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Insurance warning against pet damage Insurance warning against pet damage

Pet owners are being urged to check their home insurance policies to make sure they are covered in case their animals cause damage to their property this bonfire night. Independent financial research firm Defaqto claims that people ...

Dogs 'read faces' Dogs 'read faces'

Scientists have claimed that dogs have evolved their face reading skills to detect their owners' moods, it has been reported. The researchers maintain the animals look for signs of anger, irritation or happiness in a person's face ...

TV star's tortoise finds love TV star's tortoise finds love

TV star Ruth Jones' pet tortoise has found love, according to reports. The Gavin and Stacey actress' beloved companion recently went missing for five weeks, eventually turning up at Cardiff's Lamby Way after climbing into a dustbin ...

Protect Your Pet This Bonfire Night Protect Your Pet This Bonfire Night

Every year, the flashes and bangs of the fireworks season bring misery to Britain's pets ...

'Take care of pets' during firework season 'Take care of pets' during firework season

Animal lovers have been reminded to take extra care this year to avoid their pets becoming injured or distressed during the fireworks season, it has been reported. Barnet council has advised pet owners to consider the effects bonfire ...

Cat contest held Cat contest held

Hundreds of pet owners competed at a regional cat show this weekend, it has been reported. Animal lovers descended upon Doncaster Dome on Saturday (October 25th) to battle it out for glory at this year's Yorkshire County Cat Show, ...

Hero dog saves kittens Hero dog saves kittens

A pet dog has been dubbed a hero after saving a litter of kittens from a fire. Leo, a Jack Russell cross, risked his own life by standing guard over a litter of kittens as a blaze tore through a family house in Melbourne, Australia. ...

Supermarket cat found Supermarket cat found

A missing supermarket cat has been found safe and well, it has been reported. Pebbles, who lives in a Sainsbury's store, disappeared after biting a four-year-old boy in the supermarket, according to the Scarborough Evening News. ...

RSPCA cannot confirm missing cat numbers RSPCA cannot confirm missing cat numbers

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has revealed it can not confirm exactly how many pet cats have gone missing in the so-called "Perrmuda Triangle" neighborhood in the West Midlands, it has ...

Perrmuda Triangle claims 45 cats Perrmuda Triangle claims 45 cats

Scores of pet cats have disappeared in a six street radius, which is now being dubbed the "Purrmuda Triangle". The bodies of the 45 cats that disappeared from the Woolaston suburb in the West Midlands have never been found. ...

Most unusual pet names announced Most unusual pet names announced

The world's most unusual pet names have been revealed, according to a source. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) has conducted research involving 4650,000 animals to uncover the strangest monikers, reported the Chicago Tribune. The ...

Exercise is 'important in pet welfare' Exercise is 'important in pet welfare'

Exercise has a vital part to play in the health and wellbeing of pets, according to an expert. A spokesperson for the Pet Food Manufacturers Association claims animals should be kept active in order for them to remain in good shape. ...

Dog's barking saves owner from fire Dog's barking saves owner from fire

A teenage girl in Wrexham, north Wales had a lucky escape recently when her pet dog rescued her from a fire. Labrador Jess alerted her owner 16-year-old Rachael Appleby to the blaze by barking downstairs, reports the Evening Leader. ...

Pet owners 'unaware their animals are overweight' Pet owners 'unaware their animals are overweight'

Many pet owners are unaware their beloved companions are overweight, it has been claimed. According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, some people are also oblivious to the damage weight problems can cause their pets, with ...

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 ...

Pet owners warned over electronics Pet owners warned over electronics

Britons have been warned of the dangers electronic equipment present to their pets. A survey of 3,000 animal owners by Petplan found cutting-edge technology regularly found in UK homes could cause an injury to cats, rabbits, dogs ...

Westminster dog awards Westminster dog awards

A UK Independence Party MP has won the Westminster dog of the year competition, it has been reported. Bob Spink, who defected from the Conservatives this year, won the contest with his two greyhounds, Fozzy Bear and Jessie, according ...

Purrfect police officer retires Purrfect police officer retires

London's last remaining station cat has retired after 11 years of service working for the Snow Hill police division, it has been reported. Reagan was hired by the force when he was eight months old along with another feline, Carter, ...

Pets perish in blaze Pets perish in blaze

A family's pets were wiped out in a house fire yesterday (October 14th), it has been reported. Two dogs and a hamster died in the blaze at a house on the corner of Chaucer Way, Royston, according to the Cambridge News. Six fire ...

High vet bills 'worry owners' High vet bills 'worry owners'

Animal illness and high vet bills are major worries for pet owners in the UK, it is being suggested by a new survey. The research conducted by Saga found more than nine out of every ten pet owners are concerned at the thought of ...

