Dogs getting fat in lockdown with London pets putting on most weight

Dogs getting fat in lockdown with London pets putting on most weight

The average dog has put on half a stone during the course of the pandemic (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)The average dog has put on almost half a stone since the pandemic began with pets in London gaining the most weight, new research suggests.

Dog warning issued as 1,500 illegally smuggled puppies rescued after lockdown demand surge

Dog warning issued as 1,500 illegally smuggled puppies rescued after lockdown demand surge

STOCK IMAGE Dogs Trust have rescued 1,500 illegally imported puppies (Image: Getty Images ) STOCK IMAGE Dogs Trust is urging the Government to do more to end puppy smuggling (Image: Getty Images)The youngest puppies seized were just four weeks old.

How to join Alexandra Burke and Pete Wicks on our charity walk this June

How to join Alexandra Burke and Pete Wicks on our charity walk this June

With a fundraising minimum of just £300, the money you raise will help the charity invest in their dogs so they can continue their lifesaving work.

Charity walk: Raise money and get fit with Metro's Lifeline campaign

Charity walk: Raise money and get fit with Metro's Lifeline campaign

If you don’t fancy the marathon distance challenge, you can take your dog and children on the 10k walk (Picture: Getty)As someone who took part in last year’s fundraising trek, Janet Doyle says she highly recommends the experience.

Put your lockdown walking to good use and help fight cancer

Put your lockdown walking to good use and help fight cancer

There’s no doubt that MDD’s work does saves lives, so why not consider all your lockdown walking as training in progress and sign up (details above) to help raise money and be a part of the amazing difference they make.

Metro.co.uk Lifeline: Meet the dogs saving lives just by their sniff

Metro.co.uk Lifeline: Meet the dogs saving lives just by their sniff

Like any charity, Medical Detection Dogs rely on donations to keep doing their lifesaving work, which is why we’re raising much-needed money for them – but we need your help to do it!

Alexandra Burke on how medical detection dogs could have helped her mum

Alexandra Burke on how medical detection dogs could have helped her mum

As a dog lover it means so much to me that these amazing animals can do extraordinary things (Picture: Alexandra Burke)This campaign is also very close to my heart because as well as the diabetes connection, I have also lost people in my life to cancer.

Medical Detection Dogs: The charity behind our Lifeline 2021 campaign

Medical Detection Dogs: The charity behind our Lifeline 2021 campaign

This year, through two sponsored walks, we will raise vital funds for Medical Detection Dogs (MDD), a charity organisation that helps trains dogs to sniff out serious diseases such as cancer , Type 1 diabetes , Parkinson’s and coronavirus.

Milly may be a shelter dog, but she rescues me every single day

Milly may be a shelter dog, but she rescues me every single day

‘I didn’t even know such dogs existed’ (Picture: Yvonne Nicholson)It meant I wasn’t able to work either, but I was desperate to put my time to good use, so eventually decided to volunteer for a charity.

Dr Christian: ‘Detection dogs could be vital in our fight against Covid’

Dr Christian: ‘Detection dogs could be vital in our fight against Covid’

‘If you think of the bigger picture with the pandemic, these dogs could be a real game-changer.’ (Picture: MDD)As I watched them work, it just seemed like such an obvious thing to do.

Metro Lifeline is back and we need you – and your dog – to help!

Metro Lifeline is back and we need you – and your dog – to help!

Already signed up to join our 10k Woof and Walk for MDD are singer Alexandra Burke , TV’s Dr Christian Jessen , reality star Pete Wicks and presenter Debbie Flint.singer Alexandra Burke, TV’s Dr Christian Jessen, reality star Pete Wicks and presenter Debbie Flint will be joining our Woof and Walk for MDD.

I know a dog’s sense of smell can save a life because it happened to me

I know a dog’s sense of smell can save a life because it happened to me

Our idea was that if we could train dogs to sniff out diseases by learning how they smelt, they not only could help with early detection, but also support people who lived with certain illnesses, such as nut allergies and Type 1 diabetes, and let them know if their health was in danger.

Max the Miracle Dog is first pet to receive 'animal OBE'

Max the Miracle Dog is first pet to receive 'animal OBE'

Thirteen-year-old therapy dog Max, who is joined daily on his Lake District walks and swims by thousands via Facebook Live, has been awarded the PDSA order of merit, which recognises animals that “display outstanding devotion to their owner or wider society, above and beyond companionship.”.

Springer spaniel given ‘animal OBE’ for helping thousands in virtual therapy

Springer spaniel given ‘animal OBE’ for helping thousands in virtual therapy

Max’s owner, Kerry Irving, said the springer spaniel was his ‘reason to live’ (Picture: PA)A virtual therapy dog is being honoured with the animal equivalent of an OBE after comforting more than 10,000 people around the world.

Paralysed dog left at the dump never stops smiling after finding forever home

Paralysed dog left at the dump never stops smiling after finding forever home

How Benji was found in Romania (Picture: Caters News Agency)The mum-of-three said: ‘Benji is such a happy boy and he’s actually always smiling.

Dog left for dead after being run over finds forever home

Dog left for dead after being run over finds forever home

Boris was nursed back to good health before being fostered (Picture: Caters)‘He has some issues with his spine from being run over so the charity paid for physiotherapy in Romania before he came back.

New Year's Eve fireworks: How to keep your dogs calm and happy this NYE

New Year's Eve fireworks: How to keep your dogs calm and happy this NYE

New Year's Eve fireworks: Due to their sensitive hearing, dogs can find the loud noises fireworks make very distressing (Image: GETTY).New Year's Eve fireworks: Walking dogs before fireworks start can help to reduce stress for pets (Image: GETTY).

Pet shops selling thousands of dangerous or endangered crocodiles, monkeys and venomous snakes

Pet shops selling thousands of dangerous or endangered crocodiles, monkeys and venomous snakes

The charity said some councils failed to provide licensing information, so the numbers under-represent the true scale of wild animals for sale at pet shops.

Keeping primates as pets to be banned after social media-driven trend leaves monkeys ‘living in misery’

Keeping primates as pets to be banned after social media-driven trend leaves monkeys ‘living in misery’

Animal-welfare organisations, which have lobbied for a ban for years, say that as well as causing immense suffering, the trade threatens wild populations and risks spreading diseases to owners.

Rescue dog saved from agonising death helps pensioner beat lockdown loneliness

Rescue dog saved from agonising death helps pensioner beat lockdown loneliness

Reuben (left) has recovered from being in an awful condition in Romania (Picture: Caters News Agency)A pensioner who rescued a dying street dog from Romania credits her new pet with saving her from lockdown loneliness.