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As the summer ‘kitten season’ starts, more cats than ever are looking for new homes, but the RSPCA reveals its rehoming rates are at their lowest point in June. 
A veterinary nurse from Birmingham and her assistants – Clover, the lionhead rabbit, and Beanie, a 50-odd-year-old rescued Hermanns tortoise – have visited more than 1,000 school children to educate them in pet care.
Vet’s Kitchen has revealed Chessington Garden Centre as its new specialist retail partner.
Fish4Dogs has become an official ‘pawsome’ sponsor of Bring Your Dog To Work Day, which aims to encourage employers to allow dogs into the workplace while raising funds for animal rescue.
 
The Sahara desert could be seeing a new future – in fish farming. A new joint venture between South Korea and Algeria has resulted in the Shrimp Cultivation Research Center. Elsewhere, farms are experimenting with catfish, reports the Reuters news agency.
Lily’s Kitchen says it is ‘putting the food in cat food’ with the launch of Suppurrs Stew, a range of natural food for cats, which is available in independent pet shops from July 19.
International Cat Care has revealed the 12 winners of its annual photography competition, who will feature in the charity’s 2019 fundraising calendar. 
More than 200 delegates from animal welfare, veterinary and academic fields gathered in London last week to take part in a day of ‘thought-provoking and inspiring’ discussions on some of the most pressing issues impacting animal welfare.
Laughing Dog this week celebrated National Picnic Week with a giant company picnic. 
Cheshire-based Direct Food Ingredients has strengthened its team with the appointment of eight new employees: Emma Moore, Karolina Szewczyk, Tracy Ireland, Chris Leishman, Jason Lees, Luke Renshaw, Harry Nesbit and Penny Woodward. 
The Cotswold Raw exhibition team is unfurling its display tents and building up its sample supplies because Dog Fest and The Game Fair in July and Countryfile in August are three significant dates in this rural business’s annual calendar. 
James Wellbeloved products will be available from all Bestpets depots and Bestpets online ordering from the beginning of July.
A veterinary nurse is pushing the boundaries of his profession by completing advanced qualifications. 
 
NOAH – the National Office of Animal Health ¬– has launched a three-step ‘blueprint’ to encourage responsible animal health and welfare across the UK.
Malcolm Hall and George Patience have teamed with Eric Abbey, president and founder of Loving Pets Corp, and Jonathon Moyce, managing director of Loving Pets Europe, to create a new venture in the Australian and Asian markets.
Greyhounds and their owners united across the world for the annual Great Global Greyhound Walk.
Natures Menu is supporting Bring Your Dog To Work Day on Friday (June 22) by signing up to be an official sponsor of the nationwide event and supporting its own ‘canine colleague takeover’ on the day.
The Pet Industry Federation and Hadlow College extended their joint venture and officially opened a new dog grooming school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich yesterday (Monday).
Wilsons, the long-established Scottish pet food manufacturer, is launching four new product lines over the next year as part of an ambitious expansion plan.
Skinner’s Pet Foods has appointed of Dr Jaqueline Boyd to its team in Stradbroke, Suffolk as nutritional consultant.
 

Johnson’s has added to its popular range of shampoo and grooming aids with its Chamomile & Lavender Shampoo. This new shampoo is suitable for all dog breeds, leaving the coat with ‘a soft lustrous finish and a pleasant fragrance’. It has a calming and relaxing effect, with lavender to help relieve nervous tension, combined with the natural calming effect of chamomile. It is packaged for on-shelf impact, in easy-to-hold bottles with one-handed flip-top caps. The Johnson’s range is ‘kind and gentle to both coat and skin’ and has been developed without cruelty to animals. Each 200ml bottle has an RRP of £3.49.
Johnson’s Veterinary Products 0121 378 1684, www.johnsons-vet.com info@johnsons-vet.com

The Coco Jojo pop-up dog pool and bath is now available through its exclusive supplier, iGSM. Available in three sizes, the pool features a spring steel frame that can pop up or be packed down in seconds. The bath is made using durable, non-slip double-wall polyester, while its shell is PU-coated and waterproof and has a water-tight drainage tap. The bath includes a mesh pocket, leash retainer and can accommodate dogs of all sizes. A spokesman said: “Coco Jojo is delighted to be working with a quality company in the UK which offers great prices to the pet trade.”
iGSM 01928 751126, www.igsm.co.uk sales@igsm.co.uk

‘Not all supplements are equal’ – Vital Chew is made from highly palatable, premium concentrated fish oil, using patented technology that the company says makes the supplement easy to give to dogs. Vital Chew also includes important vitamins and minerals. Give just one per day, and each pack has enough for a month, sealed in individual blisters, so no oxidation. The four varieties have been developed to meet a dog’s needs at different sizes and ages. Free Point of Sale, leaflets and counter display units are available, along with high margins plus promotional support for retailers.
Kruuse 01977 681523, www.vitalchew.co.uk  kruuse.uk@kruuse.com
 

Sharples Pet has brought out two items to help cat owners with their cat litter. Top Cat is a closed litter box that is dog and toddler proof, with a large opening on top. It includes a built-in tracking mat on the lid, with side handles for easy lifting. A seamless base and walls eliminate leaks. In white or warm grey, it measures 59 x 39 x 38cm, RRP £27.99. The Scoop & Sift scoop has a handle at the top to prevent direct contact with the dirt. The V-shaped blades enable efficient sifting, while its ergonomic basket shape allows easy cleaning of corners. RRP £4.99.
Sharples Pet  01704 550044 jenni@sharplespet.com

Award-winning Pet Munchies has introduced larger size packs of its popular quality strips range, which are made using 100% natural, human-grade chicken or duck breast meat. Chicken Strips and Duck Strips are now available in Super Value Packs. These tender strips can be given as a chew and are easy to break up for training and rewards. The treats are grain and gluten-free and low fat. Available from all good wholesalers.
Pet Munchies www.pet-munchies.com
PetQuip has secured funding for another major overseas pet trade exhibition.
UK pet owners are kitting out their office space to accommodate their four-legged companions, according to new research.
The impact of internet shopping means global commerce and logistics will be transformed within a decade, according to ParcelHero’s head of consumer research, David Jinks.
Construction has started on the new Loving Pets warehouse and offices in Rye Harbour, East Sussex.
Sea Life Great Yarmouth has opened a new exhibition, Claws vs Jaws, featuring ‘several of the world’s most amazing crustaceans and Creatures of the Deep’.
A social media poll asking for people’s favourite charities attracted thousands of votes but there was one clear winner: German Shepherd Rescue Elite.
The newly-launched Feline Healthy Ageing Clinic, sponsored by Royal Canin, has welcomed its 100th ‘senior’ patient through the door, as part of a long-term study to improve understanding of the ageing process in cats.
Swedencare UK, the distributor of ProDen PlaqueOff, has committed to reducing CO2 emissions caused by its business activity.
The brand behind the first ball launcher, Chuckit!, is introducing another product for the game of fetch with the launch of a new toy for Summer 2018 − the RingChaser. 
Barking Mad, which offers ‘tailored one-to-one care for canine companions’, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Brand Awareness category in the annual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2018. 
LondonCats and The International Cat Association hosted their busiest International Cat Show to date at Leatherhead Leisure Centre, welcoming around 2,000 people and 100 cats.
CSJ’s first four-part A Way With Dogs competition, which aired online in 2016 and gained a global following, was was so popular that top UK and overseas sheepdog handlers have been queueing up to enter series two.
Two aquatic trade bodies have joined forces to offer specialised training worldwide for the aquatics industry.
Beth’s Dog Show events have been running in Kent for the last eight years and during that time its supporters have raised £120,000 for two charities close to the organiser’s hearts. 
We Love Pets – a family business set up nine years ago to help pet owners balance work pressures, holidays and a busy lifestyles with the care of their pets – has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Emerging Franchisor of the Year Award category in the annual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2018. 
Youngsters are being asked to take photos showing the many ways in which humans can impact animals for a new category of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2018. These include litter, plastics, deforestation, pesticides and pollution. 
The Royal Veterinary College – home to the largest and busiest animal hospital blood donor programme in Europe – is encouraging animal donors and their owners to come forward tomorrow (Thursday, June 14) to celebrate World Blood Donor Day.
New EU rules on the import of Caudata amphibians such as newts and salamanders are being introduced on July 1 in the UK.
Staffordshire-based Chase Ferret Rescue has won £500 worth of Alpha Feeds’ premium ferret food in a competition launched in the spring on social media. 
British pet owners spend an average of £286 per year furnishing and decorating their home for their furry friends, according to a new survey of 1,013 UK pet owners carried out by interiors retailer Furniture123.co.uk
An aquatics retailer has made it on eBay’s millionaire list for achieving a million-pound turnover. 
A new study has revealed UK pet owners’ attitudes to obesity and that, despite awareness of the condition and concern for their wellbeing, they continue to disregard advice from vets, putting their pets at risk by overfeeding them or feeding them inappropriately.
An Hawaiian Summer Luau is taking place at Trunkwell House, Reading on August 10 to raise funds for Worldwide Veterinary Service.
Chudleys is to launch Duck with Rice & Vegetables in its all-new Sporting range in July.
A veterinary practice is warning dog owners to be vigilant after two Jack Russell terriers had emergency operations to remove fish hooks from their stomachs.
A Telford community choir has launched a campaign to record and release its first charity Christmas album, which will raise money for Shropshire-based national vet charity PDSA.
The British Hen Welfare Trust has met with DEFRA and its equivalents in Scotland and Wales to discuss ways of improving communications and simplifying the flow of information given to poultry keepers by Government during periods of disease control, such as avian flu.
It’s not everyday that RSPCA officers are called out to help a box of crickets – but that’s what happened in Bodmin, Cornwall.
An historic Yorkshire pub that swapped pints for pets has undergone a £50,000 revamp to create a state-of-the art veterinary practice.
A championship breeder has been appointed to manage Derby College’s dog grooming salon at Broomfield Hall and is planning to expand the range of professional courses available to people looking to hone their skills in the growing industry.
A pet accessories company that supplied cushions to an East Riding garden centre has been fined £30,000 after the items represented ‘a serious fire risk to the public’.
‘Treats, Toppers and Inclusions’ has been selected as the theme for the interactive 2018 Petfood R&D Showcase, focusing on the fastest growing sales categories in pet food.
West Sumatra says its ornamental freshwater and marine exports are growing with 150,000 fish going through its airport every year, mostly to Singapore. 
Following on from the launch of YuCALM Dog in September 2016, Lintbells is launching YuCALM Cat, which is available to order from veterinary wholesalers.
 An explosion of kitten births has left a charity bursting at the seams – filling more than 20 foster homes with kittens in just two weeks. 
Suffolk-based pet food manufacturer Skinner’s has enhanced its Field & Trial range with a new Grain Free Chicken and Sweet Potato complete dry dog food, designed specifically for dogs with sensitivities or dietary intolerances.
Pets at Home has pulled out of a newly-developed Guisborough retail park, blaming the ‘volatile’ property market.
Norfolk-based Natures Menu, the UK’s number one for raw pet food and Europe’s leading expert in raw, has been named as one of the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 companies.  
Award-winning Northumberland retailer My Pet HQ is celebrating its first year in business to coincide with Morpeth Fair Day on Sunday (June 10).
Ceva Animal Health has launched a national summer TV advertising campaign to raise awareness of its veterinary behaviour products, Feliway Friends and Adaprtil Calm On-the-Go Collar.
A new ‘superfood’ for humans should not be neglected in the diet of hedgehogs, animal experts have said.
Premium natural supplements company Lintbells has enjoyed a visit from ‘Fabulous Finn’, the retired police dog famous for saving the life of his handler, PC Dave Wardell, and being stabbed in the process.
University Centre Sparsholt received the highest commendation for excellence in teaching and learning yesterday (Wednesday) with a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.
The Pet Industry Federation has been shortlisted for the Marketing Campaign of the Year award at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2018.
After a UK-wide competition to hire a canine critic, a dog-friendly holiday letting agency has selected cockapoo Poppy as its latest recruit. 
With thousands of cats going missing each year, knowing what to do if you find one could mean the difference between a happy reunion or a sad separation.  
Pets at Home is supporting Rabbit Awareness Week (June 2-10) by continuing its ban on selling rabbit muesli, an initiative that has been in place for five years.
After the launch of The Innocent Pet’s new packaging, the luxury treat manufacturer is offering retailers a free-standing display unit to showcase its products.  
The growing stature of PATS Telford in September has resulted in 43 companies taking stand space at Telford International Centre for the first time.
Three days, three cyclists, three sore bums, 410km – wine and cheese to finish!
UK manufacturer of nylon chews and play toys for dogs TastyBone has introduced a dual-coloured, four-pronged bone in four new international flavour varieties.
The British Veterinary Association has issued a warm welcome to the launch of the first nationwide protocol for animals in healthcare.
Pet Trade Solutions’ award for Best Pet Industry Recruitment Company UK in the Lux Awards 2018 came as a complete surprise to owner Lynda Ward as she was unaware of a nomination! 
Tetra has launched a series of monthly podcasts aimed at educating and supporting fishkeepers from all levels of experience with bitesize content they can listen to on the go. 
Vet’s Kitchen has launched a Puppy Pack, providing all the essentials new owners need and packed with advice from the company’s veterinary experts and nutritionists.
Mars Petcare is set to launch the Sheba Craft Collection, a super premium product with a new texture sensation for cats. 
Lincolnshire-based Laughing Dog, one of the few pet food manufacturers in the UK to bake its entire range of dry dog food, has formed a partnership with Jerry Green Dog Rescue. 
Brambles Pet and Wildlife has negotiated a deal to offer wildlife rehabilitators up to 50% savings on Esbilac Milk Replacer, which many use for feeding baby mammals.
Northumberland College’s dog grooming parlour, based at its Kirkley Hall Campus, has undergone an extensive makeover this term. 
Different Dog, the hand-cooked dog food business, is expanding its production facility and moving to a larger kitchen in the heart of Shropshire to cater for a growing demand for its products. 
Leaving dogs on their own, using the vacuum cleaner and the doorbell ringing have been revealed as the top three things that agitate dogs in the home. And it’s not just our dogs that are suffering…
Scientists have identified a newly named rariphotic zone, a layer of ocean between depths of 130 and 300m (400 and 1,000ft) off the coast of Curaçao in the Caribbean, which they say is teeming with previously unknown fish.
Siccaro, the Danish company known for its dog drying robes and mats, has formed a new partnership with specialist gundog retailer Sporting Saint.
Eight months after being rescued by Pedigree Wholesale, retailer Just for Pets is preparing to unveil a new market approach and visual identity.
Hownd have a problem with their website  – a digger has cut through the fibre cable!
New research by Legal & General suggests that owners are misjudging the cost of owning a pet, with the average cost of owning a dog over its lifetime estimated at £15,303.
A maker of human-quality pet foods is setting up kitchens and pantries in hundreds of Petco stores across the US to enable customers to witness preparation and buy the products fresh.
Scotland came out on top in Skinner’s Pet Foods’ 17th annual Retriever World Cup at Hamstead Park, Berkshire.
Arcadia Reptile is relaunching its organic and bioactive-ready range of substrates in new packaging. 
Chris Packham has joined forces with national pet charity Blue Cross as their education ambassador to encourage teachers and youth leaders to sign up to free classroom talks to create a future of compassionate pet owners.
Some small business owners are so stressed that they are sleeping for only three to four hours a night, according to a new survey.
Scientists are urging the Australian authorities to review a decision to introduce Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) into its rivers to deal with the common carp. 
The Government has welcomed input from the British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA) on its proposals to widen pet care regulations to include the pet grooming industry, according to a statement from the Canine and Feline Sector Group.
Dog owners can update their four-legged friends’ walking kit and give to a good cause with a little help from premium dog equipment brand Ruffwear. 
Blackpool’s famous beach donkeys have had their annual MoT to ensure they are fit and healthy for the summer season.
A new interactive calculator enables you to compare your salary with some of the world’s most famous furry celebrities. 
Hertfordshire-based pet brand Broadreach Nature+ has been awarded Ethical Accreditation by ‘The Good Shopping Guide’.
PATS Sandown, which celebrated its 10th show earlier this year, is moving to a new date next year. The two-day pet trade exhibition will now be held on Sunday, February 10 and Monday, February 11, again at Sandown Park, Surrey.
Royal Canin is tackling the controversial subject of ‘free-from’ foods and allergies in a new webinar, ‘Reacting to ‘reactions’.
New research reveals that on average crossbred cats live longer than pure breeds
Equine welfare sanctuary Hope Pastures is preparing to return to BETA International as the show's chosen charity for 2019.
Jollyes Retail Group has been acquired in a management buyout backed by Kester Capital.
Mikki has brought a tropical theme to its new range of shampoos for dogs and cats.
Pet healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturer Beaphar used Interzoo 2018, in Germany, to launch its new brand identity as well as new products.
A wet pet food manufacturer is predicted to save up to £20,000 a year and reduce its CO2 emissions by more than 80 tonnes by switching from kerosene to liquefied petroleum gas.
A couple who run a grooming salon are spearheading a campaign to make a Welsh seaside town a dog-friendly area for four-legged visitors.
 
