Guide dogs retrained to join elite coronavirus detection team

Guide dogs retrained to join elite coronavirus detection team

Maple is ‘ball obsessed’ and is proving very enthusiastic during her training (Picture: Lenscraft Photography) Life as a guide dog didn’t work out for Spencer, but now he is retraining to detect Covid-19 instead (Picture: Guide Dogs) It is hoped the elite canine team will be able to pick up coronavirus in a fast and non-invasive way (Picture: Guide Dogs).

Coronavirus: Millions of wild animals imported to UK from hot spots of emerging disease, risking new pandemics, study warns

Coronavirus: Millions of wild animals imported to UK from hot spots of emerging disease, risking new pandemics, study warns

Millions of live wild animals are being legally imported into the UK from hot spots of emerging diseases , risking the spread of lethal viruses , researchers have discovered.

Dogs and cats can catch coronavirus, new study shows

Dogs and cats can catch coronavirus, new study shows

Vet experts have warned pet owners with symptoms to stay away from their animals in case they infect them too (Picture: Reuters)‘While eligible participant number was limited by relatively low human transmission rates in the study area, these preliminary results suggest that a substantial proportion of pets in households of persons with Covid-19 end up developing antibodies,’ added Professor Bienzle.

Dog has one of largest litters ever - after neutering appointment cancelled

Dog has one of largest litters ever - after neutering appointment cancelled

(Picture: SWNS)Mary Killing had planned to get her dogs Bella and Archie neutered back in March but the appointment had to be cancelled because of coronavirus.Mary Killing with her dogs Bella and Archie (Picture: Brendan Gleeson / SWNS).

Horror as number of abandoned dogs soars by 25 percent after coronavirus lockdown

Horror as number of abandoned dogs soars by 25 percent after coronavirus lockdown

The number of dogs being abandoned has soared in Spain since the coronavirus lockdown was lifted (Image: GETTY) There has been a 25 percent spike in pooches being dumped in Spain after restrictions were eased, according to research by the Royal Canine Society of Spain (Image: GETTY)Demand for puppies soared during the lockdown but the charity fears many pets could be given up due to the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Fears of puppy smugglers exploiting demand as prices for dog breeds rocket

Fears of puppy smugglers exploiting demand as prices for dog breeds rocket

After thousands started working from home demand shot up for puppies, meaning smugglers are making big profits (Picture: Getty)Coronavirus restrictions are creating the perfect storm for puppy smugglers to thrive, with the price for popular breeds reaching record levels.

North Carolina dog that died after 'acute' illness tests positive for coronavirus

North Carolina dog that died after 'acute' illness tests positive for coronavirus

The dog was brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital in Raleigh on Aug. 3 after showing signs of respiratory distress earlier that day, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.

Dogs need volunteers to help them sniff out coronavirus

Dogs need volunteers to help them sniff out coronavirus

Volunteers are needed to produce hundreds of positive and negative samples (Picture: Bex Arts/MDD/PA Wire)Scientists testing whether specially trained dogs can detect coronavirus sufferers are calling for healthy and sick volunteers to take part in a trial.

Coronavirus and Pets: What You Need To Know

Coronavirus and Pets: What You Need To Know

At the moment, there is one case of Hong Kong or the pet dog who has shown a weak positive result for the virus.

Dog suffers same coronavirus symptoms as owner after chewing her used tissues

Dog suffers same coronavirus symptoms as owner after chewing her used tissues

Mushka the Alaskan malamute developed the same symptoms as his owner (Picture: Mandy Hayes / SWNS)A dog could be the first in Britain to have contracted coronavirus after it chewed its owner’s discarded tissues then developed symptoms.

You can now get matching face masks and bandanas for you and your dog

You can now get matching face masks and bandanas for you and your dog

The brand has recognised that while coronavirus face masks are not necessary for dogs (and shouldn’t be worn for safety reasons), they can match with their owners with an adorable bandana.

Coronavirus crisis could result in 40,000 homeless dogs

Coronavirus crisis could result in 40,000 homeless dogs

In the 2008 economic crash euthanasia and abandonment rates for dogs rose 25% (Picture: Getty Images)The coronavirus crisis could result in up to 40,000 stray or homeless dogs , a charity has warned.

Is COVID-19 just an excuse for pet abandonment?

Is COVID-19 just an excuse for pet abandonment?

Animal activist Sai Vignesh has rescued close to 12 such abandoned dogs in the past few months.Pets are abandoned on a regular basis and the coronavirus era is no exception, explains Chennai-based animal activist Shravan Krishnan.

Puppies found covered in oil after being illegally smuggled into UK

Puppies found covered in oil after being illegally smuggled into UK

The puppies were seized at Dover port during lockdown, having been illegally imported from Romania despite coronavirus restrictions in the UK preventing non-essential travel (Picture: Dogs Trust / PA Wire)Six puppies drenched in oil were rescued from the back of a van after they were illegally smuggled into the UK from Romania.

Why video vet appointments are just the ticket for anxious pets

Why video vet appointments are just the ticket for anxious pets

Whether coronavirus has opened up a whole new world of veterinary treatment via remote consultations remains to be seen.For now, video consultations are a very useful innovation in our socially distanced times, with the potential to open up veterinary treatment to more patients, and prevent needless anxiety for armchair diagnosticians.

Dog waits at hospital for three months after owner dies from coronavirus

Dog waits at hospital for three months after owner dies from coronavirus

The loyal dog would patiently wait for his elderly owner to return, unaware he had died of Covid-19 (Picture: AsiaWire)‘They told me Xiao Bao’s owner, a pensioner, was admitted with the coronavirus.

Battersea dog and cat foster carers – photo essay

Battersea dog and cat foster carers – photo essay

The home has had lots of generous offers from people willing to open their homes to its animals during the past couple of months, but had to suspend new fostering applications in order to prioritise working with existing staff and volunteers to provide ongoing care for the dogs and cats during the coronavirus pandemic.

People should think twice before getting pets during lockdown, animal charities warn

People should think twice before getting pets during lockdown, animal charities warn

People should think twice before deciding to get a pet during the lockdown over coronavirus , animal charities have said.The animal charity has advised people who can only take a pet on while they are staying at home to consider fostering instead.

Oprah reveals dog Sadie is in quarantine over coronavirus fears

Oprah reveals dog Sadie is in quarantine over coronavirus fears

While King explained that she did not think pets can infect their owners, Winfrey interrupted and said: “I heard about a pug in New York!

'Stay four koalas apart': an animal hospital's response to coronavirus – in pictures

'Stay four koalas apart': an animal hospital's response to coronavirus – in pictures

“It was a place where the students in my day used to celebrate the end of their faculty dinners with a keg into the wee hours, so it’s got a lot sentimental value,” says the hospital’s CEO, Dr Mark Lawrie.

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