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  • HHP rabbit outside subIf in doubt, get a chocolate bunny this Easter
    Posted on 16 Apr 2014
      Your children may love the idea of a fluffy addition to your household, but how ready are you really for a new pet? Claire Stallard, Blue Cross Animal Behaviourist, reveals why rabbits are one of the most misunderstood pets…&... 
  • Blue Cross Medal Do you know a pet hero? Nominate them for the Blue Cross Medal
    Posted on 17 Apr 2014
    To mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Blue Cross is reinstating its historic Blue Cross medal and we’re looking for nominations…    On 24 July 1940, the French liner Meknes, carrying repatriate... 
Blue Cross Medal Do you know a pet hero? Nominate them for the Blue Cross Medal Posted on 17 Apr 2014To mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Blue Cross is reinstating its historic Blue Cross medal and we’re looking for nominations…    On 24 July 1940, the French liner Meknes, carrying repatriate... HHP rabbit outside subIf in doubt, get a chocolate bunny this Easter Posted on 16 Apr 2014  Your children may love the idea of a fluffy addition to your household, but how ready are you really for a new pet? Claire Stallard, Blue Cross Animal Behaviourist, reveals why rabbits are one of the most misunderstood pets…&... Horse in stable Causes, symptoms and treatment of laminitis in horses and ponies Posted on 09 Apr 2014Laminitis is a painful disease which affects horses and ponies. Sadly, it can be fatal. Find out more about this condition here…  What is laminitis?  A horse’s hoof wall is made up of an outer layer (the horn) and a... HoneyLasting gift after five years of friendship between cat and owner Posted on 08 Apr 2014John and June came to Blue Cross looking for an older, sedate cat, and left with six-month-old, three-legged, adventure mad moggy Honey. June tells us about the joy that Honey has brought them and how John left a £5,000 legacy to Blue... Archie the catLong stay cat Archie discovers a good home is worth waiting forPosted on 07 Apr 2014Poor Archie was being overlooked time and time again but now he’s found his purrfect pad… No one at Blue Cross could understand why Archie was having such a tough time of it. Whenever he saw someone outside his cat kennel the... Tommym Will neglected dog Tommy get the second chance he deserves? Posted on 03 Apr 2014When we first met neglected dog Tommy, even we were shocked by the state he was in.  The seven-year-old staffie type was only half his recommended bodyweight, his muscles had wasted away and he had pressure sores and urine scald burns... AnnieSun comes out for orphan Annie who finds a loving new family Posted on 02 Apr 2014Orphan pup Annie was found dumped in a box, the only surviving member of her family – but after being cared for around the clock by Blue Cross, she’s now a happy little dog…  When we first met Annie she was a pint-s... Hope puppyTeddy bear helps abandoned puppy Hope to find happinessPosted on 31 Mar 2014When poorly puppy Hope was abandoned, she battled against the odds with help from an unlikely plush friend… One-month-old pup Hope was found dumped in a box by the side of a road by a passerby, along with two of her siblings. A kin... Speckle and OliviaMy perfect dog, by Olivia – aged sevenPosted on 31 Mar 2014Seven-year-old Olivia Hough finally found the dog of her dreams at Blue Cross. She explains why patience and waiting for the perfect pet paid off… My name is Olivia and I am seven years old. I have always wanted a dog. In fact, mos... HHP cat care subCan I catch a disease from my pet cat or dog? Posted on 28 Mar 2014Blue Cross Chief Vet Susan Knox gives advice to pet owners concerned about catching diseases from their cats or dogs...  There are countless benefits to being a pet owner, as any will happily tell you!  Not only is there the com... Dorothy and Phylis Dorothy and Phylis: Short-term care, everlasting lovePosted on 26 Mar 2014Becoming a foster carer for Blue Cross is a wonderful way to help pets in need, as volunteer Dorothy discovered when she opened her home to rescue greyhound Phylis…  When Dorothy Moody’s beloved 12-year-old jack russell t... HHP rabbit subHousing for rabbits: where should my rabbits live? Posted on 20 Mar 2014Thinking of getting rabbits but not sure what would be their ideal home? Our top tips are here to help keep your bunnies happy and healthy – after all, home is where the heart is!   