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Half US pet owners give animals a 'human-like' name Half US pet owners give animals a 'human-like' name

Research in the US has found that nearly half of US per owner give their furry friends human-like names. A poll of more than 1,000 pet owners released today found some of the more unusual names like Hollywood and Chichi Mittens. ...

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 ...

Hundreds of pets saved from fire Hundreds of pets saved from fire

Nearly 1,000 horses, dogs and cats were among the animals saved from a Canadian wildfire this week. Animal charities and firemen saved the animals from an expanding wildfire in British Columbia. The fire has been brought under ...

Dog chews up car keys Dog chews up car keys

A dog in Yorkshire left his owner stranded on Thursday (May 14th) when she dropped her car keys and they were quickly gobbled up by the hungry pup. After noticing that the dog had started to feel unwell, Charlotte Hanson had to rush ...

Simon Cowell reveals love for hamsters Simon Cowell reveals love for hamsters

Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell has admitted he is obsessed with hamsters and once owned 18 of them. He said: "I had 18 hamsters when I was growing up. I loved watching them run on their wheel. One could even swim under ...

Rabbit owners urged to ensure their pets get enough exercise Rabbit owners urged to ensure their pets get enough exercise

This week is National Rabbit Week and people should ensure their pets are getting enough exercise, a vet has said. Speaking to the Echo, Laurel Bowker of South Beech Veterinary Surgery, Wickford, warned that rabbits can get ill if ...

Obama's dog turned into children's book character Obama's dog turned into children's book character

Bo, the first pet to enter the White House under the administration of US president Barack Obama, has become the star of a new illustrated children's book, which follows the adventures of the dog. The book, called Bo: America's Commander ...

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 ...

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 ...

Animal charity urges pet owners to 'think twice' Animal charity urges pet owners to 'think twice'

An animal charity in Worcester has asked pet owners who are thinking of giving up their pets to think twice. The appeal from the Cats Protection shop in Worcester comes after a cat was abandoned in a sealed cardboard box, reports ...

Dog gets wheelchair Dog gets wheelchair

A dog from Boston, US, suffering from arthritis in his back legs has received a specially-adapted wheelchair to help him get around. Mary Hunnefield noticed that her 12-year-old Labrador shepherd cross Trigger was dragging his legs ...

Anxiety 'prompts dog insurance claims increase' Anxiety 'prompts dog insurance claims increase'

Dogs left to fend for themselves for long periods are prone to suffer from separation anxiety, new research has found. A study by Sainsbury's pet insurance division found that the number of claims against dog anxiety treatment have ...

Dogs feeling the recession pinch Dogs feeling the recession pinch

A new report has found that the country's dogs are also suffering in the recession. The report from the Audit Commission suggests that as their hard-up owners struggle to pay bills, more are increasingly turning them out onto the ...

Cat undergoes 'bionic' leg surgery Cat undergoes 'bionic' leg surgery

A cat whose front right leg was shattered in a suspected car accident has undergone surgery to reinforce it with steel plates and pins. Sydney had to be kept in two rooms for four months prior to the operation in order that he didn't ...

10,000 expected for Puppy Pawlooza 10,000 expected for Puppy Pawlooza

A day of psychic readings for pets, as well as agility demonstrations, beauty contests and rescue-animal adoptions are just some of the events planned for this weekend Puppy Pawlooza. London, Canada's first all-dog festival on Saturday ...

Dog Owners Just Love Taking Their Pet For A Run Dog Owners Just Love Taking Their Pet For A Run

Running with your dog is proving more popular than ever with some experts saying its better for you than going to the gym ...

Children 'must practice proper hygiene with pets' Children 'must practice proper hygiene with pets'

Experts in Germany have warned that pet owners should not let their pets lick them nor should they kiss them. Ulrich Fegeler, from the Professional Association of Children's and Young People's Physicians (BVKJ), will surprise animal ...

White House dog gets year's supply of treats White House dog gets year's supply of treats

President Barack Obama is still considering what dog to purchase for his two children, but this has not stopped a public relations agency giving him a year's supply of biscuits for the pooch. The Los Angeles company put together ...

Keep a tight leash on pets during icy weather, rescue services urge Keep a tight leash on pets during icy weather, rescue services urge

Fire and rescue services in Manchester have urged pet owners to make sure their petsdo not stray too far in icy conditions, for the safety of the animals and themselves. In the current extreme weather conditions, frozen water and ...

Pet cockatoo gives clue to evolution Pet cockatoo gives clue to evolution

A pet cockatoo which can successfully bob its head in time to music it has never heard before has helped researchers at Harvard University in their studies of evolution. Scientists believe that Snowball, a member of the parrot family, ...

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