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PDSA's PAW Report reveals worrying drop in pet vaccination

Plunge in vaccinations is a ticking time bomb for UK pets, vet charity warns

Over 7 million pets at risk of suffering and disease through lack of vaccination, PDSA’s latest PAW Report finds

Latest findings from leading vet charity PDSA reveal a record decline in the number of young pets receiving their vaccinations, leaving millions of much-loved pets unprotected and exposed to potentially fatal diseases.

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Washing basket of puppies dumped at RSPCA hospital open day

RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital threw open its doors to the public on Sunday (1 September) and welcomed lots of visitors throughout the day. But as staff were clearing up at the end of the day, a man brought in a plastic washing basket of puppies.

Joanne Elmes, who works at the hospital, said: “The man said he’d found them outside but ran off before we could take any details from him.

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Dog wins bravery award

Indie - a 10 year-old Miniature Dachshund – from Greasby on the Wirral has won a bravery award following her dramatic recovery from life-saving surgery by the orthopaedic team at ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists.

Her owner, Sheila Yates, noticed that Indie was wobbly and was struggling to walk and immediately took her to her local vet who identified that she was paralysed and had no pain sensation in her right back foot. She was then referred to orthopaedic specialists at ChesterGates.

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Britain's Fat Pet Club: Podgy pets highlight serious obesity problem in nation's animals

The RSPCA is urging owners to watch what their pets eat after taking in a number of pets whose weight had ballooned dangerously.

The animal welfare charity is raising awareness of the problem after caring for a number of obese animals who arrived into its care dangerously overweight. Like porky puss Poppy (pictured) who arrived at RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter, in Devon, weighing more than 6kg!

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A hairless dog nobody wanted because she was 'ugly' is now an Instagram star!

Hairless Chinese crested is now a much-loved pet and social media star

An elderly, hairless dog who struggled to find a new home because potential adopters thought she was ugly has landed on all four paws and found her paw-fect match with new owner Rio, who is hoping to turn her into an Instagram star!

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Dachshund 'used for breeding' found abandoned alone in alleyway

Breeding bitch was still lactating when she was found alone in the middle of the night

A breeding bitch was found dumped alone in an alley in the middle - still lactating milk for her absent puppies.

Dachshund Dolly - as she’s been named by her rescuers - was found by a member of the public at around 3am on Monday (19 August) in an alley off Wymington High Street, Northamptonshire.

She’d been left in a small, metal dog crate with a red fleece blanket and a water bowl.

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One-eyed French bulldog Ugly Betty hopes to win over heart of new owner

Affectionately named Ugly Betty searches for paw-fect partner

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And the affectionately named Ugly Betty is hoping that is true - as the unusual-looking French bulldog is looking for a home.

The eight-year-old arrived in the RSPCA’s care in July after her owners could no longer care for her.

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Battersea dog gets his very own emotional support Pug

A big dog who was too scared to leave his kennel has grown in confidence and is now ready to find a new home, all thanks to the help of a tiny Pug.

Being large in size with cropped ears and a docked tail, it’s not surprising that at a first glance people may find one-year-old Fraser intimidating. Unnecessary tail and ear docking is illegal in the UK, and those found guilty of performing the procedure could be charged for animal cruelty offences.

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One-eyed pug Thelma searches for her very own Louise

Special pug seeks special home to call her own.

A one-eyed pug called Thelma is searching for her very own Louise.

Five-year-old Thelma arrived at the RSPCA’s Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk branch in May when her previous owner could no longer care for her.

She and her sister - another one-eyed pug called Fudge - needed treatment for their remaining eyes which were both in poor condition.

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Dogs on death row: "The law is letting down dogs who look a certain way"

RSPCA remembers dogs who lost lives over last 28 years.

The RSPCA is again calling on the UK Government to review the Dangerous Dogs Act after thousands of dogs have lost their lives in the UK in the 28 years since the legislation was introduced.

Monday (12 August) marks the 28th anniversary of the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 which includes Section 1, the prohibition of four types of dogs considered ‘dangerous’ due to their appearance.

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213 - Dog obesity and carbohydrates and Disc Dog and accessibility

Daniel Schulof investigated dog diets, and which led him to feed his own dogs differently, write a book and start his own dog food company. Heather Smith, who competes, judges and trains around the world, discusses Disc Dogs and accessibility. Plus the DogCast Radio News, which is all about - you guessed it, dogs!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.