Pet food brand WildThings has teamed up with rescue charity Swan Lifeline for a new campaign to ‘Ban the Bread’ from rivers, lakes and ponds.
Pet brand Oscar & Hooch has launched a new website to include new features including a trade ordering facility.
The Bramton Company’s Simple Solution range has gained WoolSeal approval.
Rabbit owners are being warned to protect their pets from a deadly disease after an outbreak in Lincolnshire.
More than half of US pet dogs and cats were classified as obese in 2017 in the annual survey of owners and veterinarians by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. 
Members of a gang of fraudsters – estimated to have made at least £2.5m selling sick and dying puppies – have been disqualified from keeping dogs for life and some have also been jailed.
Wyevale Garden Centres, the country’s largest garden centre operator, has been put up for sale by investment group Terra Firm.
 
Natures Menu has added a third training course to its educational portfolio with the launch of its True Instinct Advisor training for anyone wanting to give advice or sell raw pet foods.
More than 13,400 Pets at Home, Groom Room and Vets4Pets colleagues in all it 440-plus stores, including the support office and distribution centres, are to become Dementia Friends through Alzheimer’s Society’s programme.
A petition urging online marketplace Groupon to stop promoting greyhound racing has gathered more than 46,000 signatures.
The British Veterinary Association has welcomed plans for a strategic alliance between the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Queen’s University Belfast.
Pet-lifestyle site PetsPyjamas has launched new services for owners who want to involve their dog in their wedding plans.
A pet retailer has appealed for help to track down the person responsible for breaking into and stealing stock from her shop.
To the surprise of the scientists, populations of a South American guppy have been found in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, a volcanic island in the South Atlantic. 
Recent research by Ceva Animal Health, manufacturer of veterinary behaviour products Feliway and Adaptil, has revealed that holidays can be hugely stressful for both pets and their owners, with more than 80% of pet owners feeling guilty about leaving their pet while they are away.
A woman who visited a pet shop came back with something completely different.
Two racoon dogs have been rescued in the same village – just hours apart!
Poppy’s Picnic has invited the residents of a care home to experience the therapeutic power of pets during a special picnic lunch at its offices.
Global food company Nestlé has reversed disappointing trade figures and posted a 2.8% rise in sales, boosted by US spending on pets. 
 Tetra has launched a new Micro food range, designed specifically to suit smaller species of ornamental fish with small mouths, including young and adolescent fish.
Vegan dog food company V-Dog is to expand internationally in tandem with sister firm V-Planet. The plant-based foods, distributed for 13 years in the US, are sold as fully nutritional alternatives to meat products, LiveKindly reports. 
Pre-tax profits at Pets At Home fell last year despite revenue growth as the group counted the cost of an investment drive.
The Barking Mad franchise has made it to the shortlist in this year’s bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, in the category Brand Awareness.
Pet owners in the US are increasingly asking financial advisers for guidance in estate planning that includes leaving instructions and funds for the care of their animals. 
Unisys has created an app to enable owners to keep tabs on their pets riding in aeroplane cargo holds. Called Digi-Pet, the device is available in Asia and recently began trials in the US.
Vets in the US are treating more cases of marijuana toxicity in pets in areas where marijuana has been decriminalised, and the Pet Poison Helpline says calls related to marijuana have increased by 448% since 2013.
Natural pet food brands Barking Heads and Meowing Heads have undergone ‘a major brand evolution’, with new designs to be rolled out across their entire portfolios.
An x-ray revealed an unusual object in a cat’s stomach.
Cosmetic surgery for Asian arowana is becoming a standard procedure in Singapore.
Irish Dog foods has been shortlisted for the Grand Final of the European Business Awards, to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on Mat 22 and 23.
As royal Wedding fever sweeps the nation, new research has revealed that four in 10 of the UK’s pet owners would want their beloved pet at their wedding!
 
Dr Scott Miller, vet and star of Channel 4’s ‘Vet on the Hill’ is the new face of The Dog Walk Challenge, set up by UK-based international charity Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys.
Pets at Home is celebrating the anniversary of its VIP Club by making £500,000 available to animal charities across the UK.
A luxury new pet store selling frozen yogurts and baked treats for dogs has been opened in Chester – by the owner of the city’s most popular cat!
Hundreds of people and their dogs turned out for a day of fun at the first-ever Burns Pet Nutrition’s Dogs’ Day Out at Killruddery House, County Wicklow, in Ireland.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has made an industry response to Defra’s Health & Harmony consultation, which closed on May 8. 
Welcome to the world’s first doggie street party! As the public prepares to throw street parties across Britain in celebration of this weekend’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, 
A new ‘lifestyle store’ has opened that includes an interactive play area for dogs. 
A pet food manufacturer says its international revenue has grown by 28% following a multi-million pound investment.
 Award-winning pet food manufacturer Lily’s Kitchen is ‘making a stand for love’ with the launch of two limited edition Full of Love & Pride recipes for cats and dogs from June 1.
The coral bleaching events that have affected the Great Barrier Reef in recent years have taken their toll on the region’s fish population, according to a new study.
A new store has opened in Cleethorpes that promises to be a one-stop shop for dog and cat lovers.
A group of homeless pets at the Blue Cross have formed a choir to sing ‘Here comes the bride’ for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this Saturday (May 19).
Johnson’s Veterinary Products is sorry to report the death of Bernard Bell, who was the company’s senior sales manager for more than 20 years until his retirement in April 1995.
British Veterinary Association (BVA) president John Fishwick has praised Scotland for implementing policies that prioritise keeping animals happy, healthy and safe during his speech at BVA’s annual Scottish Dinner on Tuesday, May 15.
Trilanco has given £300 to Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity providing specialist support to young people with cancer across the UK.
An aquatics retailer has spoken of his devastation when he discovered thieves had stolen around £6,000 worth of specialist products. 
SimplyHealth Professionals, the UK provider of preventive health plans for cats, dogs, rabbits and horses, has launched Accidental Injury Cover for small pets (cats, dogs and rabbits). 
A sheep has been taking lessons on how to be a lamb.
News that entertainer Barbra Streisand had a dog cloned cast a spotlight on a process that is available to any pet owner who can provide a tissue sample from the animal – and $100,000 (£72,000) to cover the process!
To mark Hedgehog Awareness Week (6th – 12 May), Brambles Pet and Wildlife ran a hedgehog food giveaway in which the public nominated their favourite wildlife charities.
Dorwest Herbs is running a campaign until June 1 to tackle itchy skin conditions in dogs, especially as temperatures start to rise.
Confusion reigns as to whether a Scottish pet trade show is going ahead.
Hawaii has ruled that all 130 recreational aquarium collection permits are now void, bringing the collection of marine ornamentals for the trade to a halt.
Amazon has launched its own brand of dry dog food, Wag, in the US.
A snail racing competition was postponed because the snails were too ‘sluggish’ to take part.
Shires Equestrian has secured sponsorship of the New Product Gallery at equestrian, country and pet trade show BETA International for a sixth consecutive year as part of its commitment to supporting the trade.
A dog breeder has pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of tax and VAT.
The Pets’N’Vets Family, a network of veterinary practices with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas, has backed Scottish MSP Jeremy Balfour’s proposals to upgrade ‘outdated’ law on selling animals in pet shops. 
Buyers from a German garden and pet product mail order company and online shop is to among the businesses talking to British suppliers in the latest Meet the International Buyers event organised by the PetQuip and Gardenex. 
HTC Health, the distributor of pet health supplements, has revamped its website (www.htc.co.uk).
A mutant crayfish has learned to clone itself and is invading Europe and beyond.
The RSPCA was called after meows were heard coming from the flooring of a house on a building site in Corby, Northamptonshire.
 After a successful fundraising campaign, dog-sitting business Barking Mad Dog Care’s network has sponsored a Dogs for Good puppy in training.
An animal lover has helped rescue and rehome more than 600 animals in just 10 months across south Wales.
A retailer has been warned she could be fined or end up in court if she continues to feed the gulls that flock outside her pet shop.
A garden centre that was severely damaged by fire in early April is now trading from temporary facilities.
Aquatics retailer The WaterZoo has launched its new ecommerce website which is mobile friendly.
Poppy’s Picnic’s rise in the raw pet food market since its appearance on TV’s ‘Dragons’ Den’ has been rewarded at the Wiltshire Business Awards where it was named Business Start-up of the Year and was also a finalist in the Outstanding Excellence Award category. 
The UK’s current hedgehog population is estimated to be less than 1 million, down from about 35 million in the 1950s and thought to be still falling at a rate of 5% a year.
Cats Protection has delivered a 100,000-signature petition to 10 Downing Street calling for a change in the law on air gun ownership in England and Wales.
 Pets at Home has confirmed that it will no longer open a store at a new retail park in Skegness, despite recruiting and training staff.
A PATS New Product Award winner is offering a new work experience programme.
New research by Ceva Animal Health, manufacturer of the veterinary behaviour product Feliway, has revealed that 88% of pet owners have cats that show signs of stress including hiding away, urine marking, scratching, over-grooming and conflict within multi-cat households.
TV news presenter Alastair Stewart has joined equestrian charity the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund as a vice president.
Roadworks in Wolverhampton city centre are costing traders thousands, it has been claimed.
 Collarways says it has introduced the world’s first dual-use pet massager and brush to the UK – generating ‘an entirely new category of petcare product’.
Waterlife has brought out a tonic salt that can be used in ponds.
Podium Pet Products is now working with Petuky to service the Spanish and Portuguese markets.
The top health issues in French bulldogs have been revealed as a result of Britain’s largest study into the breed by the Royal Veterinary College and supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
Pedigree Wholesale – exclusive UK distributor of the Hurtta range of outdoor collars, leads, coats and accessories – has just launched Hurtta Casual Padded Collars on to the British market. 
An elderly woman had a problem under her wardrobe.
A dog ended up attached to a manhole cover during freezing temperatures.
An unusual surfer took to the water in California.
Trusty Pet Supplies has three generations of the same family at its helm and has built up a loyal customer base, both for its bricks-and-mortar store and its ecommerce site

Veni-Dog is running an introductory offer on its new Veni-Dog Pure Hearty Treats, giving retailers one-third off its usual trade price. The treats are the latest addition to the Veni-Dog range of ‘super healthy natural dog treats’. They are 100% natural, air-dried ox heart slices with no additives, made in the UK. A spokesman said: “The treats are a super-tasty treat packed with natural nutrients. An excellent source of several B vitamins, iron, minerals and essential amino acids. High in protein but low in calories. A natural source of collagen. Gluten free. Ideal for training.” RRP 40g £2.99, usual trade price £1.55, introductory trade price offer £1.04!
Veni-Dog 01489 891933, www.venidog.com mail@venidog.com

Johnson’s has introduced a new size of its veterinary-strength Dual Action 4fleas Spot-on solution for dogs. This new size is suitable for very small dogs of less than 4kg and puppies over eight weeks’ old. 4fleas fast acting dual action Spot-on solution kills fleas and lice on contact; kills 98-100% of fleas within a day following treatment; and kills larvae. All sizes contain two treatments, which each give four weeks’ protection. In cases of heavy infestation or in households with multiple pets, an environmental treatment may also be necessary (eg. Johnson’s 4fleas Household Flea Spray or 4fleas Room Fogger) to deal with flea eggs, lavae and pupae in carpets, furnishings, etc. RRP  £8.19 inc VAT.
Johnson’s Veterinary Products 0121 378 1684, www.johnsons-vet.com info@johnsons-vet.com

Plastic packaging manufacturer Measom Freer has achieved the BSI ISO 14001:2015 Certificate in Environmental Management. The company believes it has a moral duty to protect the environment and is committed to improving resource efficiency and reducing waste and costs. It ensures stock is sustainable and sources materials that are readily recycled. PPR (post production regrind) is also used in all products. Measom Freer believes that customers should be offered eco materials and offers these on a made-to-order basis. If you are looking for a company committed to controlling its effect on the environment which produces quality products, contact the Measom Freer sales team.
Measom Freer 0116 288 1588  www.measomfreer.co.uk

The Classic Small Animal Drinking Bottle range, made in Halifax since 1975 and recognised as being brand leading, sees an important new introduction this summer: Colortone Giant (1,100ml). Furthermore, it will be produced in two new colours, purple and lime (replacing blue and yellow). The red colour continues in production. These vibrant new colours will eventually be replicated throughout the other Classic Colortone bottle sizes. Popular with all age demographics, but especially with children, Colortone Giant is suitable for large-breed rabbits, small to medium-sized birds, puppies and small dogs. RRP from £3.17.
Caldex 01422 240084 classic@caldex.com

Award-winning Pet Munchies now has two varieties of premium, healthy, gourmet dental sticks, which are made using 100% natural, quality, human-grade chicken or duck, both with sweet potato. Chicken/Sweet Potato and Duck/Sweet Potato Sticks are designed to satisfy a dog’s natural instinct to chew to help reduce tartar and plaque for healthy teeth and gums. The treats are grain and gluten free, a great source of dietary fibre, ‘which dogs love the taste’. Rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, they can help promote a healthy skin and coat. “Full of natural goodness that are essential for optimal health, makes this chew exceptional.” Available from all good wholesalers.
Pet Munchies www.pet-munchies.com
Ceva Animal Health has re-branded its veterinary behaviour portfolio with the launch of a new Adaptil range featuring colour-coded packaging to clearly explain the benefits of each product to dog owners.
HTC Health, the Hertfordshire-based distributor of bulk pet health supplements, has appointed Cressida Cable as head of sales.
Sausage specialist Fleischeslust has given its Classic line a ‘fundamental facelift’, with improved recipes, additional varieties and a new look.
A fast-growing veterinary group has opened its 19th practice in a move to accommodate one of its team members. 
In just six days of warm weather the RSPCA received 241 calls, with 105 of them on a single day (April 24).
The Bramton Company will be showcasing new dental products from its Vet’s Best range at Interzoo next week (May 8-11).
Miro & Makauri has brought out a new brochure featuring products released this month and next. 
Chewdles has launched a new natural beef rawhide range.
 
