It's been a warm, sunny week - highly unusual for Ireland at this time of year. Pet owners should take special care of their animals in this type of weather.
I've just spent the day in London: I had been asked to be a member of a panel discussing obesity in pets, as part of a debate at the AGM of the Pet Food Manufacturers Association.
Dog bites – from the death of a child in the UK to the death of many children in India from rabies | TV3
This week on Ireland AM, we discussed the recent incident of a child being killed by a dog in Lancashire.
On Ireland AM this week, we ran a "clinic", where we answered pet problems sent in by viewers. There are always far more queries than we can fit in: today we were just able to answer three detailed questions:1.
Should the law be changed in Ireland on muzzling of “restricted breeds”? | East Coast Radio
On East Coast FM this week, Pete discussed the call to have Ireland's Dog Control laws changed so that so-called restricted breeds do not have to be muzzled.
Piddling pups & over-masculine urine-marking dogs | East Coast Radio
On East Coast FM this week, Pete discusses the on-call duties of vets over Christmas and New Year, and then answers some listeners’ queries, including house training a Husky puppy, and an adult ..
Lucy is a carefully selected pet. Simon, a twelve year old boy, and his family did their research, making sure that they met both the father and mother of their new puppy.
My two dogs, Spot (who died of old age last year) and Kiko, used to be friends, but they sometimes disagreed over toys or food.
Bowie, an eight week old pedigree Asian kitten that the neighbours gave to Hanna and Luke as a present
The Kane family had been considering getting a pet for some time. Hanna and Luke’s parents had heard that pet ownership was good for children.
Poodles are exceptionally popular pets in some countries. In France, people are as likely to be carrying a poodle under their arm as a stick of French bread.
What to do if you need a vet in an after-hours emergency over Xmas | East Coast Radio
On East Coast FM this week, Pete Wedderburn discusses the after-hours service provided by vets, and one listener wants to know how to stop a dog being a fussy eater, while another has the reverse p ..
In the same way as many human psychological problems can be traced to childhood experiences, behavioural problems in dogs can often be linked with incidents that happen early in life to puppies.
On Ireland AM this week, I was able to announce good news: the Minister of Agriculture, Simon Coveney, has announced that he will NOT allow lay people to dock puppies' tails.
Sniffer dogs are important to the Customs officials at Ireland's ports and airports. Pete travelled to Rosslare to learn more about them.
On the Marion Finucane show Pete talked about the various ways that dogs can help their owners. Here are some links that help to expand on out discussion. ,Guide DogsFor visually impaired people.
It's Halloween today, and the peak of the fireworks season is upon us in Ireland. It's estimated that around 50% of pets are upset by the loud squeals and bangs of fireworks.
Are Herbal sedatives safe for cats? | East Coast Radio
This week on East Coast FM, Pete discusses the effect of herbal sedatives on cats, the controversial subject of dog clones and then a question from a listener about a lump on a dog's foot.
It's interesting how some animals seem to be able to see themselves in mirrors - yet others act as if they don't "get it" at all.