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How to spot and treat arthritis in dogs before it's too late

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

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The dog that appears in court

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.

Meet Billy, one of the hundreds of puppies abandoned after Christmas

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

'Dog is for Life' slogan not getting through, warns animal charity

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:

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Wanda gets her wheels - dog story with a happy ending

Wanda, the cocker spaniel, when she was a younger puppy

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.

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