How to help your pets keep cool and avoid heatstroke in hot weather

How to help your pets keep cool and avoid heatstroke in hot weather

Cats aren’t immune to heat either (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)It’s tempting to open all your windows in hot weather, but Blue Cross recommends installing screens and netting to help keep your pets from suffering a nasty fall.

Bill Bailey horsing around in honour of our heroic war animals

Bill Bailey horsing around in honour of our heroic war animals

Bill, 57, who became a Pearly King for his classic picture of a horse which had been saved from slaughter, said: "It was great fun and a fitting way to acknowledge the heritage of the Blue Cross.".

Pug and Bulldog breeding faces UK ban - Vets call for end to 'vicious cycle'

Pug and Bulldog breeding faces UK ban - Vets call for end to 'vicious cycle'

Breeding of pugs and bulldogs could soon be banned in the UK (Image: Getty)Over the last two years, vets from the Blue Cross have claimed to have treated more than 5,000 brachycephalic pets for dangerous health problems.

Abandoned dog found on roadside locked in cage in its own vomit without water or blanket

Abandoned dog found on roadside locked in cage in its own vomit without water or blanket

(Image: Kimberly Beavis)Ms Beavis, a carer, and partner Justin Redman, a refuse worker, said the dog had been handed over to the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Victoria, Central London.

Worried about vet bills? You may get help from an animal charity

Worried about vet bills? You may get help from an animal charity

Photograph: Panther Media GmbH/AlamyBlue Cross offers free treatments – although it asks for a voluntary donation – to pet owners who live with the catchment area of its hospitals and pet care clinics.

From yaps to howls: what your dog’s bark means – and how to get them to tone it down

From yaps to howls: what your dog’s bark means – and how to get them to tone it down

“Some people can be very intolerant of their dog barking, particular if they are getting complaints from their neighbours,” says Ryan Neile, head of behaviour at the animal welfare charity Blue Cross.So, first, what exactly is a barking dog trying to achieve.

These animals spent 2021 without a home – can you give them a family in 2022?

These animals spent 2021 without a home – can you give them a family in 2022?

They’ve been waiting a long time (Picture: Blue Cross/Dogs Trust/Cats Protection)Getting a pet isn’t something to be taken lightly or done on a whim, but if you’ve been seriously considering opening your home to a four-legged friend, rehoming is a great option.

Pandemic puppy with extreme anxiety given up as owners 'couldn't cope'

Pandemic puppy with extreme anxiety given up as owners 'couldn't cope'

Blue Cross will continue to provide behavioural support to her owners, if needed, for the rest of her life – as they do for all pets that they rehome.Now Peggy is happy in her new home (Picture: Blue Cross)‘Peggy’s previous family did exactly the right thing by contacting us,’ says Jenny.

Litter of homeless puppies finds loving families just in time for Christmas

Litter of homeless puppies finds loving families just in time for Christmas

Karma’s heartbroken owner wanted the best for their dog, and so asked Blue Cross to care for both the 18-month-old mum and her litter and to find them all loving families once they were ready.

Puppy abandoned due to disability finds home in time for Christmas

Puppy abandoned due to disability finds home in time for Christmas

‘She is so funny, inquisitive, loving, lively, and we wouldn’t be without her’ (Picture: SWNS)When Amanda and Steve Hofford heard about Roo the whippet, they knew they had to have her in their lives.Roo loves cuddles (Picture: Blue Cross / SWNS)‘She has a front leg missing, but this is no obstacle to her at all.

Electric shock dog collar videos on YouTube draw fierce criticism

Electric shock dog collar videos on YouTube draw fierce criticism

‘It takes two minutes for someone to watch a short video on YouTube and purchase a shock collar with no knowledge of how to use them,’ said Ryan Neile, head of behaviour at Blue Cross.

Puppies named after the seven dwarfs get adopted in time for Christmas

Puppies named after the seven dwarfs get adopted in time for Christmas

Seven adorable puppies named after the dwarfs have all found new homes just in time for Christmas.(Picture: Blue Cross / SWNS)Dopey, Doc, Bashful, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy and Sneezy have all found homes in time for Christmas.

The Christmas foods you should not feed your pets at the dinner table

The Christmas foods you should not feed your pets at the dinner table

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) states that the consumption of large quantities of salt can cause pets to experience excessive thirst and urination, in addition to potential sodium poisoning.Onions, garlics, leeks, shallots and chives can prove toxic for animals, Maria Banica, a vet at Blue Cross pet charity, states.

Dog who ate Christmas bauble did ‘the most festive glittery poop’ the Blue Cross had ever seen

Dog who ate Christmas bauble did ‘the most festive glittery poop’ the Blue Cross had ever seen

The Sharpei, who lives in Grimsby, was very sick after eating part of a bauble – resulting in her passing ‘the most festive glittery poop’ the team said they had ever seen (they didn’t include pictures, which is probably for the best).

How to keep your pets safe in hot weather – especially if you have a balcony

How to keep your pets safe in hot weather – especially if you have a balcony

The summer months are riddled with dangers for household pets (Picture: Getty/Blue Cross)Pet owners are being warned not to open their windows or balconies to cool down their homes on hot days.

CAT CRISIS: UK overpopulation nightmare sees RSPCA make 60 rescues A DAY

CAT CRISIS: UK overpopulation nightmare sees RSPCA make 60 rescues A DAY

The Cat Population Control Group (CPCG) – made up of a number of animal welfare groups, including the RSPCA, Cats Protection, Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, Blue Cross, PDSA and Vets 4 Pets, believes having kittens spayed when they reach four months of age rather than at the traditional six months stage will help reduce these figures.

Who gets to keep the dog in a divorce?

Who gets to keep the dog in a divorce?

First picture of man charged with stabbing dad to death on Surrey train ‘It can be quite harmful to a pet if their routine is upset and you shouldn’t assume you will divide the time in half.’ After coming across so many disputes between former partners and their pets, Vanessa teamed up with Blue Cross to come up with a ‘pet-nuptial’ agreement, a specially created document to plan for pets’ futures and help avoid heartache if a relationship should end.

Dog with cancer needs to find a home to live out her final days

Dog with cancer needs to find a home to live out her final days

Little Charley the Staffordshire bull terrier was brought into the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Burford, Oxfordshire in June – and has remained there ever since (Picture: Blue Cross)Laura Crofts, rehoming manager, said it could be ‘a few weeks, a few months or a few years’.