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A 13-year-old Border collie from Leicester is being honoured by the PDSA after helping his owner collect more than 7,500 bags of litter.
A family found a hungry giant lizard in their kitchen.
A man in Coral Springs, Florida, America, got the surprise of his life when he was bitten by a snake that slithered out of his toilet.
A tiny kitten survived being run over by a tractor and plough – and was completely unscathed.
A stowaway snake was found in a man’s bag after he completed a trip from Florida to Hawaii.
A museum where visitors can see fermented shark, spicy rabbit heads and bull penises has opened in Malmö, Sweden.
A 27-foot python has been filmed wrestling with a group of fishermen in Indonesia.
Organisers of a pet event in Ohio, in the US, have broken a Guinness World Record for the largest dog photo-shoot.
A cattle drive event in Colorado Springs, USA, went awry when a longhorn made a break for freedom.
A giant tortoise has been reunited with its owner after the ‘world’s slowest police chase’.
A couple have transformed the spare bedroom in their home so it is ‘perfect’ for their pet sloth.
McDonald’s staff had a surprise guest when a snake was found abandoned in the restaurant.
A lurcher that had spent more than a third of its life in kennels has finally found a family – more than 200 miles away.
A black bear was found sleeping in a wardrobe after apparently locking itself in.
An esaped snake has been reunited with its owner after spending three weeks under a car bonnet.
A US woman took a cat she had rescued into her home to feed him…without realising that it was a wild bobcat.
BETA International is offering companion animal and equine SQPs the chance to gain valuable CPD points at its 2020 show, which runs from January 19 to 21 at the NEC, Birmingham.
One in 10 owners do not have a regular grooming routine in place for their pets, according to research by Furminator.
GA Pet Food Partners has increased its turnover from £113m to £122m (+8%), but operating profit has dropped from £633,000 to £393,000, down by £240,000 (38%).
Pet accessory business Dogrobes has unveiled a 2020 calendar to raise money for charity.
PetQuip and Gardenex are holding the latest in their ‘Meet the Buyers’ events at their offices in Brasted, Kent at the end of this month.
A South coast pet shop owner says he felt ‘abandoned’ by the police after what he described as a rise in street drinking and anti-social behaviour.
Cotswold Raw launches Three Bird Raw to retailers from November 23 with an RRP of £4.95.
Pure Pet Food has launched an advent calendar for dogs.
VetPartners has ventured into central Europe by acquiring three practices in the north of Italy.
MORE TH>N has revealed that, of the 12 most common pet insurance claims it handled in 2018, half could have been significantly affected by obesity.
The humanisation trend, the rise of the ‘millennial pet parent’ and changing consumer behaviour are just some of the factors attributed to the ‘mass disruption’ of the €39.5 billion European Pet Industry.
Raw pet food manufacturer Poppy’s Picnic marked its third birthday by holding a tea party with the residents of a Wiltshire care home.
Bestway Foundation, the parent company of specialist wholesaler Bestpets, has given £100,000 to Save the Children.
Two pet retailers are celebrating after beating off competition from more than 1,500 other pet shops to be crowned Most Dog Friendly Pet Shop in the annual DogFriendly Awards.
Trade associations from across the globe have issued an open letter to the CITES Secretariat expressing their concern about the rushed timetable and lack of robust inquiry being proposed to study the trade and conservation of marine ornamental fish.
Naturevito has unveiled its latest Green Pantry dog food recipe.
While enjoying a curry with her husband, Amanda Peel had a light bulb moment and so started a new business venture, the Basingstoke Gazette reported.
More than 80 delegates – including a record number of retailers – attended the 2019 British Equestrian Trade Association Conference arrived at the De Vere Staverton Estate hotel, near Daventry, Northamptonshire, last week.
Mick Holland and Tom Bradley have the perfect doubles set-up and recently moved their Retford store, Bradlands Pet Supplies, into new premises. Sandra Pearce visits to learn more about their business
Laughing Dog has expanded its premium dog food range with the launch of Laughing Dog Naturally 5, a complete hypoallergenic food made with five ingredients in three traditional flavours: chicken, lamb and beef.
An empty church has been transformed into a state-of-the-art veterinary practice after a £300,000 investment.
Dogmatic has been voted Most Innovative Dog Collar Manufacturers in the LUX Pet Product and Services Awards.
Cosmos Corporation, a US pet care product manufacturer, has acquired a portfolio of bio-enzymatic pet urine odor and stain removal products under the Urine Off, Zorb-it-Up and Urine Buster brand names.
The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), which represents 6,000 independent retail businesses across the UK including pet shops, has welcomed the results of the government’s inquiry into business rates, but is disappointed with the recommendations for reform.
Pets Corner is to open a shop within Sanders Garden Centre, at Brent Knoll, Somerset.
Lily’s Kitchen has held a ‘fully interactive’ pop-up event to launch its latest range of natural dog meals.
While the Marriage’s name has not been present in its own right within garden centres until recently, its products certainly have – because the company has been supplying some of the UK’s biggest bird care brands over the last few decades.
Both the value and the volume of retail sales in September this year showed strong growth compared with the same period in 2018 at 3.3% and 3.1% respectively.
The UK’s first marine park in Plymouth is set to ‘lead way in ocean innovation’.
German aquatics manufacturer JBL has won a Bronze award in the pond accessories category of the Animal Challenge award in Paris.
A local council has voted unanimously to ban the giving away of goldfish as prizes on council land.
An aquatics retailer has been featured in the latest Parliamentary Review, and is thought to be the first aquatics retailer to appear in the publication.
With growing interest in planted tanks, hobbyists are always on the look-out for what’s new or different in the hobby. Aquadip’s Joey Abrahams has hints of what retailers can stock
UK fishkeepers spend around £400m each year on their hobby, on sectors including livestock, aquariums, equipment, decoration, supplements, test kits and fish food.
The UK’s first aquarium for extinct-in-the-wild freshwater fish has opened at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
Clear View Garden Aquarium will be running a competition on its stand at AQUA 2019, which runs from October 16 to 17 at the Telford International Centre. 
Scientists have just added a large, sucker-mouthed fish to the growing list of centenarian animals.
Velda reveal humourous water features at AQUA 2019 in the shape of The Big Belindas.
Within 12 months, Great Yarmouth Sea Life has passed all the necessary requirements to become a full member of BIAZA, the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland.
After the film Finding Nemo became a worldwide hit, reports of skyrocketing clownfish sales soon followed. The film’s sequel, Finding Dory, prompted fears that the royal blue tang, another popular character in the movie, would suffer a similar fate.
Velda will be launching its AquaTesterPro at AQUA 2019 this month.
Leading UK water garden product company Blagdon has launched a series of ‘how-to’ videos to support retailers selling its new Liberty 200 pump while also attracting a younger social media-driven audience.
Two aquatic plants have been added to the European Union’s list of EU concern for invasive species.
The Animal and Plant Health Agency has given notice that it intends to raise fees to inspect plants coming into the UK by an average of 11%.
Heritage Distribution is returning to AQUA 2019 and is running a competition for retailers to win a year’s supply of salt.