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A cat became stuck on a 25ft fence while trying to break into a prison.
An Oklahoma family said their home was like a ‘murder scene’ after a deer broke in and wreaked havoc.
A tiny lizard that fits on the end of a pencil has moved into its new home at Paignton Zoo in Devon.
A cat that spent two years living on a scrapyard has been reunited with its owner.
Amateur fossil hunter Jon Gopsill was walking his dogs, Sam and Poppy, on the Somerset coast when they came across a 65 million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil.
A five-foot snake had to be rescued from a car after escaping while travelling with its owners.
A toy store worker was left in despair when a kitten destroyed a model that he had spent a week building.
A deer has been filmed on a surveillance camera bursting through the window of a hair salon.
A tortoise has been rescued from a house fire after it set the place ablaze.
A kitten that cheated death by a whisker after suffering horrendous injuries has been named PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year 2019.





A PDSA vet is set to star in a new TV show following essential workers operating during the coronavirus lockdown
A survey of UK households has found that finances remained under severe pressure in May.
Giraffes and other zoo species are to benefit from an act of vandalism after a mature tree illegally felled at a cemetery has been donated for food supplies.
Peregrine Livefoods has outlined steps it will be taking to support shops as high streets move out of phase one of coronavirus restrictions.
The founder of sustainability brand Beco talks to pbwnews editor Justine Thompson
Award-winning global pet company Trixie has created a new position, organisational development, which has been filled by internal candidate Henning Bundtzen, who is well-known to the UK pet trade.
The closure and restocking of a large public aquarium has led to a unique study into the calming effects of fish-gazing.
Leading raw and natural pet food business Natures Menu has added a new selection pack to its Country Hunter Game Meat range – exclusive to the specialist pet trade.
A leading vet has warned that the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers comes with a risk to pets.
The online service for employers to claim back coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay is now available.
The UK’s 22 most exclusive cat breeds have been revealed – and cat lovers will need deep pockets to own one. 
Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are covid-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, the Prime Minister confirmed yesterday (Sunday). As key retailers, most pet shops, have remained open throughout the crisis.
Nylabone’s Nutri Dent brand has launched into the UK.
A new £50m fund has been awarded for councils to support their local high streets get safely back to business, High Streets Minister Simon Clarke MP announced yesterday (Sunday).
The coronavirus has forced many older shoppers to buy online regularly for the first time.
Animal health company TVM has launched a fun colouring competition for vets and veterinary staff as a thank you for their hard work during lockdown.
Pet retailers who would like to kick-start their business as lockdown eases are being invited to register for Virtual Petindex.
Retail sales experienced a decline of 18.1% in April, an Office for National Statistics report has revealed today (Friday) – the biggest monthly fall since records began.
From new store owner to local award-winner in just a year…Paula Machin tells Neil Pope how she made the dramatic journey to retail success
Animals including birds are reported to have died in a pet and aquatic store blaze last night (Thursday).
Vital is advising retailers to think ahead over buying wild bird food staples in the face of predicted shortages of peanuts and sunflower hearts.
Pet Food giant Nestlé is piloting reusable and refillable dispensers for its Purina cat food as part of its efforts to reduce single-use packaging. 
A new survey of more than 900 decision-makers within UK businesses has uncovered how they are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
Climate change could leave freshwater fish with bigger brains but a reduced ability to effectively explore their surroundings, scientists have found. 
Interpet has launched a free diagnostic tool for aquarium-owners abiding by movement restrictions during the current covid-19 crisis so they can identify and solve aquarium or fish problems. 
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (Oata) is lowering fees for its City & Guilds training programmes so that businesses can offer training to their furloughed staff.
NT Labs has added an axolotl pellet to its range of Pro-f aquarium feeds.
An expert and a passionate enthusiast have joined forces to open a specialist koi, tropical fish and aquatics shop.
Pet and aquatic shops can still sell fish following Monday’s government guidance on the sale of ‘essential’ items, the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association says. 
Regular readers will know I have made recommendations of carpeting plants in the past. This month, I want to introduce you to Echinodorus tenellus.
Spectrum Brands, Tetra’s parent group, has acquired the assets of Omega Sea to add to its Global Pet Care portfolio of aquatics brands.
Two aquatics companies have come together to establish Aquatic Now – a specialist marine distributor for the UK.
The trade body for the tropical fish industry has issued a new ‘position’ statement on the use of fish in cultural practices.
Fishkeeping chain Maidenhead Aquatics faced a few hurdles before the grand opening of its latest store.
Dates for AQUA 2021 have just been announced, allowing the UK’s aquatics and water gardening industry to begin planning for another great event.
Peregrine Livefoods has taken over exclusive UK distribution of Aquarium Systems UK and its brands.
Six critically endangered blackchin guitarfish have been born at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, known to be the first and only breeding programme of its kind in the UK.
All Evolution Aqua aquariums now come with AquaFrame aluminium frame cabinets with EazySwap cabinet panels.
A team of scientists from the UK and Australia are using underwater loudspeakers to entice fish back to dead coral reefs and potentially help them recover.
Eco Pond says sales of its alternative to Extract of Barley Straw, Ecopond Barley-Bio Algae Control, have been growing strongly since its launch at AQUA 2017.