Obese pets: Millions of cats and dogs in the UK now considered overweight

Obese pets: Millions of cats and dogs in the UK now considered overweight

The rise in the number of obese pet cats and dogs in the UK is forcing vets to use heavy lifting equipment to avoid injury, figures show.

Man adopts sick elderly dog who cuddles up to him as he signs adoption paperwork

Man adopts sick elderly dog who cuddles up to him as he signs adoption paperwork

(Picture: Picture: Pennsylvania SPCA Danville Center)An elderly, sick dog has been given his forever home by a kind stranger who walked into a shelter asking to see an old dog in need of a home.

Bonfire night 2019: How to keep your dog safe during fireworks

Bonfire night 2019: How to keep your dog safe during fireworks

Bonfire Night 2019: Turn up the TV or music to help drown out the bangs (Image: GETTY)Gemma Cunningham, Campaign and Communications Manager at pet supplement manufacturers Lintbells, said: “Many dog owners are calling for a change around firework laws, with over 60 percent calling for an outright ban on unlicensed fireworks, according to the study we conducted, with 96 percent believing that the laws around fireworks should be changed.

Vietnam veteran in hospice care sees beloved dog ‘one last time’

Vietnam veteran in hospice care sees beloved dog ‘one last time’

When the story of their heartwarming reunion made the local newspaper, Nevarez said one of their longtime volunteers, Robert Candelaria, immediately reached out about adopting Patch.“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” Danny Nevarez said.

Dying veteran’s final wish to see his puppy is granted in emotional reunion

Dying veteran’s final wish to see his puppy is granted in emotional reunion

John Vincent was reunited with his dog for a final time (Picture: Albuquerque Animal Welfare)A Vietnam War veteran with just weeks to live got to say a final good bye to his beloved Yorkshire Terrier from his hospital bed.

How the Victorians turned mere beasts into man’s best friends

How the Victorians turned mere beasts into man’s best friends

“Many people kept cats during the Victorian period and felt affectionate towards them, but they were still very much seen as utility animals, which kept mice and vermin down,” Hamlett said.

Should I get a dog? Dog owners live longer after a heart attack or stroke.

Should I get a dog? Dog owners live longer after a heart attack or stroke.

After accounting for factors such as age, other health issues, marital status, the presence of children in the home and income, the researchers found that heart attack survivors who lived alone had a 33 percent lower risk of death in the year after their heart attack if they had a dog, compared with non-dog owners.

Baby turtle dies after eating 104 pieces of plastic off Florida coast

Baby turtle dies after eating 104 pieces of plastic off Florida coast

Whitney Crowder, sea turtle rehabilitation coordinator for Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida, which posted a viral photo of the deceased loggerhead turtle with bits of plastic removed from its body, said that baby turtles die from ingesting plastic every year.

You can track the sea turtle named after TODAY — here's how

You can track the sea turtle named after TODAY — here's how

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is on the front lines of the conservation effort to protect and save the dwindling sea turtle population.

Cats are just as loyal to their owners as dogs, study finds

Cats are just as loyal to their owners as dogs, study finds

Researchers from Oregon State University say they have found that, just like children and dogs, cats form emotional attachments to their caregivers including something known as “secure attachment” – when the presence of a caregiver helps them to feel secure and calm.

3D printing and spine surgery helps paralyzed dog walk again

3D printing and spine surgery helps paralyzed dog walk again

St. Francis Veterinary Center of South JerseyWhen Loraine knew something wasn't right with her husband's "best buddy" she took him to Saint Francis Veterinary Center outside Philadelphia where doctors told her he needed emergency spine surgery .The procedure was necessary but also very risky, as Andy’s bones and blood vessels all fit into a space as small as a human finger.

Inseparable lovedogs are looking for home after months in shelter

Inseparable lovedogs are looking for home after months in shelter

(Picture: Support Adoption For Pets)Two dogs so inseperable they have been dubbed ‘lovedogs’ are looking for their forever home.They absolutely love each other (Picture: Support Adoption For Pets)However, they are being picky about their new owner – as Samir and Sabina need lots of love and attention.

‘Wobbly’ disabled goldendoodle is living his best life travelling the USA

‘Wobbly’ disabled goldendoodle is living his best life travelling the USA

‘I had tonnes of fostering experience but none with special needs, so I knew Josh would be a new challenge,’ says Kim. The fluffiest boy (Picture: CATERS UK) ‘I didn’t even care that he had a disability though; I just felt it in my heart that this opportunity was meant for us,’ she continues.

Groom chooses dog to be his best man after pet helped him find love

Groom chooses dog to be his best man after pet helped him find love

The bride and groom met at the Dogs Trust home where Jack had lived for nine months (Picture: SWNS)‘We had a lovely sentimental day, and Jack played a big part,’ gushed Christopher.

Marmite the dog was saved by vets after swallowing two whole kebabs

Marmite the dog was saved by vets after swallowing two whole kebabs

Marmite is doing okay now (Picture: SWNS)A dog was saved by vets after he swallowed two chicken kebabs with the wooden skewers still intact. Marmite underwent an emergency three-hour operation to remove the skewers – with chicken and peppers still attached – at the Avonvale Veterinary Centre in Warwick.

How to safely approach a dog you don’t know

How to safely approach a dog you don’t know

Tracy Genever, Head of Education at Blue Cross pet charity, told although it’s difficult to ascertain why hospital admissions have increased, she echoed it is important to notice the warning signs. Experts add it’s important children know how to safely behave around dogs (Picture: Getty).

New ‘Lucy’s law’ will protect dogs and cats in crackdown on puppy farms

New ‘Lucy’s law’ will protect dogs and cats in crackdown on puppy farms

Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who died in 2016 after being poorly treated on a Welsh puppy farm (Picture: PA)New laws are set to come into place next year to protect puppies and kittens from unscrupulous breeders.

People won't adopt this dog because she's too 'ugly' - can you give her a home?

People won't adopt this dog because she's too 'ugly' - can you give her a home?

(Picture: RSPCA / )Staff at a rescue centre are struggling to find a home for an abandoned dog – because people think she is ‘too ugly’. Craig added: ‘She’s such a sweet, friendly little dog and she really deserves to find a loving home to enjoy her senior years.

Puppies abandoned in plastic box given names after Marvel superheroes

Puppies abandoned in plastic box given names after Marvel superheroes

RSPCA said some of them appear underweight (Picture: Wales News Service)Ten puppies have been given names after Marvel characters after they were found abandoned in a plastic box in Newport.

Moment live dogs are beaten and butchered for humans to eat

Moment live dogs are beaten and butchered for humans to eat

The pets arrive on trucks at the factory in Surakarta (Picture: DMFI) Many don’t survive the journey to the factory (Picture: DMFI) Over 80 restaurants in Java openly advertise selling the meat (Picture: DMFI)‘They are then taken to filthy slaughterhouses where they watch other being slaughtered as they wait their turn, trebling in fear.