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Oldest dog dies aged 26 in Japan

The world's oldest dog has died in Japan aged 26 years and eight months. Pusuke, a fluffy tan shiba mix, died after suddenly falling ill and refusing to eat.

Crawling crabs sidle into UK to pinch festive sales

A toy crab which has taken the US by storm is be launched in the UK in time for Christmas, the toy distributor Character said yesterday. The group hopes XiaXia, pronounced ShaSha and developed by the creators of ZhuZhu Pets, will help to prop up sales amid a tough festive toy market.

Tell me about your puppyhood: Dr Roger Mugford with rescue
dog Reggie

Is my dog barking?

What do you do with a pet who eats other dogs' poo and barks like clockwork at 4pm? See an animal shrink.

Video: Sheep dangling from window rescued

Video of a sheep being saved after an accident left it hanging out of a building window with rope around its neck has become an internet hit. .

Man hands himself in over swinging cat

A man handed himself in to a police station today after CCTV cameras caught a cat being swung by its tail.

Pets in the downturn

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Dog helps man struck by lightning

A man who was struck by lightning has praised his dog after it led him back to his house to raise the alarm.

Sealyhams on the brink of extinction

The sealyham terrier, a traditional English dog breed once popular with celebrities and the aristocracy, is on the brink of extinction, breeders have warned. Only 49 rare sealyham puppies were registered with the Kennel Club last year, making them more rare than the giant panda.

Britain's pets are too podgy, charity warns

Britain is facing an epidemic of podgy pets being fed junk food, according to a leading animal charity.

Cat crazy! I've got that lovin' feline

After the Tories went to war over little Maya, novelist Philippa Stockley celebrates the nation's love affair with the most imperious of pets

Video: Shocking dog fighting images

The charity launches a new appeal for a super-hospital as cases of animal cruelty soar.

No bone unturned: On the trail of the dog-rustlers

A wave of canine kidnappings has been sweeping across the UK. But now a specialist search-and-rescue team is helping pet-owners to bite back. Tom Peck reports

Call for warnings of algae dangers after dog dies

The RSPCA has called for better measures to warn pet owners of the dangers posed by algae after the death of a dog which is thought to have swallowed the organisms while swimming in Lake Windermere.

Missing skunk found after police appeal

Police hunting a missing pet skunk say she has now been found safe and well.

Puppies need mum longer

Separating puppies from their mothers too early can lead to behavioural problems later in life, a study has found.

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