Shelf shock: soaring supermarket prices shoppers find hard to swallow

Shelf shock: soaring supermarket prices shoppers find hard to swallow

The cost of consumer goods is spiralling at such a rate that retail analysts have coined a new term, shelf shock .Nestlé, the owner of KitKat, Häagen-Dazs and Felix cat food, became the latest consumer goods group to warn of more pain to come on Thursday, saying it had raised prices by 5.2% in the first three months of this year and that rising production costs would force another increase soon.

Disabled dog tied to a tree ‘abandoned because of his legs’ as desperate appeal launched

Disabled dog tied to a tree ‘abandoned because of his legs’ as desperate appeal launched

She said: “It really upsets me to think his owner had decided to just dump him like rubbish and simply walk away from their terrified pet.“He must have been very confused and frightened to be tied up and abandoned like this.

How hard is it to look after a puppy?

How hard is it to look after a puppy?

Sarah James, Vet Nurse at Bought By Many, said: “It’s well-known puppy training is time consuming and requires a lot of personal effort, but that doesn’t prepare owners for how overwhelming it can be.“The first few nights with a puppy can be sleepless and messy and the first year can feel like a struggle.

Crackdown on cruel puppy smuggling trade could see tough curbs on dog imports

Crackdown on cruel puppy smuggling trade could see tough curbs on dog imports

More than 66,000 dogs were commercially imported into the UK last year (Picture: PA)New rules to clamp down on the ‘grim trade’ of puppy smuggling and prevent cruelty to dogs are being proposed by ministers.

Dog owners scared to walk their pets due to rise of kidnappings in lockdown

Dog owners scared to walk their pets due to rise of kidnappings in lockdown

Dr Daniel Allen, an Animal Geographer at Keele University, who set up the Pet Theft Reform campaign with the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance in 2018, said: “The number of survey responses shows the extent to which the public are concerned about dog theft crime.

Distressing moment Good Samaritan found seven starved puppies at side of road

Distressing moment Good Samaritan found seven starved puppies at side of road

The puppies had been abandoned (Picture: LaMa Animal Rescue/Facebook)The no-profit also said that they are ‘overrun and it’s not even puppy season yet’, highlighting a rise in stray and abandoned dog cases locally.

How to avoid accidentally buying a stolen dog

How to avoid accidentally buying a stolen dog

The RSPCA and Dogs Trust shared their tips for prospective pet owners (Picture: )For those looking to buy from a breeder, The Puppy Contract gives prospective dog owners all the relevant information they need to make an informed decision.

UK suffering ‘absolutely disgusting’ dog poo plague amid coronavirus pandemic

UK suffering ‘absolutely disgusting’ dog poo plague amid coronavirus pandemic

The Gloucestershire Gazette on Friday said dozens of its readers had complained about local “poo hotspots” getting worse during the national lockdown, possibly due to the dramatic rise in UK dog ownership over the past year.“Never understood why someone would go to the trouble of bagging their dog mess and then not just dispose of it properly and hang it off a tree or something ...

UK pet bereavement helplines report big rise in calls during Covid

UK pet bereavement helplines report big rise in calls during Covid

Animal bereavement helplines have reported a big increase in calls during the coronavirus pandemic, charities have said, as it emerged that comedian and actor Miranda Hart was taking time off to grieve the loss of her beloved dog Peggy.

Animal rescues by London fire brigade rise 20% in pandemic year

Animal rescues by London fire brigade rise 20% in pandemic year

Firefighters called to 755 animal incidents in 2020, with cats most commonly in need of help.The number of incidents involving foxes attended by the LFB last year nearly doubled, from 32 rescues in 2019 to 61 in 2020.

RSPCA ‘concerned’ over ‘extremely irresponsible’ BBC show about puppy breeding

RSPCA ‘concerned’ over ‘extremely irresponsible’ BBC show about puppy breeding

In a statement, the RSPCA said: ‘We’re aware of this programme and are concerned that it is extremely irresponsible to encourage and glamorise breeding as a “get rich quick” scheme which, in turn, could lead to serious dog welfare issues and fuel the illegal puppy trade.

More people are adopting furry companions amid the pandemic

More people are adopting furry companions amid the pandemic

According to shelter homes, pet adoptions – especially for indie dogs – have risen in the second half of the pandemic, though abandonment still continues.Adoptions on rise Since July-Aug. Kaveri Rana Bhardwaj, President, People For Animals (PFA) Gautam Buddh Nagar, says that while abandonment cases rose amid the pandemic initially, adoptions have increased now.

Sodium bicarbonate: Excessive cleaning in the pandemic is making pets sick

Sodium bicarbonate: Excessive cleaning in the pandemic is making pets sick

The disinfectants which we use to clean the house and the furniture again leads to skin-related allergies like rashes, dry skin, and hair fall” shares Dr Sonune.

Sick as a dog: canine allergies are on the rise – and adoring owners are to blame

Sick as a dog: canine allergies are on the rise – and adoring owners are to blame

In fact, it’s thought that almost a fifth of all dogs suffer with allergies.It means that we treat dogs like part of the family.Maybe we never used to notice dog allergies because we kept our pooches outside, made them work and ignored them.

Dogs were ‘stressed’ in lockdown with owners reporting more barking and biting

Dogs were ‘stressed’ in lockdown with owners reporting more barking and biting

Charity the Dogs Trust has warned the pandemic may have caused behavioural problems to develop (Picture: Getty Images / iStockphoto)Dogs have struggled during lockdown with owners reporting an increase in barking and biting.

Popularity of pug-like dogs 'could be fuelling rise in canine fertility clinics'

Popularity of pug-like dogs 'could be fuelling rise in canine fertility clinics'

The boom in popularity of flat-faced dogs such as pugs and French bulldogs may be fuelling a rise in canine fertility clinics, some of which advertise banned procedures, an investigation has found.

These are the most popular dog names for 2020

These are the most popular dog names for 2020

The Twilight craze led to Bella topping the pet name charts for both dogs and cats the year the final instalment was released, and it’s still the second most popular puppy name seven years later.

Travel website is searching for dog critic to rate the best pet-friendly hotels

Travel website is searching for dog critic to rate the best pet-friendly hotels

The winner will get to review 10 hotels across the world (Picture: )The site now has a new category in its annual Loved by Guests awards: Best for Pets to help pet-owners find the best place to stay for them and their furry friend.

Vets ‘surprise' find during operation on pet feared to have cancer – a KINDER EGG

Vets ‘surprise' find during operation on pet feared to have cancer – a KINDER EGG

VETS made a “surprise” find when they operated on a seriously ill dog feared to be suffering from cancer – they discovered the mischievous pet had swallowed a Kinder Surprise egg.

Becoming a dog-walker could earn you an extra £9,200 a year

Becoming a dog-walker could earn you an extra £9,200 a year

With the average UK salary at £27,600, having a dog walking side hustle will increase annual income by one third. ‘With living costs constantly increasing, it’s no surprise that Brits are taking up side hustles to earn some extra cash,’ says Christopher Cederskog, European general manager at Rover.com.