Coronavirus pandemic sees huge increase in dog and cat adoptions

Coronavirus pandemic sees huge increase in dog and cat adoptions

The greater amount of time people have been spending at home for the past few weeks has inspired many to provide new homes for pets, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home revealed.

Online vet launches 24/7 service so you can look after your pet in self-isolation

Online vet launches 24/7 service so you can look after your pet in self-isolation

‘Currently there is limited evidence that your pets can be infected with COVID-19 and no evidence that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection to other animals or to humans,’ said Samantha Webster, a veterinary surgeon with eight years of experience.

Police dog swept away in river found ‘soaking and shaken’ by rescuers

Police dog swept away in river found ‘soaking and shaken’ by rescuers

The dog was found ‘soaking and shaken’ after she was swept away (Picture: South Wales Police : Heddlu De Cymru/Facebook)A police dog ‘swept away’ in the River Taff during a training exercise has been safely rescued after officers launched an urgent appeal.

Fat cat Sox who struggles with stairs competes to be the best pet slimmer

Fat cat Sox who struggles with stairs competes to be the best pet slimmer

Pet cat Sox is more than double the weight he should be (Picture: PA)Rejoice, fellow chonky cats and pups lovers – it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Beagle Luigi is crowned pet slimming champion after giving up roast dinners

Beagle Luigi is crowned pet slimming champion after giving up roast dinners

Missi put on weight thanks to a passion for ice cream (Picture: PA)Owner Gemma Pittaway, from Walsall, said at the start of Missi’s challenge: ‘She gets very excited when she hears the ice cream van coming – it’s her favourite.

Fat cats: how to get a lazy, obese feline into perfect shape

Fat cats: how to get a lazy, obese feline into perfect shape

“When they’re sleeping they’re not using many calories, so we need to adjust for that in terms of the type and volume of food we’re feeding them.” Regular weight clinics are also an effective way to track progress with your vet and change their diet accordingly.

Wolfgang, the obese beagle, is on his way to losing 65 pounds

Wolfgang, the obese beagle, is on his way to losing 65 pounds

But, Wolfgang uses it more for self-care.“He seems to like floating in the pool more than exercising,” McManis said."We had a real special connection with Wolfgang and really wanted to see him reach his weight loss," McManis said.

Bruey the labrador has lost 2.5 stone after he got a little chunky

Bruey the labrador has lost 2.5 stone after he got a little chunky

Veterinary nurse Amy Hood from White Cross Vets has worked tirelessly with owner Mary Hughes and Petpals dog walker Paul Yates, to achieve the impressive transformation.Paul Yates, from Petpals, said: ‘I have been just as determined as Amy to support Mary in helping Bruey to lose weight.

Help your dog cope with arthritis

Help your dog cope with arthritis

Some pets hide their arthritis pain, but you’ll notice they don’t want to play because it’s difficult to run and wrestle.As a responsible pet parent, you can help your pooch to deal with this painful condition with the following practices:.

Britain’s heaviest moggie? Fat Cat Pompom becomes pet fitness cheerleader

Britain’s heaviest moggie? Fat Cat Pompom becomes pet fitness cheerleader

He has to walk for his dry food from one room to the other and I hope it will help him to be slim before spring time.” Pompom with owner Joanna Klosowska (Image: PDSA) Pompom tips the scales at more than 21lb - twice the weight of a healthy cat (Image: PDSA) Mrs Klosowska put Pompom on a diet after receiving advice from vets at the PDSA.

4 Reasons Why Your Overweight Dog Isn’t Losing Weight

4 Reasons Why Your Overweight Dog Isn’t Losing Weight

2. Extra Feeding by Family Members One of the most common reasons dog weight-loss plans fail is because not all of the humans in the dog’s life are on the same page.

Pudgy pug who weighs MORE THAN A TODDLER made pin-up for pet weight-loss club

Pudgy pug who weighs MORE THAN A TODDLER made pin-up for pet weight-loss club

Podgy pug Sugar is double her ideal weight (Image: PDSA) Twelve-year old Sugar piled on the pounds by not getting enough exercise but she has now been selected for the PDSA’s famous Pet Fit Club to help her fight the flab.

Chunky pug who weighs the same as a toddler is going on a diet

Chunky pug who weighs the same as a toddler is going on a diet

The dog piled on weight because her previous owner, who was partially sighted, wasn’t able to take her for walks or give her any exercise. Steve takes Winston and Sugar out for four walks a day.

7 Calm Dog Breeds Who Love to Sleep

7 Calm Dog Breeds Who Love to Sleep

4. Pug Via iStock.com/Alexandr Zhenzhirov This toy breed has been around since before 400 B.C. and is a miniature of the mastiff-type dog. These seven dog breeds generally are considered to love their naps as much as their pet parents.

Is your dog depressed? Blue Monday nightmare as owners' woes make pets' lives miserable

Is your dog depressed? Blue Monday nightmare as owners' woes make pets' lives miserable

Blue Monday a crisis time for pets (Image: PDSA) Rabbits are happier when they can form social bonds (Image: GETTY) Vet Anderson-Nathan added: “Too much time indoors without enough exercise leads to health problems on a much larger scale, such as obesity.

Dog walkers issued strict new guidelines to keep pets safe as unregulated industry booms

Dog walkers issued strict new guidelines to keep pets safe as unregulated industry booms

Dog walking has become a boom industry (Image: RSPCA) With nearly one in three owners relying on dog walkers to exercise their pets, leading animal charities have come together to ensure high welfare standards in the growing but unregulated industry.

'Love at first sight!' Overweight dog dumped with 'sorry' sign RE-HOMED after diet regime

'Love at first sight!' Overweight dog dumped with 'sorry' sign RE-HOMED after diet regime

Nelly the Elephant was dumped in a park with a (Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home) The heavyweight bulldog needed surgery to help tackle her breathing difficulties – a problem most likely made worse because she tipped the scales at more than 20lb over her healthy weight.

Dog cold weather warning: Vets reveal their advice to pet owners as temperatures plunge

Dog cold weather warning: Vets reveal their advice to pet owners as temperatures plunge

Dog cold weather warning: Vets reveal their advice to pet owners as temperatures plunge CRUEL winter weather can be a particularly hard time for our warm and fuzzy friends who are not prepared for freezing conditions.

The Top 5 States for Pet Obesity

The Top 5 States for Pet Obesity

According to recent statistics, compiled in the 2013 Banfield State of Pet Health Report , pet obesity is increasing at an alarming rate.

Canicross is the new fitness craze that lets you work out with your dog

Canicross is the new fitness craze that lets you work out with your dog

If you run with your dog anyway, it’s worth investing in the equipment and trying canicross instead. If you need a bit of moral support you can join group canicross sessions, who meet regularly for rural runs.