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I’m a Celebrity trials cause far more suffering for animals than contestants

I was 11 years old when Tony Blackburn was crowned the first king of the jungle. I can clearly remember watching with rapt, horrified attention as spoon-bending Uri Gellar ate a live, wriggling Witchetty Grub, slicing it with a knife and fork and screaming between mouthfuls. Nigel Benn was bitten by a snake that repeatedly … Continue reading I’m a Celebrity trials cause far more suffering for animals than contestants

Are pet owners in denial when it comes to flat-faced dogs?

Earlier this week, I found myself pausing to reflect in the middle of the 6.30pm appointment, which was with Flo, a sweet-natured ten month old English Bulldog who I had not previously met. Flo gazed at me with her big hazelnut eyes, fixated alternately on me, and then determinedly back to the dehydrated chicken treat … Continue reading Are pet owners in denial when it comes to flat-faced dogs?

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Hello all, I’m Ben Simpson-Vernon. I’m a qualified small animal vet and freelance writer. I’ve made this blog to do my bit in addressing the animal welfare issues that trouble me, particularly those I can do little about from my consulting room. I also want to try to separate fact and fiction when it comes to the veterinary industry, and explore our relationship as humans with our pets

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I’m a Celebrity trials cause far more suffering for animals than contestants

I was 11 years old when Tony Blackburn was crowned the first king of the jungle. I can clearly remember watching with rapt, horrified attention as spoon-bending Uri Gellar ate a live, wriggling Witchetty Grub, slicing it with a knife and fork and screaming between mouthfuls. Nigel Benn was bitten by a snake that repeatedly … Continue reading I’m a Celebrity trials cause far more suffering for animals than contestants

‘Rip off’ veterinary drug prices are harming profession’s image

Recently there have been a flurry of articles in the media highlighting the escalating cost of veterinary care, and the barrier this can create in treatment of our pets. Last month there were two such pieces in the press; Would you pay £20,000 to save your pet’s life? in the Daily Mail, and an article … Continue reading ‘Rip off’ veterinary drug prices are harming profession’s image

Are pet owners in denial when it comes to flat-faced dogs?

Earlier this week, I found myself pausing to reflect in the middle of the 6.30pm appointment, which was with Flo, a sweet-natured ten month old English Bulldog who I had not previously met. Flo gazed at me with her big hazelnut eyes, fixated alternately on me, and then determinedly back to the dehydrated chicken treat … Continue reading Are pet owners in denial when it comes to flat-faced dogs?

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