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Dog saved after PDSA's longest operation ever Dog saved after PDSA's longest operation ever

A dog which broke his shoulder in a road accident has undergone a four-and-a-half hour operation to restore the bone, the longest in the history of the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). Punch, a nine-month-old Staffordshire ...

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 ...

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 ...

Parrot saves toddler from choking; wins award Parrot saves toddler from choking; wins award

A pet parrot from Denver, US, has saved a little girl from choking by alerting her carer through cries for help, and has been awarded the Red Cross Animal Lifesaver award for his actions. Willie, a Quaker parrot was left in the room ...

PDSA launches PetCheck UK tour PDSA launches PetCheck UK tour

For the ninth year running, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) has launched its PetCheck tour, which invites pet owners to visit the specially-designed vehicle for a free pet health check. The truck visited Carmarthen ...

Brits 'unconcerned' by pet obesity Brits 'unconcerned' by pet obesity

A new survey has revealed that nine out of ten pet owners are unconcerned by their animal's weight problem, and around seven out of ten think there is nothing they can do about it. The research, released by the Pet Food Manufacturer's ...

Cats and dogs cause thousands of accidents, says survey Cats and dogs cause thousands of accidents, says survey

A new report by the American organisation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that out of the eight million emergency room visits in the US each year for falls, 86,600 are caused by pets. Some 240 people each ...

PETA offers 1,000 reward for killed dog PETA offers 1,000 reward for killed dog

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has put up a reward of £1,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people behind a vicious attack on a greyhound which was found dead ...

People could eat pets during recession People could eat pets during recession

As the credit crunch hits and pet owners become more strapped for cash, some will apparently be looking towards a pet to provide the next meal, according to one pet behaviour specialist. Debbie Connolly, who volunteers at an animal ...

DirectLine offers new deal for pet insurance DirectLine offers new deal for pet insurance

Pet insurance company DirectLine has announced a new offer for those looking to protect their pets without breaking the bank during the credit crunch. New customers taking out pet insurance with the company before May 20th will be ...

Hollywood star asks owners show pets love Hollywood star asks owners show pets love

Hollywood starlet Miley Cyrus hopes her latest film will encourage owners to shower their pets with affection. Miley plays Penny in Bolt, the new Disney animation about a TV-star dog who believes his super powers continue off-screen. ...

Woman rescued by small dog Woman rescued by small dog

A Welsh dog-owner has narrowly escaped death after losing her way on a Snowdonia mountainside at night-time after her Chihuahua kept her warm. Beverly Berkitt, who is three ft eight in tall and has dwarfism, set off on what was meant ...

RSPCA launches Rabbit Action Week RSPCA launches Rabbit Action Week

National animal charity the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has urged rabbit owners to make sure they are not neglected and has launched Rabbit Action Week to raise awareness of cruelty faced by the ...

Schoolgirl donates rabbits to school Schoolgirl donates rabbits to school

A schoolgirl in Newbury, Berkshire has donated two of her pet rabbits to an afterschool club after its pet was killed. Kate Parkin, who is eight years old, decided to donate two of her pet rabbit's 14 babies, Mopsy and Flopsy, to ...

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 ...

Stem cells help old dogs walk again Stem cells help old dogs walk again

Scientists at a Sydney veterinary clinic in Australia have used stem cell technology to help old dogs to walk again. The vets took adult stem cells, which have the unique ability to turn into a variety of other cells, from the dogs' ...

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 ...

Kids more likely to get bitten by dogs in summer Kids more likely to get bitten by dogs in summer

Children, warm weather and dogs can be a bad mix as new research has found that dog bites increase in the summer months. Researchers at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York, have found that children ...

Dog chews up $400 Dog chews up $400

A North Carolina dog owner who was paid $400 (£279) decided to keep the money on a bedroom table, however, her pet decided to chew up the mother's money. The two-year-old Swiss mountain dog, called Augie, gobbled up the lump ...

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, ...

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 ...

Pet insurance covers sticking head out of a car window Pet insurance covers sticking head out of a car window

Many pets, like dogs, love to stick their heads out of the window of a moving car, but now an American pet insurance company includes cover for any accidents that may happen in such a situation. Insurance group Progressive now offers ...