The first thing to remember is that rabbits ne... RubenForever home needed for traumatised kitten who finally learned to trust people Posted on 20 Mar 2014When unwanted kitten Ruben came to Blue Cross he was so afraid of everything and everyone that he hid for months. But thanks to the dedication of his foster carer, who never gave up on him, Ruben has learned to trust people and is ready to ... PIN puppy PopcornWhat is parvovirus? Parvovirus in dogs: symptoms and prevention Posted on 18 Mar 2014Parvovirus can be fatal to puppies and dogs, but it could be prevented by a simple course of vaccinations. Find out more about this highly contagious disease here…  Last year almost half the dogs treated for parvovirus at Blue ... Introducing cats Introducing cats to each other: meetings between new and existing cats Posted on 14 Mar 2014Bringing your new cat home can be so exciting – but it can also be nerve-racking if you already have a cat at home and you’re hoping everyone is going to get along. Blue Cross has some advice to help with the introductions&helli... Hairy cobs The changing world of horse ownership – and the growing equine welfare crisis Posted on 12 Mar 2014Kerry Taylor, Blue Cross Education Officer, reveals the impact that the equine welfare crisis is having on both our nation’s horses and the charities that are struggling to cope with the ever growing numbers being abandoned or neglect... Dog at the vet Dog owners: are you lungworm aware? Posted on 03 Mar 2014It’s Lungworm Awareness Month so you may have seen, heard or read more than usual about this nasty disease, which can be fatal to dogs. Susan Knox, Chief Vet at the Blue Cross Grimsby animal hospital, is here to tell you more about lu... Bella Blue Cross warning after overweight dog needs emergency surgery Posted on 20 Feb 2014Being overweight can cause lots of complications – particularly when a dog needs an operation, as one poorly pooch found out at the Blue Cross animal hospital in Merton...  Labradors are famous for being a bit on the greedy side... George ‘He snores like a road drill but we love him’ – a happy ending for George the bulldog Posted on 12 Feb 2014When Angie Maxwell saw a photo of unwanted bulldog George on the Blue Cross website, she’d applied to rehome him within minutes. She tells us why the newest member of the family is everything they had been hoping for (even if he drool... Valentines cats All the single ladies, now put your paws up Posted on 12 Feb 2014Blue Cross has lots of unwanted pets looking for love this Valentine’s Day. Do you have room in your home – and your heart – for one of these lovely ladies?  Maisy  Maisy is a sweet-natured moggy who loves the ... RespectaBULL sub Could you help Blue Cross teach young people to be ‘RespectaBULL’ around dogs? Posted on 10 Feb 2014Blue Cross needs volunteers to teach young people about responsible pet ownership through its status dogs workshops. Geraldine Guest, one of our education volunteers, gives an insight into this valuable role…   “I can hon... Pawditions sub Blue Cross Thirsk Pawditions round up fabulous fortnight for talented pets Posted on 07 Feb 2014The final of our four Pawditions to find a pet to feature in our national television advertisement took us to Thirsk, in North Yorkshire.  We met some amazing pets – from a lovable pair of rats to YouTube star Elvis, a “bo... Pawditions sub Fame-hungry furries arrive for Southampton Blue Cross PawditionsPosted on 05 Feb 2014Nine hopefuls arrived at Southampton Blue Cross to audition for a role in our new television advertisement…  Our rehoming centre in Southampton was even busier than normal last week when pet Pawditionees arrived for their five ... HHP kitten Keeping your new kitten healthy Posted on 31 Jan 2014In the final part of our week-long kitten series, today’s blog gives you advice to help keep your kitten in tip top health…  Grooming All kittens should be groomed regularly. This keeps their fur and skin in good conditi... Blue Cross Pawditions CatBurford PawditionPosted on 30 Jan 2014Our hunt to find a pet to feature in a new Blue Cross television advertisement moved to Oxfordshire last Friday as our Burford centre rolled out the red carpet to a host of pets keen to impress our judges in our second Pawdition... First t...