Wynnstay, the agricultural supplies group, has reached agreement with the administrators of Countrywide Farmers plc to acquire the business and assets of eight stores from Countrywide’s network of outlets for a total initial consideration of £0.8m. 
Johnson’s Veterinary has appointed Paul Stainsbury as a new area sales manager, replacing James Romaine to support the company’s customers in East Anglia, Northern Home Counties and North London.
After a year of evidence gathering and analysis, the British Veterinary Association has set out a comprehensive vision for animal health and disease monitoring in the UK and is calling on the Government to modernise and enhance the current surveillance networks.
Amazon has launched its own brand of pet products in the US.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has joined forces with public health officials to produce guidance to help marine aquarium hobbyists who keep corals protect themselves against palytoxin poisoning.
Ingredients manufacturer Essentia Protein Solutions is targeting the premium pet food market with a new natural range of ‘clean label’ meat-based proteins for pet food manufacturers.
A zoo outside Paris had to be evacuated after monkeys escaped.
A cat that was trapped in a car engine is on the mend.
Henrietta Morrison, CEO and founder of natural pet food Lily’s Kitchen, has been included in the Sunday Times Maserati 100 List, a listing of the UK’s ‘most inspiring innovators’.
PATS Telford in September is set to have a strong international presence with a growing number of pet buyers from abroad expected to attend the autumn trade show.
Eukanuba’s ongoing Longevity observation is highlighting the parallels between healthy ageing in humans and our canine companions
A new brand of veterinary-approved dog treats – Woofs – has been launched made from wild North Atlantic cod.
JBL is giving 40 enthusiasts the chance to visit the koi breeders of Niigata in Japan as part of its next expedition.
Animology has launched Animology Essentials, a range of shampoos and spritzes designed to raise the standard of budget shampoos.
A couple with a new baby were puzzled when dummies started going missing from their home.
A terrified woman called the RSPCA after finding a two-metre-long ‘snake’ in her garden.
Leeds-based mattress retailer OTTY is helping to ensure that Yorkshire’s vulnerable and abandoned cats and kittens get the purrfect night’s sleep by giving 15 of its pet beds, worth a total of £1,200, to Yorkshire Cat Rescue.
CSJ owners Ceri and Phil Rundle hosted the Bodfari Trials and raised £850 for the Walton Centre, Liverpool.
Luxury pet lifestyle brand Love My Human will be making its UK debut at 308 King’s Road in the heart of Chelsea. Starting as an online shop, sourcing and selling internationally, the brand has chosen the Sloane Stanley estate for its first bricks and mortar store.  
The Pet Industry Federation and Kent-based Hadlow College have extended their joint venture by opening a new dog grooming school in Greenwich. 
Tetra has introduced two Cascade Globe aquariums, in Bordeaux (red) and white colours. 
PDSA Petsurance is to be headline sponsor of The Family Pet Show, at Manchester’s EventCity on Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7.
Police were called out by a farmer reporting a tiger on the loose.
A family was shocked to find a stray cat stuck inside their sofa.
Supreme Petfoods has launched a bedding product for small pets with ‘strong green credentials throughout its production’.
Pointer Pet Products has launched a naturally wheat gluten-free product, Peanut Butter Flavoured Paws. 
Nestlé Purina PetCare has acquired a majority stake in Tails.com, a direct-to-consumer, tailor-made dog nutrition business based in the UK. 
Sainsbury’s is recalling some of its dog and cat food, the supermarket said.
A major fire that broke out in the premises of a livefood supplier is believed to have been started deliberately, say investigators.
Barking Mad Dog Care named its 2018 Franchisee of the Year at its 15th National Conference.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary is appealing to budding artists to donate pieces of artwork for a special sale that will raise funds towards caring for the charity’s surviving Amersham horses, ponies and donkeys in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the notorious rescue.
Chickens have moved up the ranks to become the UK’s fourth most populous pet, according to new research.
With widespread concern about the recruitment and retention of vets, new figures from the British Veterinary Association reveal a mix of ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors in vets’ decisions to leave clinical practice.
Aquatics manufacturer Evolution Aqua has released the new Aquascaper Glass Pipework Sets. 
Hagen will take its expanding cat and dog ranges to Germany’s Interzoo next month.
The latest in biscuit innovation from Fold Hill Foods now comes in the form of a pre-made pick and mix stand. 
A flair for languages and a taste for travel should prove a real advantage to Samantha Randle in her new role as UK and international sales manager for Fish4Dogs.
 
New figures released for the RSPCA’s My Big Walkies show that miniature schnauzers enjoy the longest walks.
Finest Brands International – home of the Toggi label – is to continue as BETA International's official clothing supplier for the eighth consecutive year.
Simpsons Premium has been awarded a Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2018 in recognition of the North West company’s outstanding growth in international sales.
Pet shampoo company Dog Hair Day has launched a novel campaign to persuade key shops to stock its products.
Ornamental fish are helping to provide nutrients for a vegetable grower in Australia’s New South Wales. Vegetable farmer Luke Tutt said: “The basis of our farm is the fish becoming the fertilising agents for our produce.”
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has visited Paris for a meeting with the International Office of Animal Health (OIE) to find out more about its standard-setting work on animal health and its role in international trade.
Getting a foot on the property ladder is a significant milestone but when it comes to purchasing a property, the number of bedrooms (60%), location (53%) and garden (52%) are the three must-haves for Brits. According to new research from IAMS, however, making that house a home involves getting a pet (58%)! 
Dane Creek Capital Corp has acquired Naturawls Pet Products, one of the fastest-growing manufacturers of raw pet food and dehydrated pet treats for dogs and cats in Canada.
New start-up Blue Shark Trading has been appointed sole UK distributor of the ATM product range, as seen in the Animal Plant TV reality series, Tanked.
A web security firm has discovered that 80% of websites in the pet industry contain serious security flaws, making them vulnerable to a cyber attacks and hacking.
Pet bedding manufacturer Scruffs has confirmed its attendance at Interzoo 2018 in Nuremberg.
Leading pet food brand Felix has launched FunSauces, a range of liquid toppings that can be add to dry food or served as a stand-alone treat.
The Bramton Company will be unveiling new packaging for its Simple Solution brand at Interzoo from May 8-11.
A dog accidentally set fire to his owners’ house.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith arrived to free a trapped sheep in Hertfordshire…but couldn’t help having a little chuckle when she arrived.
Meripac has introduced a Window Feeding Station which it says holds five times the food varieties – with their different shapes, colours and tastes – and has about five times the food visibility as other window feeders.
If there’s one thing social media loves, it’s kittens and this year feline charity International Cat Care (iCatCare) is appealing for photos of kittens for its annual photography competition.
Staff from vet charity PDSA completed the London Marathon on Sunday, raising thousands of pounds to treat sick and injured pets across the UK.
DogFest takes place this year at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire (Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17); Ashton Court in Bristol (June 23-24) and Knebworth House and Gardens in Hertfordshire (July 7-8).  
Mexico hopes fish farming can help weaken the illegal market for the totoaba fish and help save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, of which less than 30 survive.
The team at Direct Food Ingredients is celebrating the launch of a new division dedicated to herbs, spices and natural health ingredients. 
A blind man with a phobia of dogs has found an unusual solution.
Back in 2013 both Oscar & Hooch and Medical Detection Dogs were on a journey – a new UK pet brand and a charity that was expanding rapidly.
CIPS has announced it is running the China Aquascape competition at the Guangzhou pet and aquatics event in September.
The Tractor Supply Company’s Petsense banner is growing to a chain of nearly 200 stores across 27 states of America.
Ozgur Ozsan has taken up the mantle as deputy general manager of Patimax Pet Products (Gordes Zeolite). 
Pet care companies figure strongly in The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise  announced yesterday (Sunday). The awards have been operating in various forms since 1966 and are announced annually on April 21, The Queen’s birthday, and selected by Her Majesty on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an advisory committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. Below we take a look at the companies recognised this year.
Lintbells, the manufacturer of premium natural pet supplements, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – for the second time!
Strong growth in international markets has led dog training and behaviour business The Company of Animals to gain the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the first time.
Benevo Vegan Pet Foods, the UK’s best-selling vegan dog food brand, has received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. 
The First Class Pet Company – the team behind the Little BigPaw brand – has been awarded The Queens Award for International Trade in recognition of outstanding growth in overseas sales.
The RSPCA is urging the public not to buy dogs with cropped ears as the charity has seen a surge in the number of reports coming into its cruelty hotline about the illegal practice. 
Pointer Pet Products has launched five new 400g baked biscuit sections: Assorted Mini Marrowbone Rolls, Salmon Flavour Burgers, Milky Petite Bones, Puppy Love and Chicken Flavour Gravy Bones.
Vets had to assist a dog that bit off more than he could chew.
Companion animal and exotics vet Daniella dos Santos will be going the extra mile at the Virgin London Marathon this weekend by running in an ostrich costume to raise money for the Animal Welfare Foundation.
International wildlife charity Born Free has this week launched Wildlife Heroes  – a year-long celebration of inspirational women and men from all walks of life who dedicate their lives to the protection and conservation of wildlife.
International pet trade show Zoomark has extended exhibition space for the 2019 event in Italy.
 Pet social media App Bauwow has joined forces with the Merseyside Beagle Club to stage a world record attempt for the largest single breed dog walk.
Inspired Pet Nutrition, home to the Wagg, Harringtons, Companions and Nineteen87 brands, has strengthened its senior management team with two new appointments and the promotion of Graham Wheeler to head up process and innovation.
 Lincolnshire-based pet food manufacturer Vitalin is exhibiting in the British Pavilion at Interzoo, the world’s biggest trade fair for the international pet food industry, in Germany in May. 
With 8.5 million pet dogs curling up at their owners’ feet and 24% of the country’s households owning one or more dogs, the UK’s dog-loving denizens prove, without a doubt, that canine companions hold a very special place in the nation’s hearts.
Vet exclusivity really counts when it comes to recommending health products to pet owners, according to a new survey.
Cambridge-based pet technology specialist Sure Petcare is celebrating 10 years since the launch of its first microchip-enabled pet product, the award-winning Microchip Cat Flap.   
The British Cichlid Association is holding its Spring Event in Solihull and is inviting retailers to take on a table for £15 to sell dry goods or fish.
PATS Telford will be presenting state-of-the art grooming demonstrations and talks on both days of the show at The Telford International Centre on Sunday and Monday, September 23-24.
Rukka Pets has engineered a new version of its original cooling vest and scarf.
 A dog-friendly holiday letting agency received more than 1,000 applications in the first 24 hours after posting a vacancy for a UK-based dog to become its ‘Canine Critic’.
Birthday cakes for dogs and smaller ‘pupcakes’ are flying off the shelves at Marion’s Pet Shop, in Egremont, Cumbria, with people travelling from far and wide to pick one up.
The dog is no longer just man’s best friend – it has now overtaken close family members in our affections, according to a new survey by Barking Heads and Forthglade investor Piper in association with pet lifestyle website PetsPyjamas.
With weather forecasts predicting that temperatures could hit more than 20C over the next few days, dog owners are being urged to keep their pets safe in the sun.
A tea shop owner is expanding her business horizons in a bid to save a well-established pet shop that has been open in business since 1946.
Spike’s Hedgehog food has partnered with UK charity the British Hedgehog Preservation Society to offer a 10p donation with every purchase of its special stickered packs of Crunchy Dry and Semi-Moist food.
The owners of a Worcestershire pet shop face an uncertain future after being told they must leave their current premises by the end of the month.
Australia’s oldest wombat celebrated her birthday with some veggie cake.
A retailer has won her battle to have her pet shop licence re-issued so she can continue to sell puppies. 
After almost a year of trading, award-winning North East pet store My Pet HQ is expanding its offering from pet products, workshops and events, to now include a pet grooming salon. 
Pet Remedy, the award-winning maker of calming solutions for pets in the UK, has launched in Canada and the US.
Mars Fishcare is relaunching its API water treatments range, ensuring its products are safe for family pets, and says API is committed to the Mars Petcare mission of making ‘a better world for pets’.
Twelve camels have been disqualified from a beauty contest.
A North East couple have given £300 worth of life-saving equipment to help seriously ill pets at the Newcastle veterinary hospital that treated their dog. 
International Cat Care, in partnership with Ceva, launched a series of cat handling videos at this year’s BSAVA Congress.
Following the launch of Everything Guinea Pig in 2015, a new sister company, Everything Bunny Rabbit, has been started.
A vacancy at a vets has generated international interest.
CSJ has brought out Gravy Works! in an ‘environmentally-friendly’ resealable foil pouch.
The LondonCats International Show is taking over the Leatherhead Leisure Centre in Surrey, for its sixth show May 12-13. 
HTC Health, the supplier of bulk pet health supplements, has been shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year award in the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards 2018.
Tony Parkinson, managing director of Town & Country Petfoods, has taken over as chairman of the PFMA.
The Company of Animals has appointed Bianca Rossi as head of marketing, Americas.  
HayPigs! – creator of the award-winning Guinea Pig Circus – celebrates its first birthday this weekend and is keen to thank everyone for their ‘fabulous’ support.
Three small dogs are at the centre of the final phase of the world’s largest project to eradicate invasive species.
The Animal Welfare Foundation has thanked Shire Insurance Services for a donation of almost £1,000, which will help support AWF continue in its mission to improve animal welfare through science, education and debate. 
CASCO Pet is launching a range of clinical housing for the veterinary industry. 
The UK’s first major study to track and help stray cats living on the streets has been started by charity Cats Protection.
A team from Maidenhead Aquatics has visited a marine conservation project in Indonesia, donating a number of marine water test kits.
Pet technology specialist Sure Petcare will be showcasing its new product range in the British Pavilion at Interzoo 2018 in Germany from May 8-11.
A raw pet food manufacturer that famously turned down four offers of investment on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den in January 2018 has raised nearly £600,000 following a crowdfunding drive. 
Specialist wholesaler Bestpets has signed up to be headline sponsor at this year’s British Dog Grooming Championship, in Warwickshire on Sunday, October 28.
Fines issued to pet owners who fail to microchip their dog as legally required vary hugely around the country – with some councils fining individuals FIVE times as much as in other areas and one owner fined nearly £2,000!
With five months still to go before PATS Telford opens its doors to visitors, the show is set to be another ‘sell-out’ event. 
A new paper with key information about the nutritional needs of older dogs has just been published by the European Pet Food Industry Federation.
Award-winning Welsh pet food company Burns Pet Nutrition has made it onto The Sunday Times Fast Track Profit 100 League table.
 The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has responded to a Government consultation on tackling the enforcement of the EU Alien Invasive Species regulation in the UK and the penalties for those who flout the law.
A family’s dog found herself in a sticky situation after eating a takeaway leaflet that had been posted through the door.
 A London vet has been convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud by falsifying paperwork for thousands of puppies who were being sold by a puppy farming gang across the capital and South East. 
Bern Pet Foods has launched Orijen’s new product, Orijen Tundra for cats.
Trade body the Pet Industry Federation has launched an online education portal with a range of courses for pet professionals. 
A long-established, family-run pet store could be forced to shut if its owners do not find affordable premises elsewhere.

Turmeric has attracted lots of attention recently, but owners find it hard to know which source is best for their pet. Dorwest has searched high and low for the highest and purest quality source for its highly  anticipated new Turmeric Tablets. Containing 95% curcuminoids, the active part of the herb, and piperine (black pepper) to increase the bioavailability, this superior supplement will support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory processes and research shows that many owners prefer to give products which work in harmony with their pet’s body. This supplement is expected to be extremely popular. Available in 100 tablets, RRP £19.80, and 200 tablets, £35.60.
DORWEST HERBS 01308 897272, www.dorwest.com info@dorwest.com

Beaphar Lactol has supported the health of kittens and puppies, and saved the lives of countless young animals for more than 100 years. This year, Beaphar is launching its most advanced Lactol formulation and has given the product a new look. Alongside the high protein levels, Lactol Kitten Milk (previously Kitty Milk) and Lactol Puppy Milk now contain DHA, which has been shown to improve cognitive development and visual acuity in mammals. With this advanced formulation, Beaphar Lactol gives newborn kittens and puppies tender loving care from the start. Beaphar Lactol Kitten Milk is available as 250g, while Beaphar Lactol Puppy Milk is available in 250g, 500, 1kg and 2kg sizes.
BEAPHAR 0333 0066236, beaphar.co.uk info@uk.beaphar.com

Vacumatt is the next-generation silicon non-slip pet mat with integrated bowl spaces. The product has ‘a modern lifestyle look’ and its uniqueness lies in the technology which allows the mat to create a suction to the floor. Available as a single and double diner and in three sizes (250ml, 500ml and 900ml), the mat comes in a light grey to complement most domestic environments. Retail prices range from £9.99 for the 250ml single diner to £29.99 to the 900ml double diner. Vacumatt has been trademarked in Europe and Classic Pet Products is the exclusive distributor in the UK.
Classic Pet Products 01422 240084 classic@caldex.com

CSJ has brought out a turmeric tincture, TurmerTinc. Turmeric, sometimes called ‘the wonder supplement’, is reputed to offer many benefits including decreasing inflammation while aiding digestion and providing pain relief. TurmerTinc is a blend of extracts of turmeric and cracked black pepper, and has been developed by CSJ’s herbalist. The non-messy turmeric product comes in an easy-dose 250ml bottle. The highly palatable tincture has a dosage rate of 1ml per 10kg of body weight, which the company says ‘is all that is needed to deliver the many natural benefits of this new turmeric tincture’, making it ideal for fussy dogs.
CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds 01745 710470 www.csjk9.com
Group55, the UK manufacturer of pet grooming products, has once again added to its growing list of accolades by winning the Scale-Up Business of the Year Award in the North West FSB Awards 2018. 
A huge fire has destroyed the majority of a garden centre that was home to a Maidenhead Aquatics outlet.
RSPCA animal collection officer Kim Sheriff was called to a field in Hawkshaw, Greater Manchester, after two girls found a stricken sheep in a bit of a tight spot – with its head stuck in a tree!
A fifth of workplaces in the UK allow employees to take pets into the office, according to a new survey, yet a similar proportion (22%) of workers have complained about the furry companions. 
Premier Epos has selected the seven lucky winners of its £30,000 giveaway.
 
More and more consumers are shopping online late into the night, according to ecommerce delivery expert ParcelHero, which predicts this year will see the first 24-hour home deliveries, as retailers seek to make a killing in the late night ‘vampire economy’.
Evidence of a giant penguin as big as a person has been discovered.
The winners of the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2018 have been revealerd at a glittering ceremony at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre after a record-breaking number of nominations. 
Specific lots of Milo’s Kitchen steak and burger bite dog treats have been recalled in the US by J.M. Smucker as they may contain high levels of beef thyroid hormone.
More Mountain, an independent chalet company based in the French Alps, is making furry friends guests of honour with a new package dedicated to ‘canine holiday indulgence’. 
A retailer has warned other traders to be vigilant after a ‘professional’ thief stole a wad of cash from under her nose.
Forthglade has introduced a new Sea Bass recipe to its range of natural wet meals for dogs. 
A lobster was found with a logo on its body.
 A 19-year-old terrier – the oldest dog the RSPCA has ever taken in to rehome – has found his paw-fect match with a retired widow from Coventry. 
Vets using homeopathy are NOT putting animals at risk, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Peregrine Livefoods has alerted customers that its systems are temporarily out of action.
Vets from charity PDSA are warning dog owners to take extra care when out walking after a fatal case of Alabama rot was confirmed in Manchester.
 A TV ad featuring a white Swiss shepherd dog – one of Britain’s newest pedigree dog breeds – has led to it getting the biggest increase in online puppy searches of any breed in the UK.
As research conducted by Barkpost shows that owners post about their dogs on social media six times per week, ball launcher brand Chuckit! is giving pet parents the opportunity to put their pet posts and pho-dog-graphy skills to the test once again with the return of the pupular Chuckit! Challenge competition.
A hen has escaped death after falling off the back of a slaughter lorry.
 Beaphar UK is once again launching its Worm Awareness Week – from May 26-June 3 this year – and is encouraging everyone to become a ‘seasoned wormer’ so they can ‘win against worms’.
Growth in the dog treats category has helped drive up the value of the total UK pet food market last year to reach a new high of £2.65bn (excluding wild bird).  
After a nationwide search, Bern Pet Foods has finally found its new Orijen brand ambassador – Elsa the lhasa apso.
Everyday drugs used in millions of homes across the UK could be a death sentence for pets if swallowed, PDSA warns.
Pet food brand Webbox Natural has broadened its range to include a variety of new products. 
In six short years, Unique Pets has established itself as a specialist raw food retailer and is now looking to open a third shop. But it’s not all been smooth sailing. Owner Jenna Tomlins talks about the challenges they face
Research by FURminator has revealed that for 40% of dog owners, temperament was the most important factor when it came to choosing their desired breed. This is followed by how suitable the breed is for a family setting, their size, appearance and general reputation. However, fewer than one in 10 Brits consider a breed’s grooming needs to be important.  
HiHo Silver has launched the Official Badminton Collection to mark its selection as the official jeweller for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
A team of divers and scientists has discovered a population of what is thought to be the world’s rarest fish.
The Bramton Company has appointed Neli Ban as its new international account manager, tasking her with strengthening partnerships with the company’s growing portfolio of international accounts. 
Eukanuba is searching for five dogs and their owners to become brand ambassadors and have the opportunity to try its new premium nutrition range before it is officially available to the public.
HayPigs! – home of the award-winning Guinea Pig Circus and designer of toys, feeders and accessories for guinea pigs and other small animals – launches a new, healthy dog treat, Guinea Poop, today.
Bestpets, the UK’s leading specialist pet wholesaler, has launched the essential guide Professional Trade Dog Grooming Products Brochure, which is available now on the Bestpets website best-pets.co.uk
To celebrate the fact that love knows no boundaries, award-winning pet food manufacturer Lily’s Kitchen has formed a unique partnership with Stonewall, Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, as part of a commitment to embrace diversity and promote equal rights for all.
At some point, most dog owners will wistfully look through old puppy photos and think, “They grow up so fast”. Well now, thanks to Pooch & Mutt, they don’t have to!
Pet and aquatic shopfitting specialist CASCO Pet has formed a new partnership with US pet industry giant Central Garden & Pet.
Dog-loving brides no longer have to leave their dog behind when heading away on their hen weekend – leading hen party expert GoHen.com has created pre-wedding weekends for people and pooches!
True Instinct has appointed PR and content agency The Lucre Group.
The selling power of a new Instagram shopping feature has not yet been harnessed by the largest national retailers in the UK, according to new research published by retail technology business Cybertill.
Vets are yet again urging pet owners to keep chocolate treats safely out of reach of inquisitive pets this Easter, as findings released by the British Veterinary Association reveal that six in 10 (62%) vets working in companion animal practice saw at least one case of chocolate poisoning over the Easter holidays last year.
Jonathon Moyce, managing director of Loving Pets Europe, has been nominated for the GTR-BExA Young Exporter Award by the British Export Association.
CITES has set up a Rural Communities Working Group to look at how communities can have a voice in its decisions, which can have such an effect on their livelihoods.
British pet bedding manufacturer Scruffs has returned with a spring in its step after its debut as an exhibitor at Iberzoo in Madrid this month.
Attendance at PATS Sandown held steady with a total of 1,801 visitors as the pet trade experienced two days of business activity.
Dog and cat food manufacturer Butcher’s Pet Care is transforming its operations to grow its market position after implementing a new manufacturing strategy supported by Integrated Food Projects.
A year-long study, which examined diet presentations and their effects on weight, feed intake and dental health, has shown that there are no significant differences in feeding rabbits muesli or nuggets. 
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect this May and according to Paula Tighe, a data protection professional at law firm Wright Hassall, businesses must start planning now
The large exhibitor group in this year’s British pavilion at Interzoo is offering buyers from across the world a multitude of new product launches at this year’s show.
The Scottish SPCA has been given a large amount of crunchy and meaty hedgehog food and bags of swan and duck food from Brambles Pet and Wildlife.
 A travel website offering customers a choice of more than 1,500 dog-friendly holiday cottages around the UK is searching for a new team member to fill the position of ‘canine critic’. The four-legged hiring, along with their humans, will be able to take advantage of complimentary holidays and breaks while reporting back on the destinations on offer.
WildWash is doing its bit for the environment by opening ‘refill stations’ in pet shops.
A farmer took her pony to the dentist – in the boot of her car!
The UK pet dog population has hit a new record at 9m dogs, says the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association. 
Fish4Dogs has boosted its sales team by bringing on board an experienced business manager from the pet industry and promoting one of its knowledgeable customer service advisors into new positions.
A family-run veterinary firm with 18 practices across the UK is introducing a pet-friendly policy that will enable its entire team of 220 people to benefit from ‘peternity’ leave.
With National Pet Month just around the corner, the British Hen Welfare Trust is encouraging the public to re-home a hen and experience keeping pets of the feathered kind. 
A duck that lost its foot is now able to walk thanks to a group of schoolchildren.
Paddock Trading – maker of Overby Farm pet healthcare products – has introduced a full private label solution across its entire range of 47 products. 
More than 60,000 people are expected to visit China’s Ornamental Fish Championship later this year.
Direct Food Ingredients is celebrating achieving the top AA grade in the BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers, making the firm one of the first ingredients suppliers in the UK to gain this high level accreditation. 
Pets at Home is running a series of free workshops for families this Easter. 
Symply Pet Foods has recruited two new sales managers. Ben Moore has joined the Buckingamshire company as area sales manager for East Anglia and and Ben Stockley will be looking after the South West.
Trilanco has appointed a new international team to support the continued growth and expansion of its agricultural, equine and pet products wholesale business overseas.
Ken Burgess, a former board member of the Pet Care Trust, has put his shop in New Addington, Croydon up for sale.
Designer dog homes are to go on display in London this Spring.
A juvenile caiman has joined the Amazonian exhibit at Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. 
A Surrey-based dog care company has scooped a business award.
The organisers of Glee – the UK’s leading annual exhibition for the garden retail industry at the NEC, Birmingham on September 10-12 – say the show’s dedicated pet sector, Pets at Glee, will be ‘bigger and better than ever’ this year.
The Pet Industry Federation, the UK’s largest trade association for the pet industry, has revealed an exclusive new broadband and telephone package for PIF members from its telecoms partner, PIF Telecom.
Arden Grange has revamped its Crunchy Bites dog treat range, with new packaging, treat size and recipe.
Pooch & Mutt says its new wet food range enforces the brand’s commitment to sustainably-sourced, quality food and has the environment at its heart.
New research suggests that one in 10 puppies need a new home after just ONE MONTH of pet ownership.
The PetQuip Awards are set to take centre stage on the first night of PATS Telford again this year.
A pet shop owner is facing a race against time to find a home for a family of meerkats.
Marine brand Aquaforest has released a new range aimed specifically at freshwater. 
The pet trade has given PATS Sandown a thumbs-up with exhibitors and visitors saying it was one of the best shows in its 10-year history.
This year is the start of something new for Naturediet Pet Foods. The British manufacturer of natural dog food has a new sales team in place, a major rebrand planned for September and new products in the pipeline.
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.
A giant Greenland shark is possibly the oldest living vertebrate in the world.
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.
Plans to ban the sale of Channa and three aquatic plant species across the whole of the UK have had a reprieve following a challenge by OATA to the EU.
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.
Phelps the hedgehog has received hydrotherapy.
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.
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.
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.

New to the Pawtato range from Benevo – Purple Sweet Potato Knots. These ‘tasty chewable treats’ are made from a blend of organically grown, non-GM purple and orange sweet potatoes (a great source of antioxidants), along with highly digestible rice. “These irresistible dog chews are a healthy, meat-free alternative to rawhide. Free from wheat, gluten, dairy and soya, they make an ideal, hypoallergenic choice for dogs that suffer from sensitivities.” Available from Best Pets, Pedigree Wholesale and Vital Pet Products. Pawtato is at PATS Stand F9.
Pawtato  02392 453355 www.pawtatochews.co.uk spud@pawtatochews.co.uk

Green & Wilds is launching three products in the 100% natural Wild Bill’s Outback Tucker range. Camel Hide Chews are gluten-free, hypoallergenic tough chews, ‘a great alternative to rawhide’. Kangaroo Krunch is low in saturated fats, yet high in minerals and protein. Buffalo Mini Bites are lean and lower in cholesterol and higher in protein, iron and essential fatty acids than beef. In its From the Farm range, Green & Wilds is adding Lucky Duckies, a lean, protein source rich in iron and a source of amino acids. See the full range on Stand C14 at PATS Sandown.
Green & Wilds  01225 892501 www.greenandwilds.co.uk contact@greenandwilds.co.uk

Celtic Connection Holistic Pet Food recipes are grain-free and gluten-free recipes proudly produced in the UK using a single-source protein philosophy and therapeutic levels of herbs and joint support. “Our naturally hypoallergenic recipes for dogs and cats include both fresh and dried, ethically-farmed, human-grade quality (HGQ) British ingredients and are steamed to retain more of the natural vitamins and minerals in our fresh ingredients for a long, healthy, active life.” Visit us at PATS, Stand S16, to learn more about our food.
Celtic Connection www.celticconnectionpetfood.co.uk linda@emgeetrading.com

Winner of the coveted Best In Show award at Superzoo in 2017, West Paw Rowdies are available in the UK from Collarways. The range is designed, developed and tested for toughness over hours of rough dog action. The addition of the unique and innovative Zogoflex ‘chew zones’ provide a durable, designated area for dogs who love to gnaw and nibble. Rowdies are also filled with IntelliLoft, West Paw’s exclusive eco-fiber, made from recycled plastic which washes clean, is non-toxic and third-party certified safe. Rowdies are covered by the Love It Guarantee for a one-time replacement or refund per household. Visit PATS Sandown stand T17.
Collarways 01747 830021 info@collarways.com

Different Dog is bringing the first home-cooked, frozen dog food to the UK retail market. The food is hand-cooked in Different Dog’s kitchen in Shropshire, using fresh, locally sourced, human-grade ingredients. All meals are made in small batches, nutritionally balanced by its vet and pet nutritionist, ‘packed full of flavour and rapidly frozen to lock in the goodness’. Recipes are grain-free and contain at least 60% fresh British meat, seasonal fruit and veg, with no nasties. ‘As well as being full of fresh, natural goodness, the food is tail-waggingly tasty!’ Visit PATS Sandown Stand S8 to learn more.
Different Dog 01743 384562 feedme@differentdog.com
 

Brambles Pet and Wildlife offers wildlife food that is ‘highly nutritious and palatable, and doesn’t contain harmful ingredients like mealworms, peanuts, sunflower hearts, sugar, dried fruit or high fat’. An approved supplier to RSPB, it works closely with wildlife rescues who ‘love our food and ethos’. Products include Crunchy Hedgehog Food 900g (RRP £4.79), 2kg (£8.59); Meaty Hedgehog Food 400g (£1.29); Floating Swan & Duck Food 1.75kg (£7.99) & 12.55kg (£27.99).
Brambles Pet and Wildlife 07736 402498 www.bramblespaw.co.uk

Award-winning Pet Munchies are launching at PATS a superior premium, healthy, gourmet dental stick made using 100% natural quality, human-grade ingredients. Duck & Sweet Potato Dental Sticks are designed to satisfy a dog’s natural instinct to chew and can help reduce tartar and plaque for healthy teeth and gums. Grain and gluten free, they are ‘a great source of dietary fibre, and dogs love the taste of duck and sweet potato’. Rich in antioxidants minerals and vitamins, they can help promote a healthy skin and coat. “Full of natural goodness, essential for optimal health, makes this chew exceptional.”  Visit PATS Sandown Stand J3 to learn more.
pet munchies www.pet-munchies.com
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! 
Specialist wholesaler Trilanco has appointed Donna Kelly as national accounts manager as part of an expansion of its sales team.
More than 1,000 fish have died in a tank at a popular Tokyo aquarium due to suspected oxygen deprivation. 
Supreme Petfoods has brought its US sales and marketing functions in-house.
One thing’s for certain, pet store owners Elise Sandiford and Mel Randle have made their mark on Posh Petz in Peterborough, taking the description ‘unique’ to a whole new level
A stranded sheep had a lucky escape after being helped out of a muddy marsh.
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. 
UK-based Podium Pet Products, which took both Dog Rocks and Pet Remedy branded lines to the US and Canadian market, has appointed Kim Goldsworthy as sales director for North America.
 
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.
Trixie has promoted Russell Cook to the new role of national sales manager UK. 
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.
Tetra has expanded its Starter Line range with an 80-litres aquarium that comes as a complete set.
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 Bigpaws.co has received an award certificate from Theo Papthitis at his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) event held at Birmingham’s ICC.
Tetra has launched its Phosphate Minus and pH/KH Minus solutions. 
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.
Iguanas have been spotted falling from the sky.
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. 
EHEIM has launched its EHEIM skim marine 300 for marine aquariums up to 300 litres.  
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.
A cat almost died after swallowing a rat whole.
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.
Waterlife has relaunched its Ultramarine seasalt, which has been manufactured since the 1960s.
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.
Scientists are a step closer to ending the deadly and destructive practice of illegal cyanide fishing, thanks to new research.
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. 
A spokesman said: “Are you looking for a new aquarium cover? The EHEIM variluxLED would be a good choice because of its many advantages: It is suitable for most standard tank sizes (not only EHEIM aquariums) and the integrated LED lighting is both economical and efficient. 
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.
Sophie Richardson, of specialist wholesaler Trilanco, has passed the R-SQP exam so can now advise on medicines for farm animals, equine and companion animals. 
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.
Daniel Heron has joined Sharples Pet as key account executive covering the North of England.
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.  
A dog that was rescued from a puppy farm is enjoying life in her new home.
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. 
Intersand is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a promotion on all 14kg City Classic litter bags over the coming months with a toy mouse added inside each bag.
MDC Pet products is expanding its portfolio of products by adding the Aikiou range of interactive feeders.
Seeing the latest pet products launched under one roof is one of the major attractions for PATS visitors – and next month’s show at Sandown Park in Surrey is set to unveil an impressive number of new lines.
Pooch & Mutt has won the Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering ‘exceptional experiences’, as rated by real customers.
Aldi has launched its biggest range of pet food and products yet with prices starting at £1.99.
New business Brambles Pet and Wildlife says that, with hedgehogs on the endangered list, they need all the help they can get – but it is vital that they are given the correct food. 
Eden Holistic Pet Foods was launched a few short years ago in 2012 and is creating waves and growing a loyal following among both pet owners and retailers. Its secret, it says, is simplicity…
This year National Pet Month is urging pet owners and pet-loving businesses to become Pet Care Aware.
Newly-released retail sales figures for January show online growth slowing to 9.1% – down from 19.2% in January last year.
The UK Vodafone Group is marketing a tracking service that uses small devices to transmit the locations of children, pets and cars to parents and owners via a smartphone app.
JBL has redesigned its ProCristal UV-C range, making the units shorter by 10cm so they can fit in any cabinet.
Norbrook Laboratories has launched Fiproclear Combo, a treatment for the control and prevention of fleas, ticks and biting lice. The product is licensed for use on cats as well as dogs and can also be used on ferrets.
A young deer was spotted struggling to stand up on the thin ice on a lake in Oregon, in the US, almost recreating a scene from the Disney film Bambi.
Blue Cross has teamed up with three more vet practices to offer discounted treatment for pet owners on a low income.
As part of wider expansion plans, Scarsdale Vet’s Mickleover practice, in Derbyshire, has relocated to a newer, larger premises, offering pet owners a new practice to bring their pets to, less than a five-minute drive from the previous location.
Mars Petcare brand Perfect Fit is aiming to help owners keep their pets healthy with the launch of its Perfect Fit Plus Programme.
Leading dog and cat food manufacturer Town & Country Petfoods has developed a new product range for dogs in the company’s ‘It’s only natural’ range. 
A Bill that could end Hawaii’s commercial collecting of marine fish for the ornamental trade is being heard by Hawaii’s Senate Land & Water Committee.  
Mr Johnson’s has launched price-marked promotional packs of 2.25kg packs of Supreme rabbit and Supreme Guinea 2.25kg. 
A vet is set to tackle one of the world’s most treacherous summits.
The latest in the Meet the International Buyers events organised by the PetQuip and Gardenex associations will take place at the Federation’s head offices in Brasted, Kent on March 1.
Soopa’s natural toppings have proved ‘a huge success’ with dog owners and stockists alike, the company says.
UK-based Universal Flexibles has introduced biodegradable film to its packaging portfolio.
Australia will be the surprise key new market for the UK after Brexit, an export shipping specialist says.
Premium natural supplements business Lintbells says there are some important current trends that might make retailers consider a new approach to supplements. 
Over 60% of owners buy their dogs as puppies, according to recent research by Ceva Animal Health.
With an estimated 1.05m puppies in the UK and an average dog lifespan of 10 years, the focus for Royal Canin at PATS Sandown this spring will be on puppies and kittens.
Despite their extra experience and authority, employees in senior positions are more prone to workplace anxiety than any other role, new research shows.
Mackle Pet Foods is increasing its presence in Tesco stores nationwide from this month.
All exhibitor stands at PATS Sandown have now been sold.
Supreme Petfoods is looking forward to a busy 2018 after winning four top industry awards in 2017.
Hilton Herbs has introduced Borne One and  Borne Two liquid  herbal feed supplements for horses and ponies.
Zoomark International is staging Zoomark in Russia, in the international area of the ParkZoo trade fair in Moscow from September 19 to 21. 
A pig destined for the slaughterhouse is to host an art exhibition instead.
Half of us will ditch our date and spend our hard-earned cash on our beloved pets this Valentine’s Day according to new research.
Pet lovers are being urged to look after the hearts of their canine companions this Valentine’s Day with a campaign to boost health through improved diet and exercise.
 An independent Scottish pet shop has been highly commended in a national business award.
Valentine’s Day spending is expected to rise 8% this year in the US, driven by spending on pets, which will rise 27% to reach $75m (£54m), according to NRF.
Police are looking for two men after 10 snakes were stolen from a pet shop.
The British Veterinary Association has written to the greeting card industry asking for its help to curb the demand for flat-faced pets.
Natural supplement manufacturer Hilton Herbs has welcomed Lauren Kick to the company as marketing assistant.
A US business start-up that connects dog walkers with owners via a smartphone app has secured a $300m (£216m) investment from Japan's SoftBank Group. 
In six short years, grooming salon and boutique pet shop The Doghouse has 3,000 clients on its list. Owner Lauren Pavey talks about her plans and the challenges she faces

Henry Wag has launched the new Micro-Fibre Glove-Towel for cleaning and drying pets. The design allows added control of pets while offering highly absorbent and dirt-catching properties, making cleaning and grooming easier.
The Henry Wag range is aimed at owners with an active lifestyle and offers products to help maintain health and promote best practice in pet care. “The Glove-Towel enables easy cleaning of pets after muddy exercise, so removing barriers to a more active life.” The Henry Wag range of towels is available through 3P Enterprise with an RRP £7.99.
3p Enterprise 01594 810990 email sales@3penterprise.co.uk

Caldex’s market-leading polyresin aquarium range sees 29 new arrivals, all of which are available now, with a choice to suit all tastes, age groups and budgets. Each line is ‘beautifully detailed with a level of finish that is quite stunning’, says Caldex. Hand painted with non-toxic paints, these would be a welcome addition to any tank environment, large or small. Pictured here are the Winched Pails on a Tree stump (retailing from £13.99) and the Blue Coral (RRP £25.99).
Caldex 01422 240084 email classic@caldex.com

Following the successful launch of Yakers dog chews in April 2017, Kennelpak has launched its new Yakers Crunchy Bite range, available in Bars, Bites and Strips. Like the original Yakers dog chew, this delicious new range is made in the Himalayas using traditional methods from a mix of yak and cow’s milk. The difference is in the ‘crunch’. Each snack has ‘the perfect balance that’s not too hard and not too soft’. They’re also rich in protein and calcium, preservative and gluten free and can help fight plaque and tartar.
Kennelpak 0115 939 9077 www.yakers.co.uk
Evolution Aqua is growing its eaReefPro range to five models with the release of the new 600mm cube aquarium and cabinet.
 Ceva Santé Animale (Ceva) achieved growth of 20% and broke the billion euro barrier for the first time in 2017 with sales of €1.1bn. This performance consolidates its position as the sixth largest animal health company and leading French multinational in the sector.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of International Cat Care, previously known as the Feline Advisory Bureau, or FAB, a charity working towards a vision that all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding.
Skinner’s Pet Foods is supporting a neglected dog by donating a supply of its Field and Trial Hypoallergenic Duck and Rice.
A young woman who worked for the Pets at Home vet group has been killed along with her boyfriend in a helicopter crash in the US.
Animal ID and monitoring business the Allflex Group – parent brand of Allflex, SCR, Biomark and Sure Petcare – has changed its name to Antelliq.
Four months before the start of Interzoo 2018 in Germany, more exhibitors have already booked their booths than at the same point two years ago.
Following much confusion after the Fiji government announced on Facebook that it was banning the export of live rocks and corals from January 7, the country’s biggest coral and rock exporter has said that the ban has since been withdrawn.
A dog clothing and accessories range, originally supplied under the Shires Equestrian brand name, has been rebranded as Digby & Fox to avoid confusion since the Shires name and logo are completely focused on the equestrian industry.
A couple of adopted pets have become close travel buddies.
spoga horse spring, the international trade fair for equestrian sports in Cologne, attracted 182 exhibitors from 20 countries, who presented their autumn/winter collections to 3,700 trade visitors.
The low value of the pound, current freedom from tariffs at EU borders and a new generous US duty threshold means this is the ideal time for small and medium-sized businsses to take their first step overseas, ParcelHero told the Department for International Trade’s ‘Selling Online’ Conference.
The RSPCA is calling for mandatory licensing of airguns in England and Wales, saying it received 4,500 calls in five years about attacks on animals using such weapons.
Trade body the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has submitted a response to a governmental group on how catching live fish for the aquatics trade can help create a sustainable livelihood for fishermen.  
Henry Wag, the brand focused on ‘accessories to improve the health and wellbeing of pets’, is adding to its range with the launch of two new microfibre products that will be showcased at PATS Sandown next month. 
Irish Dog Foods has this week been named one of 11 national winners at an exclusive event held at the British Ambassador’s residence in Dublin for The European Business Awards.
Laughing Dog, one of the few pet food manufacturers in the UK to oven bake its entire range of dry food, is launching a new natural range.
The British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA) has asked a business to remove the BVDA logo from its labelling.
Aquatics brand Marina has developed two new kids aquariums where children can independently care for their own aquatic universe and inspire their imagination.
 A ban on puppy sales by pet shops and other ‘third party’ traders is to be explored by the government as part of a package of reforms to raise animal welfare standards.
Bird feed specialist Johnston & Jeff is offering special deals on stands displaying its range of nest boxes for wild birds.
 Redwings Horse Sanctuary has released a moving film depicting the story of the Amersham rescue survivors. 
Top winners in Arden Grange Pet Food’s four-month-long photo competition include Merlin, a Maine coon cat, and an image of playful dogs Harvey and Maddie splashing around in mud.
 A rapidly-growing shopping app on a mission to get people back into high street shops has opened its doors to London-based pet stores.
A goldfish who underwent seven operations for an eye tumour has died from an unrelated illness.
JR Pet Products has been named Manufacturer of the Year in the West Wales Business awards 2018 and was also highly commended in the Small/Medium Business of the year category.
Among the many new products being launched by British suppliers exhibiting in the British pavilion at Global Pet Expo in the US will be luxury dog accessories, a range of pet treats and coats, pet cleaning and hygiene products, flea and bug repellents, chicken coop safety features and pet treat packaging.  
Following their first trade show at last year’s PATS Telford, Hidey Hidey and Memory Bloom are to exhibit at PATS Sandown for the first time next month.
King British wants to educate fish keepers that specialist fish need specialist food, and has launched a consumer campaign, Fuel your Catfish Crew.
Cargill has closed on its agreement to acquire Pro-Pet, an Ohio-based manufacturer of private label and co-manufactured pet foods, including premium dog food brand Black Gold.
Pet trade recruitment specialist Lynda Ward says established companies within the pet trade are gearing up their salesforces due to increasing numbers of new brands entering the market. 
Manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor Bunty Pet Products has invested in five new, state-of-the art stuffing machines, tripled its machinist workforce and brought on another UK-based material supplier in response to soaring customer demand.
 According to an independent survey of 200 HR professionals commissioned by private medical insurance company Collinson, nearly half (46%) of respondents expect more staff to be sent on long-term international assignments over the next three years.
Podium Pet Products will be exhibiting at Global Pet Expo in in Orlando, Florida next month.  
Nutrition specialist World Feeds has launched Vitalis Rift Lake Green Cichlid Flakes.
Canicross expert DogFit has launched its latest running waist belt and lines, designed and produced entirely in the UK. 
A cat was recued from a tree after being stranded for five days.
Ruffwear, the performance dog gear brand from Accapi, has launched a range of climbing-inspired products for adventurous dogs and their human companions. 
Premium equine grooming tools supplier Renwick & Sons has formed a partnership with The British Grooms Association.
 eSHa has brought out a veterinary medicine for ornamental fishes.
British pet food brand Little BigPaw is celebrating 2018 with rapidly-expanding UK and international partnerships and some impressive industry accolades to match. 
A villager who found a pig’s gallstone is in luck.
The team behind Glee – the annual trade exhibition for the garden retail industry – has been expanded with the recruitment of Daniel McAlpin, who will be responsible for raising awareness of Glee’s new dedicated pet sector – Pets @ Glee.
The organisers of PATS Sandown are inviting retailers to join the judging panel for the New Product Awards at Sandown Park next month – and there’s a bottle of champagne for each judge and the chance to have a sneak preview of the year’s most innovative new pet products.
Family-owned and run pet supplies business Aristocrat Pet Supplies has gone into administration and is up for sale.
Eheim has launched the aquaproLED complete professional tank sets for beginners comprising LED lighting, filter, heater and thermometer. 
A retailer has launched a 75:25 natural dry dog food product, and is looking to distribute the brand through other independents. 
AmPet Products has won the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards for Pet Accessory Wholesaler of the Year – UK 2018. 
 Quirky small animal accessories company HayPigs! is making its first appearance at PATS Sandown in March.
A Dorset veterinary practice is preparing to hit the road to deliver healthcare to poorly pets after a £100,000 investment.
Claire’s Comfy Canines has supported its local agricultural college for the last few years through the modern apprenticeship scheme and the work placement programme.
PATS Sandown has secured a strong line-up of speakers for two days of seminars designed to give pet retailers ahead-of-the-game ideas on new lines, new approaches and new profit potential.
A bear has allegedly made off with various weapons.
 Staff at the Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre are celebrating the arrival of an endangered baby axolotl salamander. 
Antos has introduced a new range of dog chews.
BETA International 2018 – the trade show for equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet products – welcomed 4,044 visitors and nearly 300 exhibitors from across the UK and overseas to the NEC, Birmingham.
The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund and Burgess Pet Care are celebrating a busy year of rabbit CPD roadshows as they begin planning their 2018 calendar. 
A Scottish aquatics shop owner has told how yobs poisoned a tank of marine fish in his shop worth more than £2,000.
Podium Pet Products has appointed of Brooke Saville as business development manager.
British pet bedding manufacturer Scruffs has reported an ‘insightful and successful’ debut exhibition at ExpoZoo in Paris. 
 Directors of raw dog food brand Poppy's Picnic played their very own game of thrones on BBC Dragons’ Den last night (Sunday)... and won! 
 International wildlife charity Born Free is ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ that wildlife ‘shockumentary’ Trophy is to be shown as part of Storyville on BBC4 at 9pm tonight (Monday, January 29).
Shoppers at Pets at Home stores are being invited to help unwanted cats as part of a fundraising weekend for Cats Protection being held from Friday- Sunday, March 2- 4.
Just over two years ago, the Robbs bought a pet shop in the picturesque Derbyshire town of Matlock, a popular tourist destination described as the gateway to the Peak District. Adam and Sarah say it’s the best thing they’ve ever done…
Research by feline veterinary behaviour product Feliway Friends, has revealed that over 65% of owners believe their cats get on with each other, yet nearly all of those questioned owned cats that displayed signs of multi-cat tension.
A woman came home to find her cats sprawled on the floor after eating marijuana.
A pet is disrupting family life with his temper.
A Wakefield veterinary centre has moved to newly-revamped premises as part of a regeneration of the towns Civic Quarter.
Pet owners are being urged to microchip their cats as new figures reveal that 87% of moggies taken into the RSPCA’s care are not chipped.
UK pet technology business Felcana has received seed funding from InseadAlum Ventures, a Singapore-based investment firm founded by INSEAD alumni. 
Pet business WildWash was named best small stand at equestrian, pet and country trade fair BETA International at the NEC, Birmingham this week.
The British Veterinary Association has welcomed a decision by the Scottish government to ban the use of electric collars and other electronic training devices.
The organisers of PATS Telford are going all out to ensure that September’s show is even better for its growing numbers of trade visitors and exhibitors.
Private equity group KKR has sold its remaining 62 million shares in Pets at Home, sending share prices down by 2.6%.
 
Natural pet food brand Almo Nature is transferring all its profits to a Foundation, Fondazione Capellino, which will fund projects that protect cats and dogs.
 Helen Warren-Piper has been appointed sales director at Mars Pet Nutrition UK. She will also join the Mars Petcare UK leadership team.
A pair of kittens have become inseparable – and they have something in common.
 After more than a decade as chief executive, Peter Hepburn is leaving Cats Protection.
At least 200 e-commerce businesses don’t expect to survive the massive growth in returns over the Christmas period.
 Photizo Light Therapy co-sponsored the 35th Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Rally, held on January 27–28.
A fossil containing what could be the world's oldest eye has been discovered.
The equestrian industry turned out in style to celebrate and reward the winners of the 2018 BETA Business Awards, which were announced during the British Equestrian Trade Association’s annual Gala Dinner, at the National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham, on Monday.
The raw pet food manufacturer capped off a busy year by moving into its new home, a purpose-built site in Snetterton. Sandra Pearce is given a tour around the new offices and factory, and learns about the company’s plans
For the first time, Yorkshire Cat Rescue has rescued more than 1,000 cats in a single year.
A raw pet food manufacturer says demand has grown so quickly that it has had to move into bigger premises and now processes around 1,500 orders each month.
For the first time, Eukanuba’s Puppy of the Year competition will take place at Crufts on Sunday, the final day. Eukanuba will also host the UK final of the Eukanuba Champion Stakes competition on Thursday.
Tetra has refreshed its pond range with a new packaging design, offering clear and modern labelling to help communicate product uses and benefits more easily for fishkeepers.
Two entrepreneurs have combined their love of pets and their passion for e-commerce to set up an online pet store with a projected annual turnover of £1m.
An injured lamb has been given a new lease of life. Alistair Jenkin found Lamby in a field when she was only two days old and he has been caring for her since then.
Following reports that Ant McPartlin and his wife, Lisa Armstrong, are set to do battle over their dog, Hurley, a pet expert has expressed concerns over the welfare of dogs in such situations and has given advice on how to avoid it.
Natural dog food and treat brand Fenton & Charles has launched a new treat for 2018, Roast Duck Wings, adding another product to its range of natural treats and complete dog foods.
EHEIM has launched what is says is ‘an elegant aquarium combination with integrated LED lights’, the EHEIM proxima classicLED.
 A nationwide appeal has been launched by My Nametags to find human look-a-likes for the dogs at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, encouraging people to share images.
One animal shelter has come up with a magic idea to help get dogs adopted.
Eurofins Food Testing UK has received approval from Defra for the testing of animal by-products.
A dog creche took centre stage at a special theatre performance of ‘The Hundred And One Dalmatians’ in Birmingham, when volunteers from Fish4Dogs gave a helping hand to some four-legged VIP guests. 
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) yesterday (January 18) declared a bird flu prevention zone across the whole of England, requiring all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.
Two unusual cats are looking for a new home.

Pet Munchies has launched a new premium, gourmet, crunchy treat which is made with 100% natural, human-grade beef liver, delicately hand-baked to perfection. Beef Liver Crunch is ‘a great source of protein, vitamins, good fatty acids and many other minerals and nutrients which helps maintain good health’. The single-source protein treat is grain and gluten free, and contains no artificial colours or flavours. Now available at all good wholesalers.
Pet Munchies www.pet-munchies.com

GHS Direct offers High Level Disinfectant Wipes for use in high to low-risk areas. The wipes can eliminate 99.9% of all known bacteria, viruses, yeast and fungi, and can decontaminate hard-surfaced areas including surgical equipment, tools, metals, plastics, rubbers and glass. They are effective against ‘specific disease-causing organisms’ and can be used for general disinfectant cleaning. Multi-functional, they will cut through grease, grime and dirt, and are convenient and portable to use in their large counter-top tubs. “Our wipes are non-woven, strong, absorbent, lint and taint free”.
GHS Direct 01268 513210 www.ghs-direct.com

This month sees the launch of a new cat recipe by Eden Pet Foods – Country Cuisine for Cats. Using Suffolk duck, grass-reared lamb, rabbit and venison, 85% of the composition comes from these high-quality human-grade meats. Country Cuisine for Cats is completely free from grain, cereals, chemical preservatives and additives. Available in 400g, 1.5kg and 4kg bags, they sit alongside the company’s existing Original Cuisine recipe and offer a great addition to shelves to start 2018.
Eden Pet Foods 01782 322409 www.edenpetfoods.com
Following on from Forthglade’s natural grain-free functional treats for dogs, the Devon company is launching a new limited edition treat just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

Pet Munchies has received the K9 magazine award for Best Product 2017 for its new Chicken & Sweet Potato Dental Sticks, a super premium, gourmet dental stick made using 100% natural, human-grade chicken and sweet potato. Designed to satisfy a dog’s instinct to chew, the treats can help reduce tartar and plaque for healthy teeth and gums. They are grain and gluten free, a source of dietary fibre, and rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to help promote healthy skin and coat. “Full of natural goodness that is essential for optimal health, makes this chew exceptional.” Available from all good wholesalers.
Pet Munchies www.pet-munchies.com
An experienced pet trade specialist, who loves to mountaineer in her spare time, aims to take Fish4Dogs to new heights as its sales director.
 Lily’s Kitchen is urging pet food manufacturers to tackle plastic waste and ‘ditch the pouch’ in favour of more recyclable packaging. 
Sainsbury’s has launched its own range of hypoallergenic pet food, the biggest investment the retailer has ever made in its pet food range.
A diver from South Tyneside has turned his passion for marine life into a thriving aquatics business.
Sharples Pet’s best-selling dog toy, the 5 Senses Ball, is now available in a smaller size, too.
A gerbil has been given a traditional Viking funeral.
Pet bed specialist Scruffs says its Christmas Extravaganza event was ‘a massive success’ and was seen by more than a million people around the world.
Heights Farm Premium Pet Foods is aiming for even greater heights with the launch of its new franchise business.
It’s the last chance to nominate individuals or teams for the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2018, which celebrate the achievements of welfare heroes from the farming, veterinary and charity industries.
Scott ‘Scotty Dog’ Mitchell took time out of the 2018 British Darts Organisation World Championships to meet the dogs at the Millbrook Animal Centre
 Inspired Pet Nutrition, the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food, is investing around £1.5m in new equipment at its Dalton Mill site near Thirsk in North Yorkshire to meet increased demand for its range of pet food.
Laughing Dog Food has this week launched a new online PR campaign entitled ‘Dog happy by 
nature’. 
A Rottwieler surprised her owners when she gave birth to 15 puppies.
Lily’s Kitchen recorded an impressive rate of revenue growth of 36% year on year to the end of March last year.
FURminator will be returning to Crufts this year as the show’s official grooming partner. 
Pet food manufacturer Fish4Dogs has pledged its support to a charity that works to maintain the bond between pets and their owners when age or infirmity affect their lives.
 
 Defra has confirmed that avian influenza of the H5N6 strain has been detected in 17 wild birds in Dorset.
A cat had a lucky escape after she was trapped in a car engine.
 Passion & Profession: spoga horse – the spring international trade fair for equestrian sports – opens its doors from February 4-6.
 Dog boarding franchise Wagging Tails has welcomed its very own Hearing Dog puppy – black Labrador Neve.
 New business Feldyfare says the wild bird food market has been ‘seriously devalued’.
 UK dog trainer and author Dom Hodgson has gone from training pooches to helping pet business owners make more money.
 Raw pet food market leader Natures Menu has launched a new website.
A fire has destroyed a grooming salon that opened only five weeks ago.
 About 60,000 visitors attended the China International Pet Show in Shanghai.
 Arcadia Reptile’s EarthPro products are now available in Australia via Arcadia Reptile and Bird Australia, an independent agent supplying the brand alongside HabiStat to trade and retail customers.
From April to October, the All About Dogs extravaganza will visit Trinity Park in Ipswich, Newbury Showground, Newark Showground, the Brentwood Centre in Essex, Norfolk Showground and Hylands Park in Chelmsford.
Dogmatic won the ‘Product I can’t live without’ category of the Your Dog magazine Product Awards 2017/18. 
Royal Canin opened the New Year opens with two new appointments in the marketing team, enabling the company to focus on growing business in the specialist pet trade and with dog and cat breeders.
Build-to-rent developer Be is offering pet-friendly tenancies at its new be:here Hayes development in West London.
The University of Liverpool has launched a pioneering senior feline study in partnership with Royal Canin. 
 A new pet shop selling natural food has opened in Somerset.
Leading UK supplier of herbal products for dogs and cats Dorwest Herbs has launched a new supplement – Neutradog. 
Following the growth of Carnilove dry cat food, which is now in independent pet stores throughout the UK, BSB Products has started importing and distributing Carnilove canned wet cat food. 
Burgess Pet Care is launching a selection of products from its Excel range of small animal food into the grocery sector.
A private equity company has invested in pet supplements company Lintbells. 
Masked robbers have targeted a pet shop, taking cash from a safe before fleeing.
Manchester-based pet bed specialist Scruffs has launched of a Divan pillow bed to complement its existing Chester bedding collection.
Premium baked dog food brand Nineteen87 and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity have launched a two-year partnership to raise at least £55,000 by December 2019.
Vets fear that the number of dogs needing invasive surgery to correct painful breed-related deformities will continue to soar as their clients choose to copy big brands and image-obsessed celebrities in their choice of dog breed.
The PetQuip export association has secured cash grants for three major international pet product trade exhibitions in 2018-19
Office furniture retailer Kit Out My Officehas compiled a list of the most annoying office phrases that it believes should be stamped out.
A pet-friendly hotel has been put to the test.
Mars Petcare has introduced Pedigree Ranchos Original Treats, a new dog treat that sees Pedigree enter the fast-growing ‘meaty’ sub-segment (jerky or dried meat style treats).
Three veterinary surgeons working in practice, business, academia and education have been appointed to the board of trustees of the Animal Welfare Foundation.
Cats Protection has received a donation of more than £3,000 from online gift company Wordynumnum to help unwanted cats and kittens.
Oscar Pet Foods has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 30 franchise companies.
Mars Petcare has launched a new premium cat treat – Sheba Creamy Snacks, the first UK care and treat product from the super-premium brand.
Inspired Pet Nutrition – the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food – has strengthened its commercial team with three new national account appointments.
Pet businesses have been congratulating PATS on a milestone anniversary as it prepares for its 10th Sandown show in March. 
Kittens rescued from a warehouse have appeared on TV.
A North West town’s last remaining pet store closed down at Christmas.
Animals do the funniest things… but sometimes they get themselves in a bit of a pickle and need a helping hand.
Singaporean ornamental fish exporter Qian Hu Corporation has recorded its strongest results with a S$142,000 (£79,400) net profit for its third quarter ended Sept 30, 2017. This was up from S$5,000 (£2,800) a year ago.
Marina has developed two new children’s glass aquariums which it says is perfect for a first aquarium where children can ‘independently care for their own aquatic universe and inspire their imagination’.
Tetra has sponsored the Kids Zone at the National Pet Show, held in Birmingham over the first weekend in November.
JBL has launched its JBL ProPond Autumn food, a food designed specifically for the autumn pond.
Eheim launched its LEDcontrol, which is designed to control the different lighting options required to ‘simulate nature’s colours and moods’.
Today sees Britain’s five million Christmas returns reach a peak – but not every return will be entirely legitimate, which can prove costly for retailers.
Dale Frankland and James Goodchild are determined to advance the marine-keeping hobby and have opened their dream shop in Suffolk. They talk about their journey and plans for the future.
It might be the world’s most unusual ‘sweet 16 party’ but staff at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre were determined to mark the 16th birthday of their African dwarf crocodiles in style.
With 49% of dogs and 44% of cats in the UK now considered overweight or obese by vets, Iams is encouraging pet lovers to take action with its Pet Pledge from today (January 2).
Unipet has launched a hen starter pack for the New Year.
A pet shop found an unusual visitor in its store room.
Yorkshire-based White Cross Vets has been named Overall Winner as well as winning the Employer of the Year award at this year’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) National Business Awards sponsored by Clydesdale Bank.
Royal Canin has launched a series of advertisements in the national press targeting dog owners.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has appointed Greg Van Praagh, director of Benyfit Natural, to its Executive Committee. 
Celebrating its second consecutive year as a sponsor of Crufts, Iams will this year return to the world’s biggest dog show as the official sponsor of Flyball. 
Scruffs is refurbishing its 100% recycled range.
Recruiters and candidates alike need to be on their toes when it comes to clinching job vacancies, says Lynda Ward, owner of ‘no-hire, no-fee’ pet industry recruitment specialist Pet Trade Solutions. 
Shining stars, unsung heroes and a vet dubbed Wonder Woman were recognised at VetPartners’ inaugural awards in York.
Lauren Brecher has been appointed as the new Whimzees brand manager at WellPet.  
Cats Protection will be launching its 2018 knitting bee challenge at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at London’s Olympia in March.
 A beagle from Middlesbrough has been named biggest loser in the UK’s largest pet slimming competition after shedding an incredible 34% of his bodyweight in six months.
 Trilanco has welcomed four new customer service and sales co-ordinators to its tele-support team based in Wesham, Lancashire. 
Henry Wag – which manufactures accessories ‘to improve the health and wellbeing of pets’ – has launched a consumer competition to win a selection of branded microfibre pet cleaning and drying products.
Dogs Trust has revealed the shocking reasons why people give up dogs as the charity prepares for a post-Christmas influx of unwanted dogs.
The sale of festive Christmas cards has raised more than £500,000 for the RSPCA over the past 10 years.
A former gymnast has a bright future at a Lancashire vets after defying medical odds when an horrific car crash left her in a coma.
Just for corydoras, Natures Grub has brought out Corydoras Sticks, a probiotic insect meal-based 2.5mm stick food for corydoras with an RRP of £3.99. 
Britain’s pets are firmly on Father Christmas’s ‘nice’ list this year, as the number of pet owners buying presents for their pets has almost tripled in the last 12 months.
A survey by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association of 215 veterinary professionals at the London Vet Show last month has highlighted a rise in obesity among cats and dogs, which now stands at 52% of dogs and 47% of cats – 3% higher than 2016 levels. Small mammals and birds fare slightly better, with vets confirming 32% and 12% respectively are overweight or obese.
The Guide Dogs International Festival of Working & Assistance Dogs 2018 – which was due to take place in Blackpool in February – has been postponed ‘for logistical reasons’.
 A young beagle and his owner, who were subjected to a terrifying attack in a city park, were given an early Christmas present yesterday (Thursday) after premium pet food company, Fish4Dogs heard about their ordeal.
Aqua One brought out the OakStyle 110 at AQUA 2017, an oak-effect aquarium set including LED lighting, filter, heater and cabinet.
Pet product suppliers will be benefiting from enhancements to garden and leisure trade show Glee in 2018, organisers say.
It will be a tearful Christmas at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre after the death of its most famous resident Dippy the penguin.
Edgard & Cooper has brought out a festive feast for dogs, available until the end of December in a 100g small tray retailing at £1.09 and a 400g can at £2.29.
The number plates from a van belonging to a cat rescue charity have been stolen from the charity's centre.
A Hawaii court has upheld an earlier decision to ban the commercial collecting of marine fish for the ornamental trade.
Pet food franchise Oscar Pet Foods says it has had a successful 2017 with more franchisees signing up.
Preparations for spoga horse spring 2018 are in full swing, with big brands from the international equestrian sport industry confirming their participation at the event which runs from February 4-6 in Cologne, Germany.
There is no such thing as a fussy dog, says Pet Munchies founder Suzanne Rothman, they’re only demonstrating they’ve got good taste. Sandra Pearce meets for a coffee and talk about the rise of the natural gourmet pet treats manufacturer and her plans for the future
Better-than-feared Black Friday sales helped Britain’s High Street retailers to a respectable 1.6% growth in sales volumes and a healthy 4.7% increase in the amount spent compared with November 2016, according to Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures released last week.
Monkfield Nutrition and Euro Rep are merging their businesses.
Paul Dennison has joined Pooch & Mutt as commercial manager after three years working on online grocer Ocado’s pet specialist site Fetch.co.uk.
The country’s only government-registered ornamental marine hatchery is now up and running and supplying the trade with a selection of clownfish, seahorses and peppermint shrimps.

LOC8TOR has launched what it says is the ‘smallest and most accurate locating device’ for finding cats. Attaching to a cat’s collar, the Tabcat uses radio frequency technology and is accurate enough to find where cats might be hiding in the house or in neighbouring gardens and streets. It weighs 6g and has a range of up to 120m, boasting an accuracy of 2.5cm.
tabcat www.mytabcat.com 0208 207 0880 email sales@mytabcat.com  www.mytabcat.com
Canicross expert and specialised products provider DogFit is helping rescue dogs in Guildford, Surrey.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes went to Squire’s Garden Centre and were happy to ‘paws’ for a photo with Santa while the ‘puparazzi’ (or owners) snapped away! Santa rewarded all good dogs with some tasty treats.
New research has revealed the 10 most costly dogs to keep and, unsurprisingly, they are all larger dogs – except for one, the trendy French bulldog. 
An animal loving heavy goods vehicle driver is the latest new franchisee to join award-winning business The Dog Walker. 
Aquatics manufacturer Certikin International is to distribute the Bermuda pond product range next year. The ownership, marketing and promotion of Bermuda brand will remain with Evolution Aqua.
Pet bed specialist Scruffs has revamped its Siberian bedding range for the winter season.
A visit to Brussels by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association last week proved to be well-timed with Theresa May also flying in to agree phase one of the UK’s Brexit deal.
More than 100 cases of HiLife pet food have been given to the Trussell Trust Leicester South foodbank in Wigston to give struggling owners a helping hand this Christmas.
Thieves escaped with exotic animals, cash and charity boxes after breaking into a Lancashire pet shop. 
Eukanuba has launched an online store locator for retailers to promote themselves as stockists.
Aquatics and water gardening specialist OASE is being acquired by US private equity firm Argand Partners, with management acquiring a share in the company as part of the transaction. The financial terms of the deal are undisclosed.
 
Emergency services swung into action when a cat became stranded on a roof.
Pero (Foods) has finished the year on a high with yet another award.
American pet store chain PetSmart has appointed Joshua Kanter as executive VP of marketing and customer experience.

