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Cat shot in Cov Cat shot in Cov

A six-year-old cat was left needing life-saving surgery following a pellet gun shooting in Coventry, it has been reported. Casper is the third cat to be treated for such wounds in the space of a few weeks, according to the Coventry ...

Group releases pet travel advice Group releases pet travel advice

An industry group has launched an advisory guide for owners planning on taking their pets on trips to foreign destinations. The British Veterinary Association's Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) has published its information source ...

Wet nose 'helps dogs scent' Wet nose 'helps dogs scent'

A wet nose can help dogs pick up scents, the latest research has suggested. In a study by scientists at Pennsylvania State University it was found moistness around the area can help canine's sense of smell. The work stated the ...

Lassie is top dog Lassie is top dog

Lassie has been named top dog in the search to find the best-loved TV canine. In a poll of 3,000 National Geographic Wild channel watchers, the adventurous animal beat off competition from many other well-known four-legged personalities. ...

Owners should 'think of pets' Owners should 'think of pets'

People should make sure they think of their pets during the upcoming holiday season, it has been claimed. According to Petside families should take steps to ensure their animals enjoy the celebrations as much as they do. The group ...

More people 'taking out pet insurance' More people 'taking out pet insurance'

An increasing number of Britons are taking measures to protect their pet's health, according to the latest figures. Research carried out by companiesandmarkets.com found the pet insurance industry has enjoyed strong growth in premium ...

Brits 'choosing pets over starting families' Brits 'choosing pets over starting families'

Some cash-strapped Britons are choosing pets ahead of starting a family, the latest research has suggested. A study carried out for Petplan found a quarter of those asked would opt for an animal as a substitute for children. The ...

Pet owners 'warned about insurance' Pet owners 'warned about insurance'

Pet owners are being warned of the repercussions of not having the correct medical cover for their animal this Christmas. According to Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), pets becoming ill over the festive period without policies could ...

Reptiles becoming popular pets Reptiles becoming popular pets

Growing numbers of Britons are warming to cold-blooded pets such as snakes and lizards, new figures show. According to new research from the Federation of British Herpetologists, as many as eight million reptiles are currently being ...

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 ...

Girls Aloud team with dog charity Girls Aloud team with dog charity

Popstars Girls Aloud are showing their animal-loving sides by supporting a scheme designed to help children learn how to look after their dogs. The five-piece girl group will be using Nintendo's Nintendogs programme to demonstrate ...

Children appeal for help over missing pet Children appeal for help over missing pet

Two young children are appealing for help after their beloved pet rabbit was snatched during the night. According to a report in the Stoke and Staffordshire Sentinel, Ben and Laura Baker of Gordon Road, Sandyford, woke at 08:00 GMT ...

Disabled rabbit 'gets wheelchair' Disabled rabbit 'gets wheelchair'

A disabled rabbit has found a new lease of life after its owner bought it a custom-made wheelchair, it has been reported. Zoe Holbourne, the bunny's owner, was advised by vets to have Ethel put down after the animal developed a mystery ...

Parrot prescribed Prozac Parrot prescribed Prozac

A parrot left traumatised by his owner's death has been prescribed Prozac to help him get over his loss. The African Grey called Fred was so heartbroken by the passing away of George Dance that he began biting all his neck feathers ...

Poop scoop giveaway hits County Durham Poop scoop giveaway hits County Durham

One north-east council has launched a campaign to clean its streets from dog dirt, it has been reported. Easington council is handing out free poop scoop bags in order to rid its streets of the unwanted mess, according to the Sunderland ...

Gallagher 'saves dog' Gallagher 'saves dog'

Noel Gallagher has saved a former Bond girl's beloved pet from a dognapping, it has been reported. The Oasis star came to the rescue when a hooded gang attempted to steal Caroline Munro's black Labrador, according to the Daily Mirror. ...

Overweight pets compete Overweight pets compete

Britain's fattest pets are battling it out in a slimming contest, it has been reported. Eight of the country's most overweight domesticated animals will embark on a 100-day diet in a bid to be crowned the 2008 pet fit club champion, ...

