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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 ...

Pets stolen by dog-nappers returned Pets stolen by dog-nappers returned

A family from Mold whose dogs were taken by thieves have had their two pets returned home safely. Ken and Margaret Bennett's dogs Meg and Alfie were pinched from their backyard and the couple later received a letter in the post explaining ...

Dogs and cats bring bugs into the bed Dogs and cats bring bugs into the bed

Leading veterinary charity the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) has warned that sharing a bed with a pet can increase the chance of sleeping with fleas. Fleas thrive on debris such as pet dandruff and adult flea faeces ...

Doggy lifeguard back on the beach Doggy lifeguard back on the beach

A doggy lifeguard will be back on the beach this summer after a ban threatening his life-saving career was overturned. Thousands signed a petition to reinstate Bilbo, a six-year-old Newfoundland, after he was banned from the Cornish ...

Pets win prizes for youngsters Pets win prizes for youngsters

A new school holiday scheme for youngsters will see their pets win them prizes. The Pets at Home store in Chichester, is running a series of free Get Ready for Summer sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. A series of workshops ...

World's oldest dog still going strong World's oldest dog still going strong

A 20-year-old canine, 102 in dog years, is still going strong despite having to wear cataract glasses. Chanel, a Daschund, became the oldest dog alive after her predecessor, Bella, a Labrador cross, died at the age of 29 in September ...

More pets at risk in heatwave More pets at risk in heatwave

UK pets face misery, pain and even death if their owners fail to heed advice about keeping animals safe in hot weather. ...

Novel paintings for pets Novel paintings for pets

Rather than having pets portrayed as heroic, noble creatures, an artist is attempting to make her name by painting them as most remember them - clumsy, or goofy. Georgia Donovan starting doing her "petraits," when her ...

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 ...

Owners taught to listen to pets Owners taught to listen to pets

A new workshop will teach pet owners how they can communicate with their furry friends effectively. Animal communicator Sandra Davies will be holding a one day class to teach people how to get to know their pets through different ...

Hampshire Labradors Lift 500 Hampshire Labradors Lift 500

Labrador Life Line Trust wins the Petplan Charity Prize Draw ...

Oxford Pets Win a Purrfect 500 Oxford Pets Win a Purrfect 500

The Blue Cross in Burford, Oxfordshire has won a valuable donation of 500 from pet insurance provider, Petplan ...

RSPCA opens PetRetreat in Yorkshire RSPCA opens PetRetreat in Yorkshire

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has officially launched its PetRetreat service in South Yorkshire. Such centres are already open in Wales, the south-west and the west of England, taking in animals ...

Cat can't get enough of shower Cat can't get enough of shower

A cat-owner who was advised by a vet to trim and then wash his pet found out that, unlike the majority of her species, she just loves to shower. Phil Gardner expected his Persian cat Chloe to react badly to the experience, as most ...

Dog receives request for eye test Dog receives request for eye test

A dog-owner in Wiltshire has been stunned by a letter received in the post reminding his pet that a sight test was due at his local Vision Express opticians. Rob Fryer, a retired press worker, originally thought the letter was for ...

New website helps people select suitable pets New website helps people select suitable pets

A new website is being launched to help would-be pet owners select the animal most-suited to them. Established by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), Your Right Pet includes a four-step formula to guide people towards ...

Marks and Spencer looks for pet star Marks and Spencer looks for pet star

Pet insurance company Marks and Spencer Money is to produce promotional material for a forthcoming campaign and is looking for animals to star in the advertisements. Those who believe their dog or cat is worthy of being shown off ...

'Socks' survives a month trapped in a container 'Socks' survives a month trapped in a container

A cat has defied the odds and survived in an industrial container for a month. 'Socks', from Arbroath in Angus, kept himself alive by licking condensation from the sides of the metal container, reports the BBC. He was discovered ...

Warning for cat owners over anti-freeze Warning for cat owners over anti-freeze

Cat-lovers have been warned to be careful when de-icing their cars in the winter weather, after a Worcestershire pet owner lost two of her cats to anti-freeze poisoning. Marion Parker saw her cat Felix die on Monday after vets suggested ...

Acupuncture for pets? Acupuncture for pets?

A veterinary clinic is offering patients acupuncture as an alternative to regular treatment. In Virginia, US, chronic back pain, neurological troubles, and arthritis are just some of the problems to which Jordan Kocen's veterinary ...

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