MP calls for pet monkey ban MP calls for pet monkey ban

A Shropshire MP is calling for the closure of a loophole in animal welfare laws that enable people to keep primates as pets, it has been reported. Mark Pritchard, Conservative MP for The Wrekin, claims unacceptable suffering is ...

Cat enjoys hanging around Cat enjoys hanging around

One pet cat is happiest when she is hanging around in her owner's garden, it has been reported. Flossie has been performing acrobatics on her master Jean Pullinger's washing line for years and is yet to lose one of her nine lives, ...

Pet owners in dog house over neglect Pet owners in dog house over neglect

Dog owners have blamed their spiralling debts as the reason they neglected their four animals, it has been reported. Cambridge Magistrates' Court heard the "emaciated" German shepherds were found living in a garden littered ...

Dogs distressed by divorce Dogs distressed by divorce

Pets who come from broken homes suffer mental anguish due to the separation of their masters, it is being claimed. A study carried out by the Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) suggests that when their owners split, animals ...

Cats targeted by airguns Cats targeted by airguns

Pet owners could be interested to hear cats are being targeted in airgun attacks, it has been reported. Two cats were shot in near fatal attacks which left them needing more than £4,000 worth of medical treatment, according ...

Dog virus strikes Dog virus strikes

One vets is warning dog owners of a potentially fatal disease following a spate of cases in Inverness, it has been reported. According to the Press and Journal, one dog has already died from parvovirus and several more have had to ...

Pets prevent cancer? Pets prevent cancer?

Owning a pet can reduce people's chances of developing cancer, it has been reported. Researchers have found that regular exposure to either cats or dogs can reduce the likelihood of suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according ...

Donkey dines with family Donkey dines with family

One unusual family pet is a regular around her masters' dining table, it has been reported. Holly the donkey enjoys munching on fruit or French toast while her owners tuck into the breakfast, according to the Metro. Jackie Ferrier, ...

Church welcoming pets for special service Church welcoming pets for special service

A vicar has sent out an official invite for his parishioners to bring their pets to a special service this weekend. Father Stephen Hoy from St John the Baptist church in Lincoln has been holding special services in recognition of ...

CD therapy for dogs CD therapy for dogs

One animal welfare charity is urging dog owners to start preparing their pets to minimise the misery suffered on bonfire night. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is appealing to people to use sound ...

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. ...

Dog wins Pet Idol Dog wins Pet Idol

The winner of a Wrexham newspaper's Pet Idol has been announced, it has been reported. According to the Wrexham Evening Leader, it has bestowed the award on a two-year old Staffordshire bull terrier cross. Clwyd and owner David ...

Cat lover falls from tree Cat lover falls from tree

A woman fell out of a tree while trying to rescue her cat, it has been reported. Neighbours feared Angela Axten was dead following the fall as she was trying to help free her beloved animal, according to the Surrey Herald. Her cat ...

Jennifer Aniston pampers her pet Jennifer Aniston pampers her pet

Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston has been treating her canine companion to therapy sessions including Reiki treatments, massages and acupuncture. The former Friends actress's pet corgi-terrier Norman is treated to $250 (£143) ...

Pet insurance plan launched Pet insurance plan launched

A new pet insurance plan has been announced in a bid to ensure more cats and dogs are covered. Sainsbury's Finance has launched the new low-cost pet insurance scheme. Under the plan, owners will be offered £3,000 towards the ...

Dog survives shark attack Dog survives shark attack

An animal lover fought off a shark attack as he rescued his dog, according to reports. Greg Le Noir punched a five-foot shark which had attacked his pet terrier. The Florida resident shouted and lashed out at the predator as it ...

Emergency vets to open Emergency vets to open

An emergency pet clinic in Portsmouth will offer an out-of-hours veterinary service to animals in need, it has been reported. Vets Now will provide all-night cover for a range of vet clinics in the area as well as a clinic service ...

Pet hotel opens Pet hotel opens

A luxury £2.5 million hotel has opened offering pets a place to rest their weary paws and rest. Elmtree Luxury Pet Hotel has opened its doors as London's first luxury boarding kennels and cattery and is offering pampered pooches ...

Cat poisoned by anti-freeze Cat poisoned by anti-freeze

A pet owner is warning others to be aware of the dangers of anti-freeze, it has been reported. Kim Halliday spoke out after watching her beloved pet cat die after being poisoned by the liquid, according to the Bracknell Forest Standard. ...

Dog olympics held in Leeds Dog olympics held in Leeds

A Yorkshire city's pet owners took part in the Doggy Olympics this weekend (September 28th), it has been reported. Leeds dog lovers fought it out against each other to win the event's medals at a shop in Tingley on Sunday, according ...

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