Pets Magazine

Pets Magazine

March - May 2021
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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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6 Issues

in this issue

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the good, the bad, and the ugly

First, the good: With the coronavirus pandemic restricting human interaction, pet ownership shot up in many parts of the world as people craved companionship. In the US, dogs for adoption remain as scarce as toilet paper at the start of the pandemic. Foster Dogs, a New York-based non-profit agency, saw a more than 1,000% increase in foster applications in March last year. In Japan, a 2020 survey conducted by the Japan Pet Food Association found a 15 percent increase in dog and cat ownership than the previous year. In fact, dogs are having it pretty darn good during these times. India has declared the feeding of street dogs, an essential service and when much of Europe was under total lockdown, one of the few permissible reasons to leave the house was to…

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sportmix pet food recalled for potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin

MARYLAND, USA: The US Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about certain Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods in their Oklahoma plant that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins. Midwestern Pet Foods has expanded the recall to include additional products that contain corn and were made in their Oklahoma manufacturing plant. As of 11 Jan 2021, FDA reported that more than 70 pets have died and more than 80 pets were stricken. Aflatoxins are toxins produced by the mould Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. Pets experiencing aflatoxin poisoning may have symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes or gums due to liver damage), and/or diarrhoea. In…

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asia’s first online pet pharmacy goes live

SINGAPORE: Pet owners in Singapore can order prescriptions online, upon presentation of a veterinary script. Available for home delivery, the dispensary offers script refills without having to travel back and forth to vet clinics. Customers can shop from a range of vet-approved pet medicines, supplements and prescription diets for pets, including; dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and chinchillas. Headquartered in Singapore, My Animal Dispensary co-founder, Pearl Tan, said: “Over the past year, online shopping has been a lifeline for many of us. However, pet owners’ needs were not being met, with pet prescriptions remaining a face-to-face service.” She added: “We aim to complement veterinary service providers with an agile solution, to create a seamless digital pet healthcare offering in Singapore.” The independent business enterprise is backed by a registered veterinarian and veteran…

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first guinea pig awareness week announced

UK: The UK’s first Guinea Pig Awareness Week (GPAW) will be held from 22 – 28 March. The inaugural event aims to spotlight the UK’s guinea pigs’ welfare needs in a week-long online festival. With a slew of events and online content sharing platforms, the GPAW initiative will also allow veterinarians to share their expert knowledge and insight with owners. Created by Burgess Pet Care in partnership with the RSPCA, Wood Green The Animals Charity, Blue Cross and PDSA in the UK, it started when Burgess ran online surveys with guinea pig owners and vets. Results showed that some 94 percent of vets felt that the most common mistake owners of small animals make is feeding them the wrong diet. Suzanne Moyes, operations and technical director at Burgess Pet Care, said: “Guinea pigs…

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major moves in the white house

WASHINGTON DC, USA: Major, President Biden’s shelter rescue dog, has been hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. Major and Champ, both German Shepherds, will be the first dogs to occupy the White House since their predecessors, the Obamas’ pups, Sunny and Bo, left four years ago. Major’s new residency is particularly sweet, as the Bidens adopted him in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association. The last four years has seen no pets in the White House and this announcement drew smiles and applause from animal lovers across the country. Hints have been circulating that President Biden’s wife, Dr Jill Biden, are looking to add a feline companion. If so, it will be the ‘first cat’ since George W Bush’s time in the White House. Other high-profile pets include Dilyn, a rescue…

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calendar featuring explosives detection canines

WASHINGTON, USA: Each year, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issues an annual calendar to honour its explosives detection canines from across the country. For the first time, TSA is making the 2021 TSA Canine Calendar available to the public. TSA trains each of its explosives detection canines at the TSA Canine Training Center, in San Antonio, Texas. Each canine recruit spends 16 weeks in training where they meet their handlers, socialise to adapt to busy airport environments and learn their craft of detecting a variety of explosive odours before reporting to their duty stations. This year’s 2021 TSA Canine Calendar features fun facts and photos of about 13 canines selected from dozens of entries submitted by canine teams from across the agency. TSA has more than 1,000 canine handler teams deployed to support…