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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...

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...

South Korea to ban dog meat trade

Across an estimated 1,100 breeding farms in South Korea, up to 570,000 dogs are farmed and consumed annually*. This widespread practice, however, is set to change with the country's announcement...

Hope for XL Bullies? Judicial review challenges Government’s ban

The recent approval for a hearing to reconsider the Government's ban on XL Bully dogs has sparked optimism among the breed's enthusiasts and owners. As reported by GoFido in November,...

Rogue dog walker ban fuels licensing argument

The recent ban of Paul Kingston, a professional dog walker known locally as 'Bob,' in Hertfordshire's Three Rivers area, has added to the debate around the rumoured licensing of professional dog walkers.  As reported...

Government struggles to enforce American Bully XL ban 

Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Dr. Christine Middlemiss, the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer, highlighted the difficulty of enforcing the new law against Bully XLs, pointing to uncertain data...

GoFido exclusive: DEFRA’s uncertain path to dog walker licensing

In the world of professional dog walkers, there has been growing speculation about the introduction of DEFRA licensing similar to that which regulates doggy day cares, breeders and kennels. GoFido spoke to the Canine...

Wages hike: Major shifts in staff pay

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 22nd announced a 9.8% increase in the National Living Wage . This is the biggest raise ever and it means higher running costs...