UK Pets

The Nursing Home in Japan Where You Can Live With Your Pets

Yumiko Sato | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Yumiko Sato

The other day I visited a nursing home called "Sakura no Yamashina" for a music therapy session.  It's located in a quiet part of Yokosuka city in Kanagawa prefecture surrounded by the beautiful bay and endless hills...

Pets With a Voice

Sharon Bull | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

There has been so many occasions over the past thirteen years I have sat with my pet moggie and had a one way conversation. Good times, bad times, t...

A Friend Till the End

Elaine Benton | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Having a much-loved pet put down, is one of life's unpleasant responsibilities when owning a dog. Saving an animal from unnecessary suffering, when nothing else can be done, we sometimes have to make the difficult decision, knowing it is the kind and humane thing to do.

Open Letter to Pet Industry Federation (PIF)

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

The Pet Industry Federation's logic for trying to improve the way puppies are sold through pet shops rather than conceding to accept a ban, seems to be based on the belief that being 'licensed, inspected, and open to public scrutiny' makes pet shops OK, and even preferable to private sellers.

7 Reasons You Need To Get A Cat (Like, Now)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Cats are like unicorns, but better. They're bloody wonderful creatures. And as if that, in itself, isn't enough to tempt you to become the proud o...

Cat-Lovers: Keep Your Moggies Away From High-Pitched Sounds

PA / The Huffington Post | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Next time you jangle your keys within earshot of your cat, you might think twice, as scientists have found that high-pitched sounds could be hazardous...

7 Pets That Were Released Into The Wild And Caused Chaos

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When people decide to "free" their unwanted pets into the wild (Free Willy-style), little do they know the absolute chaos they're about to unleash on ...

The Death of Embarrassment Over Pet Bereavement

Marie Carter | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Marie Carter

There is little doubt that losing a beloved pet can leave a massive hole in a family's life. Unlike the death of a human family member, which understandably attracts a huge outflow of sympathy, love and care in both actions and words, the death of a pet can be bewildering for other reasons.

Deliberate Animal Cruelty Such As Microwaving Pets Has Risen, Says RSPCA

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Animal cruelty is on the rise, the RSPCA has warned, with pets being increasingly subjected to horrific acts of violence. Figures from the animal w...

Surprising (And Equally Cute) Facts About How Animals Sleep At Night

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Ever wondered how dolphins and whales sleep? Or maybe you're intrigued to know whether migrating birds ever find time to stop for a recharge? The ...

What's So Wrong With 'Pet Parenting'?

Marie Carter | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Parents
Marie Carter

What's so wrong anyway with treating a dog or even a cat like a 'fur kid'? Or perhaps I am already on a losing argument when I use the term 'fur kid', as it is so often derided? Pets have 'personhood'; they can act and create a relationship.

This Is Why Puppy Eyes Make You Go Weak At The Knees

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you're convinced your dog has a powerful hold over you, then this will certainly explain why. Staring into a dog's eyes can increase oxytocin l...

Dogs Can Sniff Out Prostate Cancer With Over 97% Accuracy

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Dogs really are man's best friend - especially when it comes to sniffing out potentially lethal cancers, a new study has found. Research suggests t...

Failure To Clean Up Your Dog's Poo Will Now Cost You £100

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There are few things worse than realising you've trodden in dog poo, especially if it's before an important meeting or a hot date. But dodging the ...

Is Poor Assessment of Our Pets' Body Shape Fuelling Pet Obesity?

Elaine Pendlebury | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Pendlebury

Obesity is the number one concern among vets when it comes to man's best friend but worryingly, nearly half of people surveyed are not aware that it's a major issue. Yet obesity is linked to serious problems such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and a shorter life expectancy.

In a Stew Over Easter Bunnies

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

Just as we try to discourage people from buying puppies as Christmas gifts, animal welfare campaigners busily spread the word that the only kind of rabbit to give at Easter should be a toy bunny, or one that's made of chocolate.

Ten Things No-One Told You When You Decided to Get a Dog

Stephanie Ashby | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Ashby

It's not like having an extra child. Children learn to wipe their bums and muddy feet, and they learn to feel embarrassed. Dogs never learn that dragging their bum across the patio to clean it (usually when you have visitors) is not nice to see. And your dog will never feel embarrassed.

Pet Cat Gets Revenge On Hungry Snake From Beyond The Grave

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK

An 11-foot snake has died due to complications from digesting an Australian man's cat. Francis Bakvis, of Clifton Beach, Queensland, was shocked wh...

Dogs Trying And Generally Failing At Life

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Comedy

These dogs are trying so, so hard... but just not quite getting there. But they can't be faulted for a lack of determination. (function(d, s, id) ...

Women and Big Dogs: An Easy Target for Everyday Sexism

Joy Jewell | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Jewell

Bruce wasn't difficult down to the fact that he's a big dog with a puppy personality, no, I was failing him because having a vagina means I am ill equipped to train anything taller than my ankles.

Man's Best Friend?

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

While it may seem clear that pets are sometimes a profoundly positive influence on the lives of their owners, people vary enormously in terms of the quality of their relationships, human and animal alike, and the benefits derived from them.

Open Letter to Pet Industry Federation (PIF), 25 March 2015

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

You claim this Quality Assurance measure will ensure the "highest standards" are reached by pet shops but you do not appear to recognise that these ought to apply to the entire supply chain rather than just the sale premises - which rarely provide for the young puppy's emotional and developmental needs.

Nutrition for Dogs With Cancer

Kristina Johansen | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

No other disease strikes as much fear deep within our hearts as cancer. We panic and start searching the Internet for something that can save our dog. There is a lot of information out there, some websites even offering miracle supplements and cures for cancer. Please remember that promises that seem too good to be true very often are.

The Cutest Thing You'll See Today: Farmer Tweets Birth Of Sheepdog Puppies

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Brace yourself for a cuteness overload... a farmer has live tweeted the birth of ten sheepdog puppies and the photos are too adorable for words. W...

R.I.P. Our Beloved Irish Wolfhound

Anna Roth | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

Today I wanna write about Zozo, our Irish wolfhound. She died last year at the age of 11, and since days constantly she comes to my mind. Now she is laying under the earth on a hill, side by side with Mikroula, her best dog friend.