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  • CatNine lives: dangers every cat owner should watch out for
    Posted on 11 Sep 2014
    Curiosity, sadly, has put many a cat’s life in danger, but there are lots of things you can do to keep these inquisitive creatures safe. Here’s our risk assessment of the top hazards that threaten a cat’s nine lives&hellip... 
  • Coping with cancer - dogsPuppies and kittens aren’t pet shop stock
    Posted on 04 Sep 2014
    A ban on selling puppies and kittens in UK pet shops could soon become a reality. Ahead of an MPs debate this week, Blue Cross Editor Rachael Millar makes the case for an end to this cruel trade… Have you ever seen a puppy or kitten... 
CatNine lives: dangers every cat owner should watch out forPosted on 11 Sep 2014Curiosity, sadly, has put many a cat’s life in danger, but there are lots of things you can do to keep these inquisitive creatures safe. Here’s our risk assessment of the top hazards that threaten a cat’s nine lives&hellip... Coping with cancer - dogsPuppies and kittens aren’t pet shop stock Posted on 04 Sep 2014A ban on selling puppies and kittens in UK pet shops could soon become a reality. Ahead of an MPs debate this week, Blue Cross Editor Rachael Millar makes the case for an end to this cruel trade… Have you ever seen a puppy or kitten... Husky pupsWhat breed of dog is best for me?Posted on 03 Sep 2014Adding a dog to your family is exciting, but it’s also one of the toughest decisions you’re likely to make. Failing to thoroughly research a dog’s needs can lead to heartbreak for owners and for pets… Siberian husk...  Photo of Sharon with horses Jack and Tilly ‘All for a good cause’Posted on 25 Aug 2014Blue Cross horse borrower Sharon Bradley held a Paws for Tea party to say thanks for bringing horses Tilly and Jack into her life. Here, Sharon explains why, despite devastating news, she persevered for pets… I have been a borrower ... Photo of Harry the horseResults of National Equine Health Survey revealedPosted on 22 Aug 2014Back in May, horse, pony, donkey and mules owners across the country surveyed their animals for the National Equine Health Survey (NEHS). The results are now in… As the only survey to look at the general health of the UK’s hor... Dog Diddy, with Kerry and toddler PoppyBringing up baby - and dogPosted on 20 Aug 2014Welcoming a baby doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to the family pet. Dogs and young children can get along just fine as long as sensible boundaries are put in place to keep everyone safe, writes Blue Cross Education Officer Kerry T... Photo of a Blue Cross dog chewing a chew toyHow to stop your dog chewingPosted on 19 Aug 2014What do you do when your dog chews everything? From slippers to furniture, a dog’s urge to chew can leave your home looking quite threadbare. But for most dogs chewing is just a phase and it needn’t last forever… Why do ...  Photo of Ellie and pony ChiquitaBest friends: Blue Cross pony is perfect match for ElliePosted on 15 Aug 2014One young horse lover’s quest for the perfect pony seemed like it would never end until she got in touch with Blue Cross, writes Education Officer Kerry Taylor… Ellie El Khamlichi, aged 14, was almost ready to give up her sear... CameronNeutering your cat can prevent heartachePosted on 06 Aug 2014Not neutering a cat can lead to all kinds of complications – not only for the mum, but for her kittens too, as Cameron’s story shows… When two tiny kittens suddenly became very poorly and weak overnight, their owner brou... FloydLife on three legsPosted on 05 Aug 2014Dog owners rightly worry when their pet faces amputation, but many dogs cope well with having a limb removed and adapt to ‘tripawd’ life quickly – just like Floyd… When Jack Russell terrier Floyd arrived at our Blu... A farrierHappy feet: common horse hoof problemsPosted on 30 Jul 2014Horses’ feet support their full weight over a very small area, so it’s really important to take good care of them.  There are a number of common ailments that can leave horse with not-so-happy feet, and in most cases of la... Duke the dogHeatstroke: keeping your pet safe in the heatPosted on 17 Jul 2014Don’t forget your pet during this summer’s heatwave. Read our top tips on how to avoid heatstroke in pets… Animals can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes so it’s important to keep a close eye on them during hot... HamsterHamsters as pets: what you need to knowPosted on 16 Jul 2014Hamsters are one of the nation’s favourite pets, but how much do you really know about them? Read our guide to find out more about this popular pet… Hamsters are one of the most popular animals to be kept as pets and live for ... Dog happyHow to stay safe around dogsPosted on 02 Jul 2014Dogs are part of the family, so it’s important that children and adults understand how the dogs who share our homes and communities behave. Here, Paul Hodson, Blue Cross Education Officer, reveals how knowing what signs to look out fo... LogoThe dangerous dog owner problem Posted on 30 Jun 2014New law changes mean dog owners are now legally responsible if their dog hurts someone on private property, but this alone won’t stop attacks says Blue Cross public affairs manager Rachel Cunningham… Earlier this year the coal... DukeSummer survival guide for dogsPosted on 24 Jun 2014Summer is here and it’s heating up out there. We've put together a few simple tips to help you make sure your dog stays safe, happy and healthy this summer...   Sunburn Pale-coloured pets are vulnerable to sunburn; particularl... Holiday dogTop tips: going on holiday with your dogPosted on 20 Jun 2014Dogs are part of the family and love time away with humans on a summer holiday. Planning ahead is essential, so we’ve put together some top tips to help you make sure you all have a great time… Taking pets abroad  If y... ScanMicrochipping: know the factsPosted on 18 Jun 2014From 2016, it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped. A change in the law isn’t the only reason to get your pet chipped though - it can help keep your pet safe… Each year, Blue Cross takes in hundreds of stray cats... ClickerHow to clicker train your dogPosted on 16 Jun 2014Whether you’re inspired by World Cup footballers’ skills, or simply want to escape endless TV coverage, why not head to your local park and teach your dog a few tricks this summer? Dogs love to learn, and using a clicker is a fu... Cat summerSummer survival guide for catsPosted on 11 Jun 2014Now that the sun is high in the sky and temperatures are set to soar, take a few moments to read up on how to make sure your cat enjoys a happy and healthy holiday season.   Sunburn White and pale-coloured cats are vulnerable to sun... Sue and TahliaHappy birthday little Tahlia - two todayPosted on 09 Jun 2014Six months ago, Blue Cross foster carer Sue Gurney shared her tough but rewarding experience of caring for a kitten with special needs. Today, on Tahlia’s second birthday, we catch up with Sue to find out how they are getting along&he... FledglingI’ve found a fledgling bird – what should I do?Posted on 06 Jun 2014Blue Cross hospitals often take calls about fledgling birds from worried animal lovers who have found them in their gardens. But it’s perfectly normal to see baby birds sitting or hopping about and they’re usually best left wher... Barbara CochranePet loss – could you volunteer to help a grieving pet owner?Posted on 06 Jun 2014Losing a pet – whether through death or separation – is tough and can feel isolating. Our Pet Bereavement Support service is here to help thousands of people who are struggling to copy. We need new volunteers for this vital serv... Dolly and TamboYoung and unwanted – how overbreeding is fuelling the horse welfare crisisPosted on 04 Jun 2014Newborn horses can make even the toughest of people raise a smile, but as Kerry Taylor, Blue Cross Education Officer explains, many of the foals born this spring face an uncertain future… A few months ago it was hard to imagine we m... Education volunteer Kathryn SaundersVolunteering at Blue Cross – spotlight on educationPosted on 04 Jun 2014Education is a key tool for making sure the nation’s pets are happy and healthy, and our trained volunteer team has delivered talks to over 300,000 school children. Education volunteer Kathryn Saunders tells us why she enjoys her role...