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

    When Melburnian Anni O’Donnell used to arrive home from work, her sausage dog, Ziggy, would be excited to see her. Since lockdown, though, “he cries and wiggles his body for a good five minutes”. “He even does it for short periods of time, like a five-minute pop to the shops,” O’Donnell said. “I already worried about leaving him for long stretches pre-Covid but now I’m so used to him by my side it feels weird without him. I have the guilt of knowing he has worse separation anxiety on top of missing him.” Three-year-old Ziggy is one of many “pandemic puppies” grappling with separation anxiety as lockdown restrictions ease and…

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    PNM worker who found Otis helps reunite others with lost pets

    For PNM meter reader Samantha Hernandez, Tuesday started out like any other day. She went behind an office building on Montgomery to check a meter.”I heard the rocks start wrestling and I was like, what was that?!” Hernandez said.She looked around and saw a scared poodle hiding behind the building. “He started limping away from me, I was assuming he was scared frightened and hurt,” Hernandez said.REALTED: Family reunited with missing dog after owner is killed by drunk driverHernandez is not only a PNM employee, she’s also part of a Facebook group that helps with lost and found animals. She took a picture of Otis and posted it on the…

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    Vets face ‘perfect storm’ of Covid, Brexit and lockdown pet boom

    Vets are on a “knife edge” as they face a “perfect storm” of staff shortages caused by Covid and Brexit coupled with a lockdown pet boom. Calls to the industry’s confidential Vetlife helpline have surged during the pandemic as veterinary workers struggle to keep up with demand, with 3.2 million households getting a new pet since the first lockdown. People are being urged to check whether they have access to veterinary care in their area before getting a dog or cat as many practices have been forced to close their books to new healthy animals for months at a time. Dr Lara Wilson, who is lead surgeon at the Vets…

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    Can I give you a call bark? DogPhone lets pets ring their owners | Dogs

    Whether it is a silent stare or simply a rousing bark, dogs have found myriad ways to communicate with humans. Now researchers have created a hi-tech option for canines left home alone: a ball that allows them to call their owners on the old dog and bone. The device – nicknamed the DogPhone – is a soft ball that, when moved, sends a signal to a laptop that launches a video call, and the sound of a ringing telephone. The owner can choose whether to take the call, and when to hang up, while they can also place a call to their pet – although the dog has to move…

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    Health workers in China are killing pets while their owners are in quarantine : NPR

    A resident walks her dogs in Beijing. Municipal authorities in the city of Shangrao apologized and posted a statement online saying that workers who killed a dog while its owner was away in quarantine had been fired. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption toggle caption Ng Han Guan/AP A resident walks her dogs in Beijing. Municipal authorities in the city of Shangrao apologized and posted a statement online saying that workers who killed a dog while its owner was away in quarantine had been fired. Ng Han Guan/AP BEIJING — Local health workers in some Chinese cities are breaking into people’s homes and killing their pets while the owners are in…

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    Pet dog contracts Covid in first confirmed case in UK | Coronavirus

    Humans share many things with their dogs, from the sofa to cuddles and quality time. But it seems the list of joint experiences may also include coronavirus infections. Experts say they have detected the first case in the UK of a pet dog catching coronavirus, apparently from its owners. The canine’s infection was confirmed after testing on 3 November. 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. Some experts have suggested…

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    Pledge to plant a tree for every pet photo shared on Instagram spins ‘out of control’

    An online campaign that promised to plant a tree for every pet photo posted to Instagram “spread out of control,” its creator said Tuesday after it was shared more than 4.1 million times. Instagram Stories was filled with pictures of dogs, cats and other household animals after an interactive “Add Yours” sticker prompted users to share photos of their pets. “We’ll plant 1 tree for every pet picture,” said the sticker, which allowed users to reply with photos. It wasn’t long before questions were raised about who would be planting all those trees and where. The creator behind the Instagram account Plant A Tree Co. took responsibility for the campaign…

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