A dignified end for beloved pets

A dignified end for beloved pets

It would be a tragedy if this poorly evidenced representation of the most important function we perform in companion animal medicine were to dissuade anyone from seeking the best, most compassionate end-of-life care and advice that veterinary professionals and their support staff can provide.

Swaddled by David Beckham in a £5,000 blanket – does this dog have the dream life?

Swaddled by David Beckham in a £5,000 blanket – does this dog have the dream life?

Meet Olive Beckham, the celebrity dog draped in Louis Vuitton, who might just be the luckiest pet around Swaddled by David Beckham in a £5,000 blanket – does this dog have the dream life?

Running with your dog can keep you fit, but needs to be done responsibly

Running with your dog can keep you fit, but needs to be done responsibly

As a fellow “dog runner” and longtime reader of the Guardian, I was intrigued, and subsequently disappointed, to read Zoe Williams’ article (The dog and I can run together – what could possibly go wrong?, Weekend, 15 December).

The purrfect diet for your fat cat

The purrfect diet for your fat cat

The big question was how much it takes to make cats lose weight, especially lazy neutered males?" asked Kelly Swanson, a professor in the department of animal sciences."It turns out you have to keep reducing their food intake because they're not very active.

Dog Born with Deformed Front Legs Runs for the First Time

Dog Born with Deformed Front Legs Runs for the First Time

The adorable husky mix in the video below, posted by 3D Systems, is Derby, he was born with deformed front legs. “I had to try and I had to try and help this dog.” Anderson explains she tried getting him a cart with wheels, but it ended up limiting his mobility.

Swedish Brand Ikea Launches Modern, Affordable Pet Line

Swedish Brand Ikea Launches Modern, Affordable Pet Line

“To develop LURVIG, the starting point was our human furniture at IKEA, but then we focused on the most common needs and behaviors of cats and dogs: sleeping, eating, playing, exercising and being close to us,” says Schäfer, adding, "We are striving not to ‘humanize’ cats and dogs while still seeing them as family members.”

The summer hat that tops them all | Brief letters

The summer hat that tops them all | Brief letters

• Mike Hine (Letters, 11 August) says Eve “surely had the most significant impact on world history”. • Join the debate – email [email protected] • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters