Leading pet retailer PamPurred Pets has voiced its support for the forthcoming Pet Industry Forum & Awards and emphasised the importance to the whole industry of manufacturers getting behind the event.
Pedigree has partnered with the award-winning ITV series Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs. The deal will see Pedigree become the fully integrated sponsor of the new series, and follows Paul O’Grady as he helps staff to rehome dogs at The Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Crufts winner undertakes 130-mile walk for charity
One of the best known dogs of 2013, Crufts Best in Show winner Jilly, will be joined by celebrities and stars of the two- and four-legged variety as she and her owner, Gavin Robertson, undertake a 130-mile sponsored walk to raise money for charities.
Puppy buyers no longer need to be duped by rogue breeders, says the Kennel Club, which has become the only organisation in the UK to receive UKAS accreditation to certify breeders who belong to its Assured Breeder Scheme.
Rehabilitation is a growing field of pet health care in the US that aims to help animals cope with physical problems such as knee or back trouble by improving strength and flexibility, possibly decreasing the need for medication.
According to the PDSA Wellbeing report, rabbit owners get more satisfaction from giving their pet a treat than dog owners do, with 56% saying it makes them feel happy and 45% saying it makes them feel caring.
The story of trading for independent retailers in the first quarter of the year was related in the comments made by bira members in the trade association’s latest survey as much as in the numbers collected, with 39 of the 72 statements including the word ‘weather’.
Large companies such as Google and Amazon – and of course many in the pet trade – have been allowing dogs in the workplace on a regular basis, and now the BBC’s This Week programme has a resident canine.
Wallace Cameron celebrated the launch of its pet first aid course in style, with dog owners and people from the pet industry turning up to discover more about the course and enjoy the evening’s celebrations.
The Royal Bath & West of England Society marks its 150th anniversary this year, celebrates a 70% rise in UK female farriers, and hosts the finals of the British Farrier and Blacksmith Association National Championships.
The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) has returned from a trade mission to Equitana, Germany, where it accompanied a group of 35 exhibitors and also promoted goods and services for companies unable to attend.
In light of the increasing popularity of the annual Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum in recent years and to celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary, the event will move to a bigger venue in London and opens its doors to a wider audience.
Cat owners are being encouraged to watch their cats for a day and then report their observations to the UK's first national CatWatch survey. The aim is to understand how cats use their home and garden, and to spot where improvements can be made to their world, potentially for the benefit of the entire neighbourhood.
Man’s best friend has now become our travelling companion, too! It’s official, a new survey by MedicAnimal.com reveals that the nation’s eight million pooches have become quite the seasoned travellers.
Court jails 'puppy farmer' and hands him pet shop ban
A man who admitted neglecting 57 dogs while running an illegal puppy farm has been jailed for eight months, banned from having any contact with animals for 10 years, and banned from owning pet shops for five years.
A video showing a group of dogs doing the Harlem Shake has gone viral. The Harlem Shake is a video-based Internet meme in which people (and now animals) perform a spontaneous comedic dance to the song ‘Harlem Shake’ by American DJ and producer Baauer.
A campaign to have food for assistance dogs classified as VAT-free – in common with other working dog foods – has been declared redundant by the founder of a leading pet food company, who says such foods are already exempt.
In light of the increasing popularity of the annual Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum in recent years and to celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary, the event is moving to a bigger venue in London and opening its doors to a wider audience.
A new free on-line service from the Kennel Club, MyKC, will give a lifetime of support to puppy seekers, dog owners and breeders by providing exclusive access to official Kennel Club registration records through their own personalised homepage, as well as unique tools to keep information about their dogs all in one place.
January is the second busiest month of the year for Kennel Club Breed Rescues, only slightly behind December. But according to the Kennel Club, only 1.5% of dogs needing help are a result of their being unwanted Christmas presents. Most are victims of the January blues and relationship break-ups.
Freelance veterinary physiotherapist Helen Morrell, from Surrey Vet Physio, has produced easy-to-follow instructional videos, showing stretching exercises and massage techniques used in her physiotherapy sessions.
A hard-hitting campaign backed by leading UK animal charities and Excel manufacturer Burgess Pet Care is seeking to eliminate ‘dangerous’ muesli products from the pet food aisles in the wake of new veterinary research.
Young entrepreneurs go back to basics with new food
Childhood friends Daniel Valdur Eha and Mat Cockroft, who were raised on a small Yorkshire farm on home-grown fruit and vegetables, say they have ‘gone back to basics’ in launching a dog food range made entirely from fresh, raw, human grade ingredients.
The Kennel Club, BVA and BSAVA have welcomed a report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Select Committee, which aims to reduce dog attacks and improve dog welfare – but say it missed an opportunity to take a tougher stance on puppy farmers.
The Equine Sector Council for Health and Welfare has launched the horse owners’ passport survey – the first step in a two-stage consultation that will build a case for a transformation of the horse passport system in the UK, by first identifying the problems.
A world-first collaboration was launched last month as Petlog, the UK’s largest lost-and-found database for microchipped pets, united with DogLost, the UK’s premier lost-dog organization, and Scanner Angel, the UK’s only microchip scanner network.
This March has seen a complete revitalisation of the James Wellbeloved dry cat food range, with the introduction of three new functional foods along with streamlining of the main range and No Cereal kibble product.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is reminding pet owners to keep all chocolate well away from dogs, puppies and other pets this Easter. Although awareness about chocolate poisoning is increasing among dog owners, vets are still seeing urgent cases because chocolate treats have not been secured out of reach.
Large breed dogs age faster than small breed dogs, and larger breeds risk of death increases more with age than it does for small breeds, according to a recent US study of 56,000 dogs representing 74 breeds.
Abandoned Border Collie puppy Belle had her life changed around, thanks to her owner Helen Jones from Rotherham. Together, the pair have achieved the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Gold Award, the highest award of the UK’s largest dog training programme, and are now forging a successful dog agility career together.
