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How to help your dog adjust to your busier lifestyle after lockdown

With an end to lockdown measures in the UK in sight, and restrictions on our day-to-day lives gently easing, we’ll soon find ourselves spending less time at home. So how will your dog cope with...
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Vets bracing for “possible parvovirus surge”

My Family Vets is urging dog owners to make sure their pets are vaccinated after research revealed that "up to 45% of registered pet owners hadn’t got vital vaccinations and boosters" - prompting...
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Great Debate: Should we ban the import of dogs with cropped ears?

A very successful petition to ban the import of dogs with cropped ears in the UK has recently reached (and surpassed) the 100k signatures required to be considered for debate in Parliament. The response...
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Dog groomer ‘inundated’ with haircut requests – for humans

As hairdressers reopen, the struggle with lockdown locks is coming to an end as thousands across the country rush to book appointments with any hair salon available - human or otherwise, as dog groomer Corey...
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Sefton Council’s PSPO to “greatly affect” dogs’ quality of life

We have received and publish a letter concerning a proposed PSPO in Sefton which would greatly impact resident dogs and their owners... We are hoping you can help our campaign to raise awareness of Sefton...
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Korean animal protection groups rescue fifty dogs from meat farm

After a dog meat farm in Yongin city, South Korea, was closed down, about fifty dog left behind were at risk of being euthanised - but several Korean animal protection groups joined forces to...
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Petition against ear cropping hits 100k signatures

On Friday 16 April, the #FlopNotCrop campaign - which aims to ban the import of dogs with cropped ears in the UK - hailed the milestone of hitting 100k signatures on their petition, which...
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Keeping pets and owners together: John Chadwick’s legacy.

John Chadwick tragically lost his life to suicide in 2017, after being separated from his beloved pets due to no-pets policies. His close friend Dee Bonett tells Dogs Today his story - his life,...
suicide rates among vets are as high as four times the average

Caring too much: suicide among vets

Studies have revealed elevated rates of suicide in the veterinary profession across several countries - including the UK. But what are the causes, and what help is available for struggling veterinary professionals? Over a year...

Appeal for information on Sheltie pup found dead in bag [Warning: upsetting images]

The RSPCA is appealing to the public for information after a 10-month-old Sheltie pup's body was found in a plastic bag dumped beside a road in Kent. A member of the public found the body...
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Website to report unlicensed breeders and illegal puppy traders launched

Following a "groundbreaking" jail sentence for an unlicensed breeder who sold sickly puppies, animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS and partners Animal Protection Services (APS) are launching an online reporting system called Stop Puppy Traders. "The online form will allow...
Freedom Project

Fostering freedom: saving domestic violence victims and their dogs

Dogs Trust's Freedom Project relies on a network of foster homes to provide temporary care for dogs whose owners have to flee domestic violence, but are unable to immediately take their pet with them due to...
Most targeted by dog theft

Scale of dog theft revealed – and the breeds most targeted

With the pandemic driving up pet demand and prices, and dog theft rarely taken seriously as a crime, 2020 has been an especially bleak year for many pet owners. According to research by Direct Line...
Evir and Dexter during lockdown

Ten-year-old creates Dog Deli during lockdown

As the UK entered its first lockdown, ten-year-old Evie Steel was home from school, with a lot of time on her hands and a 3-month-old puppy, Dexter, to look after. After finding a recipe...
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Spring walks: toxic plants to watch out for

While most of us are glad to see the arrival of Spring, the new season can bring some dangers for our canine friends. Many plants which are a staple of parks and gardens in...
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“Groundbreaking”: unlicensed breeder jailed eight weeks

On 31 March, an unlicensed breeder who sold "seriously ill puppies" to members of the public was sentenced to eight weeks in custody, starting immediately. The man, Mr John Lawrence of Grange Meadow Court,...
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Sniff the bride: UK’s first dog wedding planning service

Off the back of recent lockdown announcements, Feast It, the UK’s largest events planning company, has seen a rush of bookings from couples hoping to do a summer wedding - and not just human...
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Dogs Trust marks 1,500th smuggled puppy rescued

Befa the Springer Spaniel puppy was five weeks old at most when she was almost smuggled through the UK border. Along with other puppies, Befa had been transported thousands of miles across Europe from...

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Eight-year-old cycling 100 miles to rescue China’s dogs from meat trade

When eight year old Rhys saw a documentary about the dog meat trade in China, he was horrified - and began thinking of ways...
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Meet the bald Westie looking for a home

Nine-year-old Westie Jay was left bald due to skin and allergy issues, but is nonetheless hoping to find a forever home with people who...
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The Garbage Dogs of Loutraki

This is the story of the "garbage dogs" and how it all began. Afrodith, a Greek rescue volunteer, and her dogs have to face...