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Pets Magazine

April - July 2020

Pets Magazine is a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine that celebrates the human-animal bond, delving deeper into the core, speaking to the mind and heart of true animal lovers.

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2 min.
if we all do a little, we can do a lot

It’s a scary time right now and while we hunker down at home we can count our blessings that our pets are there - providing much-needed solace for those quarantined or on stay-home notice. However, more so at this time than ever, it is a time to circle the wagons and be of service to others caught in the crosshairs of Covid-19. Help out pet owners: Social media stories abound on households that have been financially upended. There’s a pretty good chance some have a pet or so roosting with them. If you want to make a difference in the most direct way, simply figure out how to make pet food supplies magically appear at the front door of those in need. Help a shelter out: Let’s state the most obvious first…

2 min.
covid-19 & animals

The current spread of Covid-19 is a result of human to human transmission. As of date, there is not enough scientific evidence to identify that companion animals can be infected with or be a source of infection for Covid-19, says OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health. The scare started in late February when health officials in Hong Kong placed 17-year-old Pomeranian dog under quarantine after hospitalising its owner for Covid-19 coronavirus infection. A spokesman for the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) issued a statement on 12 March that the blood test result of the dog which had repeatedly tested weak positive for Covid -19 virus is negative. A week later, on 19 March, another pet dog, a two-year-old German Shepherd, was sent to the AFCD, and it too had…

1 min.
bigger dogs: now allowed in hdb flats

Singapore: There has been a revision in dog size criteria for those living in HDB flats. You can now own bigger dogs - provided they are local mixed-breed canines that are up for adoption. According to the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS), this type of dogs can now be up to 55cm tall, with no weight limit. Previously, only dogs under 50cm and up to 15kg could be re-homed to HDB flats. Effected on 1 March 2020, the programme is led by AVS and supported by the HDB, in partnership with Project Adore Animal Welfare Group (AWG). Under the new ruling, some 20 percent more local mixed-breed dogs can be rehomed to HDB flats each year. As of end 2019, some 1,335 local mixed-breed dogs have been rehomed under the scheme. Project Adore…

1 min.
petas: fresh appeal

Singapore: Pets Enterprises and Traders Association (Singapore), a corporate entity registered in Singapore since 2008, has elected its executive committee members to serve in the 2020 – 2021 term. Elected members include Mr SK Ho, President; Mr Chua Ming Kok, Vice President; Mr Yap Seng Teck, Advisor and Mr Thomas Lim, Secretary. Mr Ho in his acceptance speech said: “Moving forward, the new committee intends to rejuvenate the current PETAS and more business for the whole industry.” Mr Ho notes that while the pet industry has grown quite a bit in Singapore, he and his team will work towards improving the industry as the playing field has changed much over the years. Besides a membership recruitment drive, other priorities that the PETAS Exco members will be working on include: Liaison with government boards…

1 min.
nanas: call for action

Johor Bahru, Malaysia: Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Shelter (NANAS) sent out an urgent appeal for donations on 21 March. Raymund Wee, its founder said that while they will “not turn away any abandoned or injured animal rescued by the public during this crisis,” he needs funds and a steady supply of food to feed the animals. Tours to the wildlife refuge sanctuary in Pekan Nanas, Johor have been cancelled since 11 January 2020. These visits are crucial as they collect entry fee to sustain their operations. This has “pretty much stopped”. In his letter of appeal, he adds: “If many people contribute even in small amounts, we are sure it will add up and help us ride out this difficult time.” To contribute, visit for details.…

4 min.
faq: covid-19 & your pets

As at the end of March 2020, there was no evidence that suggests the Coronavirus can be transmitted to or from companion animals. But questions remain as to whether your pet can be affected by the virus; what will happen to your fur-kid should you be hospitalised, etc. To help out, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions around the Coronavirus and what it means for pets and pet owners. • Can we get Covid-19 from our dogs? According to the World Organization for Animal Health, there is no evidence that pets play a role in transmitting the disease to humans. Despite the highly publicised instance of a pet dog exhibiting a “weak positive” when tested for the virus, the consensus is that we’re more likely to infect them than they…