Keeping your dog in shape

Keeping your dog in shape

Taking your pet for a good outing, where s/he can play in an open ground or swim in a pool, is an effective way of mixing fun with exercise. If your dog is not adequately exercised, s/he may develop destructive habits to use up his excess energy.

Obese dog nicknamed Hattie the Fattie loses half her body weight

Obese dog nicknamed Hattie the Fattie loses half her body weight

Hattie before losing all the weight (Picture: SWNS)Eight-year-old Hattie arrived at Gables Farm Dogs and Cats home in Plymouth, Devon, in February this year and was immediately put on a strict weight controlled diet.

Cat which was once one of Britain's FATTEST looking for a new home

Cat which was once one of Britain's FATTEST looking for a new home

Two months on, the eight-year-old moggy now weighs in at a slimline 12.7lbs (5.79kg) having lost an incredible five-and-a-half pounds.Mitzi was re-homed earlier this year but was returned to Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Plymouth, Devon, in August.Staff at the centre are trying to find another new home for the glutenous cat.Lisa Darcy, Woodside's assistant manager, said: "She's a quirky girl.

New Puppy Parent? What to Expect the First Year

New Puppy Parent? What to Expect the First Year

If you’re bringing home a new puppy, you’ll need to provide him with the essentials to help him develop into a happy, healthy and a well-adjusted dog. Puppies are nearing adulthood at this stage of development and need plenty of training and socialization now to help them become well-behaved adult dogs.

Dogs putting on weight in winter due to owners' shirking walks in bad weather, study finds

Dogs putting on weight in winter due to owners' shirking walks in bad weather, study finds

In response to the findings, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist Dan Osman started Doggy Bootcamp - an exercise regime to put dogs and dog owners through their paces – a way to get man and pup pumped in a tail-wagging workout when the weather gets chilly.

Owning a pet increases chance of happiness, says study

Owning a pet increases chance of happiness, says study

Experts who polled 1,000 dog and cat owners over the age of 55, and 1,000 adults of the same age without a pet, found those with canine and feline companionships were twice as likely to consider themselves a success.

Spay/Neuter Your Pet

Spay/Neuter Your Pet

Dogs can be neutered as adults as well, although there’s a slightly higher risk of post-operative complications in older dogs, dogs that are overweight or dogs that have health problems.For cats: It is generally considered safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old to be spayed or neutered.

A-Z of pooch love and care

Deworm your pooch from time to time – puppies and adult dogs. Choose a food bowl according to your pooch’s size, breed and health condition. In case your pooch barks non-stop, consult his vet to find the underlying problem.

How to keep a cat and a dog together

Cats and dogs tend to stay harmoniously together if they are introduced to each other young, kept in the same house and raised together. Giving both your cat and dog enough exercise will keep them calm and they will not indulge in destructive behaviour.