‘Major dog welfare crisis’ warning after sharp rise in dogs sold online | UK News

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Experts have warned of a “major dog welfare crisis” following a sharp rise in the number of dogs being sold online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pets4Homes, one of the UK’s largest online pet marketplaces, recorded a 51% increase in demand for puppies since the pandemic began.

A total of 466,601 dogs have been advertised on the site so far, with average prices increasing by 131%.

Rory Cowlam, a vet and ambassador for the RSPCA, told Sky News he expects to see a spike in the number of dogs being abandoned this year as a result.

He said: “Abandonments are going

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Don’t ‘paws’ your pets’ preventive care during winter

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Fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites don’t take a break for winter. Though it is true that fleas may not be as active outdoors during the cold weather, they still survive on wildlife outdoors and your pet can pick them up. Ticks are also active during cooler weather and may be picked up easily while walking pets outdoors in January and February. 

Ticks have multiple stages in their lifecycle, and though they need to bite a mammal at each stage, the larval tick can live for up to 540 days, while nymphs can survive up to 584 days. Adult ticks can

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Lake Ridge-Occoquan Pets Up For Adoption: Meet Sassy, Ace, Tucker & More

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Do you want to add a new member to your family and give back to the Lake Ridge-Occoquan community at the same time? Adopt a dog, cat or other animal from a local shelter! During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, shelters in and around Lake Ridge-Occoquan have dogs, cats and other pets ready and waiting for someone to take them home.

In the search for your new fur child, consider starting at a local adoption center like Advocates For Abused And Abandoned Pets A3p, where Sheila the cat is waiting patiently. If you aren’t sure if you have time to take

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EPA Chief Just Pardoned Lab Rabbits From Animal Testing

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In one of his last actions as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief this week, Andrew Wheeler directed the retirement of the last-remaining rabbits used for cruel experiments at Research Triangle Park, an EPA taxpayer-funded laboratory in North Carolina. The “pardon” was memorialized in an EPA memo dated January 20, 2021 which agreed to take steps to retire the animals. “As new approach methods for chemical testing are developed, validated, and implemented, we hope that the use of rabbits to support chemical testing can decrease even further,” the memo states. The male rabbits in the labs were used for experiments involving

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