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Pet ownership more popular in Japan during pandemic

Pet ownership more popular in Japan during pandemic

Pet ownership in Japan is on the rise as people look for companionship during these stressful times and restrictions, reports the Japan Times, citing survey data from the Japan Pet Food Association. The survey showed found a 15% increase in pet ownership compared with the previous year. The data showed there was an estimated 8.49 million dogs and 9.64 million cats being kept as pets in Japan as of October 2020. However, although pet ownership rose, the number of dogs…

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Dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19 in humans by sniffing sweat, study shows

Dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19 in humans by sniffing sweat, study shows

Dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19 in humans by sniffing their sweat, according to a new proof-of-concept study. The aim of the proof-of-concept study was to evaluate if trained dogs could discriminate between sweat samples from symptomatic Covid-19 positive individuals and those from asymptomatic Covid-19 negative individuals. The study was conducted at two sites (Paris, France, and Beirut, Lebanon), followed the same training and testing protocols, and involved six detection dogs (three explosive detection dogs, one search and rescue…

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Most popular 2020 American dog names include coronavirus-related names

Most popular 2020 American dog names include coronavirus-related names

Names are a big part of dogs’ lives. Most dogs will come to their owners once their name is called and they will likely remember their names for the rest of their lives. This year, due to the Covid-19 restrictions and an increase in working from home, pet adoption has boomed. This combined with dogs become increasingly part of our family has led to some unique names for dogs in 2020, according to a survey from Rover, the network of…

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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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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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Dog parents can now take part in a ‘Great Doggy Bake Off’ during lockdown

Dog parents can now take part in a ‘Great Doggy Bake Off’ during lockdown

Lockdown just got a lot more exciting as dogs and their parents can now team up to bake some delicious pup treats and take part in a ‘Great Doggy Bake Off’. Just like the popular British television series, ‘The Great British Bake Off’, this Bake Off will see humans, and their dogs, take up various challenges and compete in the kitchen. The winner will be crowned ‘Star Barker’. Launched by dog friendly travel platform Dog Furiendly in collaboration with Doggy…

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Covid-19 sniffer dogs arrive at Helsinki airport to sniff out infected passengers

Covid-19 sniffer dogs arrive at Helsinki airport to sniff out infected passengers

Covid-19 sniffer dogs have arrived at Helsinki Airport in Finland for a pilot project today that will see them attempt to sniff and identify infected passengers. Finnish airport operator Finavia said the dogs’ sensitive noses are expected to speed up the process of identifying those infected with Covid-19. The company said it is pleased with the city of Vantaa’s efforts to test new and efficient ways to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Airport Director Ulla Lettijeff from Finavia…

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Tips on how to bring dogs safely bring dogs back to work

Tips on how to bring dogs safely bring dogs back to work

As office workers across the UK gradually return to work, safety has become the biggest priority to ensure workers stay protected during the pandemic. Those who are planning to bring their dogs in the office, must also make sure they do so in a safe manner. Pet food brand Purina has put together tips on how to safely bring back man’s best friend to the office. -To minimize the chance of exposure, try to ensure that no one strokes or…

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UK residents who quarantine upon returning from France warned not to walk their dogs for 14 days or face fines

UK residents who quarantine upon returning from France warned not to walk their dogs for 14 days or face fines

The UK government announced that those who are arriving in England from a number of countries including France and the Netherlands destinations from 4 am (GMT) Saturday 15 August will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks. France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba removed from list of travel corridors for England following data showing a significant increase in COVID-19 risk, with passengers required to self-isolate when returning from these countries from 4am on Saturday 15 August….

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