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Business leaders have welcomed news that the Government is extending both its support for the self-employed and the ‘furlough’ scheme, with furloughed workers able to return part-time from July and employers having to contribute to the wage bill from August.
Veterinary charity PDSA has revealed it faces a worsening funding crisis after income has fallen by £3 million per month during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mars Petcare has worked with UK creative agency AMV BBDO to launch Pet Health Pal – a new online ‘chat bot’ to answer dog and cat owners’ questions and concerns about their pets’ health during the coronavirus pandemic.
American company Earth Animal is ramping up its UK operations with the appointment of Will Baggaley as its first international sales and marketing director.
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The British Independent Retailers Association – umbrella group of the Pet Product Retail Association – has welcomed a new £50m boost to help local authorities prepare high streets for reopening.
Supreme Petfoods has added a new gerbil food to its Science Selective range.
UK dog-friendly holiday company PetsPyjamas has reported a 41% increase in forward bookings from May compared to April.
More than 15,000 people gave their vote to name a litter of puppies born at Dogs Trust during the coronavirus pandemic – with ‘Lockdown’ nearly making the cut. 
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.
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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.
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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.
Dogs Trust is helping to support the national effort in the fight against coronavirus by donating vital medical equipment to the NHS.
Wholesaler Vital Pet Group has extended its Lifeline Fund until October in line with the government’s furloughing arrangements. 
James Middleton, younger brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will be live on the @BarkingHeads Instagram channel this evening.
Britain’s largest pet retailer Pets at Home has reported improved financial figures for the year to March 26 with turnover breaking the £1bn barrier for the first time. 
Amid the coronavirus crisis, a family-run business has taken the bold leap to launch its online services to pet owners across the country.
Glee will today (Thursday) be hosting a webinar entitled Open For Business: Lessons Learned from Lockdown and the First Week of Trading.
Rescue pets in the care of the RSPCA in Wales can be rehomed again for the first time since coronavirus restrictions came into force.
A long-running dispute over whether ATM machines attached to retail premises should be separately classified for business rates has been decided today (May 20).
The Pet Industry Federation has launched an online covid-19 course for pet professionals designed to provide them with information about the virus and to help them operate their business safely now that the Government restrictions are gradually being eased. 
The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother, James Middleton, has launched a new freeze-dried dog food in honour of his therapy dog Ella.
Following a change in legal classification Effipro, an award-winning spot-on flea and tick treatment for cats and dogs, is now classified AVM-GSL, meaning it is now available to be sold over the counter in pet shops and other retail outlets that cater for pets. 
A major UK retailer has described a rise in violent offences – including people threatening to cough and spit on staff – as ‘totally unacceptable’.
New figures published today (Tuesday) reveal that eight million jobs have now been furloughed with a staggering £11.1bn claimed so far through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
A new online service is to be launched on May 26 for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay payments they have made to their employees 
After a search for social entrepreneurs across Europe and beyond, Purina has revealed that UK charity StreetVet, with its proposed Accredited Hostel Scheme, has been shortlisted for the Purina BetterwithPets Prize.
Global pet healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturer Beaphar has added a milk replacer specifically tailored to the needs of newborn and orphaned small animals to its product range. 
Animal welfare charities are urging the public not to risk their dogs’ lives as the weather warms up and the Government lifts some of the lockdown restrictions in England.
The Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund.