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A snake was found curled up in the groove of a car door after escaping from his home.
A cocker spaniel from Liverpool nearly died after eating a face mask. One-year-old Ralph needed emergency surgery at vet charity PDSA to remove the mask, which had blocked his intestines.
Rescued more than 20 years ago, Norman the donkey had been enjoying Ohio farm life until one morning he was found lying on the ground, injured and unable to stand on his own.
A bat found hiding in the boot of a car in a showroom has been released after being rescued by the RSPCA and rehabilitated by volunteers from Durham Bat Group.
A member of the public in Wales had a fright when her dog found a scorpion running across the living room floor.
Five foul-mouthed parrots have been separated after learning to swear at a Lincolnshire zoo and egging each other on in front of visitors.
Inventive staff at an East Anglian wildlife centre have created DIY saunas for sickly seals – using a modified wallpaper stripper!
Boaters in the Straits of Gibraltar have reported being rammed repeatedly by orcas, causing damage to hulls and rudders.
Life is a hoot once again for August, the baby barn owl, thanks to the skill and care of the team at a Berwick veterinary practice.
If you’re someone who spends hours swiping through dating sites searching for someone with an adorable dog, a new app may provide the answer you’re looking for.





The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has warned pet owners to ignore a website claiming to add microchip details to a national register for a £15 charge.
Yorkshire-based Johnston & Jeff has conjured up a new blend for conures.
The Pet Food Manufacturers Association has raised alarm bells over the severe challenges faced by pet food businesses exporting to the EU since the end of the Brexit transition period on January 1.
Nature’s Harvest – one of the pet food brands of Judge’s Choice Petfood – has unveiled its new branding based on portraits of some of the most loved dog breeds in the UK.
Thieves stole cash and a quantity of veterinary drugs after breaking into a Pets at Home store in Southport.
The Government has announced a Brexit Support Fund to help businesses adjust to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules when trading with the EU.
Bamfords, suppliers of the popular Top Flight brand of bird food, has submitted a planning application for an extension to its mill near Leyland in Lancashire.
Pet stores will be forced to charge customers for plastic bags when the fee in England doubles to 10p from April.
The price of Hawaiian tropical fish is set to soar following a court ruling banning commercial marine aquarium fishing.
Pet food, herbs, treats and skin product manufacturer CSJ says it natural ranges are all made and sourced in the UK, which is proving a big draw for new customers.
Sales of pet birds, including parakeets, budgerigars and canaries, have surged during lockdown as people have craved the companionship of a feathered friend, says pet retailer Jollyes.
The British Independent Retailers Association is asking the Government to reveal its decision on business rates relief before the Budget on March 3.
Following the launch of its eco-friendly raw frozen dog food last year, Wilsons Pet Food is now extending its eco range to its cold pressed dog food in a bid to reduce its use of plastic.
Data from 3,700 cat owners has led researchers to classify felines into five distinct personality types.
Pet, wild bird food and accessories manufacturer Henry Bell Wild Bird Care has won an exclusive contract with Blue Diamond, one of the largest garden centre retail groups in the UK and Channel Islands.
Award-winning plant-based pet care company Hownd is launching its first complete food for adult dogs.
Reports about the illegal practice of dog ear cropping have surged over the past year – prompting actor and comedian Ricky Gervais to back a campaign to crackdown on the problem.
TopLife Formula has launched a Bedtime Milk for Dogs in what it says a first for the pet treat sector.
Burns Pet Nutrition is set to feed hundreds of dogs living rough with their owners in 2021.
Wild bird care specialist Honeyfield’s has introduced a major new manufacturing capability to its production site, allowing it to make suet pellets and blocks in house.
Rat infestations in empty and closed buildings in the UK have reach ‘biblical levels’, pest controllers say.
New laws to protect retail staff from abuse and attacks from customers have been passed by the Scottish Parliament.
Animal rescue centres across the UK benefited from a donation of £550,000 from Pets at Home following its Share the Love initiative over Valentine’s weekend.
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Aquaja – a Dutch specialist in pet and aquatic shop fitting – has fitted the first shop in the UK with its Economy Line Aquaria Stand system.
A new film exploring the artisanal fishing trade for the home aquarium industry in Brazil has been released on Vimeo.
Penguins at the London Aquarium have been enjoying festive films in a bid to help them prepare for visitors post-lockdown.
BBC Radio 4 consumer programme ‘You and Yours’ featured the growing popularity of fish keeping in its early December programme. During lockdown many people took on a new pet – not just cats and dogs, fish found a new fan-base too.
Ibrahim Mefire Kouotou, MD of the aquatics group EHEIM, has been crowned manager of the year by a French trade publication.
It’s not often you get to share Sunday brunch with sharks and a turtle but that’s exactly what two divers did in an effort to raise money for cancer research.
The man behind a project to support Amazonian ornamental fisheries, Scott Dowd, has received a major award for his work.
With less than a month to go until the end of the Transition Period, the government is urging businesses and consumers to check online guidance around importing and exporting products that are covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Aquatic retailers are being urged to check the credentials of courier companies if they have recently begun to use them to transport live fish.
Aquatic retailers and water garden centres are being urged to get behind the Be Plant Wise campaign this autumn, to help prevent the spread of invasive species.
Three new faces were welcomed to the OATA Board at the trade association’s annual general meeting, which for the first time was held on Zoom.
An aquarium in California has experienced a tripling of visits to its webcam since it was forced to close to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.
An aquatic pet store lost many of its fish when authorities mistakenly cut off the shop’s power supply during a raid on an illegal gambling den.
Aquariums and zoos could be facing the worst financial winter in memory, the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) has warned.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has welcomed Dr Matthew Bond to the team as its new scientific and technical adviser.
The EHEIM Professional 5e external aquarium filter has received an award for innovation from a French trade ublication.
Global trade associations and other bodies have written a letter of concern to CITES about its proposed approach to reviewing the trade in and conservation of marine ornamental fish, as agreed by the 18th Conference of the Parties in 2019.