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Everything you need to know about dog flu

Dog awakening from anesthesia after tumor surgery. Ill labrador retriever in veterinary clinic.
Little poorly floof (Picture: Getty)

Winter can be a tough time for everyone.

The nights are long, the days are gloomy, and we all tend to be more susceptible to coughs, colds and flu.

But did you know your dog can get the flu, too?

Humans have been hit with bouts of Australian flu recently, and you might have seen that cases of dog flu have been spreading over in the USA, with thousands of dogs affected.

But what is dog flu? Is it dangerous? And how do you know if your dog has it?

According to Read the full story

8 people share their worst days ever – which definitely can’t be improved by inspirational quotes

Not having a great day (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

Contrary to those inspirational Instagram quotes – invariably in swirly calligraphy across an image of an orange sunset or a flickering eternal flame – life is bloody tough.

‘Can’t be changed with platitudes’ tough.

‘I sat on the loo, knickers around my ankles, holding a stick covered in wee’: 7 people reveal the best day they’ve ever had

‘An obstacle is often a stepping stone,’ they tell us. Oh, okay, thanks.

‘Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.’ Noted.


Some of my friends agree, and shared their worst, platitude-busting days with… Read the full story

Let’s stop using the word ‘lost’ when we talk about virginity

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Between the ages of 13 and 15 the major topic of conversation among my friends and I was how/when/where we were going to lose our virginity. 

As soon as someone did it texts would go round, and on Monday morning the story would be told in great detail.

(Whereupon all of your friends would assess the quality of your deflowering behind your back- this was girls school, where gossip was warfare).

But in all the thousands of hours that we spend discussing virginity, planning it, thinking about it, talking about how the person who lost it in a tent at a festival and caught chlamydia was a massive… Read the full story

If someone leans to the right when they hug you, they might be feeling awkward

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

If you’re a fan of closely analysing everything people do to make sure they actually like you (who isn’t, right?), rejoice, for research has brought us a new way to monitor people’s emotions.

According to a recent study, a hug from someone’s left-hand side is more heartfelt than one from their right.

Researchers in Germany analysed more than 2,000 hugs at an airport in both departures and arrivals, and compared them to hugs between strangers.

They found that emotionally charged hugs, like the ones you’d see when you’re greeting someone returning from a long trip, or saying goodbye before they jet off, tend to come from the… Read the full story

Man builds himself a tiny house so he can live rent-free

Man builds tiny house so he can live rent-fre
We could definitely live here (Picture: mediadrumworld.com)

In a world where rents are rocketing and getting your hands on a mortgage seems like a pipe dream for many, some people are turning to quirky alternatives.

Take tiny homes, for example – the tiny house movement is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in, opting for portable cabins between 100 – 400 square feet.

The homes are cheaper to run and more eco-friendly than your average house, which is what attracted American college student Bradley to live in one – and he didn’t just decide… Read the full story

6 of the most difficult things about giving up smoking

Illustrative shot of human lungs depicting effects of smoking on health
There are plenty of reasons to give up smoking (Picture: Getty)

There’s a great dialogue in Guy Ritchie’s film Rock’n’Rolla about the nature of life and death, as viewed in the context of a packet of cigarettes.

A ‘gold packet of king-sized with regal insignia… (is) a subtle suggestion that cigarettes are indeed your royal and loyal friends’.

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It leads eventually to the truth of the matter, and one which all smokers admit to in their heart of hearts, that ‘these neat… Read the full story

Sick dog gets toy wearing a cone of shame so he doesn’t feel embarrassed

‘I do not mind the cone of shame, when it’s shared with a friend. ‘ (Picture: Instagram/zeplovesducks)

The cone of shame is a canine’s most loathed accessory.

Nothing says ‘I’ve been to the vets and don’t have enough self control to not tamper with my wounds’ than the conical device, which cats and dogs are given to prevent them from licking or biting healing injuries or wounds.

Technically called an Elizabethan collar, the medical device is more humourlessly known as the cone of shame, or pet lampshade, for…obvious reasons

Understandably, dogs don’t like these cones – possibly because humans laughing at them informs them that yes, they look silly.

One canine’s companion was so… Read the full story

You can go on a Harry Potter themed cruise this summer

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Attention, Potterheads: A Harry Potter cruise is happening this year, and it’s time to put your lifejackets on and set sail.

A six-day cruise along the River Thames is taking place this summer, where you’ll get to visit locations from the magical series of the Harry Potter books and movies.

The cruise comes courtesy of Barge Lady Cruises, and will take place on the Magna Carta, a small cruise ship with outside seating.

You’ll set sail from London and visit a number of locations from the wizarding franchise.

A Tango Ice Blast sorbet is here and it looks incredible

(Picture: Crollas Gelateria/Facebook/Slush Puppie)

Everyone knows one of the best things about going to cinema is the Tango Ice Blasts.

And so you can imagine just how excited we were when we found out one gelato house has created a sorbet inspired by the slushy.

The Tango Ice Blast sorbet looks exactly like the original drink. It was created by Crollas Gelateria, an award-winning Italian gelato shop based in Glasgow.

According to the shop, it’s made with a sorbet base and has Tango Ice Blast rippled through it.

It’s said to taste exactly like the frozen drink, as it’s made with real Tango Ice Blast.

Hundreds of sausage dog owners helped poorly dog Milo tick off everything on his bucket list

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When Milo the sausage dog fell sick, his owner, Laura Bright, was devastated.

Milo was diagnosed with lymphoma – a type of cancer – at the end of 2015, and was given just six weeks left to live.

Laura knew that she had to do all that she could to give Milo the best final months possible.

Laura booked a course of chemotherapy and began to write up a bucket list of things Milo could enjoy before he died.

