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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# pets

# flemish giant
DSPCA issues appeal for owner to come forward after giant rabbit found
The Flemish Giant rabbit was found in Mulhuddart in North-West Dublin last Thursday.
This month
March 2023
Dog behaviourist: Dogs are complex - here are some tips on communicating with them
Suzi Walsh looks at the emotional makeup of dogs and offers some advice on how best to read their behaviour.
Last year
Dog behaviourist: We love our dogs, but do we understand how they see the world?
Suzi Walsh outlines how dogs see things differently to us.
Dog behaviourist: Tips for keeping your pooch safe and well this Christmas
Suzi Walsh has some tips for dog owners who want things to run smoothly over the holidays.
Dog behaviourist: Why Christmas is the worst time to get a puppy
Suzi Walsh looks at the controversial Christmas puppy market and says it should be avoided at all costs.
# ruff night ahead
Dogs Trust urges owners to watch out for their dog's safety and welfare on Halloween night
The charity said 31 October can be ‘the worst night of the year’ for canine companions.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you a dog person?
This week in our Voices column, a dog trainer talks about communicating with your canine companion.
Dog behaviourist: Yes, you can 'speak dog' - some tips for learning
Getting to know your dog’s behaviour will increase your bond, says dog expert Suzi Walsh.
# animal safety
Here's how to keep your pets safe and cool during the hot weather
Met Éireann has issued a nationwide Status Yellow high temperature warning from tomorrow.
All time
# dog is for life
'Do your research' before choosing to get a pet this Christmas, DSPCA says
Many animals are often surrendered or simply abandoned after the festive season.
Opinion: Dog fouling is driving Ireland's residents barking mad
Fianna Fáil TD Cormal Devlin says we need greater education and enforcement when it comes to the growing scourge of dog fouling.
# Poo diligence
Dublin City Council installs loudspeakers warning against dog fouling as complaints pick up
Audio devices in so-called blackspots across the city aim to encourage dog owners to clean up after their dogs.
Pete the Vet: Top 10 things to consider if you're getting a new pet
Dr Pete Wedderburn says there are many things to consider when you’re planning to get a new pet, but for now, he has 10 tips.
# Your Say
Poll: Should renters be allowed to own pets?
Labour says a blanket ban on pet ownership for renters is unfair.
# lockdown pets
Numbers of dogs being surrendered rising again with return to work and school
Last month Dogs Trust received the highest number of surrender request calls from dog owners since April.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 confirmed in pet cat in England
Health officials have said there is no evidence pets can transmit the disease to humans.
# Animal Welfare
'A step in the right direction': From 1 February it will be illegal to sell a puppy less than 8 weeks old
The new regulations also require all adverts to include microchip numbers.
# walkies
Own a dog? You may have a healthier heart as a result
Truly, human’s best friend.
# Summer
'A few minutes can be fatal': Dog owners warned not to leave pets in parked cars on warm days
Temperatures of up to 20 degrees are forecast for the next week.
# exotic animals
Salamanders and toad illegally posted to Ireland from Spain
The ISPCA has called for tougher regulations around the selling of exotic animals as pets.
# pets on the move
Cork and Shannon Airports are now designated entry points for pet dogs, cats and ferrets
The three animals are grouped together in EU legislation because those species are susceptible to rabies.
Opinion: If my family pet died I would hold a religious end-of-life ceremony
Pope John Paul II said that ‘animals possess a soul’ and are ‘as near to God as men are,’ writes Diarmuid Pepper.
Opinion: I always wanted pets but our hairy, howling cat is making my life hell
Are you a 30-something couple with no kids, who are thinking about getting a pet? Well think again, writes Leah Ni Chuinn.
# pets
Complaint upheld after Aer Lingus advert about cost for pet travel 'likely to mislead'
The ASAI determined that the advertisement should not reappear in the current format.
# Bad eggs
Pet owners urged be wary over Easter as experts warn of poisoning risks
Some traditional Easter treats and gifts can be dangerous to animals.
# brexit cat-astrophe
If you plan to travel to the UK with your pet after a no-deal Brexit, here's what you'll need
The rules, issued by the Irish government, apply to cats, dogs… and ferrets travelling for non commercial reasons.
# Animal Welfare
'Very concerning': Pet surgeries may be postponed due to shortage of anaesthetic drug
About 50,000 pet surgeries happen in Ireland each year.
# Courts
Woman banned for life from owning pets after keeping starved husky in emaciated state in her flat
Amy Lee, with an address at School Street Flats, Dublin 8, was prosecuted for neglecting her husky named Sky.
# Careful Now
Everything you need to know to keep yourself, your kids and your pets safe this Halloween
Emergency services do not want to see a repeat of Halloween-related injuries they have seen in previous years.
# Poisoning
'Extremely unusual' cat deaths spark warning about dangers of antifreeze
The survival rate for cats affected by antifreeze poisoning is less than 5%.
# fright night
Worried about your pet being frightened this Halloween? Experts advise on how to keep them calm
Pet owners will be well aware of how much of a scary time it can be for animals at this time of year.
# animal safety
Dog owners warned about toxic algal scums after reported dog poisonings in the west
Autopsies were not able to determine if algae was to blame for the dog deaths.
# hot dogs
We could be heading into a heatwave - here are some tips on keeping your pets cool and happy
Temperatures are set to soar in the coming days. Here’s some advice.
# Animal Welfare
ISPCA inspector finds 44 cats at Meath house after report from member of public
The ISPCA said the property originally housed three cats but they were allowed to ‘breed uncontrollably’.
# starved
Donegal woman who didn't feed her dog banned from keeping animals for five years
The dog was found tied up at the back of the woman’s home next to a dilapidated dog kennel.
# not just at christmas
People advised to 'do their homework' before buying pets online
A pet advisory group has said that there’s increased interest in how to buy pets in the run up to Christmas.
# crazy cat lady
13 feelings all cat owners will immediately relate to
Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.
# dog mess
Local councils are getting help to rid dog poo from our streets
Not picking up after your dog can land you with a fine of up to €150.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Should children be taught how to care for animals in school?
The ISPCA says it would help to reduce the number of animal welfare cases in the future.
# easter warning
Here's why your dog shouldn't eat chocolate
Dogs Trust has released a warning to pet owners this Easter.