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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 ...

Dog saves blind pensioner's life Dog saves blind pensioner's life

A Yorkshire pensioner, who has no sense of smell, sight or sound and also has a lung problem, accidentally left her gas cooker on for six hours and was only alerted to the leak by her guide dog. The noxious gas caused Ivy Needham, ...

Dog receives request for eye test Dog receives request for eye test

A dog-owner in Wiltshire has been stunned by a letter received in the post reminding his pet that a sight test was due at his local Vision Express opticians. Rob Fryer, a retired press worker, originally thought the letter was for ...

MRI scans help diagnose pet problems in south Wales MRI scans help diagnose pet problems in south Wales

Pet owners in south Wales are using a technique more commonly found in hospitals to diagnose their animals' conditions. A mobile MRI scanner visits Bridge Veterinary Group in Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly each month courtesy of Burgess ...

Dog found in shed after 5 weeks in hills Dog found in shed after 5 weeks in hills

A dog which went missing for five weeks in hills at Ben Fhionnlaidh, near Glen Etive, has been found curled up in a shed 44 miles away from home. The old and partially deaf Springer Spaniel, called Olivier, ran off at the end of ...

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 ...

Pet insurance 'vital' during recession Pet insurance 'vital' during recession

Households looking to save money during the recession have been advised not to dispense with pet insurance. A small monthly premium can save families from having to make the heartbreaking decision to put down their household pet ...

Pet memorial park planned Pet memorial park planned

Grieving animal lovers who have recently lost a pet will have the opportunity to plant a tree in honour of their dog. Christchurch City Council in New Zealand is offering dog owners a place to create a special tribute to their departed ...

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 ...

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