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A British bulldog had emergency surgery after swallowing a child’s rubber duck.
A man caught a huge alligator and later discovered that it had eaten an ancient artefact that had been undiscovered for 6,000 years.
A Californian woman hasn’t been able to take a trip in more than two years – because her adopted pet toucan, Touki, doesn’t want to be parted from her.
A pet owner has discovered her robot vacuum cleaner has been having a hard time cleaning the floors of her house because the dog won’t get up off the floor.
A pair of unruly pet cows have been caught red handed after breaking into a house, trashing the furniture and defecating on the carpet.
Fire services and the RSPCA rescued an elderly cat that was stranded after climbing out of a fourth-storey window.
Twenty-one wild goats have been rescued in an RSPCA Cymru-led operation  after they ventured on to a treacherous outcrop on the Great Orme in North Wales.
A kitten was rescued from a car engine after travelling about 230 miles from Wales to Leeds.
A cat rescued four years ago as a stray in the US now works in a pediatric eye care clinic.
A British holiday business has launched a new service offering a limited edition range of dog tipis, describing them as ‘the pawfect addition to your glamping trips withyour furry best friend’!





The current licensing system is becoming a “nightmare” for small businesses, particularly breeders and owners of kennels and catteries, according to a leading figure in the pet care industry.
The British Horse Society (BHS) has chosen Dominic Watson as its Veterinary Student Champion (VSC) for 2022, continuing its successful partnership with University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has given a cautious welcome to this week’s government announcement about the removal of COVID-19 \'Plan B\' restrictions in England, and the move to Plan A status from next Thursday (January 27).
Television viewers got a glimpse into pet food production when raw food specialist Natures Menu featured in an episode of Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped programme earlier this month.
Footfall and sales at pet retailer Jollyes reached a record high in December, including its busiest ever Christmas Eve, the company reports.
Pet food manufacturer Forthglade has appointed David Cox as its new CEO.
Arden Grange has updated its Sensitive premium pet food range with the launch of new Superfood Blend recipes, plus two new products.
Pedigree Wholesale is reporting growth of over 35% from the Hikari brand in the past two years, driven by the ongoing success of the company’s Saki-Hikari dealer programme.
A worker at an Essex pet food business was harassed due to her age and sex and unfairly dismissed after raising concerns over inadequate Covid safety measures, an employment tribunal has ruled.
Michelle Turnbull founder of the Barking Bakery, talks to pbwnews
A “mystery” vomiting bug affecting dogs in the North of England may be a normal seasonal illness common during spells of cold weather, vets have explained.
IVC Evidensia has completed the acquisition of French veterinary group VetOne.
Government officials in Hong Kong are to cull all hamsters being sold in pet shops in the territory after a number of animals have tested positive for Covid-19.
Cats Protection is planning a major upgrade of its adoption centre in Chelmsford.
Around 40% of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses say they have experienced concerns for their personal safety during the Covid pandemic, according to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
Pet retailers can hope for a more consistent application of the licensing regime following the publication of new national guidance for local authorities.
A dog toilet training product made from natural grass has gained a big funding boost following an appearance on BBC One’s Dragon’s Den this week (January 13).
The nation’s credit and debit card spend at pet retailers and vets has increased by nearly 30% in the past two years.
UK-based veterinary group VetPartners has expanded further into Europe with the acquisition of two practices in Spain.
A full line-up of speakers will tackle the challenges of exporting from the UK at a conference in March.
St-David Veterinary Centre in Pentwyn, Cardiff has been transformed thanks to a six-figure investment by VetPartners.
There are currently 66 cases of the H5N1 virus in England, as well as confirmed cases at five locations in Scotland, three in Wales, and five in Northern Ireland (Defra figures 12/01/22). The outbreak was first reported in October 2021.
Independent veterinary group Harrison Family Vets has opened a state-of-the-art practice at Kingswinford near Dudley, as part of a £330,000 investment that has initially created six jobs in the town.
OATA has handed out its second Stakeholder Engagement Award to Rob Quest of Heathrow’s Animal Reception Centre in recognition of his long-standing work with the industry.
Two new directors were welcomed to the OATA board at the trade association’s annual general meeting which was held on Zoom.
Leading aquatics company OASE has formed a partnership with Shoal, the global initiative to halt extinctions and recover populations of the most threatened freshwater species.
The disparity between tariffs on tropical freshwater and marine fish imports has been suspended, thanks to lobbying by OATA and its members.
Aquarium enthusiasts can now care for their fish remotely via a smart phone, tablet or PC.
AQUA, the market-leading showcase for the UK’s aquatics and water gardening industry, will be returning to the Telford International Centre on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October, 2023.
An aquatics shop owner found an unusual gift on his doorstep when he went to open up shop – a ‘giant’ catfish in a bucket.
Man-made reefs attract more small fish than natural reefs, say researchers in Australia.
OATA has updated its advice for retailers and hobbyists about how to ensure moss balls imported into the UK are not carrying an infestation of zebra mussels.
A town council has unanimously voted to ban pets, especially goldfish, as prizes at local fairs.
A new aquatic shop has opened in a former furniture store and will be run by a father-and-son team of enthusiasts.
Hundreds of rare fish on the Red List of Threatened Species have moved into a new home after a college joined forces with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to help protect them.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has launched a new report examining the trade in fish for home aquariums and garden ponds in a bid to tackle misconceptions about the industry.
As the doors closed on the biennial AQUA show today (Thursday, October 14), there was general agreement among visitors and exhibitors that the event had proved to be a massive tonic for the aquatics and water garden industry.
The opening day of AQUA 2021 proved popular as the biennial two-day industry exhibition gave aquatic and water garden retailers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with suppliers.
Seven new aquatic, reptile and water garden innovations have been confirmed as this year’s winners of the AQUA 2021 New Product Awards, sponsored by pbwnews.
Maidenhead Aquatics has launched a new Click and Collect service, bridging the gap between traditional retail outlets and its website.