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A dog is not even for Christmas A dog is not even for Christmas

Animal welfare groups once used to remind prospective dog owners that pets were a long-term commitment. A dog is "for life not just for Christmas", the tagline once read. But now it seems even Christmas is too long for ...

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Medals of honour for top dogs Medals of honour for top dogs

Two DVD-sniffing dogs were honoured by the Malaysian government for their part in a crack-down on bootleg movies. The black Labradors, named Lucky and Flo, are trained to smell chemicals that go into DVD production and their efforts ...

Pets invade Suffolk school Pets invade Suffolk school

It was raining cats and dogs at a school in Suffolk last week. Animals of all shapes and sizes took over St Joseph's near Ipswich as the school opened its doors to pets as well as children. In addition to cats and dogs, the school ...

'Protect pets from second-hand smoke' 'Protect pets from second-hand smoke'

Britons who smoke near their animals may want to consider taking out pet insurance as they may fall victim to health complaints. According to insurer More Than, three million people may be putting their pets at risk by smoking around ...

Rabbits 'should see vets' Rabbits 'should see vets'

A vet has said that pet owners should take their rabbits to see the vet regularly so their pets can remain in good health and free from disease. The claim comes following the news that myxomatosis, a disease that afflicts rabbits, ...

A half-century of great guide dogs A half-century of great guide dogs

A blind man who has used guide dogs for 50 years has been talking about the great sense of freedom the fantastic animals have given him. Bill Cox, 83, from Reedham near Norwich, has been blind since the age of 11 months. In 1957, ...

Doggie choccie threat Doggie choccie threat

Some dog owners are unwittingly sentencing their animals to a painful death by feeding them chocolate, vets have warned. This year has seen a record number of emergency calls about chocolate poisoning to the Veterinary Poisons Information ...

RSPCA make cat rescue RSPCA make cat rescue

RSPCA agents were able to rescue three cats from an abandoned home in Somerset. The home had been up for auction and, on inspection, the new owner discovered the three emaciated animals shut into the kitchen, the Somerset County ...

Brits adore their furry friends Brits adore their furry friends

More than 1.5 million UK homes are ruled by pets put on a pedestal by their owners, new research has found. And, according to the figures compiled by Halifax, 2.8 million Brits share their beds with their cats and dogs and more than ...

Dogs can wed in new business venture Dogs can wed in new business venture

Animal owners who have always wanted their pet cats or dogs to get married may now find that their wish has come true. A farm in Staffordshire is offering wedding services for pets and farmyard animals from £100 per ceremony, ...

Pet insurance firm names common complaints Pet insurance firm names common complaints

An American pet insurance firm has named skin allergies as the number one complaint among dog owners needing veterinarian treatment. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) assesses its claims from last year and discovered skin allergies, ...

Pets to be protected under act Pets to be protected under act

From Friday, pets across Britain will have their own bill of rights to ensure they are protected from ill-treatment. The Animal Welfare Act is almost in force, under which pet owners will have to take good care of their animals or ...

Women love cats over men Women love cats over men

Females and their felines are meant to be together, according to recent findings from a scientific study. Cat food manufacturer Olli asked scientists to test women's reactions when they saw a picture of their pet, and again when ...

Dogs soon to get satnavs Dogs soon to get satnavs

Satnavs collars enabling dog owners to keep a track of their furry friends will soon be available in the shops, according to a Russian government minister. Sergey Ivanov, deputy prime minister, made the remark while commenting on ...

Free pet insurance offer Free pet insurance offer

Sainsbury's is offering a no strings attached 30 days of free pet insurance. The offer is open to anyone applying before November 27th and if applying online a further ten per cent discount is deducted from the yearly premium. Both ...

Socks causes name controversy Socks causes name controversy

Blue Peter's loveable feline mascot, Socks the cat, has been caught up in a controversy surrounding the origins of its name. The long-running children's television programme launched a poll to name the moggy but, after receiving ...

'Don't let insured pets become obese' 'Don't let insured pets become obese'

With pets increasingly becoming fatter, owners are being warned that their pet insurance policies could become void. According to website EveryInvester.co.uk, once a pet becomes obese it may no longer be covered by an insurance policy. ...

Pet insurance 'could help pay for skin problem treatment' Pet insurance 'could help pay for skin problem treatment'

Pet owners whose animals suffer from skin complaints may want to ensure they have a pet insurance policy to stave off a build up of costs, an expert has suggested. Mark Johnston, of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, ...

Pet fostering scheme for children in troubled homes Pet fostering scheme for children in troubled homes

Animals from problem-rife homes are being offered car from volunteer 'foster parents'. Pets owned by children in families which have had to move to a refuge can now find a home with a foster carer for up to five months while their ...

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