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A family had a shock when they discovered a three-foot snake in their toilet.
A pub has become the first in England to be awarded a zoo licence.
Nine years ago Bodacious the shepherd cat first appeared in Suzanna Crampton’s life, after she found him wandering around a shop in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Humans are not the only ones who like surfing, with dogs loving the water as well and many enjoying catching the waves, according to organisers of the World Dog Surfing Championships in the US.
A serial burglar faced a defensive parrot when attempting to steal from a home in Kent.
A company won an award for its creatively-packaged organic catnip products at a national show for pet retailers in Las Vegas.
A classic children’s TV programme is returning to the BBC.
A dog that escaped from home ended up being wedged between fence railings. The long-haired Jack Russell terrier, Poppy, was found stuck in the fence in a park in Bexleyheath, London by a member of the public. It was first thought the dog was a stray and the RSPCA was called to help free her.
A peahen caused hundreds of pounds of damage after strutting into a Los Angeles liquor store in the US.
Yorkshire Cat Rescue is appealing for a family to take in a cat that has been unlucky three times in finding a permanent home.
American pet store chain PetSmart has appointed Joshua Kanter as executive VP of marketing and customer experience.
The first groomery by PetSmart has opened in Oak Park, Illinois followed by a Manhattan, New York location.
To tie in with the release of the new Star Wars movie, ‘The Last Jedi’, Pooch & Mutt has launched a tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign featuring dogs dressed up as some of the film’s best-known characters to promote the company’s Junk-Free dog chews.
Animals lovers will spend more on their dogs than their nearest and dearest this Christmas.
Bitcoin’s value has soared since the beginning of October, as crypto currencies gain respectability with e-commerce fulfilment expert ParcelHero saying its value will continue to rise.
Earthpro limited stocks of its new starter kit, designed for new keepers and those who want to give EarthPro a trial.
Many stores’ Christmas final online order dates will be earlier than last year, warns e-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero.
As if taking over a pet shop was not challenging enough, Potty About Pets owner Meg Johnson faced additional stresses that were completely out of her hands…
Fenton & Charles has introduced organic shampoo in Lavender, Zesty Orange, Mint & Eucalyptus, and Fragrance Free. 
Agricultural, equine and pet products wholesaler Trilanco has agreed exclusive trade sales and distribution rights of Westgate EFI (WEFI) brands.
A new law will increase sentences for animal cruelty and ensure animal sentience is reflected in domestic law, under plans published by the Environment Secretary today (Tuesday).
Manchester-based pet bed specialist Scruffs ran a 10-day £1,000 giveaway to mark the start of the festive season.
Nestlé Purina PetCare has unveiled its first Purina in Society Report, which shares highlights of the progress made against Purina’s 10 commitments to society and showcases success stories from across Europe that demonstrate the value of the pet-human bond.
Cotswold RAW is a raw pet food manufacturer based in the Cotswolds on a mission to introduce more dogs to the concept of raw and making it easier for retailers and owners to give it a go
The owners of a pet shop said they feel forced out of their unit after their landlord increased their rent by 60%.
A heated bed, an electronic squeaking mouse and a floor-to-ceiling scratching post are among 10 Christmas gift ideas for cats suggested by Heavy, a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program for advertising. Natural, grain-free treats and special grass to aid digestion make the list as well.
A survey by pet products manufacturer Rosewood Pet Products reveals that one in ten pet owners spends more than £1,000 a year replacing household items destroyed by pets. 
A new start-up has launched herbal teas made using loose leaf herbs for dogs.
Pet food franchise Oscar Pet Foods says it has had a successful 2017 with more franchisees signing up.
Dog Hair Day, a naturally fragranced, paraben-free herbal blend shampoo, has been reformulated and repackaged to expand distribution and broaden its customer base. 
Trixie has launched a range of products from dental care to bedding and cat furniture.
Burns Pet Nutrition has donated a bumper Christmas dinner package to a group of RAF working dogs.
A former Paralympic gold medallist led an inspiring day for franchisees at Wagging Tails’ 2017 Franchise Conference in the New Forest.
The new Pixar film Coco features a charismatic, bald character, Dante, who is a Mexican hairless dog or Xoloitzcuintli.
Scientists are a step closer to ending the deadly and destructive practice of illegal cyanide fishing, thanks to new research.
Born Free’s wild orca Springer has given birth to her second calf.
Waterlife has reformulated and repackaged its Ultramarine sea salt.
A Thai businessman caused a stir when he paid 1.5m Thai baht (£33,578) for a rare 1.15m golden fancy carp, thought to be the largest of its kind in the country.
Vietnamese border guards in the northern province of Quảng Ninh say they have repeatedly detained people for smuggling fish from China.
Americans are taking so many anti-depressants that they are ending up in fish brains.
Fishermen in Russia claim to have caught a mutant fish, that appears to have two mouths and a hooked tail. The strange animal has one mouth on its face and what looks like another one on its round neck.
Officials in north-east Mexico said small fish fell from the sky during a light rain shower.
AQUA, the showcase for the UK’s water gardening and aquatics trade, will be returning to the Telford International Centre on October 16-17, 2019.
Consumer advisor Which? has endorsed Nishikoi’s ClearWaters Treatment Against Blanket Weed as a best buy for blanketweed control.
A 70-million-year-old lobe-finned fish fossil could rewrite the story of how our ancestors evolved to live on land.
A total of 1,643 visitors attended the AQUA 2017 trade show at Telford International Centre, and were greeted by more than 100 exhibitors – the highest number of exhibitors ever.
A new species of crab has been found on an island off Taiwan.
Aquatic plants don’t always grow as they are supposed to, says JBL, due to the presence of bacteria that can denature minerals and nutrients around the roots.
BioPod scored a double victory at the AQUA 2017 New Product Awards when it won the Reptile category for its BioPod Terra and the Aquaria & Furniture category with the BioPod Aqua.
More than 100 exhibitors unveiled a wide array of products to visitors to AQUA 2017 on the opening day of the busy aquatics and water gardening trade show at Telford International Centre.
Contractors have found a leopard pleco fish, usually found in the Amazon Basin, in a Walsall canal.