The fourth annual Vet Report, examining the latest key insights and issues in pet health and welfare, has been launched at the London Vet Show.

The publication, from Vets4Pets, aims to support clinical research and raise awareness and understanding of current affairs in the veterinary and pet world, amongst pet owners and the general public.

This year’s report has authors from across the veterinary profession and explores a variety of important topics including choosing the right pet, modern veterinary care, dental health, cognitive dysfunction and pet bereavement.

First launched in 2014, previous editions have highlighted issues including territorial aggression, pet obesity, microchipping and cat lifestyles, and paved the way for bringing attention to the rare, but deadly, canine disease Alabama Rot.

Dr Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Vets4Pets and editor of the report, said: “We are thrilled to have been able to launch our fourth edition of the Vet Report at this year’s London Vet Show.

“We are incredibly proud that the report can be a channel through which the veterinary profession can communicate the latest research and content in a way that is easily accessible for the general public.

“Over the past few years it’s been amazing to see how successful our previous editions have been at engaging with the pet-owning public, and delivering important messages.

“Since our very first edition we have been raising awareness of Alabama Rot, and our advice and warnings have been featured in almost 1,000 media reports and has led to interest from the likes of Sky News and the BBC with regards to the first Alabama Rot conference held in May (2017).

“Whilst our more recent 2016 Vet Report taught more than 16 million people about indoor versus outdoor lifestyles for pet cats.”

For the 2017 report, Vets4Pets enlisted the help of experts from a number of veterinary organisations and charities, such as Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and The Pet Loss Vet, to author each subject.

All the authors are specialists in their field and were able to share their wealth of knowledge and experience through their features in the report.

“To ensure we have the most up-to-date topics and content in our report, we worked with numerous veterinary professionals, to gauge their opinions on what needed to be included in this year’s edition,” added Dr Stacey.

“The Vet Report wouldn’t be possible without all their hard work and dedication, and we are incredibly grateful for all their help.”

Dr Caroline Hewson, The Pet Loss Vet, penned the section on pet bereavement. She said: “Modern society doesn’t altogether accept the need of bereaved pet owners to mourn. However, that is changing.

“The Vet Report is blazing a trail by covering the topic and telling so many pet owners about it.”

The 2017 Vet Report is available online and in Vets4Pets and Companion Care practices.

To view the report online, please visit www.vets4pets.com/thevetreport2017

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