MPs to consider fireworks sales ban as anger mounts over effect on animals

MPs to consider fireworks sales ban as anger mounts over effect on animals

“That’s exactly why the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is already gathering information on the noise, disturbance and anti-social behaviour that can be associated with fireworks, and the impact on people, animals and our environment.

Shock tactics: can electric dog collars ever be ethical?

Shock tactics: can electric dog collars ever be ethical?

This seemed to work, and Andrews has since asked Coffey to help to overturn the government’s plans for a ban on remote-control collars.Aversive training methods, and electric collars in particular, are opposed by the RSPCA, the Kennel Club, the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Another Birmingham TV series that’s worth a look

Another Birmingham TV series that’s worth a look

• It is good news that Peaky Blinders fans have flocked to explore the world associated with the BBC series (Report , 2 September).The BBC’s Bergerac series (1981-91) was, for example, credited with a huge increase in tourism to Jersey.

Positive reinforcements: How to train dogs

Positive reinforcements: How to train dogs

- Dogs learn by trying out different behaviour and associating the consequences that arise as a result of that behaviour.- Always end the training on a positive note and reward your dog.Train your puppy for a sitting posture using treats.

Service Dog Risks his Life to Save a Blind Man and Inspires Donations

Service Dog Risks his Life to Save a Blind Man and Inspires Donations

A service dog named Orlando placed himself in mortal danger while trying to save the life of a blind man, reports Colleen Long of the Associated Press and Brian Williams of NBC News.

Petting dogs, cats may reduce stress in students

Petting dogs, cats may reduce stress in students

"Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact," students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone," said Patricia Pendry, Associate Professor at Washington State University.

Cat crowned king of village to be honoured on 10th birthday

Cat crowned king of village to be honoured on 10th birthday

Ms Applebee told the Press Association: “He comes home but he doesn't stay in the home because he doesn't like the kittens. To stay away from the kittens, Wilbur, who Ms Applebee describes as “bold” and “very friendly”, spends his time in shops and businesses around the village instead.

From dogs in jeans and sunglasses to eating bento... Japan is taking dog ownership to a whole new level

From dogs in jeans and sunglasses to eating bento... Japan is taking dog ownership to a whole new level

But Japan Airlines offers special charter flights to domestic tourist destinations once a year that let dog owners bring their pets inside the cabin. Ishiyama says that’s because it’s hard to overcome the hurdles associated with dog ownership in Japan, and only people who are really committed to owning dogs do so.

Raw dog food is risky business for pet and family alike

Raw dog food is risky business for pet and family alike

Harmful pathogens in raw food "This research offers further compelling evidence to support vets' concerns about the potential animal and public health risks associated with feeding pets a raw meat-based diet," said veterinarian Dr Daniella Dos Santos.

Millions of dogs in UK left feeling 'frightened and lonely' when home alone warns RSCPA

Millions of dogs in UK left feeling 'frightened and lonely' when home alone warns RSCPA

DogKind poster released with campaign (Image: RSPCA) A quarter of owners went on to confess their working hours make it difficult for them to care for their dog as “they would like” while one in five admitted witnessing signs associated with separation related behaviour.

Dogs' personalities change over time just like humans

Dogs' personalities change over time just like humans

Exposure to obedience classes to dogs and training were associated with more positive personality traits across the dog's lifespan, Chopik suggested. The findings showed that dogs and owners share specific personality traits indicating that extroverted humans rated their dogs as more excitable and active.

Keeping Dogs and Cats Warm in Winter

Keeping Dogs and Cats Warm in Winter

Top Cold-Weather Concerns For Pets Via iStock.com/Pekic Most of our dogs and cats are covered with fur, and some breeds seem to tolerate the cold more naturally, but… “Every breed has different limits of hot/cold, and each pet should be considered individually,” says Dr. Sara Witherell, a board-certified associate veterinarian at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

Snow WARNING for dogs: Family pets IN DANGER of heat stroke if they play out in the cold

Snow WARNING for dogs: Family pets IN DANGER of heat stroke if they play out in the cold

“It took about four days for Charlie to recover at home as his muscles were sore and I also had to keep him calm, which wasn’t easy.” With the coldest weather of the winter striking the UK this week, bringing snows and heavy frosts, Vets Now are warning how pets can be at risk from heat stroke and hyperthermia – conditions normally associated with hot summer months.

2018's pet slimmers of the year are spaniel Borris and chunky Labrador Sadie

2018's pet slimmers of the year are spaniel Borris and chunky Labrador Sadie

Sadie lost a quarter of her starting weight (Picture: PRESS ASSOCIATION)It’s the announcement we’ve waited all year for: which hardworking animal will win 2018’s Pet Slimmer of the Year award?

Dog with rare medical condition has his very own high chair to help him eat

Dog with rare medical condition has his very own high chair to help him eat

Buck was taken in by the charity Team Edward Labrador Rescue before his story was spotted by University of Nottingham vet and teaching associate, Emma Drinkall. (Picture: Emma Drinkall / SWNS.com)Buck weighed only 17kg (37.4lbs) when he was taken in by the charity Team Edward.

Spaying Your Dog: Dog Spay Surgery from Start to Finish

Spaying Your Dog: Dog Spay Surgery from Start to Finish

However, with the advent of modern pain medications and a better understanding of pain control in dogs, most pups experience only minimal discomfort after surgery when all post-surgical recommendations are followed. The risks associated with spaying a dog include pain, infection, dehiscence (opening) of the surgical site and excessive bleeding.

Moving With Your Pet

Moving With Your Pet

First, place their food inside an open crate, and eventually have them eat their meals in the crate with the door shut.Try carrying your pets around the house in the crate or taking a short drive.You can help your pets develop a positive association with the crate by providing treats and playtime at the conclusion of crate time.Taking these steps will make moving day a lot more comfortable for you and your furry friends.Pet-Proofing Your New HomeIt is a good idea to pet-proof your new home.

The worst part of being poor: watching your dog die when you can't afford to help

The worst part of being poor: watching your dog die when you can't afford to help

The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that financially challenged pet owners talk to their veterinarian about payment plans or deferred payments, look into low-cost clinics, and check for charities that might be able to help – all of which we did, to no avail.

Behavioral Help for Your Pet

Behavioral Help for Your Pet

Professionals in the pet-behavior field fall into four main categories:TrainersCertified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDTs)Applied Animal Behaviorists, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAABs) and Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (ACAABs)Diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Dip ACVBs)Here are some frequently asked questions from pet parents who are seeking professional behavioral help for their pet:What are the differences between pet-behavior professionals?TrainersPet trainers use a number of different titles, such as “behavior counselor,” “pet psychologist” and “pet therapist.” The level of education and experience among this group of professionals varies greatly.

Easy tips to keep your pets safe in the summer heat

Easy tips to keep your pets safe in the summer heat

Easy tips to keep your pets safe in the summer heat copied! Dr. Heather Loenser, senior veterinarian officer at the American Animal Hospital Association, joins Megyn Kelly TODAY with simple tips to keep your animals safe during the summer heat. Megyn even brought along her own pup! Read More

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