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First-of-its-kind podcast sees leading pet charity and Strictly star explore some of the common myths and facts surrounding our favourite four-legged friends including horses.

Radio presenter, TV actress, former Strictly Come Dancing contestant and dog owner, Gemma Atkinson, has teamed up with leading UK pet charity, Blue Cross, to produce a fur-st of its kind podcast series for animal lovers, including horse owners – The Petcast.

Launching on Tuesday 10th March 2020,  the six-part podcast series will hear Gemma - along with celebrity guests, expert vets, animal behaviourists, and real life pet owners - discussing a wide variety of topics related to pet and horse welfare and how to live your best life with your pet, including; Integrating Pets into the Home, Dealing with Pet Bereavement, Keeping Your Pet Healthy, Different Pets for Different Lifestyles, Wellbeing and Pets, and Pet Heroes – which includes an interview with the owner of Dillon - a remarkable therapy pony.

Throughout The Petcast, Gemma will be joined by celebrity guests Gemma Merna (Integrating Pets into Your Home), Laura Tott (Dealing with Pet Bereavement) and Karen Hauer (Wellbeing and Pets) - delving into the their personal experiences of being pet owners and sharing personal stories.

Animals enrich our lives in so many ways, yet sadly like people, some pet pairings don’t work out as planned – leading to many pets being given up for rehoming or abandoned each year. Touching upon dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, rabbits, and more, The Petcast aims to empower pet owners with the information, tips and advice they need in order for everyone on two legs and four to live their best lives together!

Gemma Atkinson comments: “I have grown up with animals and now have two dogs myself - Ollie and Norman - so I know that being a pet owner comes with a ton of fun but is not without its challenges and responsibilities.

Becoming a mother very recently, I’ve also experienced what it’s like to introduce a baby into a home with pets – something that was very new to me, and also daunting because it was so important that all my family members, including the furry ones, get along.

I’m so excited to be hosting The Petcast alongside Blue Cross, with the help of some amazing guests. I’m sure people will enjoy how much we delve into the fascinating, emotional and sometimes bizarre world of living with pets. It’s the perfect one-stop-shop for all your advice, covering a real variety of topics, animals and breeds!”

Blue Cross is the UK’s leading pet charity, and has been helping abandoned, homeless, sick and injured pets since 1897. In 2019 alone, 9,253 pets were helped by their rehoming services across the country, many of which were in their first year of life, or younger, and 31,321 pets were helped by veterinary services at Blue Cross’s hospitals and clinics.

The Petcast Episodes

Integrating Pets into Your Home