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New website helps people select suitable pets New website helps people select suitable pets

A new website is being launched to help would-be pet owners select the animal most-suited to them. Established by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), Your Right Pet includes a four-step formula to guide people towards ...

Marks and Spencer looks for pet star Marks and Spencer looks for pet star

Pet insurance company Marks and Spencer Money is to produce promotional material for a forthcoming campaign and is looking for animals to star in the advertisements. Those who believe their dog or cat is worthy of being shown off ...

'Socks' survives a month trapped in a container 'Socks' survives a month trapped in a container

A cat has defied the odds and survived in an industrial container for a month. 'Socks', from Arbroath in Angus, kept himself alive by licking condensation from the sides of the metal container, reports the BBC. He was discovered ...

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 ...

Acupuncture for pets? Acupuncture for pets?

A veterinary clinic is offering patients acupuncture as an alternative to regular treatment. In Virginia, US, chronic back pain, neurological troubles, and arthritis are just some of the problems to which Jordan Kocen's veterinary ...

Family warns of flystrike rabbit disease Family warns of flystrike rabbit disease

A family has urged rabbit-owners to make sure they are aware of a deadly disease which was contracted by their beloved pet, Max. Flystrike is an infestation of maggots of green bottle flies under the rabbit's skin when their fur ...

Newfoundland dog to help marine rescue team Newfoundland dog to help marine rescue team

A three-year-old Newfoundland dog is the latest recruit to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's marine rescue team, the BBC reports. Paddy will be used for rescues in water and wetland areas and it is the first time a Newfoundland ...

200lb St Bernard to star in Eastenders 200lb St Bernard to star in Eastenders

Two-year-old St Bernard dog Shamus, who weighs in at 200lbs, is set to be the latest star of Eastenders, it has been reported. According to the Lancashire Telegraph, he will make his first appearance on the show this Thursday (January ...

Cat gives birth in DIY store Cat gives birth in DIY store

A stray cat which sneaked into a branch of popular DIY store B&Q has given birth to kittens among the power tools and electric screwdrivers. The black and white cat, nicknamed the Painted Lady by staff, had got into the store ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pets in UK 'could be over-vaccinated' Pets in UK 'could be over-vaccinated'

According to an expert in Australia, pets do not need to be revaccinated against illnesses every year. Although veterinarians in Australia are currently recommending annual revaccinations for core vaccines, Dr Richard Squires believes ...

Cat owner bids for 'Most Mischievous Kitten' Cat owner bids for 'Most Mischievous Kitten'

Cat food manufacturer Felix has launched a competition to find the UK's most mischievous kitten and one owner in Kent believes her pet has what it takes. Titus, a seven-month-old tabby kitten, has been entered for the contest and ...

Dog owners warned of toxic algae Dog owners warned of toxic algae

The recent hot weather has caused the British Small Animals Veterinary Association to issue a warning to dog owners about the potential threat toxic algae in ponds poses. According to the organisation's Mark Johnston, pet owners ...

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 ...

Owners must insure new cats and dogs, says Sainsbury's pet insurance Owners must insure new cats and dogs, says Sainsbury's pet insurance

New research by pet insurance provider Sainsbury's has found that many cat and dog owners are not insuring their animals as soon as they get them, despite one in eight pets under the age of three suffering from a medical condition. ...

Search on for parrot owners Search on for parrot owners

Animal-keepers at Calderglen Zoo are attempting to find the owner of a parrot which was handed in to them by a local resident. Currently in the zoo's care, the Senegal parrot was given in by an East Kilbride resident after it flew ...

UK's First Ferret Census UK's First Ferret Census

For the first time, two organisations the Ferret Education & Research Trust (FERT) and ferret food manufacturer James Wellbeloved have carried out a survey into the care and ownership of UK ferrets ...

People would trust Aniston with their pets finds survey People would trust Aniston with their pets finds survey

A survey in the US has found which celebrities people would trust with their pets while they go on holiday, with Jennifer Aniston topping the list. Animal website PawNation.com asked people who they would be comfortable leaving their ...

Woman trains bull terrier as assistance dog Woman trains bull terrier as assistance dog

A wheelchair-bound pet owner has trained her Staffordshire bull terrier to be her assistance dog. Wolfie Allen was inspired to teach her dog to help her after the canine picked up an orange she had dropped and handed it back to ...

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