Emergency Fundraising for Pet Rescue Charities

Lintbells and Peter Purves launch #RescueYourRescue – a nationwide emergency fund-raising appeal that will urgently help pet rescue charities affected by COVID-19

  • #RescueYourRescue will attempt to raise £250,000 for pet rescue charities across the UK over the coming months
  • Lintbells will donate £10,000 to participating charities
  • Take immediate action by donating £2 and show your support by sharing the paw-fect high-five with your pet on social media using the #RescueYourRescue and nominate friends to donate too.

Lintbells – the UK’s leading pet supplement company with a mission to keep pets active for life – has today announced the launch of a charity campaign that will raise vital funds for over 100 registered pet rescue charities across the UK.

Pet rescue centres are facing closure due to a lack of funding and lost revenue as a consequence of COVID-19. The loss of funds attributed to adoption fees, centre visits, charity shop sales and fundraising events has left the future of pet rescue charities hanging in the balance. #RescueYourRescue will urgently raise funds to immediately help safeguard the future of pet rescue charities and the animals that rely on them.

A rapid response is required to help protect the health and welfare of the nation’s rescue pets. Recent reports have stated that pet rescue charities are suspending the intake of animals, which could lead to pets being mistreated or abandoned.

Launched in support with veteran broadcaster and the legendary voice of Crufts, Peter Purves, who is a brand ambassador for Lintbells’ YuMOVE brand, #RescueYourRescue will encourage people who can afford to help to donate a minimum of £2 per person. Lintbells will immediately donate £10,000 to participating pet rescue charities.

Peter Purves said: “Pet rescue charities across the country support the welfare of animals that need our help the most. In these difficult circumstances, I’m appealing for animal lovers to work together to support these brilliant centres and the crucial work that they do. Every donation makes a difference, so please give what you can and help spread the word by engaging with the campaign on social media using #RescueYourRescue.”

Lauren Moore, Fundraising Manager, RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield Bradford & District Branch said: We are a local independent branch of the RSPCA so we have to raise our own funds to keep our animal centre running and look after the animals in our care. This is normally done through our fundraising events and income from our charity shops, but with the current COVID-19 crisis we have had to close our shops and cancel planned events and activities which has had a devastating effect on our funds. We’ve also been forced to close our animal centre and have cancelled any potential adoptions.”

Dr John Howie, CEO & Co-founder of Lintbells added: “Lintbells was established to support the health and well-being of pets and #RescueYourRescue will help safeguard the future of rescue charities. Let’s help protect the UK’s 250,000* animals that need our support.”

Quick example costs
It costs £500,000 per year to run an RSPCA pet rescue centre. £6 can feed a dog for a week and £10 covers the cost of food and board per pet**.  That is why #RescueYourRescue is asking animal lovers who can afford to help donate a minimum of £2 per person.



*Number of animals in rescue centres attributed to a UK Government report, Feb 2019

**Costs attributed to the RSPCA

How to help:

#RescueYourRescue is working with Virgin Money Giving to raise and distribute funds to over 100 pet rescue charities in the UK. Please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/page/RescueYourRescue select the charity you wish to help support, and donate.

Help us spread the word and raise vital funds by engaging with #RescueYourRescue online, on social media and by visiting www.RescueYourRescue.co.uk. Show your support by sharing the paw-fect high-five with your pet on social media using the #RescueYourRescue and nominate friends to donate too.

Together we can help safeguard the future of rescue centres and the animals that rely on them.

New Digital Ruminant Marketing and Technical CPD Resources Available for Home-Working Vets and Animal Health Professionals

New Digital Ruminant Marketing and Technical CPD Resources Available for Home-Working Vets and Animal Health Professionals

MSD Animal Health has boosted its library of on-line CPD resources to help vets and animal health professionals communicate remotely and provide technical training content when working from home.


The digital training material includes a range of new downloadable marketing resources for vets and SQPs to help maintain efficient communications with their farmer customer base while face-to-face contact opportunities are restricted. These include newsletter, social media and farmer engagement tools for various dairy, beef and sheep disease management issues.