First-aid classes given to pet owners First-aid classes given to pet owners

Pet owners in Henley have been given lessons in how to administer first aid to their animals, it has been reported. The Veterinary Centre on Reading Road has set up the courses in order to educate owners following a spate of cut ...

Sapphire shines in Pet Idol Sapphire shines in Pet Idol

The Exeter Express & Echo has reported that rescue dog Sapphire shone brightly to win its Pet Idol competition. An 18-month-old German shepherd beat George the cat to be voted as the publication's readers favourite pet. The ...

'Suspected dog poisonings' in seaside town 'Suspected dog poisonings' in seaside town

A number of dogs have been poisoned in a Scottish seaside resort town, it has been reported. One pet collie has died and a further three other canines have been seriously injured in the suspected poisonings around the Oban area, ...

Police investigate cat poisonings Police investigate cat poisonings

Police in a North Yorkshire town are appealing for help following the poisoning of two cats in the area, it has been reported. According to the Pickering Gazette and Herald, it is suspected that at least four pet cats have been poisoned ...

Woman 'spends 40k' on pampering pooches Woman 'spends 40k' on pampering pooches

A pet lover has splashed out tens of thousands of pounds on her beloved dogs. Louise Harris, from Essex, claims she has spent £40,000 on bringing up her two Yorkshire Terriers. The 29-year-old pooch pamperer has bought the ...

Pet lovers 'worried about renting' Pet lovers 'worried about renting'

A pair of pet lovers have spoken out over the difficulty of finding animal-friendly rental accommodation, it has been reported. The couple - Ashley Glendale and Anthony Styles - say they had to vacate their home yesterday (November ...

Cat caught in gin trap Cat caught in gin trap

A West Yorkshire cat has lost a leg after being caught in an illegal trap, it has been reported. Fluff was found screaming in an outlawed "gin trap" and needed to have its limb amputated as a result of her injuries, according ...

Brits 'believe in animal welfare' Brits 'believe in animal welfare'

The majority of Brits believe that animal welfare is a key priority for a civilised society, it has been claimed. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), its latest research found that 80 ...

Man imprisoned for attacking dog Man imprisoned for attacking dog

A man caught on CCTV launching a vicious attack on his pet dog has been jailed. John Martell, 40, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his Staffordshire bull-terrier-type dog, Madison, and was imprisoned for 12 weeks ...

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 ...

Vet charges 'will result in animals suffering' Vet charges 'will result in animals suffering'

The decision to reintroduce vet prescription charges will result in an increasing number of pets being abandoned or destroyed, it has been claimed. Geoff Watson, director of Hyperdrug Pharmaceuticals in County Durham, told the Sunday ...

Police patrol to protect pets Police patrol to protect pets

Police have had to step up patrols on a Carlisle estate to protect pets, it has been reported. Local policing patrols were stepped up due to the extent of residents' concerns about increasing attacks on cats and dogs on the Carleton ...

Exotic pets found in raid Exotic pets found in raid

Hundreds of exotic pets have been found following a raid on two houses in Oldham, it has been reported. Police discovered the animals alongside drugs, jewellery and a machete, according to BBC News. Sergeant Rob Haworth, from Greater ...

Pregnant pets 'suffer morning sickness' Pregnant pets 'suffer morning sickness'

Pregnant pets have the same needs as pregnant women, it is claimed. German veterinarian Thomas Steidl claims that animals also suffer from morning sickness and other symptoms that are prevalent in pregnant humans. Mr Steidl advises ...

Animal lovers 'told to entertain pets' Animal lovers 'told to entertain pets'

Pet owners are being instructed to provide stimulating entertainment for their animals, it has been reported. Cat and dog lovers will have to adhere to a code of practice which includes advice on diet and providing somewhere for ...

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 ...

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 ...

'Hero dog' raises alarm 'Hero dog' raises alarm

A pet dog has been dubbed as a hero after it raised the alarm after a neighbours' firework set fire to a Grimsby couple's garden shed, it has been reported. The Roachs believe three-year-old pooch Lexie protected them by flagging ...

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