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Tesco: More pets insured than people Tesco: More pets insured than people

Britons value their pets lives more than their own, one personal finance firm is claiming. Tesco Finance claim nearly twice the number of health insurance policies have been taken out for pets in the UK than there have for people. ...

Dog put on diet for surgery Dog put on diet for surgery

Britain's biggest dog has been put on a crash diet to undergo a life-saving operation, it has been reported. Samson, who stands at six foot six inches when on his hind legs, ruptured a cruciate ligament but has been dubbed too heavy ...

Pet insurance education 'needed' Pet insurance education 'needed'

Lower income groups and the elderly should be targeted by educational campaigns in order to stress the importance of pet insurance, it is being claimed. Market research firm Datamonitor maintain such groups need to encouraged to ...

5m animal hospital set for Solihill 5m animal hospital set for Solihill

A "world class" animal hospital is set to be built in a Solihill town, it has been reported. The Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service will be built on a site at Shirley's Cranmore Business Park costing some £5 ...

Dog rescues kangaroo Dog rescues kangaroo

A dog has come to the rescue of a baby kangaroo. The joey's mother had been hit by a car and killed in Victoria, Australia while it was in her pouch. The furry little fellow would surely have died too had it not been for Rex. Th ...

Pet insurance market growing Pet insurance market growing

The market for pet insurance is growing rapidly. Research undertaken by Datamonitor has predicted that in Britain it will expand to almost £600 million in 2011 - up from nearly £380 million in 2006. With pet care costs ...

Mushers out in force Mushers out in force

Mushers will be out in force when the 25th annual Aviemore Sled Dog Rally takes place. The popular event, which this year is expected to attract more than 3,000 spectators, is due to take place on January 19th and 20th. Siberian ...

Pets 'could be at risk from TB' Pets 'could be at risk from TB'

Pets could be at risk of contracting TB as the disease has spread through wild animals and cattle, it has been reported. Figures show that in 2007 some 15 cats were infected compared to two recorded cases in 1998, according to the ...

Pet lovers asked for help Pet lovers asked for help

Clevedon's animal lovers are being asked to help homeless pets this Christmas, it has been reported. Mucky Pups Dog Grooming is collecting presents such as food, toys and bedding for homeless hounds and cats during the festive season, ...

Pets put down 'over treatment costs' Pets put down 'over treatment costs'

More than 1.6 million pet owners have had an animal put to sleep because they did not have pet insurance, new research suggests. Sainsbury's Bank claims its new study found that more than half of vets (51 per cent) have put down ...

Corky comes home Corky comes home

A missing moggy returned home safely on Monday (June 30th) after legging it following a recent burglary, it has been reported. The frail feline – who suffers from a brain condition – has been a scaredy cat ever since his ...

Bilbo could be back on beach Bilbo could be back on beach

A lifeguard dog who was banished from the beach may be allowed to return, it has been reported. Bilbo, the country's only canine lifeguard, is at the centre of talks between Penwith district council and the Royal National Lifeboat ...

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 ...

China clamps down on dogs China clamps down on dogs

State laws restricting pet lovers from owning dogs over a certain height are causing anger in China, it has been reported. Though pet ownership is booming in the East Asian nation, Beijing's inflexible laws governing the ownership ...

Missing dog catches ferry home Missing dog catches ferry home

A lost Jack Russell caught a ferry to return home to his owner. Jarvis' owner Vivienne Oxley spent an hour looking for the dog after he disappeared during a walk at Mount Edgcumbe on the Cornish side of Plymouth Sound. Mrs Oxley, ...

RSPCA viral raises awareness of overweight pets RSPCA viral raises awareness of overweight pets

A new viral advertising campaign from the RSPCA aims to boost awareness of the growing danger of pet obesity. The ad, Fed Up, which is part of the charity's Give Animals a Voice initiative, was created with the help of YouTube animator ...

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 ...

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