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Cat owners have less than 12 months to get their feline friend microchipped

Yes, we're DogCast Radio, but we love cats too!

We personally have three feline friends, and they're microchipped to give them the best chance of making it back home if they ever go missing.

From 2024 it will be mandatory to microchip your cat - let's make sure all cat owners know so that their cats are protected, and so they avoid a £500 fine.

Here's some info on the subject from the PDSA:

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Mandatory cat microchipping

As of 10 June 2024, it will become law for all cat owners in England to have their feline friend microchipped, leaving millions up and down the country just 12 months to abide by the new law.

Cat microchipping

As of 10 June 2024, it will become law for all cat owners in England to have their feline friend microchipped, leaving millions up and down the country just 12 months to abide by the new law.

Ensure your dog is a healthy weight with the PDSA Big Weigh In

With one month left to go, PDSA and Royal Canin are calling on pet owners across the whole of the UK to take advantage of a free weight check for their four-legged friend by signing up to the new ‘Big Weigh In’ initiative.

The new PDSA Big Weigh In initiative is taking place throughout February and March 2023 and is in its final month countdown to join in! The campaign is in conjunction with veterinary practices across the UK to help the pet population shed some pounds.

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Roscoe

A weight loss success story is Roscoe, a 13-year-old American Bulldog who initially came into PDSA's care weighing a whopping 75kg and after a tremendous effort from his owner, Craig, Roscoe has managed to shed over 23kg and he is very nearly at his ideal weight!

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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272 - dog AITA and having fun with your dog

In the first podcast of 2024, Julie considers some dog themed AITA questions from the Reddit site.Who are the goodies and who are the baddies of some canine conundrums? And here's a new year's resolution you can stick to - have fun with your dog! We have lots of suggestions from listeners about fun activities with your dog.

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.