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PDSA offer 'pet MOT' PDSA offer 'pet MOT'

One animal charity is offering dog lovers the chance to get their four-legged friend's health checked out for free. The PDSA's PetCheck tour will tour the country in order to give man's furry friends a once over, whether they are ...

Home-made pet food 'saves cash' Home-made pet food 'saves cash'

Pet owners can save money by supplementing commercial pet foods with homemade varieties, it has been reported. Owners can pick up scrap bits of fish, such as heads, tails and carcasses, from fishmongers for a number of pence if anything ...

Couple banned from keeping pets Couple banned from keeping pets

A Yorkshire court has banned a couple from keeping pets for life after it was discovered they restricted their two pet dogs to their kitchen, it has been reported. Harrogate magistrates' court heard how Michael Forrester, 53, and ...

Pet dogs shot dead Pet dogs shot dead

One pet-loving family has been left shell-shocked following a vicious attack on their beloved dogs which were left dead after an early morning shooting, it has been reported. Navestock farmer Elizabeth Swan is pleading for help to ...

Take your dog to work Take your dog to work

Dog Magazine and UK pet charity the Blue Cross are teaming up to hold this year's Take Your Dog to Work Day. Pet lovers might be interested to hear the charity is preparing dog owners with training tips to help prepare their furry ...

Tortoise's trip to tip Tortoise's trip to tip

One family pet was thrown out with the garden rubbish by accident, it has been reported. Fred, a 30-year-old tortoise, was loitering in the litter when the binliner of grass cuttings was taken to a landfill site where the shelled ...

Olympets deemed a success Olympets deemed a success

More than 300 hundred dogs took part in Hong Kong's Olympic Games for pets, it has been reported. Dubbed the "Olympets", a host of house hounds ranging from Labradors to Chihuahuas took to the track in a variety of events ...

Ayia Napa embraces holidaying hounds Ayia Napa embraces holidaying hounds

One holiday resort has opened its very first pet-friendly beach for holidaying dog lovers, it has been reported. The popular holiday island of Ayia Napa introduced its first legal beach exclusively for four-legged friends after complaints ...

Dog saves six kittens Dog saves six kittens

A two-year-old dog in Reno, Nevada, has been credited as rescuing six abandoned kittens. The dog was turned over to the Nevada Humane Society after carrying out the heroic act, reports the Associated Press. Diane Blankenburg, the ...

Pedigree pets 'more likely to need the vet' Pedigree pets 'more likely to need the vet'

Pedigree pets cost their owners more than 15 per cent more in vet bills than non-pedigree breeds, according to latest research. A survey from Saga Pet Insurance has revealed that the average vet bill in the UK is £320.92, but ...

Woman banned from keeping a pet Woman banned from keeping a pet

A Greater Manchester woman has been banned from keeping animals for 15 years after allowing her pet dog to starve, losing half its weight, the RSPCA claims. Jeanette Oliver, 39, provided such an unsubstantial diet to her 14-month ...

Dog behaviour examined Dog behaviour examined

Dogs are becoming increasingly clever and are learning morals from their human owners, it is being claimed. Scientists maintain the fact that dogs play rarely escalates into a fight shows the animals abide by social rules, it is ...

3-legged dog takes a ride 3-legged dog takes a ride

A three-legged trainspotting dog was become a regular attraction on board a locomotive steam train, it has been reported. Peggy, who lost her leg in a car accident, often hobbles six miles from her Denbighshire home in Rhewl to the ...

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. ...

'Celebs to blame' for surge in trophy dogs 'Celebs to blame' for surge in trophy dogs

The celebrity circus has fuelled interest in so-called 'handbag dogs', it is being claimed. Sainsbury's Finance maintains the publicity around celebs such as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Geri Halliwell and their ...

Army Penguin honoured Army Penguin honoured

One penguin has been awarded a medal by the king of Norway, it has been reported. Nils Olav is the colonel-in-chief of the Norwegian army and was inspecting his regiment - the king's guard - in a parade in Edinburgh before he received ...

Unwanted pets 'destroying UK waterways' Unwanted pets 'destroying UK waterways'

Pet owners are being warned to think about how they dispose of their unwanted pets after some real-life ninja turtles are wreaking havoc on the country's waterways, it has been reported. British Waterways claims many invasive species ...

Pooch swallows golf ball Pooch swallows golf ball

One South-coast bulldog unwittingly swallowed a golf ball in mid-flight and then continued running around in circles looking for it, it has been reported. The pooch had to undergo surgery at the Bournemouth People's Dispensary for ...

