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Five nods or you're out, Shanghai warns dog owners Five nods or you're out, Shanghai warns dog owners

In China, dog owners will be forced to attend a meeting with neighbours to seek their approval to have a dog. Residents in the Luwan Districts of Shanghai have been told they will need to get the nod from five neighbours to be ...

Cats 'manipulate' owners with a special purr Cats 'manipulate' owners with a special purr

New research has found that cats use a special purr to manipulate their owners into giving them what they want. A study by the University of Sussex has uncovered that crafty felines use the purr which proves irresistible to their ...

Hearing dog helps deaf 7-year-old Hearing dog helps deaf 7-year-old

A charity which provides canine help for deaf people has specially trained a group of pups to interact with young children with hearing difficulties. The youngest recipient of a helper dog, a two-year-old Labrador from Hearing Dogs ...

Cats rescued from house blaze Cats rescued from house blaze

Three cats have been pulled from a burning house and given treatment for their injuries by fire-fighters in Dorset. According to the Southern Daily Echo, the owners of the cats, Liz Bromley and Rachel Coles, were attending a BBC ...

MRI scans help diagnose pet problems in south Wales MRI scans help diagnose pet problems in south Wales

Pet owners in south Wales are using a technique more commonly found in hospitals to diagnose their animals' conditions. A mobile MRI scanner visits Bridge Veterinary Group in Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly each month courtesy of Burgess ...

Dog found in shed after 5 weeks in hills Dog found in shed after 5 weeks in hills

A dog which went missing for five weeks in hills at Ben Fhionnlaidh, near Glen Etive, has been found curled up in a shed 44 miles away from home. The old and partially deaf Springer Spaniel, called Olivier, ran off at the end of ...

Concerns mount over pet to owner MRSA transmission Concerns mount over pet to owner MRSA transmission

A new review has highlighted the septic syndromes and bite-related infections caused by cats and dogs. The study which is published in this month's issue of The Lancet is written by Dr Richard Oehler from the South Florida College ...

Dog owners 'worried about inherited diseases' Dog owners 'worried about inherited diseases'

The majority of dog owners are aware of possible health problems in their canine friends, but feel powerless to do anything about it, according to a new survey. Research carried out by the Blue Cross animal charity revealed that ...

Pets 'can help children learn vital life skills' Pets 'can help children learn vital life skills'

According to new research, owning a pet can help children learn vital life skills. Half of Brits think that having a companion, such as a cat, dog, rabbit, fish, hamster or reptile around the house helps to teach kids lessons in ...

Climbing feat earns pet 'Spider-cat' nickname Climbing feat earns pet 'Spider-cat' nickname

A feline daredevil who can climb 13 feet up the wall of a block of flats has earned the nickname Spider-cat for his superhero-like abilities. Seven-year-old Charlie, whose owner Hannah Smith lives on the first floor of the Falkirk ...

Kittens rescued after being dumped in the snow Kittens rescued after being dumped in the snow

A pair of four-month old kittens were found abandoned in the snow in Syresham, Northhamptonshire, earlier this week. They were left in a cardboard box next to a bus stop with no bedding or food in freezing temperatures. Good Samaritan ...

Stray cat rescued from 20ft drain Stray cat rescued from 20ft drain

A stray cat was at the centre of a major rescue operation when it fell down a 20-foot drain in Lincoln. The Lincolnshire Echo reported that the black and white cat, which is known to sleep in a nearby coal yard, was spotted at the ...

Dog saves house from chip pan blaze Dog saves house from chip pan blaze

A dog from Cowbridge in Wales saved her owner's house from fire damage after alerting him to a chip pan that had set alight. Cliff Harris had turned the chip pan on and left it while he went into his garage to work on restoring a ...

Cat with cataracts helped to see by brother and sister Cat with cataracts helped to see by brother and sister

A cat with sight difficulties has been helped to deal with his problem by his feline brother and sister. The cat, called Karrot, was born in a woodpile in a Sussex back garden along with his siblings Karlo and Kiki seven months ago, ...

Marley is Mills' best friend Marley is Mills' best friend

Heather Mills made a new friend as she cuddled up to one of the stars of the hit movie Marley & Me at a recent animal charity bash. The former Mrs McCartney was besotted by the golden Labrador retriever, which is just one of ...

Shadow minister backs pets bill for elderly Shadow minister backs pets bill for elderly

Pets could be allowed to stay with their beloved owners when they move to sheltered accommodation, after a high ranking shadow minister backed a government bill. Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson, who is also the shadow minister for older ...

Hamster coaxed out of bathroom cubby hole Hamster coaxed out of bathroom cubby hole

A hamster that escaped from its cage in the middle of the night and retreated to a hole in the owners' bathroom has been encouraged out of its hideaway by a piece of cheese, according to This Is Lancashire. The hermit hamster, called ...

Pet insurance 'vital' during recession Pet insurance 'vital' during recession

Households looking to save money during the recession have been advised not to dispense with pet insurance. A small monthly premium can save families from having to make the heartbreaking decision to put down their household pet ...

Pet memorial park planned Pet memorial park planned

Grieving animal lovers who have recently lost a pet will have the opportunity to plant a tree in honour of their dog. Christchurch City Council in New Zealand is offering dog owners a place to create a special tribute to their departed ...

Feline returned to owner after being missing for seven months Feline returned to owner after being missing for seven months

A lucky cat from Teesside has been returned to her owner seven months after going missing, according to reports. Sarah Robinson, a 21-year-old student living in the Park End area of Middlesbrough, told the Evening Gazette her pet ...

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