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Research finds audiobooks have a calming effect
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Chatter box The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

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Study brings fresh hope to horses with tendon injuries
Study brings fresh hope to horses with tendon injuries

Research by the AHT may lead to new treatments
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Straw bedding and dry hay ‘significant risk factors’ for equine IAD
Straw bedding and dry hay ‘significant risk factors’ for equine IAD

Researchers perform clinical exam on more than 700 active horses
Hope for rapid equine influenza test
Hope for rapid equine influenza test

Scientists say dipstick test could offer results in seconds
Cribbing ‘more likely down to stress than gastric discomfort’
Cribbing ‘more likely down to stress than gastric discomfort’

Study explores stomachs of crib-biting and non crib-biting horses
New scheme to help horse owners identify colic
New scheme to help horse owners identify colic

Research shows majority of owners struggle to spot the early signs
MP calls for action on horse tethering
MP calls for action on horse tethering

Welfare issues discussed in parliamentary debate
New rules for exporting equines in event of no-deal Brexit
New rules for exporting equines in event of no-deal Brexit

Equines travelling to UK from EU may need additional blood tests
‘Animal VC’ exhibition goes on display to the public
‘Animal VC’ exhibition goes on display to the public

PDSA commemorates hero horses from WWI and 2
New strain of equine flu responsible for outbreaks
New strain of equine flu responsible for outbreaks

Florida Clade 1 H3N8 in circulation in the UK
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New shearing guidance for farmers and contractors

Industry bodies have produced guidance for farmers and contractors on how to handle sheep during shearing to avoid stress and injury.

The guidance includes every step - from the presentation of sheep and facilities for shearing, through to using a contractor and shearers - and aims to ensure shearing is carried out safely, efficiently and with high standards of animal welfare.

Guide co-author Jill Hewitt from the NAAC said: “Shearing is a professional job that takes significant skill. Shearers take their responsibility to protect animal welfare very seriously and it will be a positive step to remind everyone of the importance of working together.’

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