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Excessive exercise responsible for majority of heatstroke cases in dogs, study finds

Excessive exercise responsible for majority of heatstroke cases in dogs, study finds

The most common cause of potentially-fatal heatstroke in dogs is being exercised by their owners, a study has found. A team at Nottingham Trent University and the Royal Veterinary College found that exertion or exercise – which could include dogs walking, playing or running with their owners – was responsible for three quarters, or 74%, of heat stroke cases. Many of these cases were in the summer months. Hot weather alone was responsible for 13% of cases, while traveling or…

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Coronavirus-sniffing dogs dispatched at Dubai Airport

Coronavirus-sniffing dogs dispatched at Dubai Airport

Dubai International Airport this week started using police dogs for on-airport rapid Covid-19 testing, which reportedly can produce results in minutes with 92%, reports SFGate. Typically in the United Arab Emirates, all arriving passengers must submit to Covid-19 testing prior to their trips and show negative results to be admitted into the country. Earlier reports of using dogs to sniff out the coronavirus proved that the concept could work in test environments. Recently, a study showed that dogs accurately identify…

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Dogs can sniff out Covid-19 infections in patients, study finds

Dogs can sniff out Covid-19 infections in patients, study finds

Man’s best friend could be the key to helping save lives during the pandemic. A new study by University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover found that dogs with several days of training are capable of identifying people infected with Covid-19. Eight detection dogs were trained for one week to detect saliva or tracheobronchial secretions of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients in a randomized, double-blinded and controlled study. The pilot project showed that the dogs accurately identify the virus with a 94% success rate….

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Dogs Trust warns tens of thousands of dogs could be at risk of abandonment due to pandemic

Dogs Trust warns tens of thousands of dogs could be at risk of abandonment due to pandemic

UK dog charity Dogs Trust is predicting tens of thousands of stray or abandoned dogs could need help as a result of the pandemic, and warned it is already starting to see the impact of the Coronavirus crisis for many dogs. Demand for puppies has soared during lockdown, with Google searches for ‘buy a puppy’ increasing by 166% since lockdown was announced on 23 March, according to data from Propellernet. But as the UK braces itself for the full economic impact…

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Chilean police train dogs to sniff out Covid-19

Chilean police train dogs to sniff out Covid-19

Police in Chile are training dogs to detect people that may be infected with the novel coronavirus by sniffing their sweat. The dogs — three golden retrievers and a Labrador — are between the ages of four and five. Until now they have been used to sniff out illicit drugs, explosives and lost people, police say. The training program is a joint effort by Chile’s national police, the Carabineros, and specialists at the Universidad Catolica de Chile. It follows in…

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100 pets booked for a mission ‘impawssible’ flight from China to North America

100 pets booked for a mission ‘impawssible’ flight from China to North America

A plan to fly hundreds of dogs on a chartered plane, dubbed ‘Mission Impawssible’, aims to reunite families from the US and Canada with the dogs they had left in China during the coronavirus pandemic. The ‘mission’ started in May 2020 when Kyla Robertson was trying to find a way to bring her dog Sugar home, according to CNN. Ready to return to Vancouver after two years in China, Robertson and her husband ran into hurdle after hurdle trying to…

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Man and dog travel the USA side by side during the pandemic

Man and dog travel the USA side by side during the pandemic

Whether it’s a spouse, a sibling, or a parent, lots of people have spent time with their best four-legged quarantine buddy. But one man in Iowa keeps his right by his side. During the day, Dan Campbell is a delivery driver who works the night shift. But once he’s off the road, he can’t wait to get back on it. He rides a Ural motorbike, complete with a sidecar. He bought the bike a year ago in Minnesota. “The only…

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Dog friendly hotel site reports 41% surge in bookings as UK lockdown eases

Dog friendly hotel site reports 41% surge in bookings as UK lockdown eases

UK-based dog friendly booking site PetsPyjamas has reported a 41% spike in forward bookings in the UK in May 2020 compared to April 2020 as pet parents look to go on holiday amid the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Most of the bookings are for holidays planned for later in the year or early 2021. In addition to the 41% increase in forward bookings, PetsPyjamas has also seen a 30% rise in traffic to its website this month. PetsPyjamas co-founder and…

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Dog food sales see spike in demand amid Covid-19 pandemic

Dog food sales see spike in demand amid Covid-19 pandemic

Dog food has seen a spike in demand in March as consumers stock up to make sure their dogs are well fed during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data from Research and Markets. Although, dogs aren’t eating more than usual, consumers are increasing the amount of dog food they buy to make sure that their pets are provided for. Another factor influencing the surge in demand for dog food, is the rising number of dog adoptions as people look for…

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Dogs are being trained to sniff coronavirus at UK airports

Dogs are being trained to sniff coronavirus at UK airports

Six dogs are being assessed and trained to detect Covid-19 in passengers at UK airports once the lockdown measures are relaxed. Charity Medical Detection Dogs hopes the dogs will play a vital role in preventing further spread of the pandemic in future.  The six dogs, Norman, Digby, Storm, Star, Jasper and Asher are ready to be assessed to work on a project to train dogs to detect the virus, and their noses could pick up its scent in as little as 6 to 8…

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