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  • PilburyEight incredible rescue pet transformations
    Posted on 23 Jan 2015
    We would like you to meet eight of the most incredible rescue pets to have passed through Blue Cross doors. They’re inspirational little fighters - every single one of them. 1. Flush Four-week-old Flush was miraculously unharmed a... 
  • Photo of Blue Cross tortoiseshell cat MollyCold weather tips for pets with arthritis
    Posted on 05 Jan 2015
    A sudden cold snap can be tough for people and pets alike, and can affect health, writes Caroline Reay, Blue Cross Chief Vet… Arthritis is more painful in cold weather, particularly in the chilly damp conditions so typical to the UK... 
PilburyEight incredible rescue pet transformationsPosted on 23 Jan 2015We would like you to meet eight of the most incredible rescue pets to have passed through Blue Cross doors. They’re inspirational little fighters - every single one of them. 1. Flush Four-week-old Flush was miraculously unharmed a... Photo of Nigel, a black Labrador puppyPlans made for wonky pup Nigel pay offPosted on 06 Jan 2015Despite an unusual start to life, Nigel the puppy enjoyed his first Christmas in a new home thanks to Blue Cross care… Gorgeous wonky puppy Nigel found a happy home in time for Christmas. The young Labrador cross was brought to our... Photo of Blue Cross tortoiseshell cat MollyCold weather tips for pets with arthritisPosted on 05 Jan 2015A sudden cold snap can be tough for people and pets alike, and can affect health, writes Caroline Reay, Blue Cross Chief Vet… Arthritis is more painful in cold weather, particularly in the chilly damp conditions so typical to the UK... Photo of Button the baby chinchilla eating foodDon’t stew over what to feed your petPosted on 24 Dec 2014Feeding your pet food that is delicious and nutritious will keep them happy and healthy, writes Blue Cross Chief Vet Caroline Reay… Every food fad for people is mirrored in the wealth of advice that’s available on pet feeding,... Photo of Caesar, a grey and white cat who needs a homeAll these cats want for Christmas is youPosted on 23 Dec 2014Could you give one of our long-stay feline residents a loving home? Spike, Coco, Caesar, Dusty and Pixie have been waiting patiently for their new homes and would love to start the new year with a new family. Our experienced rehoming cent... Photo of Blue Cross dogs Penelope and Parker being walked by the Holiday Cottages teamHolidaycottages.co.uk spends a day volunteering at Blue CrossPosted on 22 Dec 2014The team at self-catering cottage company, holidaycottages.co.uk recently spent a day volunteering at our Tiverton rehoming centre in Devon. Here they tell us all about their day… Not only did we meet some beautiful animals as we ex... Photo of Noel, a black kitten with a white flash at Blue CrossGive your pet a stress-free Christmas Posted on 22 Dec 2014While it is the season to be jolly, Christmas can be a stressful time for pets, writes Blue Cross Chief Vet Caroline Reay... The Bethlehem stable symbolises tranquility and peace for mankind. But what of the animals? Were the ox and ass sp... Photo of Diddy the dogHow to keep your child and dog safe when you’re not therePosted on 17 Dec 2014Keeping children and dogs safe around each other is top priority for parents, but what happens when you’re not there to step in? Making sure family and friends know the rules will keep your child and pet safe and is especially importa... Photo of horse Elf looking festive with tinselCould you give a young Blue Cross horse a home this Christmas?Posted on 16 Dec 2014Lots of our young horses are now ready and waiting to go to happy new homes. This season our rehoming centres are expecting more foals to be born, so if you could offer one of these lovely foals or yearlings below a loving home, please cli... Photo of a kitten getting too close to the Christmas treeHow to give your cat a chaos-free ChristmasPosted on 15 Dec 2014Christmas is a joyful time, but it can cause chaos for cats. Help keep your moggy safe this festive season with our handy list of dangers your cat should avoid… Plants. While lilies and yew are popular Christmas plants, they are a... Photo of a headshot of Blue Cross horse Kazan in the snowHorses: Think before you rug!Posted on 12 Dec 2014Many horses and ponies are fairly hardy and can live without a rug all year round. Read advice from Blue Cross Horse Welfare Manager Ruth Court to find out why rugs can sometimes be more hindrance than help… As horses are mammals th... Iggy needs a homeTwelve pets want just one thing this