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Debate: Do pets pose a significant hygiene risk?

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Pet-Hygiene

When it comes to hygiene, pet owners are a varied bunch – from the relaxed cat-lover who happily permits everything from counter-surfing to face-licking, to the anxious dog owner who won’t allow their companion upstairs and insists on post-fuss hand-washing. But who’s right? Here, Sophie Mackenzie looks at the science behind pets and hygiene, and persuades some brave pet owners to reveal their breaches of best practice.

It’s well known that people with pets, on the whole, are healthier and live longer than those without. This is partly because of the stress-busting effect our companion animals have, but also because exposure to them boosts immunity, especially in children. So at what point does close proximity to pets stop being beneficial and start being a bit unsanitary, or even dangerous?

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What pet owners should know about lumps

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Finding a mysterious lump on your pet can be a real worry – and while most turn out to be harmless, you should always take the precaution of a veterinary checkup, says vet Marc Abraham

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Springtime dangers for pets: what you need to know

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The daffodil is the quintessential spring flower, but it – and the bulb in particular – is harmful to pets, so keep dogs and cats away

With the sunnier and longer days of spring, many of us will be spending more time outdoors – as will our cats and dogs. But did you know that our gardens harbour an array of pet health hazards? Vet Marc Abraham explains

Spring has now sprung – and while April showers and hosepipe bans make easy distractions for pet owners, it’s now time to put our four-legged friends’ health and happiness first

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Ticks have left my dog with lumps

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Q: Our nine-month-old Cockapoo has had a number of ticks that have been removed but have left him with lumps. As one is close to the eye, we took him to the vet. He was given a course of antibiotics …

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Lyme’s disease: what is it, and why is it dangerous?

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Q: Our Border Collie has been limping and the vet diagnosed Lyme’s disease, caught from a tick. We had no idea he had a tick or that it could be dangerous. What can we do to stop it happening again?

A: Spread by bites from certain types of ticks, Lyme’s disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Your dog’s lameness can be attributed

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