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Smokers urged to consider pets' health Smokers urged to consider pets' health

Vets from the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) are urging pet owners to consider the effects of smoking on their animal companions. Two years after the smoking ban was launched, many pets are still exposed to second-hand ...

Cat saved after swallowing painkiller Cat saved after swallowing painkiller

A cat that swallowed a paracetamol tablet was saved after being given an antidote at hospital. Smudge was taken to a vet by owner Becka Johnson after she noticed a paracetamol tablet was missing and her cat was very drowsy. The ...

Bengal cat returns home ? after two years Bengal cat returns home ? after two years

A Bengal cat named Blue has finally found his way home after two years. The Daily Echo reports that owner Lisa Ashley and her seven-year-old daughter Jessica were devastated when Blue vanished from their Wickham home over Christmas ...

Lassie named top dog as classic TV pets stand the test of time Lassie named top dog as classic TV pets stand the test of time

Nostalgic classics reign strong over modern rivals as TVís four-legged legend Lassie is voted the UKís favourite ever on-screen pet ...

Cats take 300-mile trip Cats take 300-mile trip

Two cats have finally been reunited with their owners after a 300-mile trip in the back of a removal van. Bolivar and Checko got more than they had bargained for when they snuck into the back of the van while their owners were getting ...

Parrots help man talk again Parrots help man talk again

An American fire-fighter who suffered severe brain injuries in a traffic accident in 1995 has been helped to speak again by his two pet parrots. Doctors told the man, who was also paralyzed in the accident, that he would not be able ...

Charity appeals to pet owners to get animals microchipped Charity appeals to pet owners to get animals microchipped

A charity has appealed to pet owners to have their furry friends equipped with a microchip. The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) made the appeal yesterday (July 16th), reports the Irish Times. Doors ...

Abandoned pet lands new job Abandoned pet lands new job

An abandoned pet Labrador has found a new job as a sniffer dog with the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland, which is responsible for searching the countries rail network and trains. He was watched in a busy police station ...

Dog rescued from 100 ft hole Dog rescued from 100 ft hole

A dog owner could only look on in horror as her pet Springer Spaniel fell down a 100-foot deep crater on land owned by Prince Charles. The crater was formed in February when thousands of tonnes of earth crashed into an unused mineshaft, ...

Hamster survives being abandoned in freezing weather Hamster survives being abandoned in freezing weather

A hamster is lucky to be alive after it was dumped by the roadside in freezing temperatures, reports the Daily Record. Nicknamed Frosty, she was found by Gemma Bennett on her way to work on the road between Leven and Cupar, Fife. ...

Blinded soldier helped by guide dog Blinded soldier helped by guide dog

A former lance corporal from Liverpool who was blinded in Iraq has received a canine companion in the form of Labrador retriever called Hugo. Twenty-three-year-old Craig Lundberg lost his vision during an insurgent attack in Basra ...

Pets 'never had it so good in India' Pets 'never had it so good in India'

Pets are having the time of their life in India with the opening of grooming salons and the launch of special dog products, according to one source. The Times of India reports that there is a growing trend for pet pampering in Delhi, ...

Hamster let out of dog waste bin Hamster let out of dog waste bin

A hamster that was dumped in a street bin for dog waste has made a lucky escape after a resident rescued him. Carl Worcester, who lives on the same road as the bin in Oxford, saw some children gathered around it and later went up ...

Owners giving dogs human names Owners giving dogs human names

There appears to be a growing trend of pet owners giving their prize pooches human names, according to new research. As more owners see their dogs as part of the family, the names Fido, Patch and Rover are becoming obsolete, while ...

Sainsbury's announces 20% off pet insurance Sainsbury's announces 20% off pet insurance

Pet owners looking to reduce their outgoings during the recession have been given a helping hand by Sainsbury's, which has announced a discount on its pet insurance service. Those looking to make savings on veterinary bills, costs ...

Cat travels 40 miles under a lorry Cat travels 40 miles under a lorry

A cat survived a 40-mile trip under a carpet lorry without any injuries. The short-haired tabby had climbed into a space near the lorry's air brake and axle and was only found when staff at a carpet shop in Dersingham heard her meowing. ...

Pet owners 'often can't be bothered to walk dogs' Pet owners 'often can't be bothered to walk dogs'

Brits' laziness could be having an impact on the health of their pets, according to a new report. Research by the private healthcare chain Nuffield Health, which investigated people's couch potato habits, found that half of dog owners ...

Kennel Club calls for beaches to open to dogs in the summer Kennel Club calls for beaches to open to dogs in the summer

The Kennel Club is calling on dog owners to support a proposal to allow dogs on beaches all year round. Under current regulations, seasonal dog orders will be enforced from May 1st, meaning dogs are banned from the sand unless their ...

Cat found high on drugs Cat found high on drugs

Cat owners in Cape Town, South Africa have received a warning by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) after their pet was found with traces of opiate in its system. The one-year-old cat, Sipho, was taken to ...

Bunny has two noses Bunny has two noses

A pet shop in Connecticut, US, which received a delivery of dwarf rabbits last week found a surprising addition to one of the bunnies - it had two noses. Staff at Purr-Fect Pets in Milford did a double-take when they first saw the ...

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