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UK dogs 'unfit' UK dogs 'unfit'

Half of all dogs in the UK are overweight, it is begin claimed by one charitable organisation. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) maintains that the risk of having an overweight dog is heightened for ...

Pet food up 'due to crunch' Pet food up 'due to crunch'

The credit crunch has resulted in soaring pet food prices, it has been reported. A number of charities are blaming the current financial climate for the surge in animals being handed into the care of charitable organisations, according ...

Mosque allows guide dogs in Mosque allows guide dogs in

A UK mosque has made a special allowance to enable an 18-year-old blind Muslim permission to bring his guide dog into the place of worship, it has been reported. Dogs are deemed unclean in Islam and are therefore not allowed in temple ...

Muzzle all dogs, says woman Muzzle all dogs, says woman

A Cambridgeshire cat owner is calling for all dogs to be muzzled after her beloved pet was mauled by a canine, it has been reported. Janey Griffiths's call comes after neighbour Carol Gibbs also witnessed her feline friend Zack being ...

'Beloved bunny' pinched from hutch 'Beloved bunny' pinched from hutch

A little girl has been inundated with calls from caring Malvern pet owners after her rabbit was stolen from her family's back garden, it has been reported. Her mother Becki Mathieson claims the family could set up their own rabbit ...

Rabbit disease 'resurges' Rabbit disease 'resurges'

There has been a resurgence in the number of domestic rabbits being struck down by a contagious and lethal disease, it is being claimed by one pet charity. Animal welfare organisation PDSA maintains it has recorded a distinct rise ...

Mother calls for road safety Mother calls for road safety

A Lancashire woman is calling for road safety measures to be introduced on her road following the death of her two cats, it has been reported. Michelle Pennington's beloved four-legged friends were mowed down outside their family ...

Dog dirt to be DNA tested Dog dirt to be DNA tested

In pet news from the continent, Italian dog owners are being warned their dogs dirt could lead to them being tracked down and fined, it has emerged. A northern Italian town is proposing to create a database of all registered dogs ...

PDSA sends ‘virtual vets’ to help in the classroom PDSA sends ‘virtual vets’ to help in the classroom

As the new school term gets under way, leading veterinary charity PDSA is set to liven up the UK’s classrooms by sending its ‘virtual vets’ into lessons to help school children learn about caring for their pets properly ...

Pet insurance 'boom' Pet insurance 'boom'

The pet insurance market is one of the quickest booming sectors in the market, it has been reported. An increasing number of people are taking out cover for their beloved four legged friends, according to the Aberdeen Press and Journal ...

Pet insurance market to 'reach £700m' Pet insurance market to 'reach £700m'

The pet insurance sector is set to grow over the next four years, it has been claimed today. Latest research figures compiled by Datamonitor claim the market will reach around £700 million by 2012. The source claims the industry ...

Insurance cut back is 'worrying' Insurance cut back is 'worrying'

Animal lovers have today been warned to ensure they do not cut back on pet insurance during the credit crunch. A study by American Express Insurance Services claims 17 per cent of consumers say they will save money by putting a stop ...

RSPCA to bring in clairvoyant RSPCA to bring in clairvoyant

An animal welfare charity is set to give pet lovers in one Lancashire city the chance to speak to their four legged friends, it has been reported. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Preston is inviting ...

Microchips are on council Microchips are on council

One Country Durham council is offering animal lovers the chance to get their pets microchipped for free, it has been reported. Easington district council is offering the opportunity to pet owners to bring down their four legged friends ...

Fouling dogs given red card Fouling dogs given red card

Rugby players in one Yorkshire village have declared war on irresponsible pet owners, it has been reported. Dogs have been banned from Eversley Park playing fields in Sherburn-in-Elmet because of dog walkers failing to clear up their ...

Roaming reptile returns to shell-shocked owners Roaming reptile returns to shell-shocked owners

One pet tortoise has returned to her owner's garden after doing a runner last month, it has been reported. Sioux escaped from her Bellingdon garden, near Chesham, on August 7th leaving her owners searching for her everyday, according ...

Credit crunch leads to animal suffering, vet warns Credit crunch leads to animal suffering, vet warns

A top vet has warned that sick pets are suffering because of the current financial downturn, it has been reported. BBC Animal Hospital's David Grant claimed pet owners are struggling due to the cost of the animals' treatments, according ...