Animal charities have called on the Government to change current legislation governing dangerous dogs following the death of 14-year-old Jade Anderson, who was mauled by four dogs at a friend’s home while eating a meat pie.
Last week’s Budget delivered on two of the three suggestions put forward by the British Independent Retailers Association – action on National Insurance and Corporation Tax, but kept the pressure on high street retailers by pressing ahead with a 2.6% increase in business rates.
British Dog Grooming Championship aims high in 2013
The Pet Industry Federation has announced plans for the biggest British Dog Grooming Championship yet and the launch of a new consumer dog show, Paws at Bingley, taking place this year on Sunday, October 6, at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground.
“Disgusting, appalling and totally illegal” is how Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare, describes the treatment of horses at one of Britain’s main equine slaughterhouses as was revealed in footage obtained by a Sky News investigation and aired in January.
The Pet Care Trust – the charitable arm of the Pet Industry Federation – has appointed Paul Miley as its new chairman. Paul, managing director of Burgess Pet Care, is helping to drive the Pet Care Trust’s new direction.
Mark Tossell was named Best Representative 2013 in the Pet Product Retail Association Awards at PATS Sandown this afternoon. It is the second time Mark has won this award, on this occasion representing Nature’s Way in the South West.
The newly-named Pet Industry Federation has announced details of the Pet Industry Forum & Awards 2013, taking place at Chesford Grange Hotel, in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, on Thursday and Friday, October 17-18.
Dodson & Horrell will be part of this summer's Coronation Festival in the gardens at Buckingham Palace, a one-off event for holders of Royal Warrants to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen's Coronation.
Disinfectant Zoflora's hat-trick at London Pet Show
Disinfectant Zoflora is sponsoring the London Pet Show for the third year running. The home hygiene experts will be headlining the World of Cats, Cat Talks and the Animal Action Arena over the two-day event at Earls Court Two.
Pet Brands has brought out a new collection of clothing and accessories. The company says the range caters to growing consumer demand for fashionable pet accessories and comprises bedding, clothing, toys & accessories in a choice of three brands.
Butcher’s Pet Care is back on TV this month with a new advert for its meaty Lean & Tasty range of dog food which has less fat and fewer calories, as well as added L-carnitine to help dogs convert fat into energy.
KBF99 (Kills Bacteria and Fungus 99%) Grooming Kits not only help to protect horses from illness and disease, they also reduce scurf (without the use of chemicals) and promote a healthy shiny hair coat, says its manufacturer.
Beaphar Kitty Milk is a tailored replacement milk feed for kittens. Formulated in line with scientific advances in feline nutrition, this palatable feed provides kittens with all the necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins and oils that they need.
Poultry Zest, from the makers of Verm-X, is the first pelleted spice and mineral supplement for poultry owners. It is a nutritional supplement that its makers say can improve the all-round condition and performance of poultry, ducks, geese, turkeys and game birds.
The team at North Nottinghamshire-based Alpha Feeds has been celebrating the success of sled dog expert Pete Jones, after his triumph at this year’s Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain’s Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.
Leading European internet pet retailer Zooplus has switched its on-line payment processing to global multi-channel payment company Adyen in a bid to increase regional sales and support rapid international growth.
Visitors to PATS Sandown can expect to see an impressive selection of new products for 2013 with a record number of more than 160 exhibitors unveiling their latest creations when the event opens on Tuesday, March 19.
Official registrations of ‘wolf type’ dog breeds – popularised by films such as Twilight and Game of Thrones – have dropped as rescue figures for these breeds continue to increase, leading to fears that unscrupulous breeders are cashing in on the latest canine craze.
The British Dog Groomers’ Association has come out fighting in defence of dog groomers following a spate of negative articles in the national press. With headlines such as ‘How your family pet could be maimed or killed by dog groomers’, the BDGA is keen to provide balance to the reports focusing on recent tragedies involving grooming salons.
With spring finally here and an ever-increasing demand from consumers for confidence and traceability in the food they eat, a livestock supplier is recommending pet retailers consider stocking chickens.
A challenge to the role of SQP animal medicines advisors by the British Veterinary Association is ‘without foundation’, says the Secretary General of the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA).
Eleven British pet product firms exhibitied at this month’s Global Pet Expo, the largest North American trade show for the pet care sector, and early reports indicate that major inroads were made into US and other overseas markets
Safeguards for horses in light of horsemeat scandal
Representatives from across the horse sector have welcomed a commitment from Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on a number of measures to help protect the food chain and provide greater protection for horses.
Orijen has reformulated its dry pet food range using a new 'whole prey' concept, incorporating not only fresh muscle meat but also organ meat, cartilage and marrow to mirror the variety of meats that dogs and cats would naturally hunt in the wild.
Next time you ’re asked to do a name tag, don’t be surprised if it’s for a dog called Chicken-Fish or a cat named Pickywickywoowoo, as these are just some of the weird and wonderful names people are bestowing on their pets.
On-line shopping site The Microfibre Store is celebrating after scooping the Pet Product of the Year 2013 title in the Innovation Awards at the equine trade show BETA International at NEC, Birmingham this week.
Heddon’s Mouth in Exmoor National Park has long been a favourite with walkers – in fact, the Romantic poets Wordsworth, Coleriedge and Shelley often walked this stretch of Coast Path, taking inspiration from the landscape as they went.
A pedigree puppy stolen from a pet shop during a late-night ram raid has been found – but three other pups are still missing. The shih tzu was returned safe and well, and two days later was sold to a young family.
A reptile breeder faces prosecution by Doncaster Borough Council following the sale of a snake in June last year. The case is the first time a breeder has been charged under Section 2 of the 1951 Pet Animals Act, which prohibits sale of pets from street markets and public places.
