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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 ...

Club launched for fat cats and big dogs Club launched for fat cats and big dogs

A new club designed specifically for overweight pets has been launched at one veterinary surgery in North Wales. The Wern outlets in Ruthin and Abergele is offering the new fat club which will offer weight checks and advice for concerned ...

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 ...

Airline allows pets on board Airline allows pets on board

An American airline has announced that it will begin to let pet owners bring their animals on board for a fee. Southwest Airlines will allow dogs and cats to be present in the aircraft cabin as long as they are kept in a carrier ...

Obama wants Portuguese water dog Obama wants Portuguese water dog

When president Barack Obama announced in his acceptance speech on November 4th last year he promised his two daughters a puppy, and now first lady Michelle Obama thinks she has found the right breed. Mrs Obama has announced to People ...

Catnapper suspected of taking 18 pets in one village Catnapper suspected of taking 18 pets in one village

The hunt is on for a mystery catnapper who has so far taken 18 of the pets from their owners in the normally quiet village of Newton Flotman. Cats have been going missing since the end of April, when Michael Rump reported his cat ...

Healing oil for animals Healing oil for animals

Research in Australia has uncovered a drug-free treatment which claims to be able to help animals suffering from arthritis and muscle pains. Medivet has developed Bio-Bute Advanced Pain Relief Oil which claims to provide relief from ...

Cat becomes TV weather star Cat becomes TV weather star

A cat has become an overnight celebrity in Germany after wandering onto the set of a live weather forecast by the country's most prominent meteorologist, Joerg Kachelmann. Black and white moggy Lupin made his appearance just as Mr ...

British Pets Face Bank Holiday Blues British Pets Face Bank Holiday Blues

We may be a nation of animal lovers but a new survey has revealed that pets should watch out for their owners antics this bank holiday ...

Dog owners warned to take care after dog dies in icy lake Dog owners warned to take care after dog dies in icy lake

Dog owners have been warned to ensure their beloved pets do not stray on frozen lakes after a Jack Russell died after falling through ice at Wootton Bassett. According to the Swindon Advertiser, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service ...

Python hungry and on the loose in Cambridge Python hungry and on the loose in Cambridge

Residents in Cambridge be warned – Monty the roving royal python has slipped his coop and looking for a meal. Police and animal welfare officers are on the look-out for the 5 ft-long snake who escaped yesterday morning, reports ...

Celebrity pet lookalikes wanted Celebrity pet lookalikes wanted

A veterinary charity is asking people to send in pictures of pets who resemble celebrities. The PDSA is asking for entrants for its annual pets gallery competition, which will see the best lookalike's owner receiving a digital camera ...

Pets eat into owners' savings Pets eat into owners' savings

Pets have chewed through more and more bank notes in the past year, according to the Bank of England. The number of claims received by the Bank for cash destroyed by chewing or eating has risen from 4,748 in 2007 to 4,916 in the ...

David Hasslehoff to meet namesake dog David Hasslehoff to meet namesake dog

A dog in Gloucestershire is to be visited by David Hasslehoff after the Baywatch actor heard that they shared names. Nathan Williams' dog, Hoff, made the news after he woke his owner to alert him to a fire in his Cinderford house, ...

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