UK Pets

Notes From a Housesit: Brixton

Roberta Verdant | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I arrived in London on the Friday afternoon and caught up with one of Otto's dads. He filled me in on Otto's new routine, changes in Otto (Otto's got a bad eye, thanks to the mass of rumpled skin there. He's awaiting surgery). Otto's developed a new muscular physique. I can only presume he's been working out to impress the girl-dogs. He continues to look like a child's cartoon of a dog...

This Is Why You Shouldn't Have More Than One Cat

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If, like us, you aspire to become one of those cat ladies (or cat men?) living in a house with dozens of moggies, drinking tea and just generally enjo...

Dogs: Raw v Cooked Food

Kristina Johansen | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Many people do swear by feeding their dogs raw food and as a canine dietician, I sometimes feel that owners aren't aware of all the facts. The blind faith given to raw food diets could land your dog in trouble.

100 Pets, Including 6 Dogs, Parrots, Iguanas, Tortoises, Rescued After House Fire

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK

Firefighters saved more than 100 pets, including dogs, cats, parrots and iguanas after a blaze broke out in a suburban home. Crews calmed six frigh...

How One Dog Sniffed Out Breast Cancer

SWNS | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Could a dog tell if you've got cancer? Allison Powell's pooch certainly did. When Allison noticed that her four-year-old Labrador had begun to act ...

Adorable Video Of These Dogs Babysitting Totally Makes Nannies Redundant

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Proving, like Beethoven and Nanny from Peter Pan, that they can do the job just as well as a spotty teenager, dogs clearly make great babysitters. ...

Do Unwanted Dogs Need to Burn to Death to Get Noticed?

Louise Glazebrook | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Glazebrook

Every three days, we put down 63 healthy dogs; 10 more than were lost in the fire. The fire was serious and an utterly deplorable act, and I hope it doesn't seem I am belittling it, but where's the social media and press attention about the 21 dogs that are put down every day?

Why You Should Never Leave Your Dog In A Car

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

September is here, summer is over and unless we're going to witness an Indian summer (which is pretty unlikely) then it's perfectly acceptable to leav...

The Constantly Hungry Dog

Kristina Johansen | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

All healthy dogs love to eat, but it can sometimes seem like our beloved pets have hollow legs and are happy to munch non-stop

Buy A Space Suit For Your Dog

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Tech

With Christmas now looming in the distance maybe it's about time you treated your favourite canine to something a little different? Forgo the pleat...

Dogs: Food for Thought

Kristina Johansen | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

It is important to remember that although dogs are part of the family they have completely different digestive systems to humans and some foods we class as healthy can be toxic... There are some foods that dog owners should avoid at all costs including chocolate, sweets, grapes and onions.

Sleepy Giant Dog Relaxes As Tiny Girl Climbs All Over Him

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Comedy

In the early nineties we all cooed over the giant St. Bernard dog-cum-Hollywood star, Beethoven. But it's only now, some 20 years later, that we've fo...

Spying On Your Pets Has Never Been Easier

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech

GoPro has finally granted every active dog-owner's dream by creating a dedicated pet mount for its GoPro Hero range of action cameras. GoPro Fetch...

4 Sept: Time for MPs to Speak Up for Animal Welfare

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

This forthcoming debate is an exciting step in combating the cruel practice of irresponsible, unethical breeding of puppies and kittens in the UK, as well as the perfect opportunity to raise awareness, and educate the public about choosing a dog responsibly ie from ethical breeders e.g. Kennel Club Assured Breeders, or by adoption from legitimate rescue organisations.

Poundstretcher "Rabbit Prison": Product Withdrawn

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

The campaign itself could be seen as proof that informed individuals working together for the same cause really can make a difference to the lives of animals. It also provides an interesting insight into animal welfare micro-campaigning and the power of social media.

Life as a Vet Student

Elly Berry | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Elly Berry

Studying to become a vet has been a varied and exciting - if challenging - experience... There are going to be tricky times during your time on the course, not to mention when you're out there working, so try to make absolutely sure this is for you.

Notes From A Housesit: Florence

Roberta Verdant | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I'm currently kitty-sitting in Florence (or "Firenze," if you prefer.) I'm caring for a cat-trio: Ben, Katie and Nellie, in their art-filled apartment...

Pound Stretcher's Rabbit Prison Exposed

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK, with an estimated 1.6 million kept in and outside of our homes. They are also the most neglected and mistreated animal companion in the nation. Out-dated preconceptions that rabbits are hutch loving, carrot crunching, cheap, small-child friendly pets is largely to blame.

Raw Fed Dogs

Clive Norman | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

I remember the first time my mum gave our Border collie some ground up, well, something. It was in the late sixties and I believe, roughly when dogs (and I guess cats) were first given 'kibble', as we know it today. I think the main reason was convenience, no more smelly empty cans of dog food, far less heavy when going shopping etc, etc.

Dangerous Dogs, Reckless Owners and Irresponsible Programme Makers

Clare Williams | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Clare Williams

Why is it that the moral compass of programme makers goes haywire when filming programmes about dogs? Why are they allowed to film and show scenes of animal abuse when they would never dream of filming scenes of child abuse in the same way. Dogs are covered by legislation too.

My Story, or How I Settled on Dogs

Anna Roth | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

I've combined my love for dogs with my knowledge of dog training. It's so much fun when my four-legged friends do what I want and not vice versa. At the same time, my dogs should be happy, because if my dogs aren't happy, neither am I.

Summer Pet Dangers - Tips on Keeping Your Pet Safe

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

Most of us humans know only too well the many health risks associated with hot weather, often taking sensible precautions to avoid painful sunburn, annoying allergies, and dreaded heatstroke. But are we looking after our pets enough to allow them to enjoy their summers too?

Dog Actually Faints With 'Overwhelming Joy' At Seeing Owner

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK

This dog seriously cannot handle all the feelings right now. Casey the Schnauzer was so overwhelmed with joy at seeing a family member, after two y...

My Top 10 Dog Lit Books: The Best Holiday Reading For Dog Lovers

Monica Cafferky | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Monica Cafferky

First there was Chick Lit, then came Dog Lit. And I confess, Dog Lit has become my guilty pleasure. I read it all from memoirs about naughty Labradors to novels about Eskimos and their sled dogs.

Who Brings the Zoo to You?

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

What I dislike is the lack of regulation, and the rise of start-up companies with neither the knowledge nor experience to share such specialist animals with the public. The problem with animal encounter companies can be split broadly into two main areas: animal welfare, and, public safety.