The English Setter has come off the Kennel Club’s list of native dog breeds that could be at risk of extinction after registrations increased by 25% in 2012, in a year that saw a celebration of all things British.
Eleven British petcare product firms will be travelling to Florida at the end of the month to exhibit at Global Pet Expo as part of a UK group organised by PetQuip, the UK-based international trade association for pet equipment suppliers.
Charities have welcomed the news that all dogs in England will have to be microchipped from April 6, 2016, with the Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home saying they will offer a free microchipping service. The Kennel Club has pledged to gift microchip scanners to every local authority in England and Wales in support of the decision.
Two TV celebrities will make an appearance at BETA International 2013 – Countryfile presenter, ecologist and journalist Ellie Harrison and actress Claire King, famed for her role as glamorous Kim Tate in ITV’s rural soap, Emmerdale.
National Nest Box Week, which this year runs from February 14-21, was organised by the British Trust for Ornithology to encourage people to create homes for wild birds in their gardens. It is the ideal time to stock and promote a wide variety of bird boxes.
To highlight the first multi-pet insurance comparison service, Confused.com has developed a Facebook app that enables animal lovers to create personalised comic strips that they can share with their friends and followers, allowing owners to have some fun by imagining the types of conversations their pets might have behind their backs.
£3 million saved after OATA steps in over plant ban
DEFRA has banned the sale of five aquatic plants, but intervention by trade association OATA has seen a further three plants removed from the list. Sales of these three plants are estimated to be in the region of £3 million.
The Bestway Group, owner of Batleys and the Best Pets brand, has announced annual turnover up by 6.8% to £2.5 billion from £2.3bn in 2011. Profits for the group’s wholesale businesses were down from £60.2m to £59.2m, however – partly due to the economic climate and partly to acquisitions and the set-up costs of two new depots.
Increasingly, errors in pet medication labelling, dosing and administration are leading to dangerous and sometimes lethal consequences for pets, according to the Food and Drug Administration in the US.
The Lord Whisky Sanctuary Fund, a charity set up in 1981 to support the Park House Animal Sanctuary, in Stelling Minnis, Kent, is holding its annual Fur, Feather & Exotic Exhibition on Saturday, February 23, and is looking for new exhibitors.
Billy+Margot has moved to a new supplier to cope with soaring demand for its iced treats for dogs. New Forest Ice Cream is now making the unique range of non-dairy iced treats under the Billy+Margot name.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get fit this year, then dog walking is a great way of increasing physical activity and may help reduce rates of obesity, making pets the ideal fitness partner for the year ahead, says Mars Petcare.
The Forget Me Not Farm Complete Chaff comes in pretty, pink packaging, sporting a picture of Vanilla, the brand’s chief taster. The low-sugar chaff provides a balanced diet without the need for any extras.
Key industry figures will challenge the audience, the cream of UK independents, with their views on changing consumer habits, on-line retail, implementing the Portas Report and the future of the High Street. Doubtless they will be challenged right back by independents in the discussions that follow.
Butcher’s Pet Care’s new range of Lean & Tasty complete dog food contains less fat and calories, and has added L-carnitine to help dogs convert fat into energy. So even if owners carry on feeding their dog the same quantity as before, their dog will get 30% less fat.
From breakfast table to the wild bird table, CJ Wildlife has introduced peanut butter for birds. Produced in the UK, this blend of super-high calorie peanut butter is specially formulated for garden birds to give them a high-energy boost throughout the year.
Interpet has pledged to work within the best practice principles of the highly-regarded Investors in People Standard by strengthening its employee support and focussing on the ongoing improvement of the business.
Millions of pets' needs neglected, warns PDSA report
A new animal welfare report by veterinary charity PDSA suggests that millions of UK pets are more aggressive, overweight and misunderstood due to fundamental gaps in pet owners’ animal welfare knowledge.
Pet Schedule is a new online pet scheduling service for grooming salons, mobile groomers, sitters, kennels, dog walkers and doggy day care. Developed by Pet Star, it allows users to schedule appointments and manage clients.
K9 Competition is a new range of shampoos and conditioners from Sweden. K9 manager Christer Johansson said: “K9 Competition sets a totally new, higher standard in coat care for dogs and cats. It is time saving, quick drying and a supreme detangler with long-lasting effect. It is easy to use and you will get immediate, stunning results every time.”
DeZynaDog has released a new range of colours for its Automatic Dog Drying Machine. Previously available only in fiberglass white, the Special Editions are available in a variety of glittering colours – literally.
The number of groomers visiting the Pet and Aquatics Trade Show (PATS) at both venues in Sandown and Harrogate has increased by 56% since the first PATS event in 2009. The number of groomers who visited Harrogate 2012 alone increased by 18% on those who visited the 2011 show.
Radio Systems Corporation, owner of PetSafe, has acquired Lucky Litter LLC, maker of ScoopFree litter boxes and cartridges as well as award-winning FroliCat pet toys. Lucky Litter LLC products are sold under the brand name Brilliant Pet.
The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (KCAI) and Purina PRO Plan have joined forces to deliver a programme of education, guidance and support to professionals working with dogs via a series of regional and national events.
ABBEY England is to sponsor the Champagne Bar at BETA International 2013 under its Equus brand – a range of rubber-based boots and the latest acquisition for the company, which holds a Royal Warrant for the supply of saddlery workshop materials to the Royal Mews.
Call for global monitoring of infectious diseases in dogs and cats
A new study recommends that a global system is needed to monitor infectious diseases of companion dogs and cats. At the moment, international health agencies monitor diseases for humans and livestock, not dogs and cats.
Company of Animals' MD to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro for charity
Steve Driver, managing director of The Company of Animals, is tackling the challenge of climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise money for three charities – Dogs For The Disabled, Limbcare and FairTunes.
