Emotional support animals no longer service animals on flights, US limits service animal flights to only dogs

Emotional support animals no longer service animals on flights, US limits service animal flights to only dogs

The US government announced this week an overhaul on its rules for traveling by air with service animals. Among these changes include the rule that emotional support animals will no longer be considered service animals on flights. Furthermore, only dogs can be considered as a service animal. This final rule defines a service animal as a dog, regardless of breed or type, that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with…

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Pups have packed on a few pandemic pounds since first UK lockdown

Pups have packed on a few pandemic pounds since first UK lockdown

For many of us, the lockdown has meant that our active lifestyles have either slowed or come to a complete halt. With less commuting, the rise of working from home, increased cooking and baking as well as delivery food , the only exercise some of us get seems to be the walking back and forth to the fridge. As it turns out, the lockdown hasn’t only led to humans packing on the pounds as Fido has also gained some weight….

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UK vets cite concerns as they face triple threat of Covid-19, exotic diseases and Brexit

UK vets cite concerns as they face triple threat of Covid-19, exotic diseases and Brexit

As the UK nears the end of its Brexit transition period, a new report from the British Veterinary Association warns of the combined impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit and exotic disease on veterinary capacity. On January 31 2020, the UK officially left the European Union and entered into a “transition period” which ends at the end of 2020. During the transition period, there was no change to the rules relevant to border movements between the UK and EU, including on…

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Majority of pet owners in France will gift their dog with Christmas presents

Majority of pet owners in France will gift their dog with Christmas presents

Pet parents in France should check under their Christmas tree to see if there’s enough room for gifts for their furry companions this holiday season. The majority, or 68%, of pet parents in France plan to gift their dog with a present this Christmas season, reports L’Independant, citing a survey of 1,869 pet parents from MutuelleSante.fr (Mutual Health Insurance). Of the 68% of pet parents who plan to give their dogs a gift, 58% of them will place them under…

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Dressing your dog up for Christmas: Where to buy festive dog clothes in the UK

Dressing your dog up for Christmas: Where to buy festive dog clothes in the UK

There’s something magical about seeing a dog in a Christmas sweater that just gets everyone in the holiday spirit. With many of us viewing our pets as a big part of the family, it only makes sense to include them in our Christmas celebrations. Retail companies in the UK are now releasing their Christmas dog outfit collections which means it’s now time to think about some adorable festive jumpers for our furry friends. In the UK, dog parents can visit…

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The first ever Christmas song just for dogs is here to bring joy this holiday season

The first ever Christmas song just for dogs is here to bring joy this holiday season

Who doesn’t love a jolly old Christmas song to ring in the festive season? A great Christmas song can fill us with joy and lift our spirits. Now our furry canine friends get to also experience the Christmas joy through their very own Christmas pop song made just for dogs. Tails.com is making music history by releasing a Christmas song made just for dogs. “When we all need a bit more feel-good in our lives, this song puts our dogs…

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Half of holiday shoppers plan to buy pet food and supplies this season

Half of holiday shoppers plan to buy pet food and supplies this season

While this holiday season may be a bit different than previous years due to the pandemic, pets will still be coming out on top. Pet merchandise is expected to be one of the top gift-giving categories this holiday season, according to a new US survey from multinational professional services firm Deloitte. The desire to make the season special for friends, family, and pets, are still top considerations for consumers no matter the circumstances. Research from Deloitte found that 50% of…

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Pets seen as top source of companionship amid pandemic, but many pet owners faced financial challenges

Pets seen as top source of companionship amid pandemic, but many pet owners faced financial challenges

The majority of pet parents in the US say their furry friends have been a top source of companionship this year amid the pandemic, with 58% of new pet owners citing companionship as the main reason for getting a new pet, according to a new report from Mars Petcare. The report, ‘Pets in a Pandemic’, identifies how pet ownership has evolved with the pandemic and highlights the benefits and challenges to pet parents in 2020, including some of the financial…

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Pets make us more productive and boost mental well-being while working from home

Pets make us more productive and boost mental well-being while working from home

The global coronavirus pandemic and its lockdowns means that many employees are now working from home, which has allowed those of us with pets to spend more time with them. Prior to the pandemic, many workplaces in the UK were already offering workplace benefits and perks such as flexible working, unlimited annual leave, and for the pet lover out there: the chance to bring their furry friend to the office. Now a new study highlights the benefits of having a…

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Wales man fined £800 for driving to another part of Wales to walk dog during lockdown

Wales man fined £800 for driving to another part of Wales to walk dog during lockdown

Sometimes going on a dog walk means getting in a car, having your dog jump in and driving to the nearest park for a nature walk. But this year, due to the coronavirus, dog parents in Wales have had to face tougher restrictions that meant no driving to walk a dog. A man in Wales was ordered in court last week to pay over £800 for traveling from Carmarthen (in the south of Wales) to Pembrokeshire (further southwest) to walk…

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