Buying lockdown dogs on a whim can lead to trouble, says RSPCA

Buying lockdown dogs on a whim can lead to trouble, says RSPCA

Dr Samantha Gaines was speaking after a dog attack caused the death of Freddie Mercury the Thames seal this week.As we come out of lockdown, new owners must expose their dogs slowly to new things, the RSPCA said.Freddie the Thames seal put down by vets after dog attack.

'Our rescue cat rescued us': how pets provided unconditional love in lockdown

'Our rescue cat rescued us': how pets provided unconditional love in lockdown

‘She’s the best decision I’ve made in a long time.’ Photograph: Liz My mum died at the start of March 2020, just prior to the first lockdown, and we couldn’t find a home for her cat.

Excremental growth: UK sniffs a pandemic puppy poo problem

Excremental growth: UK sniffs a pandemic puppy poo problem

Coleman and others attribute the problem to a lockdown boom in dog ownership , a large number of people walking their dogs as part of their daily exercise (rather than letting them go in the garden), and overstretched councils forced to ration dog waste collection to maintain even more fundamental services.

Rules And Regulations For Pet Grooming And Welfare Services

Rules And Regulations For Pet Grooming And Welfare Services

In the event that dog groomers are asked to close, there is a host of online tutorials to help you keep your pooch’s fur well cared for.If you are struggling to care for your dog financially, charities like the PDSA can help some owners with their vet costs.

Can dog groomers stay open in lockdown?

Can dog groomers stay open in lockdown?

The latest government guidance states the following services can remain open during lockdown: vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes) You are also advised to contact the groomer in advance to make an appointment.

'It was love at first sight': readers on their new lockdown pets

'It was love at first sight': readers on their new lockdown pets

Having dogs was a distant dream as I never thought I’d leave London, but a few months into lockdown I agreed with my employer that I would continue to WFH three days a week once we return to the office.

Smuggled beagles rescued from van as puppy prices reach all time high

Smuggled beagles rescued from van as puppy prices reach all time high

Dogs Trust say they’ve now rescued 100 illegally imported puppies since March and fear the beagles – named Biscuit, Bandit, Brian and Boo – are the latest victims of smugglers.

Did you get a new pet during the coronavirus lockdown in the UK?

Did you get a new pet during the coronavirus lockdown in the UK?

We’d like to hear from people who got a new pet during the pandemic, and how it has impacted their experience of lockdown.We’d like to hear from people who got a new pet during lockdown.

A dog is for life, not just lockdown: how to buy a healthy puppy in a pandemic

A dog is for life, not just lockdown: how to buy a healthy puppy in a pandemic

That many responsible, licensed dog breeders have closed their waiting lists, following a huge increase in demand during lockdown, while unscrupulous sellers are cashing in on soaring prices?Before lockdown, a pedigree or a designer-breed puppy (like a poochon) would typically cost up to £1,500, she said.

Guide dog users are being denied access in pubs and bars post-lockdown

Guide dog users are being denied access in pubs and bars post-lockdown

But the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) states that ‘allergies are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to guide dog owners and other assistance dogs’.

Schoolgirls thwart dognapping gang by figuring out their secret code

Schoolgirls thwart dognapping gang by figuring out their secret code

Friends Sophie and Danielle, both 10, noticed that dognappers were tying zip ties around the bins of properties with animals so went around cutting them off near where they live in Sutton, north Dublin, Ireland.

Half of Brits worried about leaving pets at home as people return to work post-lockdown

Half of Brits worried about leaving pets at home as people return to work post-lockdown

Half of respondents also said they were worried about leaving their pets at home post-lockdown, with younger people the most concerned about the impact returning to work will have on their pets.

Hot dogs: what soaring puppy thefts tell us about Britain today

Hot dogs: what soaring puppy thefts tell us about Britain today

Photograph: Suffolk Police Annie and Betsy – and the other dogs stolen that day, 13 of which were puppies – had become the latest victims of surging demand for canine pets.

40 animals are being dumped across the country every day in lockdown

40 animals are being dumped across the country every day in lockdown

It has received more than 112,000 calls from members of the public and there are now more than 4,600 animals in RSPCA care.A spokesperson for the charity said: ‘Although much of the country is in lockdown, sadly there are still thousands of animals who need our help, including abandoned pets.

Dogs are for life, not just coronavirus lockdown, says charity

Dogs are for life, not just coronavirus lockdown, says charity

A dog is for life and not just for the Covid-19 lockdown, a charity has warned after online searches about getting a puppy surged by 120%.We’re encouraging potential dog owners to carry out our new test to see if you’re dog ready.

Abandoned dog Billy is helping out staff at Battersea during the lockdown

Abandoned dog Billy is helping out staff at Battersea during the lockdown

Two-year-old Billy the Bully Kutta has volunteered at Battersea Dogs Home during the lockdown, helping out staff by manning the security gates, answering calls on reception, and checking in on food supplies.

Coronavirus: How pets are supporting people through the loneliness of lockdown

Coronavirus: How pets are supporting people through the loneliness of lockdown

"Living alone, especially during the current lockdown, makes me feel extra grateful to have Jarvis with me," she says.

Coronavirus pandemic sees huge increase in dog and cat adoptions

Coronavirus pandemic sees huge increase in dog and cat adoptions

The greater amount of time people have been spending at home for the past few weeks has inspired many to provide new homes for pets, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home revealed.