Ceva is calling for nominations to its annual Animal Welfare Awards. Whether you are, or know of, a veterinary surgeon who has dedicated his/her life to improving animal welfare, or a veterinary nurse who goes above and beyond the call of duty, Ceva is seeking as many nominations as possible ahead of the February 15 deadline.
Town & Country Petfoods, maker of HiLife petfood, is following the launch of its ultra premium range, HiLife Indulge Me!, with a new super-premium range called HiLife tempt me! The brand offers a choice of pouches, cans and packet cat food.
The Shop and Display Equipment Association (sdea) is celebrating 65 years of serving the retail display industry with the launch of a new-look website in acknowledgment of the huge shifts in retail design, thinking, style and approach.
With indicators pointing upwards but retail statistics indicating that any recovery is still very fragile, bira direct has reported its second-best turnover month in more than six decades of trading – and in advance of the traditionally higher Christmas months of November and December.
The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) 2012 Conference was declared a resounding success as more than 70 delegates arrived to hear a programme of topical presentations and catch up with industry contacts.
Horses need more protection against spread of disease
Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare, urged the public at the charity’s annual conference to recognise the contribution horses make to the economy, culture and society, and urgently called for the government to better protect British horses from the spread of disease.
New fully mobile veterinary physiotherapy service Surrey Vet Physio has launched in the south-east, providing a range of therapies for equines and canines in Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire – and further afield by special arrangement.
A paperback offers practical advice and expert opinion on helping dogs cope with arthritis. With colour photographs, the 80-page ‘My Dog has Arthritis’ by Gill Carrick also features case histories and owner insights. RRP £9.99.
Veterinary associations have told a committee of MPs that the Dog Advisory Council should be made into a regulatory body, and that legislation on dog breeding must be updated to ensure the future health and welfare of dogs and puppies.
Twelve horses made it through to the jump off at the Speedi-Beet Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) Grade C Championship, but it was Tim Davies and Allure III that secured top spot with a jump-off time of 35.86 seconds.
Long Paws, importers of the lick ‘n’ flow dog water bottle, will be supporting Pup Aid through its charity auctions. Pup Aid, a charity started by Marc Abraham (Marc the vet), works to raise awareness about the UK’s puppy farming trade.
Although ZooVetExpo 2013 has a strong zoo and veterinary focus, it is also looking to develop the pet trade in Ukraine. As such, it hopes to attract a strong contingent of international exhibitors of pet and veterinary products.
A new ‘coffee table’ book, Pets at the White House, chronicles the lives of America’s presidential pets from 1961 to today, mixing stories and pictures that show the role pets have played in life at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Charity Pet Blood Bank UK has linked up with online community PetNet (www.petnet.co.uk) to raise awareness that dogs and cats have blood types, just like humans, and that knowing this blood type can help save lives.
Horseware Ireland will sponsor the Fashion Show at BETA International 2013. Famed for its equine rugs and technical rider clothing, Horseware Ireland has exhibited at the trade fair for more than 20 years.
You can’t wipe the smile from Kelly Newbold’s face. Following her win as Retailer of the Year at September’s Pet Industry Awards, one of her treats suppliers stepped forward with the offer of an exclusive own-label product.
The Kennel Club is releasing branded Doggee waste-bag holders, from Baggee. Available in green and orange, they have the Kennel Club logo printed on one side and a key chain that clips easily to dog leads or keys, and stores multiples of any type of waste bag.
The contribution made by millions of animals in military conflicts was remembered last Friday, November 9, as dogs, horses and even a mule attended a special remembrance service at the Animals in War monument on London’s Park Lane.
Alison Rogers was named 2012 Groomer of the Year at the British Dog Grooming Championship, winning with a purebred scissor bichon frise and a clipped/stripped springer spaniel. Runner-up was Linda Barker and third place went to Mike Wildman.
One of the only dog and cat toy collections worldwide to deliver the major categories of toys in unique patent-pending designs is now available in the UK. Interpet will be the only company to distribute the Chomper brand collections to the UK market following its successful US launch.
Just a week before her wedding, Ali Fell, who runs Brighton Dog Training and has worked at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for eight years, was named as the UK’s first Kennel Club Accredited Instructor in Rescue and Re-homing.
Pet stores across the East Coast of the US are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as flooding has wrecked stock and fittings, power outages have hindered fish tank circulation and business has ground to a halt in evacuated areas.
Following reports of a woman who was prosecuted by the RSPCA after she accidentally killed her cat by giving it painkillers meant for humans, the Blue Cross is reminding pet owners of common poisons for cats.
From sheep racing and award-winning livestock to giant vegetables and local food produce, visitors turned out in their thousands to support the Autumn Show at the East of England showground at Peterborough.
BETA International’s free coaches are back for 2013 with an extended service for transporting visitors to the show. The new arrangement will see additional coaches leaving Norwich, Ipswich, Peterborough and London, joining those travelling from Exeter and Carlisle.
Manufacturer breaks world record for giving food away!
The team at Mars Petcare, in Waltham, Leicestershire, has officially become Guinness World Record breakers during their annual Customer Development and Marketing Conference as the company set the record for the most pet food donated to charity in 24 hours.
Dartmouth-based TV explorer and expert diver Monty Halls, whose adventures with his dog Reuben are captured in the hit TV series Great Escapes, is getting behind a new competition to find the Best Dog Walk on the South West Coast Path.
The Kennel Club, with the support of the Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association, is inviting dog breeders and enthusiasts to a day of talks and discussions on health issues and how advances in science could benefit dogs and their owners.
The Pet Care Trade Association is launching a new cat grooming qualification at the British Dog Grooming Championship at the Kennel Club Building in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Sunday (October 28).
