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Pup nearly dies after wolfing down 24 chocolates

A sweet-toothed four-month-old Doberman puppy called Ghost needed life-saving treatment after polishing off an entire advent calendar.

Luckily for Ghost, PDSA vets were on hand to provide emergency treatment which saved his life, meaning he was back home in time to enjoy festive celebrations with his family. The veterinary charity is highlighting Ghost’s story to warn all pet owners to be extra vigilant this Christmas as many festive treats, including chocolate, can be toxic to our pets.

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Vet charity warns of fatal foods for furry friends this Christmas

As we all begin to prepare for our festive feasts, a national vet charity is urging pet owners to think twice about offering furry friends Christmas leftovers and excess treats.

With the 2021 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report revealing that 1.4 million pet owners have fed their four-legged friends more human treats since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the vet charity is warning that this festive season could be more dangerous for our pets than ever before.

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Canine calories

As we all begin to prepare for our festive feasts, the PDSA is urging pet owners to think twice about offering furry friends Christmas leftovers and excess treats.

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Festive food

As we all begin to prepare for our festive feasts, the PDSA is urging pet owners to think twice about offering furry friends Christmas leftovers and excess treats.

Five popular pet superstitions debunked

Think your furry friend might have a sixth sense? We had Halloween at the weekend, and an expert from leading vet charity PDSA sets the record straight and breaks down some of the most popular superstitions we have about our pets.

See below for PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing’s take on five freaky myths:

1. Black cats are bad luck

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Dusty the black cat

Black cats get a bad rap and are often associated with superstitions of bad luck and being owned by witches. Sadly, because of this they are often the last to be rehomed in rescue centres.

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Pet obesity paw-demic: Survey reveals thousands of Scottish pets have gained weight over lockdown

Latest research has revealed that a whopping 160,000 furry friends have gained weight in Scotland since March 2020 – contributing towards a total of 1.4 million pets across the UK who have done so during lockdown.

Vet charity PDSA says that the worrying findings unveil the true extent of what was already a growing pet obesity epidemic, with the pandemic creating a ticking time bomb threatening the lives of pets across the UK.

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Fed up pet

Latest research has revealed that a whopping 1.4 million furry friends have piled on the pounds since March 2020.

Pet weight loss

PDSA has helped hundreds of pets lose weight with the help of their expert vets, including Oscar who lost 39% of his body weight.

Paolo

Paolo's owner is hoping to help him slim down with the expert advice from PDSA's vet team.

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255 - Comedy with Underdog and matching dogs to people with Hands 2 Paws

Comedian Dave Chawner reveals the journey behind his Edinburgh fringe show, Underdog, and app creator Elizabeth Menegon discussed her motivation for matching people with their ideal dog breed via Hands 2 Paws.

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.