Monthly Archives: March 2012

Powers given to councils to appoint animal welfare inspectors

Posted On 2012-03-30 03:03:01

Agriculture minister Michelle O’Neill has confirmed that powers for councils to appoint inspectors under the Welfare of Animals Act 2011 will be issued on April 2nd. This will give local authorities more scope to crack down on irresponsible pet insurance customers. The roles will encompass any vertebrate species and equines.... more

Lab animal welfare still a worry

Posted On 2012-03-30 01:03:18

Scientists at the RSPCA are still ‘seriously worried’ about the welfare of lab animals after details of a new law on experiments were debated in parliament this week. The UK law on lab animal care is currently being revised in order to bring it in line with a new EU... more

Unusually warm weather has led to influx of kittens

Posted On 2012-03-29 04:03:06

The unusually warm spring has made Britain’s cats feeling extra frisky, leading to a sudden rise in the number of kittens being born. A female cat’s mating season usually spreads from the beginning of spring to late autumn as feline ovaries become inactive during the shorter winter days, meaning litters... more

Pets being gorged into obesity

Posted On 2012-03-29 04:03:48

More than a third of dogs (2.9 million) are overweight or obese, while three million (25 per cent) suffer the same problem. Figures released by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) show the shocking numbers of pet insurance customers that continue to feed their companions rich human treats. Despite... more

Eight-foot python sent through the post

Posted On 2012-03-29 04:03:28

Customs officials at Stansted Airport were recently shocked to find a live eight-foot albino python in a package destined for Exeter. It was due to be put on a plane last Friday (March 23rd) to complete its journey from Harlow to a new owner. The pet insurance customer had bought... more

Prepare house for arrival of new dog

Posted On 2012-03-29 01:03:13

People should be looking to do a bit of preparatory work in their houses in order to be fully ready for the arrival of a new pooch. If families are adding to their existing dog insurance policy, they should try and ensure that the new canine meets the other pooch... more

Toys can help cats lose weight

Posted On 2012-03-29 12:03:24

The problem of animal obesity is increasingly affecting creatures throughout the UK but pet insurance customers can keep this to a minimum by having toys around the house to keep them occupied. Research conducted by the PDSA last year found that up to 12 million pets are being fed too... more

Milton Keynes RSPCA ‘in crisis’

Posted On 2012-03-28 04:03:37

Milton Keynes’ RSPCA branch is in a state of crisis as it has more than 100 cats and 25 rabbits that urgently need rehoming. The situation is dire for the charity as it has been working at more than full capacity for some time and its waiting list for taking... more

Riders deliver pet food for the needy in Oxford

Posted On 2012-03-28 04:03:13

Scores of motorbike riders in Oxfordshire recently rode out to help the Oxford Animal Sanctuary by delivering tins of pet food to ease the running costs of the shelter. It was the second year running that Beerhounds Motorcycle Club organised a charity food run in aid of the animal rehoming... more

People should smoke outside to protect their pets

Posted On 2012-03-28 03:03:47

Smokers have been warned that they should step outside for a puff in order to protect their pets from the effects of passive smoking. There is compelling evidence that suggests passive smoking can cause cancer in humans and the same danger is present for pets. Veterinary journalist Pete Wedderburn advised... more