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Vets: Under the financial spotlight

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a full-blown investigation into the veterinary sector, sparked by mounting concerns that pet owners are being overcharged for essential treatments....

Merthyr Tydfil day care fined for misleading advertising

Dogsden Day Care Ltd and its Director Julian Bones have been fined for misleading advertising at Merthyr Magistrates Court following a trading standards investigation. The Merthyr Tydfil County Borough...

Adder bite in Glasgow park: A crucial reminder for dog walkers

A four-year-old dog's severe reaction to a bite from a European Adder in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park has reignited concerns about the presence of the UK's only venomous snake and...

Former kennels owner charged after £10M drugs bust

Benjamin Holt, the 42-year-old owner of the now defunct Highlands Kennels in East Sussex, was charged at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today after police discovered a £10 million cocaine stash. Police...

Crack down or crisis: Action demanded to combat rogue breeders and dog clinics

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) has issued a stark warning to the UK Government in a report published today: Crack down on rogue dog breeders and...

Canine dementia and how dog care professionals help

In a three-year study in Irvine, California, researchers found that keeping middle-aged dogs active with exercise, play, and socialising with other dogs can help prevent canine dementia. This not...

UK’s 1st XL Bully case stirs frustration among responsible owners

Patrick McKeown, 40, from Worthing, West Sussex (pictured above), has been convicted for owning an unregistered American XL bully named Sully, marking a first in Britain. When police visited...

10% wages hike for industry from Monday

The National Living Wage increase to £11.44 on April 1st will challenge pet care businesses currently paying staff at minimum hourly rates with significantly higher wage bills, impacting operational...

Labradors’ love for lunch: A genetic explanation

Labradors are known for loving their food, and a study from the University of Cambridge has found out why. Approximately 25% of Labradors have a special gene, called POMC...

Cornwall’s Hemlock discovery: A stark reminder of toxic plant dangers

The recent discovery of Hemlock Water Dropwort on Cornwall's beaches, brought to our attention last week by The National Coastwatch Institution, serves as a stark reminder of the potential...

Bridgend dog carer jailed after defying ban

Janine Maloney of Bridgend Road, Aberkenfig received an 18-week prison sentence last week at Cardiff Magistrates' Court for violating a disqualification order prohibiting her from owning dogs for five...

Scotties added to vulnerable native breeds list

As covered by the Sunday Times today, the Scottish Terrier has been added to the Kennel Club's Vulnerable Native Breeds List, which highlights the breeds considered in danger of disappearing from the UK.  The...

Golden Oldie-gate: Bobi stripped of title! 

Bobi, the dog who was crowned the world's oldest pooch by Guinness World Records in February 2023, and who passed away in October (as reported by GoFido) has had his...

The rise of the Doodles: Groodle takes top spot

The Goldendoodle and Poodle cross-breeds in general rose to prominence last year, surpassing breeds like Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs as the top choice among dog owners, according to Pets4Homes. The online...

Alabama Rot: The muddy menace and the hope for a cure

Alabama Rot, or Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy, is in the news at the moment, understandably worrying dog owners. However, though it seems like a new issue, this dangerous condition...

Shock collar ban delay: England, Scotland and NI lag far behind

What do the following countries have in common: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain (in some regions), Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales? Answer: The banning or...

The Family Dog: Fighting childhood obesity

A recent study has indicated that having a dog could lead to nearly an extra hour of physical activity per day for children, particularly highlighting a significant impact on...

Woe for XL Bully lovers as ban comes into effect

The ban on XL Bully dogs in England and Wales has started, making it illegal to have an unregistered XL Bully dog from today, 1 February. Because of this ban,...

Pandemic pups poll: Just a numbers game?

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has found that many people who acquired puppies during the Covid pandemic are now having trouble with their dogs' behaviour. Their recent study – which surveyed over...

New law will mean jail time for pet thieves

The government is backing a new law to tackle pet theft. Currently under UK law a stolen dog is classified as just ‘stolen property’, but MP Anna Firth's Pet Abduction...