitat of these magnificent creatures. This is extremely urgent. The clock is ticking: real time is running out.'

For more information visit www.davidshepherd.org and www.tigertime.info

Cat health

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Many cases of diarrhoea are mild and short-lived, only lasting for a few days, and will resolve on their own.

Does my cat drink too much?

Does my cat drink too much?

If you want to determine how much water your cat is drinking, allow her only one source of water, our expert explains.

Cats in the home

Should I play with my cat?

Play is important to cats, particularly those kept indoors. Here are some top tips and game ideas...

Why do cats need scratch posts?

A scratch post gives your cat a place to stretch and exercise, as well as keeping claws in good condition.

Outdoor cats

What plants will my cat enjoy?

It's not just catnip that cats enjoy. Garden expert Graham Strong lists other plants that felines may enjoy.

Why does my cat eat grass?

Many cats enjoy nibbling on grass, but what should you do if your cat takes it to the extreme?

Kitten care

My cat won't accept a new kitten

Is your cat showing aggression towards your new kitten? Behaviourist Francesca Riccomini shares her advice.

How to litter train your kitten

Avoid accidents and keep your home fresh with our essential guide to litter tray training your kitten.