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Rabbits 'should see vets' Rabbits 'should see vets'

A vet has said that pet owners should take their rabbits to see the vet regularly so their pets can remain in good health and free from disease. The claim comes following the news that myxomatosis, a disease that afflicts rabbits, ...

A half-century of great guide dogs A half-century of great guide dogs

A blind man who has used guide dogs for 50 years has been talking about the great sense of freedom the fantastic animals have given him. Bill Cox, 83, from Reedham near Norwich, has been blind since the age of 11 months. In 1957, ...

Doggie choccie threat Doggie choccie threat

Some dog owners are unwittingly sentencing their animals to a painful death by feeding them chocolate, vets have warned. This year has seen a record number of emergency calls about chocolate poisoning to the Veterinary Poisons Information ...

RSPCA make cat rescue RSPCA make cat rescue

RSPCA agents were able to rescue three cats from an abandoned home in Somerset. The home had been up for auction and, on inspection, the new owner discovered the three emaciated animals shut into the kitchen, the Somerset County ...

Terminally ill girl re-united with dog Terminally ill girl re-united with dog

A girl with Downs syndrome and battling leukaemia was re-united with her dog, which had run away from home a number of days before. Katherine Touhill, just eight-years-old, was in a children's hospital when the Maltese dog, Sundance, ...

Dogs can wed in new business venture Dogs can wed in new business venture

Animal owners who have always wanted their pet cats or dogs to get married may now find that their wish has come true. A farm in Staffordshire is offering wedding services for pets and farmyard animals from £100 per ceremony, ...

Pet insurance firm names common complaints Pet insurance firm names common complaints

An American pet insurance firm has named skin allergies as the number one complaint among dog owners needing veterinarian treatment. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) assesses its claims from last year and discovered skin allergies, ...

Pets to be protected under act Pets to be protected under act

From Friday, pets across Britain will have their own bill of rights to ensure they are protected from ill-treatment. The Animal Welfare Act is almost in force, under which pet owners will have to take good care of their animals or ...

Women love cats over men Women love cats over men

Females and their felines are meant to be together, according to recent findings from a scientific study. Cat food manufacturer Olli asked scientists to test women's reactions when they saw a picture of their pet, and again when ...

Dogs soon to get satnavs Dogs soon to get satnavs

Satnavs collars enabling dog owners to keep a track of their furry friends will soon be available in the shops, according to a Russian government minister. Sergey Ivanov, deputy prime minister, made the remark while commenting on ...

Free pet insurance offer Free pet insurance offer

Sainsbury's is offering a no strings attached 30 days of free pet insurance. The offer is open to anyone applying before November 27th and if applying online a further ten per cent discount is deducted from the yearly premium. Both ...

Socks causes name controversy Socks causes name controversy

Blue Peter's loveable feline mascot, Socks the cat, has been caught up in a controversy surrounding the origins of its name. The long-running children's television programme launched a poll to name the moggy but, after receiving ...

'Don't let insured pets become obese' 'Don't let insured pets become obese'

With pets increasingly becoming fatter, owners are being warned that their pet insurance policies could become void. According to website EveryInvester.co.uk, once a pet becomes obese it may no longer be covered by an insurance policy. ...

Pet insurance 'could reduce rising vet bills' Pet insurance 'could reduce rising vet bills'

With veterinary bills on the rise, consumers are being reminded of the importance of ensuring they have pet insurance for their animals. According to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, fees charged by vets are currently ...

Pet fostering scheme for children in troubled homes Pet fostering scheme for children in troubled homes

Animals from problem-rife homes are being offered car from volunteer 'foster parents'. Pets owned by children in families which have had to move to a refuge can now find a home with a foster carer for up to five months while their ...

Pet insurance 'can help find lost animals' Pet insurance 'can help find lost animals'

Cat owners in Northampton may want to ensure their animals are covered by pet insurance following a number of strange disappearances. According to feline welfare charity Cats Protection, the animals may have been stolen - something ...

America's top dog America's top dog

The Labrador Retriever was named America's most popular purebred dog this week, for the sixteenth year in a row. The American Kennel Club (AKC) said that this year's real winner was, however, the Yorkshire Terrier, which jumped to ...

Dogs 'can recognise other dogs' Dogs 'can recognise other dogs'

Dogs are able to distinguish between different complex images, research has shown. A study in Austria suggested that dogs can recognise other dogs, even if they are of different breeds and feature in pictures with other objects in ...

Animal acrobats wow spectators Animal acrobats wow spectators

Crowds from across Lincolnshire gathered at the Showground to take in the spectacle canine acrobatics last weekend. To mark 30 years of the competition, in which various breeds of dog complete agility courses, the tour returned to ...

Guide dog rescued from escalator by members of the public Guide dog rescued from escalator by members of the public

A guide dog was rescued by helpful onlooker after getting a paw trapped in an escalator at Melbourne Central station. The golden retriever, named Zayna, got her foot caught in an escalator and was in serious pain until quick thinking ...

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