It's not only dangerous but it's illegal. Driving a car with a dog inside unrestrained is something hundreds of pet owners in the south east have admitted to - with many not even realising they're breaking the law. It's prompted the Dog's Trust to launch the Houndway Code - to keep dogs and drivers safe on the roads. Tony Green reports.
Arthritis can be a painful and debilitating disease in humans if it's not treated effectively.
But imagine if you were unable even to tell anyone how you were suffering?
That's the reality for our pets. Dogs especially are prone to develop arthritis.
Now a vet from Sussex has launched a campaign to improve how it's diagnosed and managed.
Malcolm Shaw spoke to Hannah Capon of Canine Arthritis Management, dog owner Tim Mayer, and Gwen Covey-Crump, Veterinary Pain Specialist.
For free advice and information about recognising and treating the disease, go to www.caninearthritis.co.uk
A dog is being used in courts in Kent with the aim of supporting witnesses and victims, who may feel nervous about giving evidence. Poppy, a Jack Russell cross, is part of a study being run by Canterbury Christ Church University. Tom Savvides talks to Elizabeth Spruin and Katarina Mozova from the university. The report also contains footage form Canine Companions for Independence.
We hear a lot these days about the problem of obesity, but it's not just humans who are struggling with their weight.
The same is true of our pets - dogs, cats and even rabbits are piling on the pounds.
Now, an animal expert from Sussex has set himself a challenge - to slim down a loveable but far too cuddly Golden Retriever.
Malcolm Shaw has the story.
A charity in Kent says the message that 'a dog is for life not just for Christmas' still isn't getting through. Hundreds of unwanted dogs, given as gifts, are still being abandoned every year.
Like 4 month old puppy Billy, who was handed in at the Dogs Trust in Canterbury yesterday.
Sarah Saunders spoke to Harriet Blaskett from the Dogs Trust Canterbury
A charity in Kent has warned that the slogan 'A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas' is not getting through.
The Dogs Trust in Canterbury says hundreds of unwanted dogs, given as gifts, are being abandoned every year.
Harriet Blaskett, Canterbury Dogs Trust, with 4-month-old Billy, a Yorkie - Chihuahua cross, who was handed in yesterday:
Six puppies have been found abandoned in a field in Strood.
The dogs are believed to be around six weeks old. A Dogs Tale RescueCentre in Tunbridge Wells is appealing to find the puppies' mother - who could still be in the owner's care - and in poor health.
Three of the puppies are being looked after at the Redwood Rescue and Rehoming Sanctuary.
While most of us will hopefully be soaking up the festive spirit next weekend some people will be at work or even 'on call'.
They'll include Search Dogs Sussex who've been out on Christmas and New Year's Day in recent years. Andy Dickenson spoke to handlers Mick Castleden, Debbie Peters and Darren Yeates.
Bridie the rescue dog has become the star of the RSPCA's latest Christmas video after being found barricaded in a Horsham shed.Read the full story ›
A dog who was born with twisted front legs has been given a specially designed wheelchair to help her get around.
Wanda, the cocker spaniel, is 10 months old. She found it hard to exercise because of her wonky legs.
However after she was handed in to an animal rescue home in Kent, the staff there decided to find a way to make her life easier and more active. Sarah Saunders reports on the dog who has been lovingly nicknamed Wonky Wanda.
The interviewees are Kerri Eilertsen-Feeney a rescue co-ordinator at Cinque Ports Rescue in Deal; and Eileen Mellis, founder of Cinque Ports Rescue.