CARE patients in Hampshire are being helped with a visit from a four-legged friend.

Local home care provider Caremark has added an extra member to its staff with the introduction of a long-haired dachshund called Mr Pickles.

The dog is owned by Anne May, one of Caremark's most experienced carers, and regularly visits some of her clients.

One of his favourite visits is to a client who had a stroke eight years ago which stopped her walking and caring for her dog.

According to Anne, the client thoroughly enjoys their visits as it reminds her of playing with her own dogs.

Cat group needs help CAT lovers are being called upon to lend a hand to help needy homeless pets.

The Fareham and Waterlooville district branch of Cats Protection is desperate to recruit new volunteers in a variety of areas.Particularly needed is help with kitten fostering, advertising and fundraising.

If you are interested email

Consult vets over fleas PET owners in Hampshire have been urged to choose flea treatment carefully to avoid harming their pets this summer.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warned people that not all preventative products are appropriate for every animal.

The BVA is encouraging owners to speak to a vet about different options.