Hong Kong pet Olympics Hong Kong pet Olympics

One Chinese pet shop is holding a rival sporting event for animals during the Olympic Games in Beijing, it has been reported. The Hong Kong store is running the alternative games designed to promote sport for animals in the city, ...

Brutal rabbit attack Brutal rabbit attack

A Dundee pet lover is sickened by the brutal abduction and murder of her family pet rabbit, it has been reported. Misty, a three-year-old rabbit, was taken from her hutch on Monday morning and her fur was dumped back in the family's ...

Take pets on holiday, it is urged Take pets on holiday, it is urged

Travellers are being urged to take their pets away on holiday with them this summer, it has been reported. Ferry crossings company Stena Line is calling on pet lovers to avoid separation anxiety by taking their four-legged friends ...

Caring cat scoops oscar Caring cat scoops oscar

A moggy has been awarded the Cats Protection League's rescue award for the constant protection she provides to her owner. Speedy, a two-year-old tabby from Suffolk, has been recognised as the Rescue Cat of the Year 2008 after caring ...

Doggies got talent comp launched Doggies got talent comp launched

A new TV-inspired talent show for dogs has been launched in County Durham port town, it has been reported. Dog trainer David Shaw is searching for pretty pooches in a Britain's Got Talent-style event for canines, according to the ...

Healthy diet prolongs dogs' lives, says PDSA Healthy diet prolongs dogs' lives, says PDSA

A healthy diet can help increase pets' life expectancies by up to two years, one leading charitable trust is claiming. Veterinary charity PDSA has maintained its new research shows that dogs fed a suitable diet containing the appropriate ...

Canines celebrated at carnival Canines celebrated at carnival

A Southend dog show this weekend attracted a range of four-legged friends that came in an array of colours, shapes and sizes, it has been reported. The Southend Carnival pet show yesterday lured a number of dogs ranging from petite ...

Tortoise pinched from party Tortoise pinched from party

An Andover woman was distraught when she discovered her tortoise had been stolen, it has been reported. Pamela Todd, from Claudius Close, was at a wedding when Squeak abandoned his brother Bubble on his own in the tank they once ...

Dog devours stick Dog devours stick

A pet dog was left needing surgery after swallowing a two-foot stick. Hector, an 11-stone Great Dane, devoured the 25-inch conifer branch and even managed to finish off his tea before refusing breakfast the following morning, prompting ...

Honey bear hooks up with toy lemur Honey bear hooks up with toy lemur

A lonely bear has become inseparable from a toy lemur, which bears a mighty resemblance to the animal, it has been reported. Kito, a tiny kinkajou, was bought the £1 toy from a charity shop to keep him company in a move which ...

Dogs can catch yawn too, says research Dogs can catch yawn too, says research

It has long been known that yawning is contagious between humans but scientists have discovered that pet dogs can catch the tiresome bug too, it has been reported. Researchers at the University of London's Birbeck College claim canines ...

Credit crunch to blame for pets abandonment, says charity Credit crunch to blame for pets abandonment, says charity

The credit crunch is not only impacting the lives of homeowners but it is resulting in an increase in the number of pets being abandoned, one animal charity claims. Powys Animal Welfare Trust said it has seen a doubling in the number ...

Booger's back in first commercial pet clone Booger's back in first commercial pet clone

A South Korean firm has claimed it has cloned the first commercial pet dog. RNL Bio, a cell therapy organisation from Seoul, has made five cloned puppies from a US woman's dead pit bull Booger. A team of the company's scientists ...

Dog beaten by burglar Dog beaten by burglar

An intruder who had broken into a Surrey house subjected a tiny pet pooch to an "appalling attack", according to police. The burglar was confronted by Tyson, a one-and-a-half-year old Shitsu, and kicked the animal repeatedly ...

Dog saves missing walker Dog saves missing walker

A rescue dog helped to find a pensioner who was lost for 13 hours after becoming tangled in weeds, it has been reported. Malcolm Gomme-Duncan, 76 and from near Alnwick, was stuck in thistles, nettles and brambles on Saturday night ...

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, ...

Cat takes 6,500-mile trip Cat takes 6,500-mile trip

Workers in Mansfield took delivery of a container and found a cat inside which had come all the way from Taiwan, it has been reported. Ginger, as the feline has been dubbed, accidentally made a 6,500-mile journey in the shipping ...

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