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Owners 'do their research' when it comes to pet holidays Owners 'do their research' when it comes to pet holidays

The majority of pet owners planning to take their animals away on holiday with them do research online to compare the services on offer, a survey has shown. Findings by website TRIPSwithPETS.com highlight that 74 per cent of pet ...

Consumers urged to invest in pet insurance Consumers urged to invest in pet insurance

While Britons spend a total of £3.5 billion on their pets each year, many are still failing to invest in pet insurance policies, despite the cover often contributing to vet bills. Research by research firm Defaqto has shown ...

Drug developed for depressed dogs Drug developed for depressed dogs

Animal owners who are at the end of their tether because of their pet's separation anxiety could find they are being thrown a lifeline. Depressed dogs showing signs of anxiety such as incessant scratching at doors or wild and frantic ...

Reunion joy for stolen dogs and owners Reunion joy for stolen dogs and owners

A number of dogs who were recently stolen at gunpoint have been returned to their rightful owners after a successful police investigation that resulted in a confession. Four Yorkshire terriers were stolen at the end of last month ...

Podgy pooches lead to weight drug development Podgy pooches lead to weight drug development

The US medical regulator has approved the first 'weight management' drug for dogs, devised by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The announcement comes amid concerns of an obesity epidemic among dogs, with 40 per cent of pet pooches in ...

Dogs still top cats Dogs still top cats

Dogs remain the most popular pet in Britain, according to new research. A study by the pet charity PDSA revealed that in most parts of the country, dogs squeeze out their traditional rivals. The figures also showed a significant ...

Firework Night Firework Night

Firework Night for pets can be a huge ordeal, especially as their hearing is more sensitive to loud noises than ours ...

Pets enjoy fashion parade Pets enjoy fashion parade

Lucky dogs from all over the world strutted their stuff on the canine catwalk at New York's Pet Fashion Week. The show, which also included one privileged cat in a golden collar, featured designs from 20 of the world's leading pet ...

Tips offered for those travelling with pets Tips offered for those travelling with pets

Tips on taking pets on a plane have been shared by Michelle Higgins of the New York Times. Writing in the column Practical Traveller, Ms Higgins said that a number of measures can be taken to ensure that pets (and their owners) don't ...

Brits 'could help pets through wills' Brits 'could help pets through wills'

Older animal lovers are being urged to help out pets in need by donating to charity. Research by PDSA has found that only seven per cent of Britons plan to leave a legacy to a charitable trust, with this increasing to only nine per ...

It's a cat's life It's a cat's life

One hairdresser from Halifax has received some surprised reactions when passers-by peep into her buggy to coo at her offspring, only to find a cat in place of a baby. Louise Layfield, of Calderdale in Halifax, has invested in what ...

Acupuncture option for pets Acupuncture option for pets

A revolutionary new healthcare strategy for pets is sweeping the United States, suggesting it could catch on in the UK if popularity continues. The first all-holistic veterinary medical clinic opened in the US on Monday, as a new ...

Dog eats competition pies Dog eats competition pies

An annual world pie-eating competition has been put in jeopardy by a hungry dog. Charlie, a tiny bichon frese, got stuck into the official crusts which were being stored in preparation for the event in Wigan. Dave Williams, a former ...

Pet panic as firework night approaches Pet panic as firework night approaches

Pet owners are bracing themselves for the annual noise-fest otherwise known as fireworks night. As animal lovers are all too aware the racket caused by rockets exploding can give lead to some animals cowering under beds, clawing ...

Pet will trusts on the up Pet will trusts on the up

An increasing number of owners want to make sure their pets are financially secure, even after they are dead - by leaving their animals money in their wills. Some people leave their beloved pets property, cash and professional carers ...

RSPCA: Adopt a cat from us RSPCA: Adopt a cat from us

The RSPCA's Huddersfield branch is urging local people to support it by choosing to adopt a cat from the charity rather than a large pet centre. Recently, the branch has been inundated with cats and kittens and has had to ask animal ...

Slithery pets born at school Slithery pets born at school

One London school has become home to some classroom critters of a not so furry kind. Highgate School has become the birthplace of seven slippery snake babies after the Junior Reptile Society's pet desert kings produced offspring, ...

Bunnies 'not just for Easter' Bunnies 'not just for Easter'

Despite the traditional image of Easter being a bunny, a branch of the RSPCA is urging animal lovers to think twice before purchasing a rabbit this season. According to the South Buckinghamshire branch of the charity, the novelty ...

Rare dog breed finding favour Rare dog breed finding favour

Animal lovers with allergies to fur will love the smooth-skinned energy of the Mexican Xoloitzcuintle dog. During the 1950s, numbers of Xoloitzcuintles dwindled to around 100, but thanks to a recent breeding programme, there are ...

Jose not the only 'special one' Jose not the only 'special one'

It looks like ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is not the only 'special one' under the family roof. His Yorkshire terrier, Leya, has been voted 2007's top celebrity pet in a poll by the PDSA veterinary charity. Leya first hit the ...

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