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The danger of cows Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 April 2016 08:00

A family holiday in Northumberland over Easter ended in tragedy when a 61 year old grandmother was killed by a cow.  Almost certainly her death will not be the last in 2016 as about five people a year are killed by cows.  Unusually in this case the victim was not accompanied by a dog because cows are much more likely to kill or injure dog walkers.  Researchers from Liverpool University analysed 54 serious attacks by cows between 1993 and 2013 and found that walking with dogs, particularly when calves are present, was a common factor for an attack.  Some farmers erect signs asking for walkers to keep their dogs on leads when walking where cows are grazing but our advice is to let your dog off so that it can escape, thereby removing you, the owner, from the cows' attention.  But the best advice of all is: do not walk your dog through fields with cows...

Spoilt dogs? Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:51

Pandering to the British love of dogs is certainly the business to be in if you want to make a fortune: owners spent more than £1 billion on dog accessories last year!  A survey by insurers Direct Line found that the average dog owning household spent £76 on items like coats and beds, while 26% spent more than £100.  Of course it's fun to spend this sort of money (if you have it) but it's important to remember that all a dog ever asks for is a healthy diet, fresh water, exercise and love.

Just because you can doesn't mean you should... Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 09:15

Veterinary science is now so advanced that almost anything is treatable.  As TV vet Noel Fitzpatrick says, "The bottom line now is that anything is possible if you have a blood and nerve supply."  Injuries and illnesses that would have involved euthanasia in the past are now able to be treated.  This raises a moral and ethical dilemma for vets (as well as the owner): does the future quality of life justify the trauma of painful surgery and long recovery time?

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