Pet food firm fined £10,000 for dumping dog biscuits
A pet food company has been fined £10,000 for illegally dumping 18 tonnes of dog biscuits. But the manufacturer insists that all packaging had first been removed – to be disposed of in landfill – and the biscuits were biodegradable.
The Kennel Club and the National Dog Warden Association have launched the UK’s first qualification for dog wardens, recognised by City & Guilds, which will set a national standard for those who enforce responsible dog ownership legislation.
Burns rebrands dry dog food range - and knocks takeover rumours on the head!
Burns Pet Nutrition has rebranded and repackaged its entire dry dog food range to make it simpler to understand. Crucially, all formulations and ingredients remain the same, says marketing manager Steve Chilvers.
Award-winning dog groomer and competition judge Colin Taylor has opened his own dog grooming training school in London. The Colin Taylor Academy operates from the premises of Just Barking, an upmarket salon and pet boutique in Kensal Rise, North West London.
Dorwest encourages retailers to fight fireworks fears
Many pet owners are unaware of a whole range of proven methods for tackling their pets’ fears of fireworks, according to Dorwest Herbs, which is making a big effort to spread the word with its annual Dorwest Say Relax fireworks phobia campaign.
There are just two days left to enter if you would like to compete in the 2012 British Dog Grooming Championship at The Kennel Club Building in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Sunday, October 28. Entries close on Friday, October 12.
'Freakish' weather fails to dampen commitment to traceability
Harvest key to Despite the weather playing havoc with the harvest this year, farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson is delighted with his wheat crop – particularly as much of it will be put to good use in his range of poultry feed with leading animal feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell.
Pet product manufacturer Radio Systems Corporation has opened a new European head office in Dundalk, Ireland, which will create 56 new jobs over the next three years. The investment is supported by the Irish Government with the aid of IDA (Industrial Development Agency) Ireland.
Details have just been announced for a new national pet show, this time to be staged in Warwickshire. The Pet Show 2013 will take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from July 20-21, 2013, and organisers say they aim to attract 20,000 visitors over the two days.
Awareness of different types of business finance is very low among small and medium-sized businesses, with most continuing to rely on traditional bank overdrafts or personal sources of cash for additional funding.
Peregrine's 'Dave for a Day' provides reptile experience
At the recent Peregrine Livefoods’ open day to celebrate the reptile sepcialist’s 25th anniversary, director Dave Perry was auctioned off to the highest bidder for a day to raise money for Jersey’s Durrell Institute.
Europe’s leading on-line pet retailer, Zooplus, has confirmed that it is investigating the possibility of setting up a logistics centre within the UK, but that a decision will not be made until the end of this year or the beginning of next. No site has as yet been identified.
Failings at several Pets at Home stores were exposed last night when BBC’s Watchdog went under cover in eight of its outlets across Britain. Some 4.8 million people watched the episode and by the end of the programme, more than 500 people had called in with further complaints about the pet retail chain, prompting host Anne Robinson to promise to return to the story at a later date.
This week’s show was the biggest and busiest PATS to date, with more than 170 exhibitors covering three completely full halls at Harrogate International Centre and 1,813 pet retailers visiting over the two days.
Lily's Kitchen tops ethical rankings for fourth year running
Lily’s Kitchen, the organic and holistic pet food, has once again won the award for best pet food brand in the latest edition of The Good Shopping Guide – the world leader in providing ‘ethical’ shopping information. For the fourth consecutive year, Lily’s Kitchen has scored the maximum points.
Nestle Purina to supply direct to 'some' retailers
Nestlé Purina will from January offer some retailers the opportunity to purchase direct rather than through wholesalers. The company stresses that it remains committed to its wholesalers and will continue to distribute via them.
SureFlap webinar gives insight into feline routines
Turf wars often end up with an injured cat in the surgery. SureFlap, the microchip pet door company, has been told by vets that they often ‘prescribe’ a selective entry cat flap to help reduce stress caused by conflict. So SureFlap has teamed up with animal behaviourist Jon Bowen, BVetMed DipAS(CABC) MRCVS, to understand how simple modifications to the cat’s environment can improve its quality of life.
Oster sponsors Pet Specialist Service of the Year Award
Oster Animal Care Products has announced its sponsorship of the Pet Industry Award’s Pet Specialist Service of the Year Award, which is taking place at the Puma Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on Sunday, September 16
Chewdles treat producer Fold Hill Foods is branching out into the complete food sector. Chewdles is launching Meaty Dinners – a moist, meaty complete, and also a range of complete dog food containing moist chunks and country vegetables.
With the opening of PATS Harrogate 2012 just days away, a team of retail specialists is gearing up to judge the winners of the show’s Retailers’ Choice New Product Awards. You can see all the entries at www.petbusinessworld.co.uk
Burgess Pet Care has said it was surprised by Crown Pet Food’s decision to withdraw from pet wholesalers. In a statement, it said: “Over the years, Crown Pet Foods have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with these wholesalers.
IAMS is launching a collection of limited-edition Christmas flavours this month. The 1kg Cat and 3kg Small/Medium Dog bags will contain a recipe dry mix flavoured with turkey, wrapped in eye-catching red and green Christmas-themed packaging.
Pet healthcare specialist Bob Martin has invested in a six-figure sponsorship deal with ITV1’s new prime time show For the Love of Dogs. Putting Battersea Dogs and Cats Home centre stage, the new show is hosted by pet lover Paul O’Grady.
TopLife Formula, the range of pet milk products from speciality dairy Delamere Dairy was named as a finalist in this year’s GIMA awards. Just missing out on the winner title, TopLife Formula was a runner-up in the Export Achievement Award category.
Fifteen more towns and localities have won Portas Pilot status, and the British Independent Retailers Association (bira), which has members in every single one, has pledged its continuing support to revive their localities.
Having recently refreshed and revamped its award-winning dog food range, Natural Instinct has launched a five-strong range for cats that includes Wild Game Bird, Venison, and Wild Rabbit in addition to the more traditional Chicken & Beef and Lamb & Chicken.
Visitor pre-registrations for the PATS Harrogate September show are at an all-time high, and the PATS team wants to ensure the show’s visitors are not only inspired by what’s on offer, but also comfortable and refreshed!
The first SQP animal medicine advisor has passed AMTRA’s Avian Module. Jacqui Lowth, who first qualified as an SQP in 1998 and works for Hampshire-based saddlery store Norris of Beaulieu, enrolled to add the new avian module to her qualification in March.
K9 Natural is now available in beef flavour from Pedigree Wholesale. K9 Natural is a 100% natural, raw, freeze-dried dog food, which is based on the actual diet of the domestic dog’s closest relative, the grey wolf.
China’s pet market is booming. Around 40 million pets are already being kept in the country and the number is rising by an incredible 20% each year, indicating the extent of opportunities available to the international pet trade in China.
Bestpets has launched a loyalty scheme for pet owners, who can collect up to six soft pet toys as part of a collectors scheme. The initiative is open to retailers who are members of the Bestpets Local Retail Club. Customers who now shop at a Bestpets local store will receive a loyalty card, which is stamped every time they spend £20.
Was there a secret weapon to Team GB's Olympics success?
Forget dope tests – psychologists and the Kennel Club are claiming that increased levels of happy hormone dopamine, which is triggered by stroking dogs, could have been crucial to the winning formula used by Team GB athletes.
The latest Business Insolvency Index from Experian revealed that in June, 0.08% of the business population failed – a small improvement from the 0.09% recorded in both the previous month (May) and also in June 2011.
Royal Canin launches 2012 Weigh-in Club competition
Royal Canin has launched its second ‘Weigh-in Club’ competition to help cats and dogs lose weight safely. Back by popular demand, after more than 170 registrations last year, the competition aims to reward vet nurses who work with their clients to effectively tackle pet obesity.
Dogs can suffer from many different health ailments: from dental disease, joint pain, lack of flexibility and skin allergies. These are all issues that affect dogs of varying different ages. Using years of expertise and experience, Beaphar has developed a range of nuggets – healthy treats to help combat these specific health issues.
ChapelWood has launched a new range of products for the 2012/2013 season. Highlights include new top-of-the-range Suet Treats, ChapelWood Finest Suet Balls 50 Tub, plus colourful Fun Feeders and an innovatively designed new promotional unit.
Independent traders in the Yorkshire town of Beverley have joined forces to start their own campaign, Independentbeverley.co.uk, a new website designed to celebrate and promote the diverse range of shops in the town to both locals and visitors.
MARS Petcare US has voluntarily recalled three Pedigree Weight Management canned dog food products in America due to possible contamination with plastic fragments that inadvertently entered the food during production.
At Beaphar change is afoot, or should we say paw? Retailers will soon be seeing the company’s new, exciting packaging across its range of cat treats – Beaphar Cat Nip, Beaphar Malt Bits, Beaphar Salmon Bits and the Beaphar Vit Bits.
The Kennel Club has submitted its formal response to the Welsh government’s consultation on compulsory microchipping of dogs, and is calling for all interested parties and individuals to do the same to help determine the future of microchipping legislation in Wales.
Vets, scientists and veterinary students carrying out innovative research to help to improve dog health have the chance to receive funding and an award for their work, thanks to the launch of the largest veterinary awards in Europe.
Burns Pet Nutrition has won the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award for Wales 2012. This annual competition recognises the positive work of farmers who use sympathetic farming methods to create wildlife habitat
Verm-X nuggets for rabbits have been carefully formulated and produced to give domestically kept lagomorphs and rodents not only the highly palatable and powerful Verm-X natural intestinal hygiene control formulation, but also an overall high-fibre healthy treat.
Canny Tynesiders get campaign off to a flying start
Eager dog owners made sure the first Canny Company training day at Jollyes pet superstore was a resounding success. The Jollyes store in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne sold out of many sizes of the Canny Collar on the day thanks to extensive press coverage beforehand.
Verm-X Cat Crunchies are a super-premium treat with the added Verm-X feline formula. As well as controlling intestinal hygiene, whilst being gentle on the digestive system, the addition of the garlic ingredient can be used alongside conventional pest treatment to deter fleas, ticks, lice and other pests.
Having owned and run a successful pet shop, its owners noticed how customers kept asking the same questions about dog food again and again. “People did not know exactly what they were feeding their dogs, and they often found title ingredients did not dominate recipes,” they said.
The British High Street has become ‘irrelevant’ and must ‘reinvent itself’ as a hub for niche retailers and community activities, with retailers thinking collaboratively to create somewhere that people want to be.
More than 200 groomers attended the first Grooming Matters event at Hadlow College in Kent. Sponsored by Aesculap and English Groomers Group, a full day of activities gave groomers the chance to watch and learn from some of the country’s top groomers and industry specialists.
Aesculap has officially launched its scholarship scheme. The scheme, an initiative developed with Groom Team England, will give five lucky groomers the chance to further their careers. The five lucky winners will receive:
United Airlines recently notified passengers that pets are no longer permitted in the cabin on flights to Mexico, citing Mexican laws. But, according to a report in the Washington Post, passengers ‘aren't buying it’.
Alternative treatments for pets such as veterinary acupuncture are growing in the US, with the market for such products and services taking up an increasingly large share of the billion-dollar pet industry.
HiLife launches trade-exclusive Natural Range for Dogs
Following on from the success of its pet trade-exclusive HiLife Nature’s Essentials range for cats, Town & Country Petfoods is relaunching its sister range, Nature’s Essentials Natural Dog pouches, again with the commitment that it will be sold exclusively through the pet trade.
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has launched a voluntary scheme for on-line veterinary medicines retailers to receive accreditation from the regulator so that animal owners can source medicines safely.
A display competition run by Dengie Horse Feeds throughout the Wynnstay Stores group has been won by the Ruthin, Denbighshire, branch, thanks to equine supervisor Huw Gruffydd, who devised an informative in-store feature to promote Dengie Healthy Hooves.
Younger, disagreeable people 'prefer aggressive dogs'
A study carried out at the University of Leicester’s School of Psychology has found that younger people who are disagreeable are more likely to prefer aggressive dogs, confirming the conventional wisdom that dogs match the personality of their owners.
Activists stage last minute bid to stop livestock sales at reptile event
The UK’s largest reptile breeders meeting went ahead at the weekend after an unprecedented last-minute legal battle. Lawyers for the International Herpetological Society sought to enforce a contract with Doncaster Dome after the venue attempted to impose a restriction on the sale of animals at the event.
Pedigree will be supporting Dental Care Month in June with a £2.3 million media campaign, including a fun TV advert featuring the successful ‘doggy dentures’ image, aimed at driving dog owners to take advantage of free oral care check-ups at participating vets.
This year sees Royal Canin’s second Summer of the Cat, a focus on cats throughout the coming months designed to bring more cat owners into the specialist pet trade. This year’s activity also coincides with more innovation to the company’s range for sterilised cats, to meet increasing demand from owners.
Brookside Pet Food buys Dicksons' Just Delicious brand
Following the liquidation of Dicksons Pet Food Limited, in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, and the subsequent retirement of Tony Dickson from the pet industry, Dicksons’ premium dog food brand, Just Delicious, will now be distributed by Cheshire-based Brookside Pet Food Limited.
After the success of the inaugural 2011 show, organisers The Scotsman Publications, part of the Johnston Press group, has confirmed that LovePets will return to The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, on September 1 and 2 this year.
Wholesome and holistic pet food company Lily’s Kitchen has developed a premium organic treat especially for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. This unique partnership is a first for both Lily’s Kitchen and Battersea, marking a pioneering move to encourage consumers to support the charity across a number of channels.
Next 'Meet the buyer' event follows British successes in Dubai
British suppliers of garden, leisure and pet products booked to attend the next Gardenex/PetQuip ‘Meet the Buyer’ day on June 20 are aiming to match the results of firms that took part in a previous event in the meet-the-buyer annual programme.
A dog lover has launched a business supplying gift hampers for pets. Peter Starbuck, of Worsley, Manchester, founded Woof Woof Hampers after he spotted a gap in the market for people who wanted to treat their pets to something special.
Nutritional supplements company Lintbells has sent its congratulations to Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey, and is especially pleased as it has been supporting the talented duo since last year.
Bob Martin recalls flea collar following French ban
Bob Martin is voluntarily recalling plastic flea collars containing three specific active ingredients (Diazinon, Propoxur and Chlorpyrifos) as a result of a decision by the French authorities to withdraw the licences of these products in France.
Preliminary research from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US finds workers who take their dogs to the office have less stress and more job satisfaction than those who don’t have pets or don’t take them to work.
Anthony Preston, entrepreneur and founder of Pets at Home, is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pet Industry Awards 2012, which coincides with PATS Harrogate, at Barceló Majestic Hotel on Sunday, September 16.
Jollyes pet superstore in Fallowfield, Manchester, held a special ferret event where customers – with a little help from nearly 50 ferrets and their owners – raised more than £220 for Bolton Ferret Welfare.
PetNet, home of the Park Bench and Scratching Post social communities for dog and cat owners, has announced the new PetNet Celebrity Pet Owner Awards 2012 in search of the UK’s favourite celebrity dog and cat owner.
US consumers have been steadily trading name brands for value in a host of areas, but they’re holding fast to brand names when it comes to feeding their pets, according to a report from Packaged Facts.
Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) 2012, which hops off on September 15, is calling on pet retailers to support this year’s campaign. The week offers free veterinary health checks for the nation’s rabbits, with particular focus on the need to get rabbits vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease.
New labelling regulations, social media, mycotoxins and research and development funding are just some of the hot topics to be discussed at this year’s BETA Feed Industry Conference, at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire on June 13.
Around 37,000 people from 115 countries visited Germany’s four-day pet trade exhibition, Interzoo 2012, which closed on Sunday. In total, 1,539 exhibitors from 53 countries took stands at the show over 100,000m², up 3% on the previous show in 2010.
Wetnoz pet products are to be distributed by 3P Enterprise. The range consists of Ultra Bowls, made from stainless steel and rubber in two sizes, and plastic studio scoop bowls, which come in three sizes and various colours.
More than 91,000 kitten owners across the UK are helping with the ‘Bristol Cats’ study, but even more kittens are needed to take part in the first study of its kind to investigate cat health, welfare and behaviour.
It’s going to be a busy summer according to Royal Canin with ‘Sprint into Summer’, a promotion designed to encourage dogs and owners to get active and drive sales of larger bags, along with the launch of a new product, Maxi Adult Body Condition.
The Company of Animals is searching for the best Pet Head in-store display as it launches its biggest competition yet with the ultimate prize of a trip to Las Vegas. The competition will run for three months from June 1.
The new SureFlap Microchip Pet Door is to be previewed at Interzoo. Following the success of its multi-award-winning cat flap, SureFlap’s unique microchip pet door is the first to be designed to meet the needs of large cats and small dogs with new features such as ‘curfew mode’.
Hatchwells has brought out a yoghurt treat for dogs. The Lancashire company describes Canovel Probiotic Yoghurt Treat for Dogs as ‘a highly palatable treat’ for intestinal health, which is ‘great for the immune system’.
The Pet Care Trade Association has appointed Keith Aldis, aged 52, as the new chair of the board. Keith’s credentials include experience at the highest level of trade and membership bodies, in addition to owning 17,001 pets himself –17,000 bees and one Labrador! He will take over from outgoing chairman Stephen Hampson on May 1.
