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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PFMA offers advice on how to look after pet dogs during current coronavirus crisis

Sarah Hormozi, Head of Science and Education at PFMA, shares her tips on how to look after pet dogs in the current climate.  


There are so many concerns right now, not least the health and well-being of those people affected by the novel Coronavirus outbreak and the financial insecurity and damage that has already hit many jobs and sectors. But as always let's not forget about our companion animals' health and welfare during this time of national crisis.


These are the steps I am taking to ensure my dog (Levin) stays healthy and exercised, while practicing a good hygiene, and supporting our local vets and dog-walkers.


1. While practicing social distancing, following the UK government’s advice, I will carry on walking Levin in less busy outdoor spaces twice or three times per day. This will help him stay fit, while also contributing to my own physical and mental wellbeing by providing a daily routine.


2. Currently there is no evidence that dogs/cats can be infected with the new coronavirus (WHO). However, I am limiting who can touch or pet my dog, as their fur can still potentially carry the virus, similar to other surfaces.


3. I will carry on buying pet food as normal, every few weeks. There is no evidence to suggest that there will be a shortage of pet food, so I will continue as normal to help allow access to all products for all shoppers.


4. Despite working from home and not requiring a dog walker as frequently as before, I intend to keep engaging our dog-walker on a weekly basis to support her business in this extremely challenging period.


5. If I am required to self-isolate, I will follow the advice of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) by keeping Levin isolated with me but restricting my contact with him. If we require veterinary assistance for Levin during such a time, I will call my veterinary practice, instead of attending in person, and follow their guidance.


6. Given the speed of events, I will monitor the official advice and latest science on a daily basis to ensure I stay up to date with best practice guidance.


7. I will keep monitoring the local community news and updates via social media, and speak to neighbours and friends, to ensure I can offer my help and support where possible.


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