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Dr Maryanne Murphy

Fat cats, growing children and unusual ingestion

WINSS roundup, day 2

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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Dr Judy MacArthur Clark

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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Walking the Dog Helps Keep Owners Healthy and Neighbourhoods Feeling Safe

An international study published in BMC Public Health has found dog walkers are physically active on more days of the week and dog walking can help people feel safer in their neighborhood.

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Behaving off colour?

New research sheds light on how differently sourced colourants may affect ornamental fish activity    

Carotenoids are nature’s vivid colourants. They give characteristic visual tinges to carrots, corn and canaries, as well as many other brightly hued plants and animals. At this time of year, their effects are particularly obvious as they are responsible for the brilliant yellows and oranges that tint dying autumn leaves.

These naturally occurring chemicals are routinely incorporated into ornamental fish diets to ensure vibrant colours are maintained. However, they don’t just affect a fish’s appearance; they can also influence its behaviour. They are often associated with sexual colouring, and consequently can affect sexual behaviour, particularly in males.

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Waltham International Nutritonal Sciences Symposium

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Research sheds new light on laminitis risk factors

New research suggests we may soon be able to better identify horses at greater risk of developing pasture-associated laminitis, not only by looking at breed type, body condition score and associated higher risk environments but also by checking hormone and insulin levels.

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Grass length can affect muzzled grazing behaviour

New research on horse and pony grazing muzzles shows longer grass more difficult to eat

Grazing muzzles can be an effective tool to help with equine weight management, according to new research, but longer grass can be more difficult for muzzled ponies to graze. This can cause frustration-related behaviour in some individuals.

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