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Battersea issues guidance on separation anxiety
"There are steps every owner can start taking now to ease this anxiety" - Ali Taylor, Battersea.
Advice to help pets cope with owners' post-lockdown routines.

Animal welfare charity Battersea has issued new guidance for pet owners to help cat and dogs cope with separation anxiety and everyday routines post-lockdown.

With many pet owners returning to work, Battersea says that it has issued the advice to make the transition 'as smooth as possible' for the nation's pets.

Ali Taylor, head of canine behaviour at Battersea commented: “As pets across the country have adjusted to having their owners at home 24/7, some dogs and cats may find it distressing to spend more time alone. While dogs are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety, cats can also find it stressful when their routine changes suddenly.

“There are steps every owner can start taking now to ease this anxiety and Battersea is always available for advice if you need more help.”

The charity advises owners who are currently working at home to begin working in a different room from their pet, and to set their alarm for the same time they would normally would go to work.

'When you go to your desk to start work, give your dog or cat any toys and treats you normally would when you leave the house,' Battersea writes. 'If you haven’t been utilising enrichment toys previously, now is the ideal time to give them a try – puzzle feeders are great at keeping both dogs and cats mentally stimulated.'

The charity has also recorded a video on separation anxiety which can be found here.

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Defra extends applications to Zoo Animals Fund

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 Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found here

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk