UK Pets

Why Are Our Pets Getting Fatter?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Fat cat jokes aside, Britain isn't just in the grips of a human obesity crisis: three in four (77%) vets believe pet obesity is on the rise.[i] Alt...

'I Am Totally Her Bitch' Says Woman Who Married Dog

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the world of weird weddings, to add to corpses getting hitched and people marrying trees, earlier in the week, 47-year-old Amanda Rodgers revealed ...

Puppy Saved From Antifreeze Poisoning... By Necking Bottle Of Vodka

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Charlie the Maltese terrier was just hours from death after he licked antifreeze from the floor of his owner's garage. But one quick-thinking vet ...

Crufts: Worst in Show

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

The lack of genetic diversity caused by inbreeding greatly increases the likelihood that recessive genes, which cause debilitating afflictions, will be passed along to puppies. As a result, roughly one in four purebred dogs suffers from serious congenital defects, such as hypothyroidism, epilepsy, cataracts, allergies, heart disease and hip dysplasia - a disease that can lead to crippling, lameness and painful arthritis.

Sled Dogs - Beautiful But Demanding

Cat Henstridge | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK
Cat Henstridge

Whenever I am presented with the gorgeous bundle of fluff and blue eyes that is a sled dog puppy in my clinic, I have a serious chat to the proud new owner about what they are taking on but by this point it is often too late, they are enamoured with their new pet and blind to the potential problems they may have.

Meet Ted, The Shar Pei Puppy Who Needs A £1000 Facelift - Excess Skin Could Make Him Blind

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ted, an adorable Chinese Shar Pei puppy, is in need of a facelift. But although Ted may be slightly on the wrinkly side, his desire to go under th...

EU Pet Passport Is Not an Open Door to Rabies

Deborah Briggs | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Deborah Briggs

There is a coloured etching currently in the collection of the British Museum by the artist Thomas Lord Busby, depicting a dog stalking the streets of...

Puppies Callously Abandoned at Christmas Find Love in Time for Valentine's Day

Lara Murphy | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Lara Murphy

We all know the saying, A Dog Is For Life, Not Just for Christmas but even though the slogan has been firmly placed in the public's consciousness for 35 years, it seems the message is just as prevalent now as it was back in 1975.

PICS: These Photos Of Pets Then And Now Are Ridiculously Heartwarming

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Comedy

And your warm-and-fuzzy photo series of the day? This one! In which devoted pet owners have faithfully recreated shots of their furry friends, many mo...

Poorna Bell

#MonthOfKinship: Readers And HuffPost Editors Reveal Why They Love Their Pets

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Kinship: it's not just about the bond you have with your friends and family. Your pets are as important a part of your relationship with the world...

Prickled by Pet Crazes: African Pygmy Hedgehogs

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Dr Daniel Allen

"Pet crazes": a purchasing fad initiated by popular on screen representations, and reinforced by badly researched photo-led tabloid journalism. Photogenic animals are labelled as the next "must-have" pet, trend-setting breeders are afforded free national publicity, and an unsuspecting public can make the "craze" a reality.

WATCH: You Don't Expect To See This Swimming Down The Street

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

Egham's flooded streets might be a nightmare for residents, but for one little goldfish, it was paradise. But the goldfish's bid for freedom was sh...

It's Not Just Humans Suffering In The Floods...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

As weather chaos continues to sweep Britain, heartbreaking new images have emerged of emergency forces battling to make sure the four-legged members o...

Meet Britain's Biggest Dog: Freddy, The 7ft 4 Great Dane

Barcroft | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The Great Dane has been measured at 7ft 4in (2.24m) on his hind legs by owner Claire Stoneman. Although no official measurement has yet been made, ...

10ft Deadly Python Carcass Found In Kent, Everyone Freaks Out

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

A 10ft-long Burmese python has been found dead beneath a fallen tree on a suburban street. The giant reptile was found by a member of the public tr...

Please Take Care With Your Dog

Andrew White | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew White

If you can keep your dog in sight at all time, be aware of what they are doing and be confident your dog will come back to you promptly when you call, then there is no need to put them on a lead. But if you can not be confident they will return when you call, then a lead is the safest option for everyone.

Send Us Pictures Of Your Pets! #MonthOfKinship

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Our pets are more than just eating and pooping machines - their unconditional love and crazy excitement when we get through the front door is often al...

The Great Pet Food Debate

Cat Henstridge | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Henstridge

I am a big believer in feeding animals pre-prepared pet food. I am not an advocate of making home-cooked meals or raw food diets. We all have busy lives and it is hard enough creating healthy balanced meals for our families, let alone our pets.

Auf Weidersehn, Pet Kingdom: Good Riddance

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mimi Bekhechi

Harrods' Pet Kingdom will shut its doors for the last time at the end of the month, ending nearly 100 years of shameful animal exploitation, and here at PETA, we couldn't be happier to hear it. In its time, Harrods has flogged every species of animal for the right price

Mutt Muggin': Adorable Instagram Trend Photographs Dogs In Crockery

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the latest battle to own the internet, dog owners have stepped things up a notch. Meeting the tide of cat videos, cat photos and cat merchandis...

Designer Dogs - A Fashion Too Far

Cat Henstridge | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Henstridge

A couple of weeks ago I saw a six year old Shih Tzu cross Jack Russell Terrier. He was a lovely healthy chap and as a puppy had cost his owners £50 from a local rescue. During the consult we discussed how now his litter would be marketed as 'pure-bred' Jack-S**ts' & sold for at least £300!

The Shocking Truth About Electric Shock Collars and My Call to Have Them Banned

Matthew Offord | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Offord

Some 300,000 electric shock collars were reportedly in use across the UK in 2012 according to the University of Lincoln. That means that there are potentially 300,000 dogs who are being subjected to pain that they don't understand, by owners who may not even know how to use one of these collars.

The Curious Case of Bobi the Disabled Bulgarian Dog

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

Bobi was a political pawn, used by the media to condemn the RSPCA. In this case, the two charities in question were both doing the right thing in relation to the remit of their policies. The media hysteria, public bias and negative publicity meant that the death of Bobi would have haunted the RSPCA in 2014.

Dog-Killing Disease Warning For Pet Owners

PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Pet owners have been warned about a disease which has killed 16 dogs in the past year. Posters are being placed in the New Forest, Hampshire, after...

Why Your Dog Loves You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We're terribly fond of anthropomorphising our pets, but what actually goes on inside the heads of dogs? Do they love us because we give them food or i...