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The PetQuip Awards for 2017 were launched at PATS Sandown last week.

A man has been cleared of murdering an elderly pet shop worker more than 20 years ago, according to a BBC News report.

Family-run manufacturer Fold Hill Foods says it has increased productivity and improved efficiency by enhancing the skills of its experienced workforce. has launched a new Travel Partner Shop, stocking the pet essentials for properties to make four-legged customers feel welcome and maximise revenue from pet owners.

Officials in the US are investigating four complaints related to thyroid hormone levels in dog food.

One in four UK pets is on a diet, according to survey results released this week by Rosewood Pet Products.

Comic Relief has apologised over the use of a brachycephalic breed in its campaign merchandise this year, following a letter sent by the British Veterinary Association highlighting that demand for these breeds – which can struggle with serious health problems – is being fuelled by their visibility in the media and through celebrity endorsement.

A pet product ‘marketplace’,, is looking for ‘exceptional’ new suppliers.

Radio Systems Corporation, owner of PetSafe and SportDOG, has bought Solvit Products, which specialises in highly functional, easy-to-use pet products for travel, active life, therapeutic and senior care.

Pawz Dog Boots has introduced clam shell packaging for one of its products, the MaxWax cream.

GA Pet Food Partners has launched a new online ordering system for customers.

WildWash launched two natural flea repellent products at Crufts.

The Crown Office in Scotland has confirmed that there will be no criminal proceedings or fatal accident inquiry over the deaths of twin brothers who drowned in an exterior fish tank at a house in Fife, reports the BBC news.

JBL has developed a new food for axolotls, which it says contains 2% fish oil to ‘achieve the correct protein-fat ratio of 5:1’.

Cat lovers are being urged to back a major campaign for a change in the law on air guns to bring England and Wales in line with the rest of the UK.

The governing body of the BBC, the BBC Trust, has said that a Watchdog programme featuring Pets at Home ‘lacked accuracy and had failed to be impartial or fair in its portrayal of the company’, constituting a serious breach of the BBC’s own Editorial Guidelines.

Harringtons has redesigned its packaging range to ‘increase category stand-out and simplify the shopping experience for consumers’.  The new packaging is being rolled out as brand owner Inspired Pet Nutrition aims ‘to capitalise on impressive recent sales growth’.

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against claims made about a flea and tick prevention product.

PATS Sandown closed yesterday, with 1,917 retailers and buyers having visited the show, a 3% rise on those who visited the two-day trade show in 2016.

PetSafe launched several new products at PATS Sandown, including automatic litter boxes that owners do not have to scoop out.

The largest number of pet product suppliers yet is exhibiting in the PetQuip trade association’s group at Zoomark 2017 in May.

A tortoise about to munch on some lunch, spaniels playing at the seaside and a kitten pawing at dust are just some of the images in the running for the RSPCA’s People’s Choice award this year.

PawSquad has launched an app that enables pet owners to book a video consultation service with vets online, as well as the ability to book a home visit.

Dr Roger Mugford, the founder of the Company of Animals, has teamed up with animal protection charity Humane Society International (HSI) and rescued eight dogs from the South Korean dog meat market.

Visiting retailers and exhibitors alike had a good first day at PATS Sandown, with both halls busy from the outset.

Forthglade has launched two new products at PATS Sandown. The manufacturer of natural wet food for dogs has unveiled its first-ever dry dog food and a selection of grain-free functional dog treats.

Some extremely creative names were among the innovative lines featured in this year’s New Product Award winners, announced at PATS Sandown today. They included I’ll Eat My Hat; Dirty Dogs Have All The Fun; Pawsecco Wine For Dogs and Cats; and Flea and Bug Spray with Horsetail, Eucalyptus and Nettle.

International Cat Care has devised a feeding plan, based on scientific evidence, to mimic the way cats eat in the wild and provide both physical and mental stimulation for cats. The plan encourages cats to hunt, explore, climb and play – activities which boost cats’ positive behaviour and well-being.

PATS Sandown opens at 9.30 this morning with more than 140 trade exhibitors showcasing a record number of new products today and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21-22).

Natures Menu is giving away free freezers worth £495 at PATS Sandown today and tomorrow (March 21-22).

Vets4Pets is to be this year’s headline sponsor for the DogFest festival at Arley Hall, Cheshire (June 17-18) and Knebworth (June 24-25), Hertfordshire.

Some pet owners believe cannabis may play a role in easing pain and anxiety in pets, but such products marketed for animals are not regulated and US vets say the safety and efficacy have not been established.

An initial group of 14 apprentices have now completed their apprenticeship programme with The Groom Room – and 10 of them have being given permanent employment as grooming stylists within the Pets at Home business.

The Pet Industry Federation has extended its member benefit business insurance to cover kennel and cattery members.

The UK’s number one brand of raw pet food and Europe’s leading expert in raw, Natures Menu, has launched two Mighty Mixers.

Pets at Home is set to introduce a new scheme – Pet-ernity Leave – for its 8,200 staff next month.

Beaphar celebrates its 75th anniversary at PATS.

As a host of new pet treatments continues to see average veterinary bills escalate both in the UK and the US, an Anglo-American pet insurance technology specialist says technology is the key to keeping policy premiums affordable for pet owners and profitable for vendors.

PetSafe brand has launched a tongue-in-cheek digital campaign – Catspiracy – to promote its self-cleaning litter boxes to UK pet owners.

As some of the world’s top pedigree pups competed at Crufts last week, a boutique Cornish hotel is aiming for ‘best in show’ all year with its ‘happy-hound’ holidays.

Trilanco has improved its opening hours as of this month.

CarefreeCredit has launched personal loans for veterinary staff aged 21 or over, whether vet, nurse or receptionist.

When Monmore Green Stadium, home of greyhound racing, was looking for a way to cool down hot dogs, the management team found the answer – in a shipping container.

Record numbers of exhibitors have been confirmed for Zoomark International 2017 in Northern Italy.

The annual BETA Feed Conference, sponsored by Premier Nutrition for the first time, takes place at Solihull Village Hotel on Thursday April 27, when delegates from the feed industry will gather to find out the latest news, updates and information from the sector.

The Budget is a ‘disaster’ for small, high street shops, the newly-appointed chairman of the Pet Industry Federation says.

Lily’s Kitchen has won Best Small Stand for its ‘controversial cat food stand’ at Crufts.

Natural Pet Products, distributor of New Zealand pet food ZiwiPeak will be showcasing the brand’s new packaging and varieties at PATS Sandown.

A Staffordshire bull terrier from Jersey proved he was a ‘hot dog’ at Crufts when he was crowned winner of the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year.

TastyBone, the UK manufacturer of nylon and rubber chews and toys, has launched a new flavour, adding a sweet treat for dogs to its ever-growing range of nylon bones.

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