Fake lounge set up to prepare re-homed dogs Fake lounge set up to prepare re-homed dogs

Dogs waiting to be re-homed at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Leybourne, Kent, are being prepared for living in a real home. A lounge has been set up in a portable building by the charity, with ...

Duck thinks it?s a dog Duck thinks it?s a dog

A duck which thinks that it is a dog has stunned passersby on its walks through the seaside town of Bournemouth. Steph and Tony Tufft, its owners, have been taking the duck on walks with a lead, along with their other pets - real ...

Snake swallows pet dog whole Snake swallows pet dog whole

A snake roaming round Australia's northern territory has swallowed a dog whole. The Maltese terrier cross seemingly disappeared from owner Patty Buntine's home in Katherine, Australia, after it failed to show up for its regular 07:00 ...

Sofa buyer finds cat inside Sofa buyer finds cat inside

A couple who bought a sofa from a thrift store for $27 (£20) literally got more than they bargained for when they found a cat stuck inside it. Vickie Meddenhall and her boyfriend Chris Lund bought the seat from Value Village ...

12 dogs saved from Cape Cod blast 12 dogs saved from Cape Cod blast

A heroic rescue of 12 dogs followed an explosion at an animal hospital on Cape Cod in the US on Monday night. One man, Ken Lacasse, who has lived next to the animal hospital for 23 years, rushed out of his house when he heard the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Welsh dog recycles litter Welsh dog recycles litter

A dog from Torfaen in Wales is to receive a prize for his work in reducing the effects of climate change - he regularly picks up plastic bottles on his walks for his owner to recycle. Tubby, a Labrador, has recycled more than 20,000 ...

Rottweilers are costliest dog, says Sainsbury's Pet Insurance Rottweilers are costliest dog, says Sainsbury's Pet Insurance

Those looking for a new pet dog might want to take into account the cost of pet insurance when deciding on a particular breed - Rottweilers will cost you more. According to a survey by Sainsbury's Pet Insurance, those with Rottweilers ...

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 ...

Sealyham terrier wins Best in Show Sealyham terrier wins Best in Show

Charmin, a Sealyham terrier, has won the Best in Show category at renowned annual dog competition Crufts 2009, which ended last night. The four-year-old dog, belonging to Margery Good, from Pennsylvania, USA, beat six other dogs ...

Hapless cat stuck in car engine Hapless cat stuck in car engine

Fire-fighters have dismantled a car to free a cat which crawled into its engine to retreat after tumbling from a second storey window in West Sussex. The cat, Napoleon, fell out of the apartment of its owner Angela Atkinson while ...

Canine commuter on Tube Canine commuter on Tube

A dog which daily travels from Pinner to Baker Street on the London Underground has become a hit with fellow passengers. Rufus, a Pyrenean mountain dog, follows his owner Michael Stavrides on his trip to work to the Fine Art Gallery ...

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 ...

Pub offers pet marriage service Pub offers pet marriage service

A pub in Somerset has begun to offer wedding services for perfectly-matched pets to get hitched. The Bell Inn, in the small village of Buckland Dinham, near Frome, already has a licence for marrying humans in its venue and has now ...

Mayor 'saves' sunbathing dog from balcony Mayor 'saves' sunbathing dog from balcony

Reports of a dog stranded on a second-floor balcony in Texas, USA, prompted the mayor to take drastic action and attempt to save the dog himself. Pat Ahumada called emergency rescuers, went to the site of the incident, climbed a ...

Hideous cat achieves celebrity Hideous cat achieves celebrity

A cat given up by its owner has become an unlikely attraction at a veterinary practice in New Hampshire, USA, as it has also been called the most hideous cat in the world. Nicknamed Ugly Bat Boy by the staff, the cat is bald apart ...

Porky pup wins slimming contest Porky pup wins slimming contest

A dog has lost one stone six pounds (10kg) and gone on to win a pet slimming contest held by a veterinary charity. Keano, a Labrador from Plymouth, originally weighed seven stone two pounds (46kg) before signing up to the People's ...

Hamster hoover prototype revealed Hamster hoover prototype revealed

Scientists have developed a robotic hoover powered by a hamster to create an environmentally-friendly, work-light way to clean your house. A hamster wheel has been attached to an iRobot Roomba, a device which cleans rooms automatically ...

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 ...

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 ...

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