Pooches dogged by family break ups Pooches dogged by family break ups

More than 63,000 cats and dogs suffer mental anguish when their masters separate, one new study is suggesting. One insurer maintains the number of claims linked to behavioural problems for canines and felines from broken homes have ...

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 ...

Disturbing amount of animals put down, says PDSA Disturbing amount of animals put down, says PDSA

A veterinary charity claims the number of reports of pets being put to sleep due to owners not being able to afford treatment costs is disturbing, it has been reported. PDSA described many cases of animals being put to sleep due ...

Peacemaking pets 'live in harmony' Peacemaking pets 'live in harmony'

Scientists reveal their new study is suggesting that cats and dogs do get on after all. Researchers from Tel Aviv University claim a series of interviews they conducted has found that two-thirds of animal lovers who owned both canines ...

Sugar glider flies into UK homes Sugar glider flies into UK homes

One native Australasian animal is being tipped to become the new exotic pet of choice in the UK. The sugar glider, native to Australia and New Guinea, can glide for up to 200 feet thanks to a stretchy membrane they have across their ...

University opens doors to pet University opens doors to pet

Students are being given the chance to bring their pets into lecture halls and university residences in order to help them cope with the pressures of college life, it has been reported. The University of Sussex has given an agoraphobic ...

Pussy back after decade away Pussy back after decade away

A pet cat has been returned to its owner after going missing almost ten years ago. Dixie was picked up by an RSPCA officer in Linton Walk, Erdington in August after he was seen loitering in the area for two months. When the feline's ...

Dog takes to the stand Dog takes to the stand

One Parisian pooch has made history in becoming the first four-legged witness to be called to testify in a French court, it has been reported. Scooby was called to the witness box after a veterinarian recommended that Judge Thomas ...

Abandoned dog in safe hands Abandoned dog in safe hands

A distressed Lancashire dog is being nursed back to health after being abandoned in a field, it has been reported. The abused Rottweiler from Bolton is now in the capable hands of the Animals in Distress Sanctuary, according to the ...

Obi is hearing dog of month Obi is hearing dog of month

One Taunton dog has been named Hearing Dog of the Month by a charity for his work helping his deaf owner, it has been reported. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has recognised Obi's contributions towards assisting his owner, Dot Piper, ...

Therapy 'makes firework fears go up in smoke' Therapy 'makes firework fears go up in smoke'

Pets should be prepared for bonfire night so they are not afraid when the big night comes, the RSPCA has said. According to the pet charity, dog owners should offer their pooches sound therapy to get them used to the sudden bangs ...

Cat-astrophe for Catapult victim Cat-astrophe for Catapult victim

One family cat lost its eye after it was shot by a catapult, it has been reported. Gingie was hit in the eye with a marble-sized piece of lead and suffered a broken eye socket, according to the West Sussex Times. The two-year-old ...

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 ...

Pellet pops off one of pussy's nine lives Pellet pops off one of pussy's nine lives

A Pennine family has warned pet lovers to be aware of the danger of air gun attacks on pets, it has been reported. The Halls, of Castle Hill, were horrified when they found their seven-year-old family cat had been shot and was left ...

'Superdog' saved by train wheel 'Superdog' saved by train wheel

A dog in Wiltshire has been dramatically healed in just three days after being hit by a train, it has been reported. Homer the Labrador went missing while out on a walk with his owner and collided with a train, causing a huge wound ...

Great Danes 'the most expensive' Great Danes 'the most expensive'

The Great Dane breed of dog is the most expensive type of canine to own, it has been claimed. Research has shown that over its lifetime the doggy giant is more likely to scratch doors and rip furniture covers than other breeds, esure ...

£10,000 dog accessory sets available for treasured pets £10,000 dog accessory sets available for treasured pets

A company is now offering high-quality jewel-studded accessories for the pampered pooches of the fashion-minded pet owner. The collar and lead sets are made of handcrafted English bridle leather and garnished with nine-carat gold, ...

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 ...

Peru passes new dog law Peru passes new dog law

One South American neighbourhood has passed a new law prohibiting families from owning more than one pet dog, it has been reported. Animal lovers in Peruvian capital, Lima, will face hefty fines if they are found to be keeping two ...

Fire kills dog Fire kills dog

One family has been left devastated following a house fire which claimed the lives of their beloved pet, it has been reported. The Northamptonshire household was gutted by a blaze on Saturday morning while the occupants were out, ...

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