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Lung worm cases in pets 'on the up' Lung worm cases in pets 'on the up'

Pet owners are panicking as the cold, wet summer climate takes its toll on their four-legged friends, it is being claimed. Reports of animals suffering from lungworm are up resulting in scores of cold canines and freezing felines ...

Battery hens given new lives as pets Battery hens given new lives as pets

Some 628 battery hens have been saved from the slaughter house by the Scottish branch of the Battery Hen Welfare Trust. The birds, who have reached the end of their productive laying lives, will be distributed to families as pets ...

Dog show must go on Dog show must go on

An annual Bolton dog show is to go ahead despite one of its main organisers being hospitalised, it has been reported. The Tongue and District Canine Society's yearly event will still be held to recognise the area's prettiest pooches, ...

South Korean team works on cloning order South Korean team works on cloning order

Scientists in South Korea are working on what is said to be the world's first order to clone a pet. Using stem cells the team will try to clone Booger, a pitbull terrier from California in what could be the first of many such moves. ...

Cat loses leg after gin trap Cat loses leg after gin trap

A cat has had to have her leg amputated after being ensnared by a gin trap. The feline had been caught by the illegal device in Epworth, near Doncaster. She had been found collapsed after having dragged herself through a garden. ...

Cost of living 'means people cannot afford pets' Cost of living 'means people cannot afford pets'

Though most owners are prepared to go to extraordinary lengths for their four-legged friends, growing numbers are having to give up their pets as they struggle to cope with the rising cost of living. According to the Northampton-based ...

Stolen dog heads to owner's local pub Stolen dog heads to owner's local pub

When German Shepherd dog Bracken escaped after being stolen, he knew that the best place to head was his owner's local pub. The Chorley Guardian reports that Bracken was found scratching at the door of The Harpers pub in Chorley ...

Manchester Cat Is Officially The Most Mischievous Manchester Cat Is Officially The Most Mischievous

Feline trickster Bella, from Manchester, has been crowned the most mischievous cat in the UK after winning the nationwide Felix Factor competition... ...

Abandoned dog 'now recovering' Abandoned dog 'now recovering'

A dog which became emaciated after being abandoned in Northampton is now recovering well, it has emerged. The male German shepherd, which staff at the RSPCA nicknamed Hobo, was described as looking like a "walking skeleton" ...

Church conducts special blessing for animals Church conducts special blessing for animals

A church which is named after the patron saint of animals, St Francis's in Ormsgill, is conducting a special blessing for pets as a culmination to RSPCA Animal Action Week. The North-West Evening Mail reports that the church has ...

Reward offered for tunnelling terrier Reward offered for tunnelling terrier

The search continues for a missing dog that ran down a rabbit hole, according to reports. The Jack Russell ran down a riverside hole while chasing rabbits on the bank of the River Tees in Croft, North Yorkshire, according to the ...

Petplanet.co.uk joins up with SSPCA in Flyball Sponsorship at Crufts (Part2) Petplanet.co.uk joins up with SSPCA in Flyball Sponsorship at Crufts (Part2)

Petplanet.co.uk are pleased to announce that one of the Scottish Flyball Teams which have qualified for Crufts ... ...

Pet owners take moves to prevent theft Pet owners take moves to prevent theft

Pet owners have been advised that micro-chipping is a "responsible" way to protect against theft or loss, an industry expert has said. Healthy Pets Insurance revealed yesterday that in the event of an animal that has been ...

Pets 'feel credit crunch stress' Pets 'feel credit crunch stress'

Pets could be feeling the stress of the credit crunch as much as their owners, according to a source. James Morrisey, a vet New York's College of Veterinary Medicine of Cornell University, tells MSNBC.com animals often emulate the ...

SPCA calls for tougher firework rules SPCA calls for tougher firework rules

An animal charity is calling for tighter laws to control fireworks in order to prevent pets becoming so distressed, it has been reported. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) maintains tighter fireworks ...

Exotic pets 'cause illnesses' Exotic pets 'cause illnesses'

Exotic pets could be making young pet owners ill, it is beign claimed. US experts are maintaining that keeping lizards, turtles and "even" hedgehogs could be to blame for kids falling ill, it has been reported by CBBC Newsround. ...

Orphaned heron taught to fly Orphaned heron taught to fly

A pet lover has taught an orphaned baby heron to fly after his family was killed in a storm, it has been reported. Wildlife warrior Gary Zammit gave the bird flying lessons by running around and squawking while flapping his arms ...

Wayward dog cleans up his act Wayward dog cleans up his act

A dog who terrorised a fire station in Los Angeles has mended his ways and is now a lifesaver. Wilshire, a Dalmatian, was adopted by members of Fire Station 29 when he was a puppy, but he proved a real tearaway and the firefighters ...

Dog uses ski-lift Dog uses ski-lift

A snow-loving pet dog has worked out how to use a ski-lift. Guinness, a four-year-old collie, leaps up at a hand pull lift and grabs the bar between his teeth. The clever canine gets up to his tricks at the Glenshee Ski Centre. ...

Personality tests for picky pooches and moody moggies offered at rescue home Personality tests for picky pooches and moody moggies offered at rescue home

One animal rescue centre is offering a personality test to ensure that owners pick up a cat that suits them, it has been reported. Washington Animal Rescue League revealed the new process aims to ensure that people who intend to ...

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