UK Pets

Puppy Farming: We Have It Bad but We're Not Alone

Janetta Harvey | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK
Janetta Harvey

Whether you call them puppy mills in the US, puppy farms in the UK or puppy factories in Australia, it all boils down to one common factor: money. We need one government to stand up and say enough is enough and to encourage their neighbours to join suit.

10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy

Kristina Johansen | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

As your dog gets used to exercise, extend the daily walk or run to twenty to thirty minutes. Alternatively, take your dog for a swim - taking a dip in a pool or lake is a great and alternative way for your dog to exercise.

Robo Pets Can Never Replace Real Pets

Marie Carter | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Tech
Marie Carter

Anyone who has ever been responsible for a pet knows they give as good as they get in terms of unconditional love and devotion. So, I read with some amusement the thoughts of an 'animal welfare' researcher in Oz who believes that robotic pets will soon replace our beloved living and breathing best friends.

Deaf Dog's Reaction To Rock Music Concert Is Amazing

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Meet Boy. He's a 17-year-old West Highland Terrier and he's also deaf. When Boy and his owner Beril took a walk around their local city centre, the...

Merlin The Cat Breaks World Record For Loudest Purr

PA / The Huffington Post | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A cat, who purrs louder than a dishwasher, has broken the world record with his epic roar. Merlin the cat's purring measures 67.8 decibels at its l...

People Said This Poorly Puppy Wouldn't Survive, Boy Did She Prove Them Wrong

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Dave Meinert's pet pooch Pegasus was born with a pigment deficiency defect. The Great Dane was rescued from "backyard breeders" as a puppy. Sadly,...

A Rabbit's for the House, Not Just the Garden

Ben Moore | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Moore

I think it's fair to say that the contents of the room are as much about the rabbits as they are about my wife and I. Even when we had outdoor space they lived indoors with us. That's not because we want them there (although we do) but because that is where they should be.

Letter From an English Pet Dog

Stephanie Ashby | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Ashby

Dear Dogs-of-the-World, I live in England, and it is my theory that the English are (excuse the pun) dog-gone mad! Here are some things I have noticed when I have been out and about....

An Open Door Policy for Pooches?

Marie Carter | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Marie Carter

Pets, and it is generally dogs, at work can help people relax and lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol as well as having a positive effect on blood pressure. They can also improve morale and even contribute to team working.

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 29.06.2015 | 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 29.06.2015 | 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 29.06.2015 | 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 24.06.2015 | 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 19.06.2015 | 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 09.06.2015 | 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 08.06.2015 | 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.