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Pets estimated to save UK National Health Service up to £2.45 billion a year

New report quantifies economic benefits of UK pets

6th December, 2016: Pets account for millions of pounds worth of economic activity in the UK and may reduce National Health Service (NHS) costs by nearly two and a half billion pounds, according to a new report published today.

 
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Australian study finds one third of Pony Club ponies obese

Better education of owners needed to avoid laminitis, say researchers

Obesity in ponies and pleasure horses has been associated with the painful and debilitating hoof condition called laminitis. However, some owners may not recognise when their animals are putting on excessive weight.

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Body fat going up, muscle mass going down

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As human life expectancy has increased, so has the longevity of our pets. Animal nutritionists, therefore, need to respond by developing dietary products for senior dogs and cats. This is a relatively new field, however, with few long term studies to guide new research. Aging in humans is much better understood, so medical geriatric studies can help shed light on likely research trajectories for older animals.

Picture: WALTHAM’s Richard Butterwick presents the early career researcher awards to Lauren Young (centre) and Megan Sprinkle, both from the University of Missouri.

 
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Fat cats, growing children and unusual ingestion

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What can we learn from comparing the growth patterns of children and puppies? The comparison might at first glance seem unhelpful, but in fact techniques used to measure healthy growth in humans have led to the development of accurate growth curves for pets. 

 
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Raw meat, overfed people and experimental excellence

WINSS Roundup Day 1(Chicago, 19 October)

The obesity epidemic and animal welfare issues dominated discussions on the opening day of the WALTHAM International Nutrition Science Symposium (WINSS).

 
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Benefits Of Pets For Older People Takes Centre Stage In New Orleans

WALTHAM and Mars Petcare present new research results at major ageing conference

6th December, 2016: More than 3,600 international experts from academia, industry, and government gathered in New Orleans last month to discuss the science of aging at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

 
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Voluntary activity: the missing link in accurate calculation of equine energy requirements?

More and more horses are becoming obese and, as with humans, overweight horses are prone to a number of debilitating conditions. So it’s important that they get the right balance of energy (calorie) intake and exercise to maintain a healthy body condition.

 
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WALTHAM and Mars Petcare fund study examining the impact of pet ownership on healthy human aging

Scientists at the University of Maryland and the National Institute on Aging have been awarded funding to study the impact of pet ownership on healthy human aging.

 
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