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  • Vet Pets Magazine

    April, 2016



    Why Pets Are Good For Us!



    We Visit California: The Home of Pet Tech

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    Dr Pete Wedderburn qualified as a vet from Edinburgh thirty years ago in 1985. He has worked in his own four-veterinarian companion animal practice in County Wicklow, Ireland, since 1991, and he has his own menagerie of dogs, cats, ducks, hens and others including a pet rabbit in his kitchen. Pete is well known as a media veterinarian in Ireland and the UK, with a weekly breakfast television slot on national television for the past fourteen years. He is a prolific writer on animal topics, with weekly columns in the Ireland's Herald newspaper and the UK's Daily Telegraph. Pete is known as "Pete the Vet" on his busy Facebook and Twitter pages, regularly posting information on topical subjects and real-life cases from his clinic. He also writes a regular blog at

    Research shows that children who live in households with pets tend to be more self-

    confident and socially adept than those without animals.

    Pets are experts in body-language, which is often universal across species barriers. Perhaps animals are able to teach children this by being in close contact with them as they are growing up?

    Recent research has also suggested that the presence of animals in the home can act as a protective against the later development of asthma in the child - as long as the mother of the child does not have asthma, in which case animals can make things worse.

    Children with psychological

    PETE THE VETThis Month: Why pets are good for you!

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    difficulties may gain special benefits from pets. Professional pet therapy started nearly fifty years ago when a psychiatrist noted that severely withdrawn children became more responsive when he was accompanied by his own dog in counselling sessions, and this is now a well established routine.

    Children learning to read can also benefit by reading allowed to pets: they seem to be able to do this without feeling the same self-consciousness that they may have with fellow humans listening.

    A case in point: Emma has owned a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel since she was a baby: she is now a confident, healthy,

    ten year old child, and her friendship with her dog is a model of good companionship.

    Pets are good for adults too!Animals bring both physical and psychological benefits to all of us. Most obviously, dogs encourage people to exercise. If you own a dog, a regular walk half an hour twice daily is a necessary part of your routine together. There is something different about walking with a dog many folk would not take a walk around a local park, on the beach or along the street if

    they did not have a dog beside them.

    Dogs also act as supreme social catalysts, making it easier for us to connect with other people. It's far easier to talk to someone who has a dog beside them: the

    animal makes them seem more approachable, and you can talk about the dog as a neutral subject (Hes a lovely looking creature. What breed is he?)

    Taking it to another level, pets bring benefits to the treatment of psychiatric illness, including depression. The presence of an appropriate animal can help to build self-esteem and increase mental alertness, and they also lift the spirits of people with Alzheimer's disease.

    In several prison projects, inmates who have been given birds and small animals to take care of have become less violent, more sociable and more responsible.

    Pets are good for both children and adults

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    Pet ownership has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Studies have revealed that petting a dog or a cat, or sometimes just being in the same room as a friendly animal, can reduce people's blood pressure and heart rate. And perhaps linking to this, after major heart surgery, one study showed that patients who had pets with animals lived for longer than those who did not keep pets.

    A case in point: The Connolly family have owned a succession of Boxers, since before their children were born. The children are now in their twenties, and they can't imagine the Connolly home without a resident Boxer or two. Every family photo includes the dogs, and they're seen as an integral, key part of the Connolly family.

    Pets are good for older people!Any vet can tell you stories about older people who have their lives enriched by the company of their pets. Studies have shown that pets can help older people to be more self-reliant. One study measured

    how many hours of paid care worker time was needed for elderly people living alone. At the start, an average of 40 hours a week of human help was required per patient. Six months after each patient had been given a pet, the amount of carer time had reduced to about 10 hours per week.

    For older people who are unable to live on their own, there are other benefits. When pets are allowed to visit nursing homes, theres a strong positive effect, with elderly residents smiling and talking more, and experiencing more symptoms of well-being.

    A case in point: Chance is a Golden Cocker Spaniel who was the sole pet of Betty until she was ninety, when she was no longer able to live in her own home due to a disability. When Betty moved into a care home, she was allowed to bring Chance with her. Her long term companion has now become the friend of many other older people in their new home


    Whatever your stage of life, pets can bring brightness, cheerfulness and friendship into your immediate environment. If youve never thought about having a pet, why not think about one now? Its never too late!

    Pets can provide company for the elderly

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    Dont forget that Tuesday July 5 is national Pet Remembrance Day!

    Set up by Pets Magazine and 3D printing specialists Arty Lobster , Pet Remembrance Day will remember beloved companion animals that have died.

    This year, Pet Remembrance Day is proud to support The Oldies Club, a national charity, which rehomes dogs aged seven and over that are in need of homes.

    Pet lovers will also be able to nominate pets on social media using the hashtag #PetRemembranceDay to be immortalised in 3D by Arty Lobster. One will be chosen to

    have their likeness fashioned into a three-dimensional sculpture.

    A Twitter chat will take place on Tuesday July 5 using the hashtag #PetRemembranceDay for people to show their support and share thoughts and photos of deceased companion animals.

    Lars Andersen, Managing Director of Arty Lobster, said: As a country, we still do not really know how to remember our pets and to deal with their loss. Pet Remembrance Day provides a space for people to remember departed pets and to celebrate their lives.

    A growing part of our customer base is served by people looking

    for that lasting memento mori of their pet.

    People want ways of remembering their pet and its quirks and character traits and the importance it played in their lives and the life of the family.

    Olive Armstrong, at The Oldies Club, said: "We're delighted that we've been chosen to be the nominated charity for Pet Remembrance Day this year.

    Our pets are members of our families too, and to dedicate a special day to remember them is a great idea.

    More info very soon!


    National Pet Remembrance Day

    #PetRemembranceDay Tuesday July 5

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    EMMA MILNE is best known for her appearances in the highly successful BBC 1 programme, Vets in Practice and appeared in all eleven series. She has since appeared in

    numerous TV and radio programmes and has co-presented programmes on wildlife and been a regular guest reporter for BBCs Inside Out programme. Emma qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1996 and went on to work in a mixed, country practice in Somerset, before moving to Cheltenham for seven years and then on to York. She has been involved with many animal welfare organisations and campaigns including tail docking, pedigree dog health and hunting with dogs.

    A keen writer, Emma has been a feature columnist for many leading publications. Emmas first book, The Truth About Cats and Dogs was published in July 2007 and highlighted the increasing health problems with pedigree dogs and cats. In March 2012 her second book, Tales from the Tail End was published. Her series of childrens pet care books, The Pet Detective Series, based on the five

    welfare needs and the importance of mental as well as physical wellbeing has recently been published. Emma now lives in France and, besides continuing her writing, media work and welfare campaigns, is one of the technical

    advisors for Hills prescription diets. We meet Emma and her cute and mischievous cat Stella.


    Stella is a good old-fashioned moggie. As with many vets pet acquisitions she just sort of came along! Some neighbours told us about a cat living in their garden that had had a litter. Stella was the last kitten left and needed a home and we didnt have any pets. Fate put us all together. The children picked her name because our friends cat is called Stella.

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    We adopted Stella in October last year. She was about 8 weeks old, tiny and full of parasites. Shes cross-eyed and had some ingrowing eyelashes.

    We werent sure if she was going to make it but after some good flea and worm control, some plucking and some good