In This Issue
Pet trade organisations call for specialist pet shops to be exempt from any mandatory retail closures during the coronavirus crisis
Pets at Home share price rises
PetQuip to support UK pet firms in light of Interzoo postponement
Pet firm to provide free dog food to elderly owners
Different Dog smash their crowd funding target
COVID-19: ChickenGuard issues advice for Chicken owners
PFMA offers advice on how to look after pet dogs during current coronavirus crisis
Pet retailers asked for opinions on future of the trade
Johnston & Jeff celebrates 140 years with £1m factory expansion
Paleo Ridge announces big plans for 2020
Broadreach Nature wrap-up Crufts experience
Scruffs announces new partnership with LaserPet
Collared Creatures leads the way with luxury ranges
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Video vet service provides pet owners with free remote appointments
London Dog Week postponed until further notice
Can pets help owners to cope during social distancing? Science says yes
The Pet-fluencers earning thousands on Insta - how much could your pet earn?
Station Vets awarded Silver Cat Friendly Clinic Status
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Interzoo postponed due to spread of coronavirus
Petition calling for ban on ‘harmful’ rabbit hutches reaches 26,000 signatures
Pet shop owner wins Crufts Best of Breed award

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Can pets help owners to cope during social distancing? Science says yes

Researchers at the Centre for the Human-Animal Bond in Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, USA, say pets can provide a source of social support during stressful times.

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing people all over the world to practice social distancing and stay home – but some of their housemates might be making the transition easier: their pets.


Researchers at the Centre for the Human-Animal Bond in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine say pets can provide a source of social support during stressful times and that interacting with companion animals can provide stress relief that can be measured biologically. For example, a recent study showed how service dogs can have measurable positive effects on the health and well-being of individuals with physical disabilities.


Maggie O’Haire, associate professor of human-animal interaction in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, is leading research that reveals the science behind how companion animals support humans.


 "During a time when many people are practicing social distancing from their human support networks, animal companionship may be an increasingly important source of social support,” O’Haire says. “Evidence from the field of human-animal interaction highlights the often profound capacity of pets to provide interaction, joy and comfort."


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