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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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Dog walking during lockdown: What are the rules?

Dog walking during lockdown: What are the rules?

In the UK, we are currently in the midst of a third national lockdown but it feels like many of us are in an endless lockdown. For those of us with dogs, we have been fortunate enough to be able to take them outside for long walks and fresh air throughout the last couple of lockdowns. The latest lockdown is one of the toughest yet as cases continue to rise even with a vaccine on the horizon. Those who have…

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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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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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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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New initiative aims to help homeless dog owners in Scotland

New initiative aims to help homeless dog owners in Scotland

UK-based animal welfare charity Dogs Trust has partnered with Simon Community Scotland, a Scottish homelessness organization, to launch an initiative to increase dog friendly accommodation options for homeless dog owners in Scotland. According to Dogs Trust, many emergency and temporary accommodation providers do not accept dogs, leaving pet parents unable to access the housing and support they and their dogs need, unless they make the heart-breaking decision to give up their pets, who are very often their only source of…

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Pandemic gives rise to drive-through pet blessings in The Philippines

Pandemic gives rise to drive-through pet blessings in The Philippines

Pet parents in the Philippines had their pets blessed via a drive-through ceremony this past Sunday to mark World Animal Day and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Amid rising cases in the country, drivers brought their pets to a Catholic priest and from a safe distance inside their owners’ cars, the animals, which included cats, dogs, and birds, were sprinkled with holy water by the priest in Manila, reports Reuters. The Philippines has…

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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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Stray dog kept visiting dealership in Brazil, then gets hired

Stray dog kept visiting dealership in Brazil, then gets hired

Sometimes it takes a little patience to get the job you want. In this case, a stray dog who kept visiting a dealership in Brazil was adopted and then given a job as a ‘consultant’. The dog, named Tucson Prime after one of Hyundai’s car models, is now a worldwide social media star with over 150,000 followers and growing on Instagram. Tucson was first found by Emerson Mariano, the manager of the dealership located in Serra. According to The Gazette,…

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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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