ChristmasPosted on 10 Dec 2014What gift could you give to homeless and unwanted pets this Christmas? Could you make a Blue Cross pet’s Christmas wish come true and give them a home forever? Twelve of our residents are struggling to find the one thing they want t... Photo of a kitten in a Christmas present boxHas Santa been asked for a kitten this Christmas?Posted on 05 Dec 2014Has your son or daughter asked Santa to bring them a kitten this Christmas? Work out whether or not you need to have a quiet word with Mr Claus with advice from Blue Cross Head of Rehoming Mandy Jones… There are lots of benefits for... Photo of dog in santa hatChristmas: 10 hazards dog owners should watch out forPosted on 04 Dec 2014Christmas can be a fun time for the whole family but remember to watch out for these dangers to your dog this festive season… Bones. No matter how tempted you may be, don’t give you dog any turkey or chicken bones as they de... Photo of Puppy. A black Blue Cross cat who needs a homeBlack Cat Friday: Could you give these moggies a great deal of love?Posted on 28 Nov 2014As Britain whips itself into a frenzy over Christmas bargains, we’re hoping you’ll think giving one of these cats a home is a very good deal this Black (Cat) Friday… Black cats are notoriously difficult to rehome thanks ... Photo of a horse in a muddy fieldHorses: Winter survival guidePosted on 20 Nov 2014With winter coming read our handy tips to keep you and your horse happy and safe.... Horses can cope very well in cold temperatures; some hardier breeds of horse will not even need a rug to keep them warm or will be fine with just a rain s... Photo of a Blue Cross vet nurse hand-feeding a rejected kittenWho cares about unwanted kittens?Posted on 17 Nov 2014Blue Cross cares. When five three-week-old kittens were rejected by their mum, we stepped in immediately to give them the round-the-clock attention they needed… Five kittens were small, hungry and cold when they arrived at the Blue ... Tommy the staffie has now been happily rehomed with a loving familyHappy ever afterPosted on 13 Nov 2014Last year Blue Cross rehomed 8,191 animals to happy homes. We’ve caught up with some of our now very much wanted pets to see how they’re doing now… Fleur Fleur first arrived at Blue Cross back in 2009 because her owner ... Photo of a black and white Blue Cross catStray cats: What to do if you find a stray catPosted on 12 Nov 2014Unlike with dogs, there are very few laws that give cats any legal protection. The number of stray cats is on the increase and one of our most frequently asked questions is what to do if you find a stray cat. Read our advice below… ... Soldiers on horseback during the First World WarRemembering the animals of war 100 years onPosted on 11 Nov 2014One hundred years after the outbreak of the Great War, staff and volunteers from Blue Cross joined 10,000 veterans and civilians in a march of remembrance past The Cenotaph in central London, writes Blue Cross Editor Rachael Millar… ... Photo of a tortoiseHappy hibernation: How to hibernate your tortoisePosted on 06 Nov 2014You can keep your tortoise happy and healthy this winter by making sure they hibernate safely. Elise Smith, Blue Cross Staff Veterinary Nurse, explains how… Tortoises are not native to the UK and they have very specific environmenta... Olly the catIs your pet ready for winter?Posted on 05 Nov 2014After the warmest Halloween on record there’s now a definite chill in the air. Find out how you can get your pet winter-ready with our advice… Dogs While dogs wear fur coats year-round, most pet dogs aren’t used to th... Photo of a Jack russell terrierFirework phobia: how to help dogs with a firework fearPosted on 23 Oct 2014Many dogs are afraid of fireworks but there are things you can do to keep them safe and calm during the bright and noisy evenings… Always keep your dog indoors when fireworks are being let off It’s a good idea to time walks... Photo of a Blue Cross guinea pigHow to help small pets cope with fireworksPosted on 23 Oct 2014Small pets who live outside can be frightened by bangs and flashes that fill the sky. Here are our top tips for keeping smallies safe throughout fireworks season… Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, gerbils, ferrets, other smallie... Photo of a ginger kittenCats and fireworks: keeping cats safe during fireworks seasonPosted on 23 Oct 2014Guy Fawkes Night can be a frightening time for cats. Read our advice on how to keep your cat safe this fireworks season… Keep your cat at inside at night during firework season. If your cat is used to going outside, provide a litter...