Vets can also access new BRD management content highlighting the benefit of immunity-led disease prevention and ultrasound scanning of calf lungs. Practitioners are reminded that they can also view a range of practical ‘how to’ video material, as well as five different webinar recordings explaining ways to collaborate more effectively with farmers over youngstock rearing issues. The content is based on implementing MSD Animal Health’s versatile calf health checklist engagement tool, which facilitates an audit-based approach to assessing and improving current on-farm management practices.


MSD Animal Health is continuing to add to the on-line support available to vets. This includes two new webinars to be released in the coming weeks: ‘Immunology’ with Professor James Roth and ‘Salmonella’ with Katrina Henderson from SAC.




Practical animal health educational material is also available for farmers specifically via the Disease? Not On My Farm! digital information platform (https://www.msd-animal-health-hub.co.uk/DNOMF/About). Depending on area of interest, ruminant livestock farmers can access herd health, youngstock or sheep disease management advice. The sheep information is hosted on the Project Lamb website (https://www.msd-animal-health-hub.co.uk/DNOMF/ProjectLAMB).

To access all the training content, register via the MSD Animal Health hub:


BVA statement on cats and Covid-19

BVA statement on cats and Covid-19

The British Veterinary Association has clarified its position in light of a report on the BBC news website relating to cats and coronavirus. The headline of the article suggested that veterinary advice was to keep all cats indoors, but BVA has explained this advice is only in relation to cats in infected households or where people are self-isolating.

In response to questions from the BBC about general advice for pet owners, BVA had given information that related to both general advice and specific advice for those in infected households, but not made the distinction clear.

BVA President Daniella Dos Santos said:

“It’s incredibly important that information and advice for the public is clear and we regret that this story will have caused worry and upset amongst cat owners.  

“We are not advising that all cats are kept indoors. Only cats from infected households or where their owners are self-isolating, and only if the cat is happy to be kept indoors. Some cats cannot stay indoors due to stress-related medical reasons.

“There have been a tiny number of cases of Covid-19 in animals and in all cases, it is likely that the transmission was human to animal. There is no evidence that pets can pass Covid-19 to their owners.

“From the small number of cases it appears that dogs do not show symptoms, but cats can show clinical signs of the disease.

“It is also the case that animals can act as fomites, as the virus could be on their fur in the same way it is on other surfaces, such as tables and doorknobs. That’s why our main advice for pet owners continues to be to practise good hand hygiene.

“And, as a precaution, for pet owners who have Covid-19 or who are self-isolating we are recommending that you keep your cat indoors if possible, during that time.

“It is very important that people don’t panic about their pets. There is no evidence that animals can pass the disease to humans.”

For further information visit www.bva.co.uk/coronavirus  

Animalcare’s new ‘Tea-Time Training’ Will Raise Funds for StreetVet

Animalcare’s new ‘Tea-Time Training’ Will Raise Funds for StreetVet

 Animalcare is to launch an online CPD initiative called ‘Tea-Time Training’ to support vets and nurses keen to keep up their CPD, whether they are at home or in their practice.  The short, free, refresher-style training sessions, designed to be enjoyed over a cup of tea, will start on Wednesday 15 April with ‘Physiology of body fluid’, led by Animalcare’s Senior Veterinary Manager, Felicity Caddick.  The session will run twice, at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm, and will be recorded for those unable to join live. Animalcare will donate £1 per live view, split between its two chosen charities, StreetVet and the NHS Charities COVID-19 Appeal*.

Commenting, Animalcare Product Manager Kai Crawshaw said: “These are difficult times for the veterinary profession and our aim with Tea-Time Training is to support veterinary staff who may unexpectedly have extra time on their hands by offering them free of charge, easily accessible and practical CPD.  We have created a series of six short webinars on the theme of fluid therapy with more sessions on different topics in the pipeline. The first webinar, ‘Physiology of body fluid,’ will be launched on 15 April and they will run weekly after that.  Each webinar is short but interactive and packed with useful information.  We hope they will provide a brief but stimulating break in the day during these uncertain times.”

