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$50,000 of Nutrition Research Grants available in 2017

The field of companion animal nutrition is relatively small, but is hugely important to further our understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health. Studies in this allow us to continually improve the diets of our pets.

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Dog breeds look different on the outside, but what about the inside?

Differences between dog breeds are easily to see: Body size, colour, shape and coat type all contribute to an extraordinary range of breed appearances.
But what about what we can’t see? Are there differences in the inner workings, or metabolism, of healthy dogs that are characteristic of a particular breed as well?

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Genetic screening could help protect your cat 

New study will pinpoint disease-linked feline gene patterns

Barely a week passes without the press declaring that scientists have found genetic markers for a variety of human ills. These advances are increasingly fuelled by a boom in a method known as whole genome sequencing. This enables scientists to decipher an individual’s 3 billion letter DNA code that is the blueprint for human life.

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Dogs may be a tonic for battle scarred veterans

One in five US veterans of recent conflicts suffers from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression . This can lead to huge problems, including family breakdown, substance abuse and an inability to re-integrate with wider society.

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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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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?

Horses are increasingly 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 calories and exercise to maintain a healthy body condition.

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WALTHAM International Nutritonal Sciences Symposium

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Read and watch the highlights from one of the largest pet nutrition conferences, WINSS 2016

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