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A stable recovery: Donor schemes for animals

Doctors use donor schemes to help save patients' lives. Now vets can too – and they're healing cats and dogs as well as thoroughbred horses, as Sue Corfield explains

Fear and loving: The two-edged charm of the snake

The accidental death of a cobra-lover has highlighted the strange passion some feel for serpents. Michael Bywater tries to explain

Larry makes his first kill at No 10

Larry the tabby cat given a home at 10 Downing Street after a rat was spotted at the doorstep has, four months after moving in, made his first confirmed kill.

Downing Street cat makes first kills

Larry the Downing Street cat has made his first kills since being brought in to deal with rats at Number 10, David Cameron revealed today.

More small dogs dumped

An animal welfare group has reported a huge rise in the number of miniature dogs being abandoned at its centres.

Baby sloth hand fed after mother's milk dries

Keepers are giving round-the-clock treatment to the latest addition to a zoo's population after her mother became ill and could not produce enough milk to feed her.

RSPCA walk warning after dogs die

Dog owners have been urged to be vigilant after a number of pets mysteriously died after using a popular walking spot.

Pet of the week: The greyhound

All animal lovers will be aware of the plight of the greyhound. Although many owners of racing hounds take their responsibility towards the breed seriously, some are not so thoughtful, and will discard dogs once they are past racing age (typically about three to four). Their placid nature makes them ideal pets for a happy life in retirement.

Your Questions: Which bird would you recommend as a pet?

Q. I have always pondered the idea of having a bird as a pet. The obvious choice would be a budgie, but they seem a bit boring. If you have a bird, which one would you recommend? Vicki from Harrow

Shanghai sets one-dog limit to curb rabies

China's largest city, Shanghai, is setting a limit of one dog per family in an effort to gain control over the soaring pet population and curb rabies.

Video: Rare tigers stage a comeback

WWF warns the animals' habitat on Sumatra is at danger from loggers.

Animal Art Fair 2011 – picture preview

The second ever Animal Art Fair opens at London’s Fulham Palace this weekend, bringing a vast collection of paintings and drawings of pets and wildlife under the same roof.

Pets latest victims of economic crisis

Pets are suffering because of the economic downturn, a survey has revealed, with thousands of owners unable to support them.

Video: Royal Wedding penguin born

A penguin born at London Zoo on Easter Sunday is to be named after Kate Middleton or Prince William, depending on its sex.

Puppies may have to be chipped in battle against violent animals

Dog owners could be forced to have a microchip implanted under their pet's skin under government plans to combat dangerous animals.

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