Doggy’s Cuppa is a range of herbal teas for dogs formulated by a veterinary surgeon. Its brews aim to boost health and the immune system, to energise or calm, to support digestion or to detox, and there are even special brews for ageing, obese and working dogs. Doggy’s Cuppa can be served as a cold drink, poured over food or sprinkled dry as a spice. Its herbal blends contain no added flavours or preservatives and are caffeine free. “We add nothing your doggie does not need. All ingredients are of the best quality and we think your four-legged friend will know this!”
Doggy's Cuppa 074 5902 6751 email info@doggyscuppa.com

Caldex has introduced a stunning array of non-toxic silicon Aqua Lumo aquarium plants. There are 12 superior-quality items to choose from, all of which really do ‘shine’ under tank illumination, as seen in these images. Supplied in individual, clear, shelf-ready, box-display packaging, the range is completely safe for all freshwater tank environments. Retail prices range from £4.39 to £11.59.
Classic Pet Products 01422 240084 www.classicpetproducts.co.uk
The first groomery by PetSmart has opened in Oak Park, Illinois followed by a Manhattan, New York location.
To tie in with the release of the new Star Wars movie, ‘The Last Jedi’, Pooch & Mutt has launched a tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign featuring dogs dressed up as some of the film’s best-known characters to promote the company’s Junk-Free dog chews.
A deer was found wandering in a forest with a pumpkin stuck on its head.
Animals lovers will spend more on their dogs than their nearest and dearest this Christmas.
Bitcoin’s value has soared since the beginning of October, as crypto currencies gain respectability with e-commerce fulfilment expert ParcelHero saying its value will continue to rise.
Earthpro limited stocks of its new starter kit, designed for new keepers and those who want to give EarthPro a trial.
Many stores’ Christmas final online order dates will be earlier than last year, warns e-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero.
As if taking over a pet shop was not challenging enough, Potty About Pets owner Meg Johnson faced additional stresses that were completely out of her hands…
A fish that some people claim bears the face of Jesus has fans lining up for selfies.
Fenton & Charles has introduced organic shampoo in Lavender, Zesty Orange, Mint & Eucalyptus, and Fragrance Free. 
Agricultural, equine and pet products wholesaler Trilanco has agreed exclusive trade sales and distribution rights of Westgate EFI (WEFI) brands.
A new law will increase sentences for animal cruelty and ensure animal sentience is reflected in domestic law, under plans published by the Environment Secretary today (Tuesday).
Manchester-based pet bed specialist Scruffs ran a 10-day £1,000 giveaway to mark the start of the festive season.
Nestlé Purina PetCare has unveiled its first Purina in Society Report, which shares highlights of the progress made against Purina’s 10 commitments to society and showcases success stories from across Europe that demonstrate the value of the pet-human bond.
A group of dogs have had the VIP treatment at a swimming pool.
Cotswold RAW is a raw pet food manufacturer based in the Cotswolds on a mission to introduce more dogs to the concept of raw and making it easier for retailers and owners to give it a go
Scientists are a step closer to ending the deadly and destructive practice of illegal cyanide fishing, thanks to new research.
The owners of a pet shop said they feel forced out of their unit after their landlord increased their rent by 60%.
Lorry driver Anthony Anderson was up in County Durham when he heard a meowing from inside his vehicle.
A heated bed, an electronic squeaking mouse and a floor-to-ceiling scratching post are among 10 Christmas gift ideas for cats suggested by Heavy, a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program for advertising. Natural, grain-free treats and special grass to aid digestion make the list as well.
Linda Tabone is a foster mum with a difference – the orphans she looks after are wombats.
A dog frightened by fireworks found herself stuck fast.
The Scottish SPCA is seeking the owner of a cat who found her way on to a delivery truck heading to Kilmarnock.
A survey by pet products manufacturer Rosewood Pet Products reveals that one in ten pet owners spends more than £1,000 a year replacing household items destroyed by pets. 
A new start-up has launched herbal teas made using loose leaf herbs for dogs.
Pet food franchise Oscar Pet Foods says it has had a successful 2017 with more franchisees signing up.
Dog Hair Day, a naturally fragranced, paraben-free herbal blend shampoo, has been reformulated and repackaged to expand distribution and broaden its customer base. 
Trixie has launched a range of products from dental care to bedding and cat furniture.
A woman who bought a hamster has ended up with a £200 repair bill.
Burns Pet Nutrition has donated a bumper Christmas dinner package to a group of RAF working dogs.
A former Paralympic gold medallist led an inspiring day for franchisees at Wagging Tails’ 2017 Franchise Conference in the New Forest.
The new Pixar film Coco features a charismatic, bald character, Dante, who is a Mexican hairless dog or Xoloitzcuintli.
As many as 70% of dog owners say they prioritise quality over quantity when it comes to buying their dogs food.
 A Surrey-based dog crèche company has scooped a top national business award.
Age isn’t getting in the way of Cleo – a year after a life-saving operation.
British cat lifestyle brand Cheshire & Wain has teamed up with Choupette’s Diary – the viral digital personality responsible for Karl Lagerfeld’s real-life high fashion feline, Choupette – to create a luxury kitty collar inspired by her ‘sense of style’.
Y-Cam has launched a smart security system to protect homes and pets.  
A garden centre involved in a long-running dispute with its local council has been given the green light to sell Christmas trees and ‘celebrate Christmas after all’. 
Luxury treats manufacturer The Innocent Pet Care Company has launched a range of premium treats for rabbits and guinea pigs.
A family was surprised after its pet tortoise that had vanished was found six miles from home.
A pet retailer moved by a memorial to a young puppy is equipping pet owners with skills to save their dogs’ lives.
Pet insurance provider Vetsure has had two nominations for the Insurance Times Awards, within the categories of Insurer Claims Initiative of the Year and Insurer Innovation of the year.
The results of a rabbit feeding trial were announced to delegates attending the Pet Industry Federation’s Forum on Tuesday, November 28, at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.
CSJ is urging pet owners to be extra vigilant over Christmas and the New Year.  
A badger was discovered having a sleep in a kitchen!
Amazon has removed the controversial pet electric shock mats that it was selling during its Black Friday sales.
A 1,200-signature letter calling for the principle of Article 13 to be explicitly enshrined in UK legislation post-Brexit has been published in the Daily Telegraph.
Three pet companies have made it onto The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 list, a league table that ranks Britain's 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. 
James Wellbeloved has added Grain Free Wet pouches for dogs, an extension to its Grain Free dry foods.
A large gathering of Border collies, 576 to be precise, gathered at a sports ground to break a world record.
An invasion of octopuses has been seen crawling out of the sea.
A team from a pet insurance company took part in a tough, three-day, 510-mile Extra Mile Challenge cycle challenge.
Wee Bob the Shetland pony likes to spend his days IN the family home.
Research collected by The Insurance Emporium reveals that more than 70% of UK pet owners plan to get presents for their animals this Christmas.
The Billy + Margot brand is being redeveloped and will launch a range of super premium dog food products across dry, wet, chilled and raw formats.
Performance dog gear supplier Long Paws has been nominated for two performance awards. 
Chilled fresh pet food brand Freshpet has launched the UK’s first fresh and refrigerated turkey bacon treats for dogs.
A grooming brush was a selected product for candidates to sell on the BBC1 TV Series The Apprentice.
Firefighters were called to a Cumbria pet store to rescue a trapped seagull.
 Rukka has brought out a new range of winter wear for active dogs.
Burgess Pet Care has won the Exporter of the Year award at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2017.
Amazon has announced that Cyber Monday was the single biggest shopping day worldwide in the company's history, and the biggest day ever for small businesses and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon. 
A Greater Manchester veterinary practice is expanding with the opening of its third surgery following a £50,000 investment.
Dog food manufacturer WuffitMix has had a busy year launching new products, repackaging its range and winning an award.
 A number of first-time exhibitors will be exhibiting at PATS Sandown for the first time next March. 
Wildwash is delighted that veterinary clinics can now buy its products through NVS, a one-stop shop for vets, which takes orders up to 8pm 7 days a week.
Richard Higgs was given a standing ovation as he was presented with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Pet Industry Federation Awards dinner at Whittlebury Hall Hotel, near Northampton, last night, Tuesday November 28.
 A mortuary in Galesburg, Illinois is to add a crematory unit for pets alongside its traditional services. Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory will offer a variety of urns and memorial keepsakes at its Thomas Legacy Center, the Peoria Journal Star reports.
The aquatic industry trade body has welcomed three new directors to its Board, following its annual general meeting held in November.
Peter Pritchard is to succeed Ian Kellett as Pets at Home Group’s chief executive officer in May 2018.
Nearly two-thirds of UK dog owners (61%) have admitted blaming their flatulence on their pets.
Cats Protection held a Mature Moggies Week to coincide with a survey that revealed common misunderstandings potential owners have surrounding cats and age.
With the arrival of winter comes an increase in the number of cats poisoned by antifreeze.
The owner of a garden centre involved in a long-running planning dispute has criticised a decision not to allow him to expand the business.
Dog food brand Autarky has entered a partnership with GB agility handler and trainer Anthony Clarke, who is the brand’s first ambassador in the agility circuit and follows the sponsorship of flyball team, the Jets.
Ten dogs were given a mind-blowing number of balls to play with and they couldn’t have been happier! This once-in-a-lifetime treat was part of an experiment, created by dog food manufacturer Wagg, which is looking to make dogs’ dreams come true.
Three pet shops have made it to the DogFriendly Awards, run by DogFriendly in association with The Kennel Club’s ‘Be Dog Friendly Campaign’.
Devon-based natural pet food producer Forthglade has signed up to sponsor the Woodland Trust from this month (November).
Lords & Labradors has launched a new Homewares Collection.
The RSPCA is on the hunt for 20 dedicated animal-lovers from across England to join its team of rescuers working ‘on the frontline’.
The pet insurance industry in the UK has passed the £1bn mark, with gross written premiums up 7.1% last year.
Bestpets exhibited for the first time at the trade show alongside the British Dog Grooming Championships at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre. 
Ceva Animal Health has launched a Feliway and Adaptil Christmas marketing pack to help highlight stress factors among pet owners, focusing on the difference between how owners and pets perceive the festivities.
 A Hull city centre pet shop is to close after 60 years of being run by three generations of the same family.
 
With only six months to go until the deadline for the enforcement of new data protection regulations, research has revealed that the average UK SME has spent more than 80 days (600 hours) preparing over the past year. 
Burns By Your Side and Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs have run an awareness poster competition in out-of-school childcare clubs across Wales.
Family-run Taylors Pet Foods has set itself a mission: to educate as many people as possible about pet nutrition – and encourage customers to read the ingredients’ listings to know what they’re feeding their pets!
A new pet food brand has been launched, which aims to provide pet owners with trust in their pet’s nutrition by ‘understanding first-hand what goes into the production’. 
 
The RSPCA is appealing for information after what was believed to be a sick jungle cat was handed in to one of its London veterinary hospitals.
Researchers at the University of Bristol are asking puppy owners in the South West to send them samples of their puppy’s poo so that they can be monitored for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
IAMS Proactive Health has embarked on a trialling campaign to find out what cats and their owners really think about the tailored nutrition provided within each kibble.
A Reading pet shop that has been targeted by protestors for about two years over its sales of puppies has had its pet shop licence revoked.
Mars Petcare staff spent the morning with pupils at Birchwood School, in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, to teach them how to own happy, healthy pets. 
 Pets at Home has opened its latest shop inside a Tesco Extra in Durham, the first to be located in the supermarket.
 A second trade and consumer pet show is being launched in Scotland.
Animal medicines industry body NOAH has unveiled its new Industry in Focus campaign showcasing images and stories collected to illustrate what animal health looks like today from a range of perspectives including industry, stakeholders, the political community and the pet-owning public.
 One hundred years ago today (on November 17, 1917), a sign was hung outside a dingy east London basement, inviting impoverished local people to bring their sick and injured animals for treatment. Inside, a single vet worked throughout the day, dressing wounds, fixing broken bones and dispensing medicine.
 Former Olympic badminton player Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen wants to ensure people have the choice of spending the last moments with their pet in the family home so has launched a mobile nationwide pet service that will offer compassionate end-of-life care and ‘gentle’ euthanasia.
 The Fox and Hounds, in Theale, Berkshire, has taken top spot in DogBuddy.com’s national Dog-Friendly Pub Awards.
 CSJ has won the Best Dog Food of the Year Award in the SME Welsh Enterprise Awards 2017.

PetSafe Brand has launched an addition to its popular pet door range, the PetSafe Microchip Cat Flap (RRP £79.99). Easy to install, it gives cats easy access to the outside world while keeping out troublesome unwanted cats and other animals. It works by reading a cat’s unique microchip ID and doesn’t require an additional collar or accessory. Suitable for cats up to 8kg, it can be easily programmed for up to 40 microchipped cats, making it ideal for both single and multi-cat homes.
PetSafe +353 (0) 76 892 0427 email intlemea@petsafe.net
 
New to the UK market, the Yumi Smart Bowl features an in-built weighing scale for easy measuring of a pet’s recommended food allowance, based on its size, age and activity level. The electronic scale allows owners to choose between grams and pounds, and measures up to 2kg per serving with a memory capacity of up to 9.99kg. The scale displays actual weight of food in the bowl, accumulated food weight and the total amount of food per day. Sold in an attractive display box, which details the product’s features and benefits. Available as a slow feeder from Classic Pet Products, with RRPs from £39.99-44.99.
Classic Pet Products www.classicpetproducts.co.uk

Pet Munchies has launched Chicken & Sweet Potato Dental Sticks, a super premium, healthy, gourmet dental stick made using 100% natural, human-grade chicken and sweet potato – ‘dogs love the taste of chicken and sweet potato’. Designed to satisfy a dog’s instinct to chew, the treats can help reduce tartar and plaque for healthy teeth and gums. They are grain and gluten free, a source of dietary fibre, and rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to help promote healthy skin and coat. “Full of natural goodness that is essential for optimal health, makes this chew exceptional.” Available from all good wholesalers.
Pet Munchies www.pet-munchies.com

Ancol Pet Products has introduced Scandinavian-inspired Nordic Coats to keep dogs warm this winter. Available in two colours with a Nordic knitted belly strap, handy harness hole, fleece lining, reflective edging and furry hood, the Nordic Coat provides protection from cold weather plus added visibility in low light. Matching Nordic Jumpers are also available, allowing owners to add layers to their dogs to keep them warm while maintaining a stylish look. 
Ancol Pet Products email sales@ancol.co.uk
 The British Equestrian Trade Association sponsored the main arena at Your Horse Live for a fourth consecutive year and flew the flag for rider safety during the busy pre-Christmas shopping event at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, at the weekend (November 11-12).
 Dr Matt Hartley, a veterinary and conservation specialist with more than 20 years experience in zoos and wildlife, has joined the team at Twycross Zoo as director of life sciences.
HTC Health, a leading UK supplier of bulk pet health supplements, is helping raise funds for ME and Addison’s disease sufferer Jonathan Sheldon by donating some of its best-selling products to be auctioned off at a fundraising event.
 The UK’s leading raw pet food manufacturer has officially opened the doors of its new factory in Snetterton, Norfolk.
 The industry’s leading companies are showing their support for next year’s PATS Sandown and booking stands, say organisers.
As the first frosts hit, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association is reminding the public of the importance of feeding wild birds, particularly during the colder months when natural food supplies are scarce.
After a tough judging process, Vet’s Kitchen has revealed Ozzie as the latest pooch to join its Pack Hero hall of fame. As the winner, Ozzie will become the face of the pet food brand’s new Adult Sensitive Duck variety dry dog food and has won a year’s supply of food.
Pets at Home has launched five functional, hypoallergenic dry dog foods.
Sometimes life can seem very complicated, but at 3P Enterprise, it’s all about making life simpler for pets and their owners. Every product it sells contributes in some way to fostering and enhancing the pet-human bond, says owner Grantley Rogers
 Sandra Williams is celebrating 25 years working at Walsall-based pet accessories company Ancol Pet Products.
The National Pet Show is celebrating a busy end to 2017, with 24,065 pet lovers attending the event at the NEC Birmingham on November 4-5.
 Robin Hargreaves, former British Veterinary Association president, is joining Agria Pet Insurance as Vet Panel Lead. 
A baby hedgehog had to be rescued after getting his head trapped inside a conker.
Pet food manufacturer Clydach has launched its first limited edition Christmas range, which comprises two hypoallergenic festive recipes that can be used either as a complete food or a treat. 
Lily’s Kitchen has been awarded B-Corporation status for the second time – thanks, it says, to its strong belief in using business as a force for good.
The UK’s exit from the EU will exacerbate recruitment problems for the veterinary profession, the British Veterinary Association and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons have warned.
It’s called Pack and Clowder, but this Hackney retailer is affectionately referred to as ‘The Pet Shop’ by locals who appreciate its unique atmosphere and the creative flair of its owners
A rare breed of chameleon has been successfully bred for the first time.
Reggie the cat is back on his feet after using up the second of his nine lives.
 Scientists now believe cats can be trained – even older ones.
 Ceva has opened nomination for its Animal Welfare Awards, which attracted a record-breaking number of nominations in 2017.
The judging panel has been revealed for BETA International 2018’s Innovation Awards – industry accolades that reward new products possessing flair, creativity, cutting-edge technology and inspirational invention.
A missing cat has been reunited with its owner – after seven years.
An owl needed some help after falling into a barrel of syrup.
Greenpeace has welcomed news that the UK government is backing a total ban on bee-harming pesticides ahead of a key decision on the renewal of the current ban in the EU.
 
