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.

Therapy sausage dog becomes fashion icon after appearing in Vogue

Therapy sausage dog becomes fashion icon after appearing in Vogue

(Picture: Michael Scott/Caters News)A sausage dog who found viral fame providing therapy to stressed out students has become a fashion celeb, appearing in Vogue magazine.

Deaf woman ‘trained dog to be used as a weapon against Asian shopkeeper’

Deaf woman ‘trained dog to be used as a weapon against Asian shopkeeper’

Sonya Wadsworth, 41, let her dog Tyson off the lead and encouraged him to bite Varun Ditta after being confronted for putting children’s sweets in her coat pocket.

Woman killed her dog by punching it in the head four times

Woman killed her dog by punching it in the head four times

Natasha Brown was spared jail South Tyneside Magistrates’ Courtat for killing her dog (Picture: NNP)A woman killed her dog after flying into a fit of rage when her ex-girlfriend spurned her advances.The dog was ‘screaming’ during the attack before it went ‘limp and lifeless’, a court heard.

Missguided is selling matching roll-neck jumpers for you and your dog

Missguided is selling matching roll-neck jumpers for you and your dog

A white knit for you…(Picture: Missguided) …and your dog (Picture: Missguided)According to the brand, the smaller jumpers are designed to fit dogs like chihuahuas, mini dachshunds and Yorkshire terriers.Missguided has also released a selection of festive jumpers for dogs, including a Christmas pudding design and an adorable reindeer knit.

The tiger next door: America’s backyard big cats

The tiger next door: America’s backyard big cats

Brittany Peet, director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), says there are a “patchwork of laws” regulating the possession of big cats.

From the archive: Britain’s most exclusive doghouse, 1991

From the archive: Britain’s most exclusive doghouse, 1991

reporter, Martin Plimmer, went along to Alicia and Bill Eykyn’s Featherbed Country Club for Dogs in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – where pets can stay for £125 a week, or £265 in today’s money (or to put it another way, four times as much as my student room cost at the time) – to find out about this piece of ‘canine heaven’.

Tail talks: decipher and decode The da vinci cat tail

Tail talks: decipher and decode The da vinci cat tail

When cats feel threatened, they place their tail low on the ground.If you see a cat looking wary with the tail in this position, understand that this can quickly progress from uncertainty to aggression.

Dad and daughter kept starving dogs in faeces ridden puppy farm

Dad and daughter kept starving dogs in faeces ridden puppy farm

Sansha Lamb was banned from keeping animals for life (Picture: SWNS) The dogs were underfed and riddled with lice and skin lesions (Picture: SWNS)Martin Pizzey, defending Peter, said his client had no commercial interest and only became involved to help his daughter.

22 Most Expensive Dog Breeds Around the World

22 Most Expensive Dog Breeds Around the World

There are so many breeds of dogs to go for, but some are just too expensive in the areas of price, grooming, and healthcare!With a life expectancy of about 15 years, the Kerry Blue Terrie breed go for just $600 per dog but they have many health issues.

Bridesmaids surprise bride with a puppy as a wedding gift after her dog died

Bridesmaids surprise bride with a puppy as a wedding gift after her dog died

The puppy served as a ring bearer at the wedding (Picture: Caters News Agency)‘I couldn’t believe what was going on – I was so excited to see my best friends who live far away that I didn’t even notice him at first.

Police force welcomes nine incredibly cute new recruits

Police force welcomes nine incredibly cute new recruits

A litter of K9 puppies turned eight weeks old today (Pictures: Greater Manchester Police/Mercury)A police dog unit has welcomed its nine newest and cutest members – a litter of German Shepherd pups.

Garrod Kirkwood's best photograph: one man and his whippet in a seaside arcade

Garrod Kirkwood's best photograph: one man and his whippet in a seaside arcade

‘I used to follow Chris and his whippet Edie round Sunderland.When the project was finished, I told Chris that I thought we had got enough He said: “Don’t say that.

Why senior dogs, often the last to be adopted, make great pets

Why senior dogs, often the last to be adopted, make great pets

In fact, many Lily's Legacy dogs have had short life expectancies due to health issues but defied the odds and lived much longer thanks to medical care and love, she said.

Five puppies killed in ‘acid attack’ by owner’s relative

Five puppies killed in ‘acid attack’ by owner’s relative

At first vets thought the puppies had been soaked in boiling water (Picture: Natha Satwa Nusantara/ Facebook)Five puppies have died after being attacked with a corrosive liquid.

Dog so stressed by fireworks her ‘eyes popped’ and she went blind

Dog so stressed by fireworks her ‘eyes popped’ and she went blind

Margaret Adams, 85, said Suzy the Labrador cross experiences extreme distress when fireworks season begin every year.Susan Paterson revealed on Facebook that Molly died in Wombwell, near Barnsley, South YorkshireSuzy’s story follows the news that a puppy died after suffering a heart attack during a fireworks display.

Happy Bonfire Night: How to keep pets safe on Guy Fawkes Night

Happy Bonfire Night: How to keep pets safe on Guy Fawkes Night

The RSPCA estimate that, in the UK, as many as 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks and other pets such as cats , small animals and horses can also be spooked and affected by the sounds of Bonfire Night celebrations.

Pets at Home is selling jackets to keep animals calm during fireworks

Pets at Home is selling jackets to keep animals calm during fireworks

To help keep your cats or dogs calm, Pets at Home is selling a range of products, including the Thundershirt – a jacket that acts like a ‘constant hug’ for your pet.

The real star of Monday night's Cowboys-Giants game was a black cat

The real star of Monday night's Cowboys-Giants game was a black cat

The black cat is one of several resident strays that live in the bleachers at MetLife Stadium and usually come out after the game, building security officials told New York Giants reporter Madelyn Burke.

Dog who’s learning to talk using custom keyboard already knows 29 words

Dog who’s learning to talk using custom keyboard already knows 29 words

That’s because Christina, a speech-language pathologist, has given her doggo Stella a customised keyboard which allows her to press what she wants to say.She now knows 29 words (Picture: @hunger4words)Christina has been documenting Stella’s learning journey on her blog Hunger for Words.