Winners announced at Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare
After a nationwide search to find inspirational individuals who are passionate about companion animal welfare, Ceva Animal Health UK, manufacturer of veterinary behaviour products Feliway and Adaptil, has announced the winners of the first Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare.
GA, Europe’s largest super premium private label dry pet food manufacturer, has invested millions to be able to manufacture dry pet food using the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly methods.
The NEC Group has been awarded the sponsorship contract for Crufts for the second year running, after attracting a number of new and returning sponsors to the 2012 show, including brands such as Purina and Tesco’s Lathams.
As part of an on-going programme of investment, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers of wild bird care products, Walter Harrison’s, has installed an automated turnkey packing and palletising solution at its production facilities in Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire.
Gardman, supplier of garden sundry and wild bird care products to the garden centre industry, is launching a range of pet accessories including collars and leads, bedding, grooming products and treats.
More than one in three dog owners may have been duped into buying a puppy-farmed dog, many of which end up needing thousands of pounds of veterinary and behavioural treatment, according to new Kennel Club research.
The dog-related good deeds of the past 12 months were celebrated in London when the Kennel Club hosted a prize-giving ceremony to honour the winners of the annual Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Training Awards and the KC Dog Awards.
This week saw the start of James Wellbeloved’s Puppy Focus, a month’s celebration of puppies, with activity instore and on-line at www.wellbeloved.com. It will be followed by a Kitten Focus throughout May.
As part of an on-going programme of investment, Walter Harrison’s has installed an automated turnkey packing and palletising solution at its production facilities in Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire.
France fines manufacturers for pet food price fixing
France’s antitrust authority has fined Nestlé, Mars and Colgate-Palmolive €35.3 million (£29 million) for pressuring wholesalers to keep prices high for pet food in France, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The number of visitors to PATS Sandown has doubled since the two-day pet trade show launched three years ago. At close of play on Wednesday, March 21, a total of 1,708 pet retail visitors had attended the show – a 13.5% increase on PATS Sandown 2011.
PATS Sandown opened yesterday (Tuesday, March 20) and reported an increase in numbers of visitors – 892 pet retailers visited, a 13% increase on the first day of PATS Sandown 2011. The number of international visitors was up by 5% on last year.
Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club have launched the Puppy Plan, an initiative for dog breeders and owners that aims to give every puppy ‘the very best start in life’ to prevent behavioural problems later on.
Backer spring show to attract more than 6,000 visitors
More than 6,000 distributors, pet store owners and managers, boarding kennel operators, grooming professionals and specialty gift store owners are expected to attend H. H. Backer’s 24th Annual Pet Industry Spring Trade Show and Educational Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on April 18-20.
Equestrian trade show BETA International 2012 welcomed buyers and suppliers from around the globe, with 4,373 (5,087 with separate day re-entries) visitors for three days of business and networking opportunities.
Eukanuba encourages owners to take up '28 Day Challenge' and see the difference
Eukanuba is launching a ‘28 Day Challenge’ in which it is challenging pet owners to switch to Eukanuba from their current feed choice, and offering a 100% money-back guarantee if no improvement is seen within 28 days.
The facility enables trade wholesalers and retailers to download visual merchandising ideas, additional point-of-sale material, tips and suggestions to help promote Dog Rocks, their use and efficacy to customers.
A strong, even unexpected, finish to 2011 for independent retailers saw the highest proportion of bira members reporting a year-on-year increase for the quarter since the survey first began at the end of 2007.
P&G’s super-premium dog food, Eukanuba, has embarked on a three-year partnership with Crufts. The show was sponsored by rival brand Pedigree for more than 40 years until Mars Petcare pulled out in October 2008.
Hagen Avicultural Research Institute (HARI) today announced that it has donated food and funds to the Copan Maya Foundation of Honduras to help support its efforts to save the endangered native scarlet macaws.
Pedigree has launched its new Pedigree Range – three canned recipes that contain fish oil, marrowbone and wholegrain to provide different health benefits to dogs. The range will build on the brand’s reputation for nutritionally complete meals.
Abbey England, supplier of British hardware, leather and textiles for equestrian, country sports and manufacturing industries, has acquired Catras Leather, formerly owned by long-standing business associate Richard Stevenson, who sold the business to Abbey on his retirement.
Rumours have been circulating that this year’s Petindex is to be either scaled down massively or be altogether cancelled. But the organisers say they will be welcoming pet suppliers at the 2012 ‘as always’.
Businesses are urged to ‘Love Apprenticeships’ this year as Lantra, Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries, has created a free website that puts employers in touch with learners, helping to bring an apprentice into their workplace.
Sureflap, the microchip pet door company, has opened a business in New Zealand along with a regional webshop, which makes its microchip-operated cat doors more affordable both for direct and retail sales.
The PetQuip and Gardenex trade associations are continuing their series of Meet the Buyer days by bringing pet and garden product buyers from Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands to the UK to meet with British suppliers.
Today is ‘Happy, Big, Wet, Sloppy, Kisses Day’ for dog owners across the UK, according to Pedigree, which has sent a special Valentine’s Day message to its Facebook and Twitter fans to thank them for their support and to celebrate the unconditional love dogs share with us.
Fewer than half of the UK’s pet retailers now sell livestock, according to latest research. But this opens up an opportunity for the shops still selling pets to become ‘must-visit’ destinations for people wanting to see animals and ask advice.
Bumper grain harvests, but lower wild bird feed prices 'not a foregone conclusion' warns Cranswick
Total annual global grain production (excluding rice) in 2011 was up 64 million tonnes at 1,816 million tonnes, with maize hitting a record 853 million tonnes and wheat recording its second-highest yield of 683 million tonnes.