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Owner desperate to find missing pet snake Owner desperate to find missing pet snake

The owner of a five-ft carpet python has been searching for his beloved pet for ten days after it disappeared from his garden. Colonel vanished from a back garden in Newtownabbey during a recent spell of hot weather and distraught ...

Microchips urged for London dogs Microchips urged for London dogs

The number of stray dogs on the streets of London in the past year has increased, leading the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (BDCH) to urge pet owners in the city to get their dogs chipped. Figures released last week show that the ...

Pets can fly Pets can fly

Pets will now be able to travel in luxury after the launch of an animal-only airline in the US. With its first chartered flight planned for July 14th, leaving from New York and stopping at Washington, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles, ...

'Replace treats with play and praise' for healthier pets 'Replace treats with play and praise' for healthier pets

Pet owners should make sure they are treating their animals to play and praise to combat the risk of obesity, it has been claimed. Making its comments in Get Bracknell, Reading-based company Castle Vets states that rather than giving ...

Honda to introduce dog-friendly car Honda to introduce dog-friendly car

Global car manufacturer Honda is to attempt to boost sales of its six-year-old Element light truck by revamping it into a more dog-friendly version. The new model, unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, will include a ...

Pets permitted as hand luggage by Air Canada Pets permitted as hand luggage by Air Canada

Hand cream, snacks and a good magazine are standard hand luggage essentials when flying but Air Canada passengers can now add pets to that list. The airline has announced that it is permitting cats and dogs to fly with passengers ...

Dog stuck to ice is rescued Dog stuck to ice is rescued

A St Bernard trained for alpine rescue has been rescued by fire fighters after his tail got stuck to a frozen lake's surface in Montana, US. The dog, belonging to Gene Larson, had escaped from his house through an unlocked gate at ...

The return of the Boomtown Rats? The return of the Boomtown Rats?

A woman has trained her pet rats to hold tiny musical instruments. Photographer Ellen van Deelen, 51, gave treats to teach her pet rats, Moppy and Witje, to pose with a variety of different musical props. Now the talented pair ...

Robbie Williams spends thousands to visit pets Robbie Williams spends thousands to visit pets

Ex-Take That singer Robbie Williams has spent thousands of pounds to travel between London and Los Angeles just to see his pets. The star's dogs are in his home in the US and cannot join him in England until he receives permission ...

Disabled kitten adopted by veterinary surgery Disabled kitten adopted by veterinary surgery

A tiny kitten born with his back legs pointing in the wrong direction has been adopted by a veterinary surgery, the Press and Journal reports. Crathie resident Carol Hutton's cat had given birth to three kittens, but she was told ...

'Sharp rise' in abandoned dogs in Basingstoke 'Sharp rise' in abandoned dogs in Basingstoke

People in Basingstoke have been urged to think carefully about getting a pet after a sharp increase in the rise of abandoned dogs in the area. The Basingstoke Gazette reports that six dogs, including a tiny puppy, were abandoned ...

Lucky cat's roof fall broken by hero Lucky cat's roof fall broken by hero

A cat stuck on a roof in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, used up one of its nine lives on Monday (April 20th) when a rescuer accidentally lost his grip on the animal. With shoppers looking on to see the rescue of the black and white ...

Returned rabbit is not what it seems Returned rabbit is not what it seems

A Torquay rabbit owner has found out that her lost pet rabbit, Fluffy, has been replaced, rather than returned as she previously thought. Hours after Fluffy escaped from Kayleigh Irwin's home in Ellacombe, she and her partner Matthew ...

Cliff rescue for dog and puppy Cliff rescue for dog and puppy

A stranded dog and puppy have been rescued from a cliff by staff at the Ness Coastguard Rescue Team after a rising tide threatened to trap them. Inspectors from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) ...

Do you want a bone in that love? Do you want a bone in that love?

A new range of luxury ice cream has been developed just for dogs. Following the recent trend of pampering pets with coats and luxury dog houses, invariably it has now led to luxury foods. The frozen yoghurt treats come in three ...

Pet parakeet shocks customers in department store Pet parakeet shocks customers in department store

Customers in a John Lewis department store in Liverpool were shocked to see a colourful bird flying round the ladies' clothes section last week. The pet parakeet, a member of the parrot family, flew in through a store room window ...

Pets exhibiting odd behaviours Pets exhibiting odd behaviours

One in five cat and dog owners have seen their beloved pets demonstrate behaviour problems, according to new research. A study by Sainsbury's Finance highlights that the biggest problem experienced was damage being caused to the ...

Pet owners warned after eagle owl spotted Pet owners warned after eagle owl spotted

Pet lovers across the UK have been warned to be vigilant after reports of sightings of one of the world's biggest birds. A concerned resident of a Cardiff suburb informed the RSPCA after spotting the giant eagle owl swooping nearby. ...

Family pet beats the blues with antidepressants Family pet beats the blues with antidepressants

One dog's owners have spoken about how the animal equivalent of Prozac helped their family pet to beat the blues. Elizabeth and Andrew Bower, owner of Amber, a six-year-old Labrador, have told the Daily Mail how the pet turned from ...

Parrot learns disappearing act Parrot learns disappearing act

A family in Henham, Essex are spitting feathers after their much-loved family pet flew the nest. Skipper, an African grey parrot with a bright red tail, has been in the Moore family for 25 years, but the feathered felon made his ...

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