Welfare of pets as important as their owners in a pandemic: Experts

Studies have shown that having an animal companion has mental-health benefits. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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SINGAPORE - With borders closed and work-from-home arrangements in place, many families have welcomed pets into their lives in the past year.

The number of licensed dogs and pet shops has been increasing steadily over the past years, says the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS), which is under the National Parks Board. It adds that the number of puppies commercially imported from places like Ireland, the United States, Hong Kong and Taiwan also increased last year.

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