Tibetan mastiff kills six-year-old girl

A man holds up his Tibetan mastiff as they perform on stage during a dog beauty contest in Shenyang. Phote: Reuters

Dogs may be man’s best friend but they can also be a dangerous enemy - as recent tragedies involving attacks by large dogs in China show.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Tobacco and roadside pollution more dangerous than bird flu

Best friends forever.

Given the rising concern over bird flu, it is worth recalling that there are other bigger killers in Hong Kong. In the past two weeks in which nine deaths have been recorded, Hong Kong's dirty air has led to 123 avoidable deaths.

8 Jul 2013 - 12:25pm

Jockey Club's carnival will be a walk in the park for dogs

An employee maintains the unique grass field at the Penfold Park in Sha Tin, which is managed by the Jockey Club. Photo: Felix Wong

About 1,000 dogs will take part in the city's first dog walkathon on Saturday in Sha Tin near the site of a lush expanse of unusual grass popular among dogwalkers for being "as soft as a cushion".

28 Mar 2013 - 5:47am

Swamped New Territories villages welcome all inspectors

Government inspectors to investigate unauthorised structures in New Territories villages may discover other concerns. Photo: Edward Wong

Like most residents of the New Territories, I welcome the government's initiative to set up a new department to investigate what has become known in the media as unauthorised structures. New Territories residents know this to be a euphemism for "essential home improvements".

20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am 1 comment

A wake-up call for our sleeping dogs

People walk their dogs outside the home of former president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma made critical remarks about pet care that touch on sensitive race relations in South Africa. Photo: AP

For all the stupidity of his remark about dogs and white people, there might be a grain of truth in South African President Jacob Zuma's latest gaffe. Deep in the back of his mind he may have been thinking of one of the peculiarities of suburban South African life, particularly as race barriers came down after the end of apartheid.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:00am

Health bites

Patients who had higher consumption of snack foods - such as fast food snacks, chips, or fried snacks - were twice as likely to develop colorectal polyps (precancerous lesions) as patients with lower intakes of snack foods.

Even if family history puts you at a high risk of cancer, research shows a healthy lifestyle could help. A new study has found that loading up on snack foods may increase cancer risk in individuals with Lynch syndrome, an inherited condition that increases one's risk of developing colorectal, endometrial and other cancers at an early age. 

31 Dec 2012 - 5:17pm

Deaths of dogs may see ban on paraquat

Gisela Cheung, whose pet dog GoGo was poisoned by paraquat.

Government officials are considering imposing a ban on over-the-counter sales of the weed killer paraquat, which has been linked to a series of dog deaths.

A review has been launched into the widely used but highly toxic pesticide, which is banned in many countries, but freely available in Hong Kong. It may result in sales being restricted through a permit system.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Pooch pleasure palace a big hit with Brazilians

A ceiling mirror sets the scene for pooches at the Animalle Mundo Pet, whose services includes artificial insemination. Photo: NYT

Heart-shaped ceiling mirror: check. Curtains drawn: check. Red mattress: check.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Civic Party embarks on a campaign to reform the pet trade

(Left to right) Dora Wong, of the Civic Party's animal rights concern group, with lawmaker Claudia Mo and Dogma and Janice Jensen and Harley. Photo: Dickson Lee

Dogma is 13 years old and has difficulty walking - but this dog's problem is the result of neither disease nor an accident. It is from cross-breeding a basset and beagle. But his life has been lucky living with owner Claudia Mo Man-ching, a Civic Party lawmaker.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:31am

Making sense of the bizarre world of canines

If you think your pet behaves in bizarre ways, veterinarian Hugh Stanley, of Dr Hugh's Veterinary Hospital in Tin Hau, helps explain the reasons behind some of canines' most puzzling behaviour.


29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

House training is easy, but it can take time

House training a new dog is a top priority. Whether it's a playful puppy or an adult, it requires time, energy and discipline.

Trainer and animal behaviour therapist Rosemarie Tang, at the Animal Behaviour Veterinary Practice, provides some tips on training your dog to relieve itself at the right time and place.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Kept on a tight leash

Some people make the mistake of having a pet dog without preparing for the level of responsibility involved.

The negative consequences are acutely felt in Hong Kong due to people living in small apartments, working long hours and having little or no areas for a dog to run freely.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Business is booming for kennel owners as animals rule the roost

Playing mahjong was never Liu Min's idea of a fulfilling retirement. He wanted something to keep him busy - and he found it, or rather them. At 66, his world now revolves around dozens of wet noses and waggy tails.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

'Hobby breeders' may face tighter puppy-sale laws

Dog owners who decide to breed their pets and sell the puppies to shops have been warned that they will no longer fall outside animal trading laws under a new government proposal.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Positive reinforcement key to dogs and domestic bliss

Many people are starting the year with a new addition to the family: a dog or puppy. And, as these furry four-legged companions bring joy to the household, they require effort and training to be your perfect pet.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am