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Pets considered part of the family


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16 Sep 2013

The British family has changed in modern times – with pets widely considered to be much-loved members, according to new research.

The findings from Ancestry.co.uk, the family history website, show 90% of pet owners think of their animal as part of the family.

A third (33%) of those claim to prefer their pets to real life members of their family, with one in six (15%) considering their pet more important than their cousin....

Pet Insurance can be expensive


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9 Sep 2013

Millions of pet owners are leaving themselves at risk of receiving vet’s bills running into tens of thousands of pounds because they don’t have their pets insured.

Just a third of pet owners have insurance – which means 10 million households are without any cover or help to fund expected bills.

Due to the recession, many people have cut back and decided not to bother with pet insurance, or are looking for the cheapest options....

Pets grieve - just like humans, says new book


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4 Sep 2013

When a family pet dies, we all grieve a little. But a new book suggests the reverse is also the case, that animals mourn the loss of their owners too.

Pet grief is believed not to be as deep as human grief, but it is recognised all the same. As well as owners they have also been recognised to grieve the loss of fellow pets. 

The most common manifestations of this grief are loss appetite, social withdrawal or frequent revisiting of meaningful places according to Barbara J.King professor of anthropology and animal behaviour specialist at Virginia’s College of Williams & Mary....

Owners urged to take extra care of pets during hot weather


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17 Jul 2013

LLYS Nini Animal Centre in Wales is warning owners about the dangers of hot weather to their pets, with owners reminded to take extra care over their pets during the summer months.

Owners should avoid leaving dogs in hot cars during the warm weather, as this can lead to dehydration and in extreme cases fatality.

"If your dog can't actually be with you for the whole time that you are out, perhaps it is better to leave it at home rather than leave it in the car," said a spokesperson....