Hongkongers launch hamster rescue mission after Covid cull declared

Hongkongers launch hamster rescue mission after Covid cull declared

Authorities and pet lovers in Hong Kong are locked in a game of cat and mouse, with citizens mounting a clandestine rescue operation for hamsters condemned to be euthanised over fears they could transmit Covid-19.On Tuesday, government and health officials announced traces of the virus had been found on 11 hamsters , all in a pet shop where a 23-year-old staff member had fallen ill.

Hong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11

Hong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11

The order includes pets that were bought days before Christmas be handed over, with a warning not to “kiss or abandon them on the street” as Hong Kong and mainland China attempt to sustain a zero Covid strategy, attempting to suppress all outbreaks internally while maintaining tight border controls with the outside world.

Charity shares warning on flat-faced breeds

Charity shares warning on flat-faced breeds

Battersea has shared that they have performed life-saving Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) surgery on nearly half of all the flat-faced dogs that have been given to them over the years.

UK's fattest dog loses half his body weight thanks to life-saving diet

UK's fattest dog loses half his body weight thanks to life-saving diet

At the start of his weight loss journey with Edward’s other spaniels Archie and Tilly (Picture: My Family Vets/SWNS)The pup had piled on the pounds through eating lots of human food, including his beloved cakes and biscuits, but Edward got him on to a specially-tailored canine diet food regime.

Why pet owners believe the Pope is wrong about choosing animals over children

Why pet owners believe the Pope is wrong about choosing animals over children

For pet owners like Greer, however, the main gripe is that the Pope’s comments show a lack of understanding of the close relationship they have with their four-legged friends.

The dog who got me through 2021: Leo the Peke made my blood pressure drop and my heart swell

The dog who got me through 2021: Leo the Peke made my blood pressure drop and my heart swell

Leo is “one of the most polite dogs I’ve ever known”, Sandra wrote.“While I feel stale about his Instagram, helping a few people to have joy gives me a reason to keep posting,” Sandra said.2021 has been a tough year for her family, too, with three deaths (including their shih-tzu Chloe, Leo’s companion) and a health scare.

Chunky dog Claude drops five stone revealing 'cheeky' personality

Chunky dog Claude drops five stone revealing 'cheeky' personality

His new owner, dog warden Mel Herbert, helped him shed the extra weight after she felt her heartstrings pulling her towards the sweet guy.Claude now (Picture: Mercury Press)‘The first time we brought him to the vet,’ recalled Mel, ‘she was horrified, and now they can’t believe the transformation.

Dog people warned not to buy or adopt French Bulldogs

Dog people warned not to buy or adopt French Bulldogs

A new study has revealed the flat-faced breed is more likely to suffer from conditions linked with its defining features,.Narrowed nostrils was the disorder with highest risk in French Bulldogs, with the breed more than 42 times more likely to have the condition, helping explain the high frequency of breathing problems they experience.

From hippos to hamsters: how Covid is affecting creatures great and small

From hippos to hamsters: how Covid is affecting creatures great and small

From giraffes to snow leopards, gorillas to sea lions, zoos around the world have been inoculating their animals with an experimental Covid vaccine as an insurance policy against what they fear could be a similarly fatal illness for certain mammals.

Dog who weighed the same as a baby elephant sheds half his body weight

Dog who weighed the same as a baby elephant sheds half his body weight

As well as his weight issues, the 10-year-old pup was dirty and matted (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)An older dog, ten-year-old Trojan is described as a ‘loveable bear’ who needs a home that can keep his previous health issues and age in mind when taking him on.

Separation anxiety: how to manage your pet’s mental health as post-lockdown routines resume

Separation anxiety: how to manage your pet’s mental health as post-lockdown routines resume

Three-year-old Ziggy is one of many “pandemic puppies” grappling with separation anxiety as lockdown restrictions ease and their owners return to the office and socialise more – leading to a spike in demand for health and wellness products for pets.

Workout: Four reasons why regular exercising is necessary for your pets

Workout: Four reasons why regular exercising is necessary for your pets

Regular exercise will certainly keep all pets healthy, active and limber.Your pet needs to burn out the excess energy and exercise is the only key to that.The walks we take our pets on, is their Facebook, twitter, Instagram and tea-with-friends time.

Dog tests positive for Covid in first UK case of its kind

Dog tests positive for Covid in first UK case of its kind

It is ‘very rare’ for dogs to fall ill with coronavirus (Picture: Getty)The first UK case of a pet dog falling ill with Covid-19 after catching it from their owners has been recorded.

Pet dog contracts Covid in first confirmed case in UK

Pet dog contracts Covid in first confirmed case in UK

It is not the first time that pets have tested positive for the virus: the same laboratory detected coronavirus in a cat last year, while research from the Netherlands has previously suggested that the virus is common in cats and dogs owned by people who have Covid.

Dog owner ‘heartbroken’ after puppy choked on biscuit in Starbucks ‘puppucino’

Dog owner ‘heartbroken’ after puppy choked on biscuit in Starbucks ‘puppucino’

Megan said she’s not sure if she’ll ever get over Bonnie’s death (Picture: Kennedy News)A ‘heartbroken’ dog owner says her French Bulldog puppy choked to death after Starbucks put a biscuit in its ‘puppuccino’.

The Guardian view on habits: a pandemic of lost routines

The Guardian view on habits: a pandemic of lost routines

Pre-Covid about 15 million people a month went to the cinema, while London theatres attracted the same number every year.More than 10 million people went to the cinema in August.

Lilac dogs: the cruel new craze that commodifies our faithful friends

Lilac dogs: the cruel new craze that commodifies our faithful friends

Go anywhere where people have more money than sense and you’ll be inundated with lilac dogs.Why are rich people spray-painting their dogs lilac?These people aren’t painting their dogs lilac.And the Kennel Club knows a thing or two about canine health issues.

‘The new drugs’: Northern Ireland gateway for £150m illegal puppy trade

‘The new drugs’: Northern Ireland gateway for £150m illegal puppy trade

A BBC and Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigation found puppies were being bred in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and illegally moved across to Great Britain through Belfast port to cater for the rocketing demand for pets during the Covid lockdown.

Cincinnati Zoo vaccinates 80 animals against COVID-19

Cincinnati Zoo vaccinates 80 animals against COVID-19

An outbreak among gorillas in San Diego struck in early 2021, and the zoo requested experimental access to the the Zoetis vaccine.The vaccine has been universally well tolerated by animals, Zoetis reports, but coronavirus has continued to spread among zoo animals in San Diego and around the world.

Chris Packham backs eco drive to halt 'cruel' dolphin slaughter in Faroe Islands

Chris Packham backs eco drive to halt 'cruel' dolphin slaughter in Faroe Islands

Chris Packham backs eco drive to halt 'cruel' dolphin slaughter in Faroe Islands.CHRIS Packham and Dale Vince have backed a green group calling for a ban on the "cruel and unnecessary" slaughter of Faroe Island whales and dolphins.