Each webinar will subsequently be recorded and available for viewing 24/7 via the Animalcare Learning Alliance on the company’s recently launched online Practice Assistance Centre, The PAC. A range of other free webinars and resources are also available on The PAC.

Tea-Time Training can be accessed following registration on The PAC here: https://the-pac.co.uk/animalcare-learning-alliance/

 *Terms and conditions are available on registration.


The first ‘for dogs, from dogs’ canine bacterial GI support product launches in the UK

The first ‘for dogs, from dogs’ canine bacterial GI support product launches in the UK

The first bacterial GI support product developed from the intestinal bacteria of healthy dogs has landed in the UK. Delivering the benefits of three live strains of canine specific Lactobacillus bacteria, ProcanicareTM, from Animalcare, is an ideal GI support product to maintain balance in the GI intestinal microbiome of dogs, particularly when dysbiosis is a risk.

Adhesion of bacteria to the epithelial cells of the intestine has been shown to be host species specific but most other commercially available canine bacterial GI support products are of porcine, avian or human origin.1 The three live strains of Lactobacillus found in Procanicare were carefully selected after a series of studies isolated the most appropriate species for commercial use from the intestinal microbiome of healthy dogs.2-5



There is increasing evidence of the important roles that the intestinal microbiome has, not just locally in the gut but across the body. Alterations to the intestinal microbiome (dysbiosis) can therefore have widespread impacts on health. It has been shown that, with no intervention, the intestinal microbiome can take years to recover from dysbiosis.6

Many of the effects that bacteria have upon the GI tract and wider body are bacterial species specific.4 The Lactobacillus found in Procanicare have been shown to promote indigenous intestinal commensal populations, reduce numbers of potentially pathogenic bacteria and improve stool consistency.4,5 In addition, Lactobacillus species have been certified by the EFSA to present no pathogenic or antimicrobial resistance risk.

Dr Shea Beasley, Product Development Manager at Vetcare Ltd was involved in the development of Procanicare and has seen its success in other countries. ‘’The strains of Lactobacillus found in Procanicare have been commercially available in Scandinavia for two years now. It has achieved great success, with Scandinavian vets frequently recommending it in situations where the gastrointestinal microbiota can become unstable such as following antibiotic use and in stressful situations such as travelling and kennelling, as well as when supporting the intestinal microbiome is particularly important, such as during pregnancy and lactation.’’

Available exclusively through vets, Animalcare has produced a range of waiting room materials to help you educate about and promote Procanicare in practice, including a poster, bunting, leaflet and leaflet holder. In addition there is a free webinar for veterinary professionals on the importance of the intestinal microbiome, available to view at https://www.thewebinarvet.com/webinar/the-gastrointestinal-microbiome-and-its-effects.

Canine & Feline Dermatology

Canine and Feline Dermatology

With detailed insights and reviews written by vet professionals from the UK and beyond, this edition covers common clinical challenges such as pododermatitis and feline military dermatitis through to systemic diseases and cutaneous leishmaniasis. Among others, Tim Nuttall and Debbie Gow from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies explore therapeutic approaches to Canine Atopic Dermatitis and Ralf Mueller reviews Feline Pemphigus foliaceus

Lee Danks (MRCVS), Veterinary Scientific Affairs Manager for ROYAL CANIN, said: “Dermatological problems raise their head time and time again, both as a topic of great concern to practitioners but in their waxing and waning course in our patients. The skin can be the cause of much frustration! The more opportunity we have to review and consolidate our knowledge about the body’s largest organ, the better equipped we’ll be to make a positive difference to both pets and owners.”

Now in its 28th year, Veterinary Focus magazine takes a system-by-system approach to feline and canine disorders. ROYAL CANIN® also publishes a number of more comprehensive manuals (on Feline urinary disease or Canine pancreatitis for example), perfect for setting protocols and as reference materials for your practice library. Contact your Veterinary Business Manager for printed versions or to subscribe, or simply download pdfs of this dermatology and previous editions from: http://vetfocus.royalcanin.com/