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Almost two thirds of pet owners could be endangering their dogs by feeding them BBQ leftovers

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New research from GoCompare Pet Insurance has revealed that almost two thirds (62%) of pet owners could be putting their dog’s health at risk by feeding them leftover food from a barbecue.

As the weather hots up and Brits reach for the BBQ, GoCompare’s poll found that 62% either always or sometimes feed their dog the leftover food from the barbecue. And a further 55% of pet owners think that it’s ok to feed a dog barbecue food.

The research, which quizzed more than 750 dog owners, also found that the worst offenders are pet owners aged 25-34, with 30% saying they always feed scraps to their dog.  

As the charcoal is lit and the sausages are thrown on the barbie, GoCompare is warning dog owners that if they’re planning to have a barbecue it is important to be disciplined and not feed a dog any leftover food as it could be potentially hazardous for their health. 

RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said“Lots of human foods can be potentially hazardous for our pets, either because they contain toxic ingredients or because they could be a choke hazard. We would always encourage owners to avoid feeding their pets foods that are meant for human consumption and to stick to pet food and treats that are made especially for their furry friends. 

“Barbecue food, should not be fed to dogs. Cooked bones are incredibly dangerous for dogs as they can splinter and get stuck in their throats or cause an obstruction in their intestines. They can also be marinaded or cooked in sauces that may contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs – such as onion – or have a flavour which may cause them irritation, such as spicy foods. 

“If you want your dog to join in with barbecue fun and summer festivities then why not create them their own special pet-friendly treat to enjoy while you’re all tucking into your burgers, kebabs and sausages?”

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Hannah Isitt, GoCompare’s pet insurance expert said: “There are a lot of new pet owners in the UK this summer and the worrying statistic in this research is that most dog owners think it’s ok to feed pets scraps from the barbecue. With friends and family now allowed to congregate in gardens again, it’s highly likely that someone could innocently feed a dog from the barbecue and not realise the harm that they could be causing. There’s definitely more awareness needed about the dangers of feeding pets from the barbecue.

“If you think your pet has eaten something harmful, closely observe your pet’s condition and contact a vet immediately. The sooner you react the better chance you will give your pet to recover.”

GoCompare has produced a guide on how to keep your pets safe in hot weather, which can be found here: https://www.gocompare.com/pet-insurance/safety-in-hot-weather/.

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Winner winner, weekday dinners: Morrisons introduces midweek dinners for under a fiver in its cafés

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Amidst the cost of living crisis, supermarket giant Morrisons is introducing a ‘meal of the day’ for under a fiver to its cafés nationwide.

Every weekday from 3pm, a ‘Daily Special’ will be discounted, offering a saving of up to £3.89 on the individual product price.

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The meal on offer will rotate each day and customers can choose from British roast chicken served with chips and coleslaw, a hearty chicken tikka masala, a 9-piece breakfast brunch, a succulent British cheeseburger served with chips and coleslaw and the ultimate beer-battered fish and chips.

The offer includes a drink and vegetarian alternatives are also available.

Each meal will be priced at £4.99, which the supermarket chain says makes them cheaper than the same evening meals at Wetherspoons, Harvester and Beefeater.

Morrisons also say that kids can also eat free all day with the purchase of any adult meal, meaning a family of four can enjoy a meal out together for just £9.98.

Ali Lyons, Head of Morrisons Cafés, says: “We know how hard it is for our customers at the moment and we want to make sure they are still able to enjoy a meal out, even on a budget. We’ve handpicked these favourites so that no matter what day it is, our customers can enjoy a saving.”

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Morrisons £4.99 offer will be available in its 406 cafés nationwide after 3pm every weekday. The ‘Daily Specials’ on offer are:

MondayRoast Chicken served with Chips & Coleslaw or Cheese & Onion Quiche served with Chips & Coleslaw 
TuesdayChicken Tikka Masala or Mac ‘n’ Cheese 
WednesdayBreakfast Brunch or Full Vegetarian Breakfast 
ThursdayCheeseburger served with Chips & Coleslaw  or Vegetarian burger served with Chips & Coleslaw 
FridayUltimate Fish & Chips

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Proposal to ban tea and coffee for under 16s in Wales branded ‘illiberal’

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Proposals to consider banning the sale of tea and coffee to under-16s in Wales have been labelled ‘outrageously illiberal’ by the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

The Welsh Labour Government reportedly confirmed that it is considering the move as part of plans to make young people healthier and stop rising obesity rates.

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The move comes as the Welsh Government raise concerns of the rising consumption of high-caffeine energy drinks among young people is also causing concern about the effects on their education.

Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said: “It is beggars’ belief that this is even under consideration.

“We are all aware obesity is a serious problem in Wales and it is important that we take action to reduce the levels across Wales.

“However, it doesn’t take an expert consultation to realise that tea and coffee are not responsible for high obesity levels.

“It would be outrageously illiberal to ban the sale of coffee and tea to under 16-year-olds, something which they regularly drink themselves at home.”

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Tesco makes it even easier for Swansea shoppers to help local food banks and charities

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Tesco is making it easier than ever for shoppers to give a helping hand to food banks and charities feeding people in their local community, with ready-prepared donation bags at local stores in Swansea this summer.

The Tesco Food Collection is taking place in every large Tesco store across the UK from Thursday, June 30 until Saturday, July 2, and shoppers are being urged to donate long-life food to support local food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network and thousands of frontline charities supplied by FareShare. Tesco will top up all food donations made during the collection with an extra 20% cash donation to support the two charities.

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The pre-filled donation bags, available during the collection, will contain items that are most-needed by the local Trussell Trust foodbank or frontline charities supplied by FareShare. Shoppers will be able to scan the contents at the till as part of their usual shop before dropping the bag into the food collection donation trolley.

It is one of a number of new ways that customers can give their support during this summer’s food collection. Shoppers can also for the first time round up their bill at the checkout to make a small donation to both the charities.

From this week it is also easier for customers who shop in Express stores to support the charities, with new permanent donation points being placed in every Tesco Express store in the UK for the first time, meaning shoppers will now be able to donate at Express stores year-round. Shoppers can also donate their Tesco Clubcard points online to either of the charities.

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Tesco Head of Community Claire de Silva said, “This collection marks ten years of us working with the Trussell Trust and FareShare. During that decade our customers have been amazingly generous, donating more than 100 million meals during our food collections and at permanent collection points in stores. This summer we wanted to make it even easier for customers to donate as we know that every can donated really does help.”

Donations are more important than ever as the charities have reported increasing need for food.

Sarah Germain, CEO at FareShare Cymru, said: “Our charities are telling us that the need for food has vastly increased as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, and over the last year we’ve continued to deliver four meals every second to people facing food insecurity across the UK.

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“That’s why we would be immensely grateful to anyone who is able to donate a bag of pasta or tin of vegetables over the Tesco Food Collection weekend – your generous donations will help us continue providing vital support to families struggling to cope this summer.”

Danni Malone, Director of Network Programmes and Innovation at the Trussell Trust added: “Every year, we are amazed by the generosity of Tesco customers who donate to the Food Collection.

“We know that many families on the very lowest incomes have been forced to the doors of food banks to get by, as the nation faces a rapid rise in the cost of living and continues to recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic. So, once again, we are calling on shoppers to give generously and make a difference to people who need our support over the coming weeks and months.”

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