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A tiger with toothache has had its fractured canine tooth fixed in a marathon operation.
A US hotel chain is seeking its first canine ambassador to promote the hotel’s dog-friendly policies.
A Police Service Northern Ireland dog handler has raised nearly £6,000 in memory of her dog, RPD Dino, for the charity that supported him.
A cat owner was shocked to discover that her pet kitten was actually an incredibly rare wolf-cat.
A 100kg mastiff called Galahad – who made news around the world after a Dogs Trust appeal to find his forever home – has been adopted.
George may not be the fastest animal on wheels, but steady wins the race!
A Vicar at a North Yorkshire church is no longer the only one with a dog collar after welcoming a loyal four-legged parishioner to the congregation.
For humans, it’s easy to ignore outside noises while at home, such as the sound of traffic or delivery drivers dropping off packages.
President and First Lady Joe and Jill Biden are to adopt a female cat in the near future to join a pack that already includes two adopted German shepherds.
A new study of thousands of forum posts by pet owners, conducted by money.co.uk, has analysed opinions to discover which breeds are causing the most chaos in the home.





As part of its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, the RSPCA has revealed the scale of calls about intentional cruelty that it received between June 1 and August 31.
Dog treat brand Oggi’s Oven is giving 5% of its sales revenue to the charity Blue Cross to help sick, injured and abandoned pets.
Lime Tree Vets, of Stoke on Trent, opens the first cat-only clinic in Staffordshire this month (October).
Sponsors Cliverton and Tuft are extending their collaboration with the Pet Industry Federation beyond this month’s industry awards.
Czech brand Fitmin, which makes feed, nutritional supplements and ‘natural delicacies’ for dogs, cats and horses, is looking for a distributor with a proven track record and a ‘true love of pets’ to offer its products in the UK.
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.
Global packaging and paper specialist Mondi has added to its range of sustainable premium pet food packaging solutions with the launch of RetortPouch Recyclable.
Asia’s leading pet trade fair, the China International Pet Show (CIPS) will again rely on a hybrid concept this year – its 25th anniversary.
Raw food firm Paleo Ridge is ‘strengthening and expanding’ its business with the appointment of a new trade account manager.
VetExchange has launched its first product to the pet market through its sister company, PicaDoo.
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.
Award-winning premium natural pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen has this week achieved its third recertification as a B Corporation.
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.
A Pets at Home worker has died after being flown to hospital with critical injuries last week.
The countdown to Interzoo 2022 has begun!
The majority of UK logistics and supply chain organisations are confident of a full recovery from Brexit and covid disruptions within the next 12 months.
A research project carried out by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund alongside academic experts discovered poor levels of veterinary education when it came to the treatment of rabbits.
Fast-growing British dog grooming, gifts and treats firm Sniffe & Likkit has formed a prtnership with renowned pet behaviour and nutrition expert Anna Webb.
Doggy day care provider Bruce’s has taken ownership of Buddies – the UK’s second largest doggy day care – as part of a wider plan for expansion across the UK. The acquisition brings the total number of Bruce’s sites to eight, with further openings planned for next year.
A Kent veterinary group has celebrated becoming the largest practice in the world to become employee owned.
Insurance comparison website Compare By Review has surveyed 500 UK pet owners to understand how they buy insurance, what they look for when comparing providers and what is most important for their pet’s well-being.
A new Four Paws Groom School has opened its doors, offering iPET Network further education courses.
Retail chain Jollye’s has unveiled details of the relaunch and expansion of its Lifestage dog food range in recipes such as salmon and trout with asparagus and turkey with sweet potato and cranberry.
Maidenhead Aquatics has launched a new Click and Collect service, bridging the gap between traditional retail outlets and its website.
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.
Interest in keeping axolotls has soared after the introduction of an animated version of the amphibian in the computer game Minecraft.
Terrapins living in a country park lake have been rehomed into a specialist turtle sanctuary in a bid to safeguard their future wellbeing and protect the water’s ecosystem.
A US city has urged residents not to discard unwanted pet goldfish into local lakes.
UK aquatic companies are being urged to support an initiative aimed at protecting Amazon fish species.
Aquatic Now has taken over as the UK distributor of Italian company ELOS Aquarium Products.
An animal conservationist who is ‘rewilding’ zoo animals has now set his sight on aquaria.
The owners of a new aquatics shop are aiming to recreate a friendly ‘tattoo parlour’ vibe, alongside a reputation for cool and unusual livestock.
A new study by Marine Megafauna Foundation is the first to describe a population of endangered zebra sharks (also commonly called leopard sharks) in Africa.
A study has found that river fish are in danger of methamphetamine addiction where the substance has been discovered seeping into rivers.
The global shipping crisis that manifested itself throughout the latter part of 2020 is proving to be an ‘increasingly alarming situation’ for a vast number of suppliers in the aquarium and water gardening industry.
The future of a £20,000 aquarium tank – complete with aquatic inhabitants – looks a little uncertain as its owners try to find it a new home.
The Environment Agency has released thousands of young grayling into rivers to boost fish stocks.
Freshwater fish conservation group Shoal has launched a campaign to search for ‘missing’ fish species.
The Ornamental Fish International (OFI) held its Annual General Meeting via Zoom last month, attended by more than 30 members from across the globe.
Interpet has launched two new aquarium products – Plant Food and Plant CO2 – so plants receive the right nutrients to enable them to flourish without nitrates and phosphates, encouraging optimum growth without stimulating algae.