Casenotes Vol. 3 – weight loss tips, “canine autism” and making decisions in medicine


This week- some tips on managing weight in dogs, a response to ITV and making decisions based on evidence

Hello ,

This week ITV came up with a humdinger: “Does vaccinating your dog cause canine autism?” After I stopped laughing I managed to pull together a video to look at the evidence.
I’m also pleased to feature Lola and Daisy, two dogs that have managed to lose a huge amount of weight and now have healthier, more active lives.
Cycling in Jalon
After a week of cycling in Valencia it’s great to be back in the saddle at the surgery again :)John

Lola sleeping

Weight loss in dogs

Weight loss can be tricky sometimes- in this article Mel Loveridge tells us how she worked with Lin here at the surgery to get her two dogs, Daisy and Lola, lighter and heathier.

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Video: A response to ITV

Vaccination is always a tricky topic- not helped by sensationalist reporting about “canine autism”. In this video I discuss why these stories are so attractive, any why they’re so dangerous.

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Making evidence based decisions

The internet is a wonderful resource, but it’s fair to say we should view a lot of it with a certain amount of scepticism. Whilst hypotheses and theories make good gossip, we need hard evidence to base decisions on.The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has a wonderful website “RCVS Knowledge” where contributors are invited to present their evidence for various questions as “Knowledge Summaries”For instance to the question “In adult dogs, does feeding a raw food diet alter urine composition compared to a kibble diet?”, the answer is that evidence is lacking, and we need to be cautious in our advice (link).It’s easy to read and a great educational resource for owners and vets.

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