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Could owning a pet make you live longer?

Could owning a pet make you live longer?
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You already know that being greeted by your pet at the end of a hard day brings a smile to your face. But owning a pet has other long-term health benefits, too.

Adnan Qureshi, Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota, has identified a strong link between cat ownership and a lowered risk of heart attack – even after adjustment for cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol.

Debate: Are cat cafés a good idea?

Debate: Are cat cafés a good idea?
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Sometimes we'd all like a cuddle from a kitten or cat, even if we don't have one ourselves. In cultures where having a pet is costly or impractical, cat cafés offer the chance to cosy up with a cat while enjoying a cup of coffee.

There are currently nearly 40 cat cafés in Japan and earlier this year Europe’s first cat café opened up in Austria.

Why the Netherland Dwarf rabbit makes the perfect cuddly pet

Why the Netherland Dwarf rabbit makes the perfect cuddly pet
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Small, cute and docile, this bunny makes the ideal pet for both adults and children. Here’s everything you need to know about the Netherland Dwarf rabbit – one of the most popular pet and show breeds.

The Netherland Dwarf is one of the smallest pet rabbit breeds. Normally weighing between 500g and 1.6kg, they have compact, round bodies, short necks and large heads in proportion to their size.

How to help a child cope with pet bereavement

How to help a child cope with pet bereavement
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This article contains: cat dog pet bereavement loss grief death
Although distressing, saying goodbye to a childhood pet can be an important part of growing up. Vet and dad-of-two Mark Pinches says honesty with your child is the best policy when your family pet passes away…

More than half of all homes in the UK have a pet that is valued as a family member. As well as providing companionship and unconditional love, pets can teach children about responsibility, respect, empathy, care and consideration.

Leave your dog in safe hands while you travel

Leave your dog in safe hands while you travel
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Concern for your dog’s wellbeing when abroad can spoil a relaxing holiday or important business trip, and may prevent you from travelling altogether. So Barking Mad has come up with the answer: ‘Home From Home’ pet care.

Barking Mad understands how important peace of mind is for dog owners when they travel, especially when kennels or house-sitting are not appropriate. That’s why its unique ‘Home From Home’ service was set up 12 years ago.

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