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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 ...

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 ...

Paris Hilton gets another pet Paris Hilton gets another pet

Paris Hilton, the socialite and star of reality TV shows the Simple Life and Paris Hilton's British Best Friend, has a new pet. The heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune has adopted a new pet kitten. Tweeting on her Twitter page, ...

Dog escapes from hole after losing weight Dog escapes from hole after losing weight

A dog which was stuck in a rabbit hole for 25 days has escaped after losing enough weight. Jake, a Jack Russell from Wales, was presumed lost by his owners Rick and Jill Thomas after he disappeared while out on a walk in Haverford, ...

RSPCA: Action needed to protect pedigree dogs RSPCA: Action needed to protect pedigree dogs

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has stated that urgent action is needed to protect the welfare of pedigree dogs in the UK. According to a report commissioned by the animal charity, exaggerated physical ...

How to recognise lyme disease How to recognise lyme disease

Following the news that the PDSA has seen a 150 per cent increase in the number of lyme disease cases, experts are reminding the public of guidelines on how to spot it. Veterinary charity PDSA last month urged pet owners to be on ...

First lady describes new pet as crazy First lady describes new pet as crazy

The US presidental family's new pet dog has been described as "crazy" by Michelle Obama at a recent press conference. Bo, a Portugese water dog who has lived with the first family for a week now, was described a "crazy ...

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 ...

Cat rescued from TV van roof Cat rescued from TV van roof

Journalists at American television station WCBS-TV thought they were the target of an April Fool's joke when motorists called for them to stop their van because there was cat riding on top. However, it turned out that a black and ...

June is National Microchipping Month for pets June is National Microchipping Month for pets

The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is promoting the fact that it is National Microchipping Month in June, by encouraging pet owners to get the procedure done to their dog or cat. According to the animal ...

Dog handlers across the country prepare for Crufts Dog handlers across the country prepare for Crufts

Dogs and their owners will be readying themselves for this year's Crufts, which will return to the Birmingham NEC centre from March 5-8th with an estimated 27,000 dogs attending. Lesley Neville and her dog Angus, from Derbyshire, ...

Smokers urged to consider pets' health Smokers urged to consider pets' health

Vets from the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) are urging pet owners to consider the effects of smoking on their animal companions. Two years after the smoking ban was launched, many pets are still exposed to second-hand ...

Cat saved after swallowing painkiller Cat saved after swallowing painkiller

A cat that swallowed a paracetamol tablet was saved after being given an antidote at hospital. Smudge was taken to a vet by owner Becka Johnson after she noticed a paracetamol tablet was missing and her cat was very drowsy. The ...

Bengal cat returns home ? after two years Bengal cat returns home ? after two years

A Bengal cat named Blue has finally found his way home after two years. The Daily Echo reports that owner Lisa Ashley and her seven-year-old daughter Jessica were devastated when Blue vanished from their Wickham home over Christmas ...

Top 10 Most Popular Pet Names Released Top 10 Most Popular Pet Names Released

Traditional pet names such as Spot and Prince are slipping out of vogue as the 2009 top 10 pet name list is released ...

Cats take 300-mile trip Cats take 300-mile trip

Two cats have finally been reunited with their owners after a 300-mile trip in the back of a removal van. Bolivar and Checko got more than they had bargained for when they snuck into the back of the van while their owners were getting ...

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 ...

Charity appeals to pet owners to get animals microchipped Charity appeals to pet owners to get animals microchipped

A charity has appealed to pet owners to have their furry friends equipped with a microchip. The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) made the appeal yesterday (July 16th), reports the Irish Times. Doors ...

Abandoned pet lands new job Abandoned pet lands new job

An abandoned pet Labrador has found a new job as a sniffer dog with the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland, which is responsible for searching the countries rail network and trains. He was watched in a busy police station ...

Dog rescued from 100 ft hole Dog rescued from 100 ft hole

A dog owner could only look on in horror as her pet Springer Spaniel fell down a 100-foot deep crater on land owned by Prince Charles. The crater was formed in February when thousands of tonnes of earth crashed into an unused mineshaft, ...

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