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  • Photo of a dog in a gardenIs your garden pet friendly?
    Posted on 15 May 2015
    Pets love gardens and, with a bit of planning, you can create a natural playground for everyone to enjoy, as Caroline Reay, Chief Vet at our Merton animal hospital, reveals…  Pets can be a challenge for keen gardeners but there... 
  • Photo of Blue Cross rabbitPet rabbits: What you should know before getting a pet rabbit
    Posted on 13 May 2015
    Thinking of getting a pet rabbit? Here are the top five things you need to know before bringing home a bunny… Should I get more than one pet rabbit? Rabbits are very sociable creatures and in the wild they live together, not alone.... 
Photo of a dog in a gardenIs your garden pet friendly? Posted on 15 May 2015Pets love gardens and, with a bit of planning, you can create a natural playground for everyone to enjoy, as Caroline Reay, Chief Vet at our Merton animal hospital, reveals…  Pets can be a challenge for keen gardeners but there... Photo of Blue Cross rabbitPet rabbits: What you should know before getting a pet rabbitPosted on 13 May 2015Thinking of getting a pet rabbit? Here are the top five things you need to know before bringing home a bunny… Should I get more than one pet rabbit? Rabbits are very sociable creatures and in the wild they live together, not alone.... Photo of PaulA monster challenge in ScotlandPosted on 12 May 2015Promoting responsible pet ownership isn’t just a job for Paul, it’s his mission… This May, intrepid Blue Cross Education Officer Paul Hodson will be cycling 170 miles in the Scottish highlands to raise money for Blue Cro... Photo of a Blue Cross horse team member riding a horseHorse owners: Are you ready for summer?Posted on 24 Apr 2015With the longer evenings and daffodils in full bloom, spring is finally here! Sally Foskett, Horse Welfare Coordinator for the Midlands has created a handy check list, to help you make sure you and your horse are ready for summer… T... HHP jack russell dog running subFeeling inspired by the marathon? Read some top tips for running with your dog Posted on 24 Apr 2015Has the London Marathon inspired you to get your running shoes on? If it has, it’s also a fabulous way to spend some quality time with your dog and get you both a bit fitter! Here’s some advice for how to make running with your ... Photo of Mr CatBlack cats on tour – homeless moggies get holiday snap makeoverPosted on 23 Apr 2015Black cats take on average at least a week longer to find a home than other kitties - so in a bid to make them stand out from the crowd, we’ve transported some of our most unwanted pets into new and exciting locations… Despite... Photo of Eve nowAll about EvePosted on 14 Apr 2015Poorly Eve was in a very sorry state when she arrived at Blue Cross, but we knew just what to do to get this young dog back on her paws… Eve must have been terrified when she found herself all alone on the street at just 10 months o... MicrochippingMicrochipping pets - your questions answeredPosted on 02 Apr 2015Thousands of animals go missing every year and sadly many of them never find their way home. With only one year to go until all dogs must be microchipped by law, find out how microchipping can help to keep your pet safe… Here at Blue... horseStay vigilant: Warning to horse owners over atypical myopathyPosted on 30 Mar 2015National Equine Welfare Council members have joined forces to remind owners to stay vigilant against atypical myopathy this spring... With the Universite de Liege recording 97 known cases of atypical myopathy in the UK and ongoing concerns... Photo of a Lurcher type dog called MissySix Easter foods that are dangerous for dogsPosted on 27 Mar 2015Easter treats can be seriously risky to your dog’s health. Keeping your canine away from dangerous food and drink will keep them happy and healthy this Easter… 1. Easter eggs Is chocolate really dangerous for dogs? Yes! Don&r... Photo of guinea pig Belle and her pup ChipFirst Mother’s Day for new mum guinea pig BellePosted on 13 Mar 2015Guinea pig Belle will be celebrating her first Mother's Day with her new pups in Blue Cross foster care... New mum Belle will have her claws full this Mothering Sunday caring for her week-old pups Chip and Cogsworth. When the young guin... Photo of Murphy the dogIs your dog getting too much ‘me time’?Posted on 06 Mar 2015Take your dog to work if you can. It’s good for you - and for them, says Claire Stallard, an Animal Behaviourist at Blue Cross… Those of us who have dogs and are able to take them to work are very privileged and the benefits o... Dog at the vet Dog owners: are you lungworm aware? Posted on 05 Mar 2015It’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. Mark Bossley, Chief Vet at the Blue Cross Victoria animal hospital, is here to tell you more about... Photo of Honeydew the horseHoneydew’s tale: a story of the horse welfare crisisPosted on 04 Mar 2015Last spring, 51 abandoned and neglected cobs needed help from Blue Cross. Education Officer Kerry Taylor catches up with horse Honeydew to see how she’s doing almost one year on… Honeydew is just one of the horses we have help... Photo of Olaf and ElfHappy ever after for cruelty case poniesPosted on 27 Feb 2015Ponies Olaf and Elf had a terrible start to life, but look at them now… Six-month-old Elf and Olaf must have been terrified little ponies when they arrived at Blue Cross. They had suffered a very sad start to life and arrived at ou... Jordan DDADon’t judge a dog by their breedPosted on 10 Feb 2015By empowering young people to care for their dogs whatever their breed, Blue Cross is helping to keep communities safe… Have you ever walked into a room and felt judged on the way you look? Dogs all over the country face this every ... Photo of dog Jack playing with a toyWill you be my Valentine? Homeless pets looking for lovePosted on 13 Feb 2015Lots of lovely Blue Cross pets are looking for their forever homes this Valentine’s Day. Do you have room in your home for one of these lonely hearts? Click on a pet’s name below to find out more about them and how to take them... Photo of Minnie, a Blue Cross deguFun and games: How to keep your small pet happyPosted on 02 Feb 2015Just like you, animals get bored if they have nothing to do. Discover how you can keep your rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, rat, mouse, degu or chinchilla happy and healthy with our tips below… Rabbits Keep your bunny happy ... 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...