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An animal lover and Italian car enthusiast has left classic cars worth about £300,000 to the RSPCA.
Head of sales Bill Kimberling introduced Forthglade’s full sales team to visitors to the company’s stand at PATS Sandown.
A new range of fish treats for dogs – Dog gone fishin’ – launches next month (April).
Specialist wholesaler Trilanco has won the Family Business Award 2018 in the Lancashire Business View’s Red Rose Awards.
 PATS organisers hailed the first day of Sandown as ‘a huge success’ with a huge array of products across two busy halls at Sandown Park.
PATS celebrated its 10th anniversary at Sandown Park today and was presented with a special birthday cake by the Surrey venue.
The winners of the PATS Sandown 2018 New Product Awards, sponsored by pbwnews, were chosen by a team of nine expert pet retail judges first thing today (Tuesday) from more than 180 new products entered.
More than 100 veterinary delegates from the UK and Ireland and as far afield as mainland Europe, Canada and Mexico gathered for Royal Canin’s first Weight Management Congress in Nottingham.
It’s official: dogs are, well, top dogs on the Internet – at least when it comes to the battle with their feline counterparts.
Catipilla, a UK start-up based in Buckinghamshire, has developed a frame that helps cats to climb walls.
Manchester-based luxury pet bedding manufacturer Scruffs had another hectic Crufts at the NEC, Birmingham.
Eukanuba has revealed details of ‘new and improved nutrition’, which it says has been carefully tailored across each lifestage and breed size to support optimal body condition. 
Cotswold Raw has launched a ‘Healthy, Happy Dog’ campaign just in time for PATS Sandown, which opens tomorrow (Tuesday).
Armitage Pet Care has today welcomed a visit from Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion.
Raw food specialist Natures Menu is revealing a variety of special promotions at PATS Sandown this week, including introductory offers on new premium brand True Instinct.
Nylabone, the global dog chew pet brand, is to launch a range of edible wild-themed ‘snacks’ in the UK. 
Britain’s rabbits are at risk from the effects of poor nutrition, according to the organisers of Rabbit Awareness Week, who are calling on the public to address the issue with them as they announce the theme of their 2018 campaign.
An animal fosterer is taking on an epic – and messy – challenge to raise money for the RSPCA.
RCL Foods has opened a R150 million (£9m) pet food plant in Randfontein – one of the largest facilities of its kind in South Africa.
Pet cleaning product manufacturer Group55 has have added to its growing list of accolades by winning the International Achievement Award at the Red Rose Awards 2018 for the second year running – making it the only company to have won the award twice.
Trilanco has launched its 2018/19 trade catalogue featuring more than 16,000 pet, equine and agricultural products from more than 200 brands.
From cereal to sweets and even Lego and dolls’ heads – the Groom Room at Pets at Home has revealed the most unusual items found in the coats of its furry clientele.
The North East’s biggest veterinary group is set for expansion after £100,000 of investment to improve facilities at its Newcastle upon Tyne hospital. 
US entrepreneurs are biting fast on rare opportunities to own their own pet stores.
The Pet Industry Federation will be hosting a Business Lounge at PATS Sandown next week (March 20-21), where visitors will be able to speak to PIF staff about how membership benefits can help their businesses grow and thrive in an ever-changing market.
Trixie is stocking a range of pet ‘fitness’ products.
Raw pet food specialist Natures Menu has launched a social media bid to try and find its mascot’s dog costume, which was stolen after the Crufts dog show.
The winners of Frontline Pet Care’s Real Pets campaign have been given the ultimate VIP treatment, complete with styling from TV personality Gok Wan, who was on-set to primp and preen the pampered pooches and mollycoddled moggies at the winners’ photoshoot.
Americans’ growing appetite for health and wellness products is extending to their pets, says BarkBox CEO Matt Meeker.
Burns Pet Nutrition has won a coveted award from one of the UK’s biggest business associations.
A pet store has become the first Northumberland business to join an environmental initiative to reduce plastic waste.
PATS, the UK’s number one pet trade exhibition, enters its 10th year with two major shows lined up in 2018, starting at Sandown Park in Surrey next Tuesday (March 20) and followed by a second event at Telford in Shropshire in September. 
Natural, grain-free dog food and treat company Fenton and Charles is sponsoring the dogs of Team GB athletes Eilidh Doyle and Hannah Miley for 2018. 
TV presenter Matt Baker, host of The One Show and Countryfile, will be hosting the 2018 Ceva Animal Welfare Awards.
International Cat Care has just accredited its 1,000th veterinary clinic via its Cat Friendly Clinic programme.
Chilled pet food brand Freshpet has introduced three new products into its range of dog and cat food.
A Frozen dog food product has been recalled in 21 North American states.
Defra announced proposals to ban the use of the devices on Sunday morning (March 11) .
New research suggests the connection between man and his proverbial best friend is actually even closer than had previously been thought.
Cats are a hot topic in Westminster following the launch of the first All-Party Parliamentary Group dedicated to improving feline welfare.
A pet store that has been supplying shoppers and their furry friends in Amesbury, Wiltshire for more than three decades is to close its doors for the final time. 
When bad weather strikes it seems that UK shoppers turn to comfort food – and bird feed! 
Supreme Petfoods has brought its US sales and marketing functions in-house.
Elspeth Whyte, senior receptionist at Oak Tree Vet Centre, in Edinburgh, is starring in the title role in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ 
A charity has issued a warning to pet owners not to ‘decorate’ their animals with accessories or jewellery after veterinary staff had to cut a bangle from a cat’s neck. 
Premier EPOS is running a £30,000 giveaway offering seven prizes, comprising a first prize worth more than £20,000, a £7,500 second prize and five runners-up prizes worth more than £1,500 each. 
Official supporter Dorwest Herbs is having a busy Crufts this week.
Sales of Webbox Natural pet food have broken through the £4m barrier just 20 months after its launch, manufacturer Pets Choice has revealed.
More than half (52%) of British pet owners allow their pets to share their bed with them, new research by flea and tick treatment brand Frontline Plus has revealed.
Countrywide Farmers plc has gone into administration.
Luxury treat manufacturer The Innocent Pet Care Company has moved its rabbit and guineas pig treats into newly-designed, resealable pouches.
The RSPCA is educating children on how to spot dangers to wildlife, how to create the perfect habitat for an animal and where to find animals – via new online games. 
The Company of Animals has launched a charitable organisation to support dog-related causes around the world.
Pet care franchise Barking Mad – now part of the Franchise Brands plc group – has been short-listed for the Franchisor of the Year awards, in the brand awareness category, alongside Riverford Organic Farmers and Stage Coach Performing Arts.
Science Selective Hamster is launching an updated recipe and new-look packaging and there is also a new pack format for Supreme’s Bathing Sand, which will now be sold under the Tiny Friends Farm range.
AQUA 2019, the market-leading showcase for the UK’s water gardening and aquatics trade, will return to the Telford International Centre on October 16 and 17, 2019.
Kidderminster Dog Club and its award-winning agility team is preparing for another show-stopping performance at Crufts from tomorrow (March 8-11) – with the support of Fish4Dogs.
It can take longer to rehome an older animal in RSPCA care so the animal welfare charity is highlighting the benefits of adopting a ‘Golden Oldie’.
Yorkshire Cat Rescue has received the purr-fect gift – a cat run donated by local business Mars Petcare and Whiskas, giving the cats a much-needed place to play and exercise. 
To mark its 40th anniversary, HTC Health – an award-winning supplier of bulk health supplements, vitamins and minerals, sports nutrition, empty capsules and pet nutrition products – is offering one box of pet supplements free, with every four bought. 
Small business owner Tracy Messer of has received an award certificate from Theo Papthitis at his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) event held at Birmingham’s ICC.
Antos continues to expand its natural treat range, with the start of 2018 seeing the launch of two new products – a Peanut Butter Filled Antler and Premium Hide Pressed Bone.
Paratrooper Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, who is widely acknowledged as one of the most severely injured soldiers to survive the Afghan conflict, has been appointed as the new patron for the Scottish Terrier Emergency Care Scheme.
A former pet store devastated by a blaze in 2015 is due to go on the market later this year.
Lintbells, the Hertfordshire-based company that makes premium natural supplements for cats, dogs and horses, has been included in the Sunday Times list of the top 100 Best Small Companies to Work for. It is the first time the business has won the award and it is one of only two pet care companies to have made the list.
A pet shop received a counterfeit £20 note from a group of teenagers and had personal items stolen from the counter. 
Direct Food Ingredients, the UK’s largest privately-owned ingredient distributor, has broken all company forecasts by achieving sales of £21.2m in the year to December 2017. 
Scarsdale Vets has held its first alpaca blood donation event for local farmers, bringing BBC Countryfile to Markeaton, Derby.
Supreme Petfoods has a full programme of trade shows and veterinary conferences lined up throughout this year.
The sheepdog world was out in force for the English Nursery Finals at Castle Rising in Norfolk on Sunday (February 25).
One of the oldest pet stores in the country is on the market.
At least 200 specialist online stores don’t expect to survive the massive growth in returns this year.
Vital Pet Trade Specialist aims to make a big impact at PATS this year and says it will provide ‘an enhanced experience for retailers’. The stand will be doubling in size and the wholesaler is also taking over the Grandstand View overlooking the racecourse, where it will be joined by manufacturers offering exclusive promotions.
Loving Pets has launched its Totally Grainless all natural dental dog treats into Waitrose stores.
The British Veterinary Association has welcomed news that a ban on wild animals in travelling circuses will be in place in England within the next two years.
 Woof&Brew’s award-winning Pawsecco is now available in freeze pop form.
Specialist wholesaler Peregrine has suspended livefood deliveries due to the weather. Dry goods and frozen orders are not currently affected.
Wholesaler Bestpets and independent retailers throughout the country have been supporting their local communities by donating a Wild Bird Watching Starter Kit to primary schools.
Leading Yorkshire pet food brand Harringtons has unveiled a £1.5m campaign to raise brand awareness, its biggest marketing campaign yet.
Hilton Herbs is to distribute Ticks-Off spray in the UK and Europe.
Burns Pet Nutrition founder and vet John Burns has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Swansea Bay Business Awards on Friday, February 23.
Top-notch nutrition was the No.1 pledge by pet owners in response to Iams’ New Year campaign.
From this month (February), Felix, the UK’s No.1 selling pet food, is serving up As Good As It Looks Concoctions – a range of ‘surprising’ recipe combinations for cats, available in single-serve pouches.
A pioneering project is on a mission to spay as many cats as possible to tackle the over-breeding of kittens.
Wagging Tails’ Swindon franchisee, Hilary Coates, has reached the final of the Wiltshire Business of the Year Awards in the sector of Business Person of the Year. 
Leading dog-friendly holiday company PetsPyjamas has revealed its plans for expansion into Europe, and aims to sign up 1,000 new properties, with 500 in France and Italy by the end of the 2018. 
Danish Pet food brand Kingsmoor is now making dog and cat food using only renewable energy, with the aim of urging pet owners to make more climate-conscious choices.
British Equestrian Trade Association members are being called on to play a key role in BETA Safety Week, a new, annual awareness-raising initiative to highlight the importance of safety gear and equipment that is correctly fitted, fastened and up to standard.
Butternut Box, a UK-based subscription service for ‘home-cooked’ dog food, has raised £5m to develop new products and hire more staff.
Visitors to Vitalin Pet Food’s stand at PATS Sandown next month will be given 25% off all Vitalin and Alpha orders placed at the show – and will be in with a chance of winning a stockist package worth £500.
The team from Naturo Pet Foods, based in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, is attending Crufts – at the NEC, Birmingham from March 8-11 – for the third year running.  
New research by Webbox suggests that on average it costs more than £1,000 to raise a puppy during its first 12 months.
US pet food business J.M. Smucker has recalled certain lots of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy canned food for dogs this week after low levels of pentobarbital were found in some cans of Gravy Train.
Animal healthcare brand Frontline has launched an ‘everyday’ pet range.
Premium natural supplements business Lintbells will be showcasing its whole portfolio of products at PATS Sandown and offering a ‘buy-four-get-one-free’ promotion to all trade customers.
 Natural pet skin and coat care specialist WildWash has been awarded the Innovation and Excellence award for Best Pet Care Product of the Year for 2018 for the whole of Europe from Corporate Livewire.
Two nurses from a Hertfordshire veterinary practice are giving up their time outside normal duties to help dogs belonging to homeless people.
Radio Systems PetSafe Europe, has been named Best Workplace in Ireland 2018 by Great Place to Work Ireland, beating the second place it achieved in last year’s awards.  
The Kennel Club has signed up for a new three-year nutritional partnership with Purina PetCare. 
Wholesaler Su-Bridge Pet Supplies, based in Norfolk, has been appointed exclusive distributor for German pet products supplier Nobby in the UK.