She mentioned his illness in a Facebook group she had created for sausage dog owners, London Lowriders, and was stunned by the response.

The community of a thousand sausage dog owners volunteered… Read the full story

Petty grandma ignores grandson for 12 hours because he didn’t say happy birthday

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One grandma was not best pleased when she thought her grandson had forgotten her birthday.

In fact, she was so annoyed with him she decided to text him to let him know – at 7 in the morning.

Twitter user Dae shared a screen shot of a message from his grandmother. It read: ‘Happy birthday to myself hadn’t heard from my grandson thanks’.

Obviously, we feel bad for Dae’s grandma – but Dae had a good excuse as to why he hadn’t contacted her: he’d been asleep.

Alongside the message, he wrote: ‘My grandma ain’t give nobody time to wake up good and brush they teeth this morning’

Should you have sex when you’re not in the mood for the sake of your relationship?

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It’s nearly bedtime. You’re wearing your PJs.

It’s nice and warm and you’re cuddling up to your partner – you’re thinking about watching a little bit of Netflix before you fall asleep.

And then your partner suggests sex.

It’s not that you don’t want to, it’s just that you’re really comfy right now, and you have to get up in seven hours, and, well, it all seems like a bit of a faff.

It’s a situation that a lot of couples will find familiar. But, according to expert Michele Weiner-Davis, the marriage-guidance counselor whose Ted talk has been viewed almost 3.5 million times online, giving in to… Read the full story

What you need to know about the risks of getting fillers in your gums

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Ah, the joys of ageing.

Not only do your joints ache when you get up, your earlobes sag, and your face gets nice and wrinkly.

Oh, and your gums recede. So you’ve got that to look forward to.

While the wide majority of us accept our disappearing gums with the numbing realisation that we are aged and no longer understand memes or pop music, others are reaching for cosmetic procedures to hide all the evidence.

One such treatment is the use of dermal fillers.

Cosmetic dentists are now offering the use of fillers to fill in the empty triangles that appear between the base of teeth as… Read the full story

6 reasons why being a stay-at-home parent is stressful

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School runs, finances, chores… there’s a lot of things to worry about (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Could you imagine not having a career and your only responsibilities were the housework and childcare?

As an ambitious teen, I envied my classmates who got up the duff and left school to have kids.

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I imagined them swanning around having their nails painted and shopping, and simply having to dust a few times a month.

There I was bombarded with exams, juggling part-time jobs and a colourful social life.

Yes, I… Read the full story

Woman with vitiligo finally accepts her skin thanks to model Winnie Harlow

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A woman with vitiligo who hid her skin for years has finally realised her beauty after sharing a photo of herself as supermodel Winnie Harlow for Halloween.

The photo received international attention and even recognition from Winnie herself – and ultimately gave Tiffany Taylor, from Philadelphia, enough confidence to finally accept herself for who she is.

Account manager Tiffany was only 14 when she first noticed a white spot on her face. As she was just entering high school, she says the timing was devastating and led her to hide her condition with makeup.

Tiffany says that her family supported her in covering her skin with makeup, and that she’d always… Read the full story

KFC names its first ever female Colonel Sanders

KFC female colonel Reba McIntire
Is a woman dressed as a man still a man? (Picture: KFC)

Feminism and fried chicken have long been linked.

Oh no wait, sorry, they haven’t – we got ‘feminism’ confused with ‘fries’.

However, KFC do appear to be making (a bit of) headway with the former by naming their first ever female Colonel Sanders – American country singer Reba McEntire.

She’s the new face of KFC’s Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken, and plays both herself and the Colonel in the ads, singing, ‘I’m Colonel Sanders, the same as always. I’m definitely not a woman.’

She’s currently starring in four ads, which will air in the US from Sunday… Read the full story

If you can’t afford a flat why not buy an island instead?

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Stressing about being able to buy a home is a pretty standard experience for any of us who live in cities, and lots of us who live in the countryside. 

But what if, instead of giving up avocados for twenty years and buying a moldy one-bed in zone 75, you could bu an actual real life island?

No word of a lie, that’s a real thing that could happen, because this island is for sale for just £250,000. Which would get you a parking space in London, or a cupboard in Oxford.

‘Have I got the flu or just a nasty cold?’

Lots of people have been struck down with the flu this winter (Picture: JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty)

If you have been stuck in bed with what you believe to be the flu then you have probably heard one question repeatedly.

‘Are you sure its flu and not just a really bad cold?’

This winter, Britain has felt the impact of both ‘Australian flu’ and ‘Japanese flu’.

Fears have been growing that the UK is on the verge of a flu epidemic that could last until March.

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The Australian and Japanese strains of the virus may have contributed to… Read the full story

9 gluten-free chocolate cake recipes to try

Xx gluten-free chocolate cake recipes to try - for international chocolate cake day (Vicki Montague)
There’s a chocolate cake for every dietary need (Picture: Becky Excell, Glutarama, The Peachicks Bakery)

Would you believe it is National Chocolate Cake Day today?

I often wonder what they will think of next – there already seems to be a ‘day’ for everything.

5 ingredients in gluten-free foods that will surprise you

That said, I’m quite happy with a chocolate cake day as it’s one of my very favourite things.

Since I started reducing my sugar intake I’m always creating or searching for ‘healthier’ versions of cake.

I think chocolate… Read the full story

Why I wish my parents had taught me to speak their language

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In a family or friends situation when the jokes are flying and the banter is at its height I can only be partially involved (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

My mum can speak three languages fluently, my dad can speak two, while I speak just one.

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On face value, my limited linguistic skills in comparison to my parents may not seem like a big deal. At worst, unfortunate.

Language, however, is more than just… Read the full story

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