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A global leader in veterinary diagnostics and software has today revealed it has seen NO positive covid-19 results in pets to date after testing thousands of cats and dogs.
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.
Tesco is raising its limit on contactless payments – which are quicker and safer – be from £30 to £45.
The price of pet food online has risen more than any other item being followed in a ‘high demand’ basket, a report reveals today.
Vital Pet Group says its focus this month is on kindness and reaching out a helping hand throughout the supply chain.
New guidance for pet businesses operating during the coronavirus crisis was published yesterday (Tuesday).
Sharples’ LickiMat Sprinkles have proved so popular that the pet product company says it has been struggling to keep up with demand. 
The British Veterinary Association has backtracked over advice about whether to keep cats indoors during the coronavirus crisis.
A UK veterinary group is supporting the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by donating ventilators and personal protective equipment.
An RSPCA rescuer dashed to a residential street in South East London after a concerned passerby spotted a tortoise stuck 7ft up on the roof of a car port. 
Staff at a Lincolnshire pet store rescued animals from a blaze that ripped through the premises on Sunday morning.
As self-isolation and quarantine become the new normal, premium raw pet food brand, Natural Instinct has launched a Canine Fitness at Home online series. 
Barking Heads has partnered with Blue Cross to help support vulnerable pet owners affected by the current covid-19 crisis.
Demand for home delivery of pet products in the US has boosted Chewy’s sales and new customer website visits during the pandemic –and the online retailer is to add up to 10,000 more employees to handle the surge, CEO Sumit Singh says. 
Having launched a Lifeline Fund offering extended credit terms to retailers during the covid-19 crisis, Vital Pet Products is offering more help for its customers, with suggestions around business decisions this Easter.
The Labrador is once again the UK’s most popular dog breed with 5,347 registrations, overtaking the trendy French bulldog.
Many businesses are confused about whether they still need to complete their VAT return, according to Alison Horner, indirect tax partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson.
Wilsons Pet Food has released a new range of Whitefish Skin Dog Treats.
Central England Co-op is today rolling out a 10% discount to thank all NHS workers for their work on the frontline to help tackle the coronavirus.
National Pet Month (April 1-May 10) is on the look-out for young UK pet lovers to become young ambassadors for this year’s #NPMOnline campaign.
Changes to the way certain animal medicines can be safely prescribed and supplied during the coronavirus crisis, announced this week by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate have been welcomed by regulatory body AMTRA (the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority).
A new veterinary hospital that was completely devastated by Storm Dennis is set to re-open today (Monday) for emergency cases during the global health crisis.
Today (Monday) the Government has introduced landmark new legislation aimed at tackling the low-welfare, high-volume supply of puppies and kittens by banning their commercial third-party sale in England.
A specialist reptile and exotic pets products supplier has offered a free support package for the nation’s zoos, including £250 worth of livefoods for the next four weeks.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has hit back at a report suggesting the price of online pet food had been unfairly hiked during the coronavirus crisis.
Petindex has been postponed until next year – but a ‘virtual’ pet trade show will take its place this summer.
Banks have been banned from demanding personal guarantees from small businesses requiring emergency loans. 
Covetrus, a global leader in animal health technology and services, has completed the sale of its scil animal care business to Heska Corporation.
More companies – including a pet product supplier from China – are signing up to exhibit at PATS Telford in the autumn. 
Connolly’s Red Mills is reassuring trade customers that its production team is working round the clock to ensure continuity of supply.
Brambles Pet and Wildlife is urging people to continue sending food and essential supplies to rescues – and has put its money where its mouth is and increased its own donations.
A new report developed by the Office for National Statistics reveals that online pet food prices have increased during the coronavirus crisis.
Pets at Home has seen in-store and online sales increase since the start of the covid-19 pandemic and now expects annual profits to beat expectations.
Burgess Pet Care has launched an online resource to increase awareness around rabbit welfare.
A government pledge to pressure banks into supporting more small businesses during the crisis has been welcomed by the Pet Product Retail Association parent body Bira.
Interzoo, the leading international trade fair for pet supplies, has announced that it is postponing its 2020 show until at least next year or beyond.
A lack of clarity over whether pet service businesses should operate during the current crisis has stirred up hostility within the grooming profession.
UK pet trade and welfare bodies have helped to produce guidance for anyone walking other people’s dogs.
Leading UK pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen has been acquired by global pet nutrition company Nestlé Purina. The acquisition was from L Catterton and financial terms have not been disclosed.
In the light of government advice to the nationwide lockdown, the Pets’n’Vets Family has brought forward the launch of its PetsApp, which provides video consultations to help pet owners throughout the current pandemic.
Nine out of the top 10 names given to the nation’s kittens and puppies are shared by Britain’s newborn babies. 
Carmarthenshire-based pet food company Burns Pet Nutrition has formed a new partnership with one of Britain’s most high-profile animal welfare charities, Mayhew.
The RSPCA says it is devastated to hear about the death of a member of its  ‘family’.
The Pet Industry Federation has introduced some additional online courses to help members run their businesses.
Sales of dog and cat food in the US last month (March) were up more than 50% over the same period last year as Americans stocked up on essentials in preparation for extended social distancing. 
Dog lovers need deep pockets if they want to own top breeds, with a new study identifying the costs of owning some of the UK’s most popular pooches.
High street banks are failing to support small independent retailers in the current crisis, according to a survey by the British Independent Retailers Association.
Trade body the Pet Industry Federation has issued a statement to people running pet services businesses, such as groomers, dog walkers, and kennels and catteries.
Pet retailers are taking up a new drop-shipping service from specialist wholesaler Peregrine Livefoods.
Specialist units are operating to combat misinformation about coronavirus, with five to 10 incidents being identified and tackled each day.