A couple who were about to get married found themselves interrupted by an unusual guest.
 Copdock Mill has introduced a new brand, SkyGold Cage & Aviary Food, which comes in foil sealed packs from 12.5-20kg and consolidates its previous brands.
 World Pet Association – founded in 1950 and known for hosting events such as SuperZoo, Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference, Aquatic Experience and America’s Family Pet Expo – has released its 2017 Retail Operating Performance Report for sale to pet retailers and service providers.
 Animology – best know for its award-winning pet grooming range – has launched a range of dog leads, collars and harnesses.
Mars Petcare UK has published of a new study showing that dogs’ immune systems change as they age meaning they will have a reduced ability to respond to infections or stress. The study was published this week in the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences. 
An African grey parrot found itself witness to a murder.
 Beaphar is encouraging pet owners to make a #JointResolution this winter, inspiring them to look after their pets’ joints in the same way they look after their own.
 WildWash is delighted that veterinary clinics can now buy its products through NVS, a one-stop shop for vets, which takes orders up to 8pm 7 days a week.
 New research from Mintel reveals that pet ownership has tumbled by seven percentage points in five years, with just over half (56%) of UK households now having a pet, down from 63% in 2012.
More than 100 NOAH conference delegates debated the future of animals health in the UK as Brexit negotiations continue.
Squires has been named Best Garden Centre in the Express Home and Living Awards 2017.
Long-established pet food business Wilsons of Dundee has changed hands.
Pooch & Mutt teamed up with health food brand Rude Health to offer social media followers the chance to win a supply of breakfasts – for both owners and dogs.
Karl Marston starts as a fully-trained and qualified RSPCA inspector this month.
British charity Wildlife Vets International is asking animal and wildlife lovers to support bird of prey conservation projects in Bulgaria, India and South Africa through its participation in online fundraiser The 2017 Big Give Christmas Challenge.
Chilled fresh pet food brand Freshpet is to donate cat and dog food to UK animal shelters.
Born Free’s wild orca Springer has given birth to her second calf.
UK companies are increasingly embracing new technology to enhance their learning and development (L&D) offering, according to leading testing certification firm Bureau Veritas.
A new survey has revealed that 60% of UK pet owners are feeding their furry friends human foods that are toxic when eaten by dogs and cats.
There is now less than a month to go until the annual Pet Industry Forum and Awards.
North Wales-based all-natural pet food manufacturer Pero has launched its first TV marketing campaign since its inception in 1985.
Wagg Foods has increased its OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) by 30%, secured its packaging lines from errors and ensured full compliance with retailers’ code of practice, with OAL Connected, a modular suite of packaging line software.
Waterlife has reformulated and repackaged its Ultramarine sea salt.
Premiumisation and innovation will be key to encouraging value growth in UK pet food sales in the coming year, according to Euromonitor International. Dog treats could also potentially see strong growth if manufacturers continue to explore new options with less processed meats.
Firefighters were called to help a horse that was stuck belly deep in water near the M6 in the West Midlands.
A line-up of top-notch speakers and a record number of delegates made this year's British Equestrian Trade Association Conference one of the best yet for all who attended.
A record 900 people watched dozens of the UK’s top groomers at the annual British Dog Grooming Championship, sponsored by Pet Dandy, which took place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Sunday (October 29).
THE NATIONAL Pet Show is hoping to rehome as many animals as possible at the NEC, Birmingham this weekend (November 4-5).
A food and treats company has enlisted the help of four models body-painted as dogs, a top music producer and an award-winning film director to highlight what is sees as problems with the pet food industry.
A pet thought to be dead clawed its way out of a grave five weeks after it was buried.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has published new sector guidelines for the manufacture of commercial raw pet food.
A Thai businessman caused a stir when he paid 1.5m Thai baht (£33,578) for a rare 1.15m golden fancy carp, thought to be the largest of its kind in the country.
Yorkshire Cat Rescue has urged housing associations to more actively support tenants in managing their pets, after a man’s single cat became 33 in just two years!
A family-run store is celebrating its 175th anniversary – and attributes its incredible longevity to the personal service it offers.
An animal lover came to the rescue of dog dumped in Ukraine.
Education, information, advice and expertise will be in plentiful supply at BETA International’s new Training Tuesday – a day dedicated to learning for retailers and their staff.
Vietnamese border guards in the northern province of Quảng Ninh say they have repeatedly detained people for smuggling fish from China.
Rosewood Pet Products has revealed a variety of additions to its growing portfolio of pet toys and accessories.
Are you an equestrian brand keen to present your brand on the world stage on New Year’s Day in London?
International Cat Care has launched a website for its Cat Friendly Clinic programme.
Zoo Med Laboratories has introduced a new product line designed to fulfill the needs of all Invertebrate species.
A family of swans needed rescuing from a busy road in Scotland.
Americans are taking so many anti-depressants that they are ending up in fish brains.
Expanding pet food manufacturer Pets Choice has welcomed Laura Mallick to its growing team as key account manager.
Pet Head has launched a social media campaign to promote its Fresh and Fruity pet shampoos and grooming products in the UK, the US, Australia and Canada.
Fish4Dogs has appointed a new technical and product co-ordinator, Annabel Battersby, who will help its growing technical team with the development of new products, quality control and regulatory compliance.
More than 28 million Americans plan to deck their pets in costumes this Halloween at a cost of $44m (£33m), according to a National Retail Federation survey.
Fishermen in Russia claim to have caught a mutant fish, that appears to have two mouths and a hooked tail. The strange animal has one mouth on its face and what looks like another one on its round neck.
The unveiling of Chuckit!’s Ultra Ball and Ultra Grip Launcher bundle at PATS Telford went down so well that the brand is now rolling out a limited run of the set to selected retailers across the country. 
Students at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh University have been stripping off to raise funds for the All4Paws charity by posing for a 2018 calendar.
The superstars of the 200-strong team at family-run White Cross Vets were rewarded for their skill, dedication and hard work at the company’s annual congress, which was also packed with CPD opportunities and thought-provoking presentations from industry leaders.
BETA International 2018 will welcome both equestrian and country personalities – one of event's best-loved riders, William Fox-Pitt, and a well-known face from television, Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess.
All stands at The National Pet Show – taking place at the NEC Birmingham on November 4-5 – have been sold.
Officials in north-east Mexico said small fish fell from the sky during a light rain shower.
After a busy weekend at Discover Dogs where WildWash sold out to queues of customers, the team has been awarded the Best Pet Cosmetics Provider – UK Award by the GHP Animal Health and Wellness Awards 2017.
AJM Pet Products MD Andrew Pierce and his team have thanked members of the pet trade for their support in the wake of a major fire at the company’s warehouse in Yate, near Bristol.
Whiskas has launched Kat Institute of Technology, a global online reference platform for cat owners.
As the summer cases of adder bites and slug pellet poisoning tail off, they are quickly replaced with cases linked to the autumn and winter months.
Maine coon Darwin and whippet-cross Scout have been named the Royal Canin Rescue Cat and Dog of the Year.
The last few months has seen a flurry of activity from the Animal Health Trust’s Kennel Club Genetics Centre, with three new DNA tests launched for: PRA in lhasa apsos, shaking puppy syndrome in border terriers and oculoskeletal dysplasia in Northern Inuits.
As the health dangers associated with loneliness are revealed, the RSPCA is urging anyone feeling the effects of being alone to consider taking on a rescue animal.
TastyBone CEO Tony Raeburn has received the Queens Award for Enterprise from the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth.
With the arrival of ‘firework season’, hen owners around the UK are being reminded to consider their feathered friends.
Premium natural pet food brand Natures Menu has for the first time appointed a strategic and creative agency.
AQUA, the showcase for the UK’s water gardening and aquatics trade, will be returning to the Telford International Centre on October 16-17, 2019.
Lily’s Kitchen has grown its range for puppies with the launch of Turkey & Duck, available in both 400g tin and 150g tray sizes, as well as a new air-dried puppy treat pack.
Sussex-based international wildlife charity Born Free is reminding people to look out for hedgehogs who might be in trouble at this time of year.
Impressed that Yorkshire Cat Rescue now saves more than 1,000 cats each year, the biggest funder of pet rescues in the UK has awarded the charity a £20,000 grant.
Born Free has been encouraging more than 124 governments to back important proposals to safeguard the future of wildlife such as elephants, lions, leopards, chimpanzees and giraffes in the lead up to the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals.
The British Dog Groomers’ Association has welcomed Belinda Morris to the ranks of its Guild of Master Groomers.
Consumer advisor Which? has endorsed Nishikoi’s ClearWaters Treatment Against Blanket Weed as a best buy for blanketweed control.
Arcadia has brought out the Arcadia Reptile 54W HO-T5 UVB kit.
Pet business Mark + Chappell has developed a healthcare range with the RSPCA exclusively for ‘bargain and home’ retail chain B&M.
Melton Mowbray is officially top dog as it has just been named the most dog-friendly town in the UK by the Dog Friendly Awards.
A 70-million-year-old lobe-finned fish fossil could rewrite the story of how our ancestors evolved to live on land.
Graham Wheeler, managing director of The Real Pet Food Company, has joined the main board of Inspired Pet Nutrition – the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food with major brands such as Wagg and Harringtons.
The makers of Woof Dog Beer are hoping to make Christmas even more special for dogs this year.
The British Equestrian Trade Association has welcomed a decision by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports’ to remove MSM – dimethyl sulphone – from its equine prohibited substances list.
A pet tag business has launched a nationwide initiative to find pets that look just like their owners, with animal lovers around the UK invited to take part by submitting photographs of themselves alongside their four-legged doppelgängers.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association hosted a seminar, ‘Pet Food Exposed’, at the 21st Congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition at Cirencester.
British start-up Catipilla is launching a range of cat climbing frames at The National Pet Show at Birmingham’s NEC on November 4-5.
A total of 1,643 visitors attended the AQUA 2017 trade show at Telford International Centre, and were greeted by more than 100 exhibitors – the highest number of exhibitors ever.
A new species of crab has been found on an island off Taiwan.
Mars Petcare is celebrating 30 years of manufacturing at its Birstall site, near Leeds.
Research by a national cat charity indicates that people who say they like black cats soon change their mind when they view pictures of them.
Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical company and the world’s second largest animal health business, has joined forces with the FEI – the global governing body for horse sport – to promote equine health and education.
Aquatic plants don’t always grow as they are supposed to, says JBL, due to the presence of bacteria that can denature minerals and nutrients around the roots.
The man credited with saving the aquatics industry more than £250m was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the organisation at the AQUA 2017 dinner in Telford last night (Wednesday).
Pets at Home has confirmed that it is opening on a new retail development in the North East.
BioPod scored a double victory at the AQUA 2017 New Product Awards when it won the Reptile category for its BioPod Terra and the Aquaria & Furniture category with the BioPod Aqua.
More than 100 exhibitors unveiled a wide array of products to visitors to AQUA 2017 on the opening day of the busy aquatics and water gardening trade show at Telford International Centre.
A North Yorkshire veterinary practice is proving you can teach an old dog new tricks after launching pioneering clinics for golden oldies.
The Advertising Standards Authority says it has found ‘no breach’ in an advertisement run by PETA.
About 100 homeless cats living on the streets of Everton, Liverpool, were identified during the first fortnight of Cats Protection’s in-depth Cat Watch study.
The charity launched the study to enable it to better target its neutering work to help communities with large numbers of un-owned cats.
Dog food brand CSJ will be the main sponsor of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Rally next year.
Contractors have found a leopard pleco fish, usually found in the Amazon Basin, in a Walsall canal.
Lily’s Kitchen has launched three natural, grain-free functional treats for dogs as part of its Truly Naturals range.
Three animal welfare charities are celebrating after securing backing from the charitable arm of one of the UK’s leading independent pet food companies.
Older people who have active pets tend to be less sedentary, have a lower BMI and need fewer doctor visits than their peers without pets, according to new research.
A veterinary practice says hundreds of cat owners are at risk of accidentally killing their pets by using flea treatments bought online or from supermarkets and meant for dogs.
Amazon is set to announce it has cracked the problem of how to deliver groceries to your fridge or into your car boot – without you even having to be there!
Petlife International says it has improved its range of hi-viz dog jackets, incorporating new Vizlite technology, to increase visibility when walking dogs in the dark.
JBL has brought out its answer to algae and high nitrate levels in tanks – a new biological filter material.
A man who bred and sold hundreds of puppies, making tens of thousands of pounds, has been given a suspended sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for a string of animal welfare offences.
Animal welfare groups have welcomed the news that the Government is to review air gun licensing.
Pets At Home is once again on the hunt for pet product innovators as it holds a ‘dragons’ den’ style innovation day next month.
Hero police dog Finn, who beat the odds to survive horrific knife wounds to the head and chest inflicted in the line of duty, is being recognised with a special award tomorrow (Tuesday) from the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords.
A video clip of a starfish walking along a beach has gone viral.
A service that links buyers and suppliers free of charge has been relaunched to promote this comprehensive sourcing facility from SDEA, the shopfitters’ trade body.
A Highland bullock rejected by his herd has grown up thinking he’s a dog.
In an open letter to all party leaders, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association is appealing to politicians to facilitate their task of operating successful UK pet food manufacturing businesses amid the economic and political uncertainties that are currently challenging the industry.
Homeopathy in veterinary care can appear to be working but is ‘fundamentally non-effective’, according to a veterinary professor.
UK pet-tech company PitPat says it is taking the lead when it comes to tackling dog obesity.
To mark National Guide Dog Week, Forthglade has commissioned a short video diary of its sponsored puppy, Ruby, to share across social media.
To mark World Egg Day today (Friday), Cambridge-based ChickenGuard asked the big question: which came first, the chicken or the egg?
A trapdoor spider found in only two places on earth probably travelled by raft from South Africa to Australia millions of years ago.
Marine Arts will be inviting visitors to think ‘outside of the tank’ at AQUA 2017.
Pero (Foods) is celebrating after being shortlisted been in the Exporter of the Year category of this year’s this year’s Pet Industry Awards.
The majority of vets say that either they or a member of their team have felt intimidated by a client’s language or behaviour, prompting the British Veterinary Association and British Veterinary Nursing Association to offer advice on dealing with this issue during National Work Life Week.
The finalists have been chosen for this year’s Pet Industry Federation Awards.
Mintel yesterday (Wednesday) revealed the key consumer trends set to hit Europe next year.
A pet food and treats manufacturer has released a video that it hopes will help dog owners identify the differences between allergies and intolerances that result in skin conditions.
A cat thought to be the world’s oldest moggy has died at the age of 32.
Hawaii has effectively stopped the collecting of marine fish for the global ornamental trade.
Ancol Pet Products has introduced a luxury coat-care range, with five new shampoos fragrances scented with exotic essential oils including ylang ylang, jojoba, peppermint and coconut.
Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham MSP led a debate last week on stage 1 of the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill, which would make it an offence for a circus operator to cause or permit a wild animal to be used in a travelling circus in Scotland.
The RSPCA is calling on knitters to put their skills to use this Wool Week by whipping up leg warmers for sick kittens, snuggly nests for baby hedgehogs and jumpers for chilly dogs.
Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has sold 61 million Pets at Home shares worth £119m – sending shares in Britain’s biggest pet retail chain down 7.7% in London trading.
The future of specialist pet retailer Just for Pets has been secured after the acquisition of the business yesterday (Tuesday) by newly-formed company PSR Trading Limited, a sister company to established business Pedigree Wholesale.
Aquatics brand Fluval is harnessing the power of the internet to drive consumers to their local independent aquatic retailers using ‘bespoke geo-targeted Facebook campaigns’.
This year’s release of the Guinness Book of Records has its share of record-breaking pets.
Final preparations are under way as the AQUA 2017 trade exhibition gets set to open its doors at Telford International Centre on Wednesday next week (October 18th).
Beachgoers were advised to look out for Portuguese men o’war after a number of the venomous creatures were washed up on Britain’s coast.
Royal Mail workers have voted to take strike action over a change to their pensions.
The Association of Licensed Kennels and Catteries has confirmed the date of its 2017 conference as Sunday, November 26.
Five hundred guests from across the UK pet, equine and agricultural industries gathered in Lancashire for the grand opening party of Trilanco’s new headquarters.
A Scottish vets has undergone a major £60k expansion.

The Little Zoo Trekker Cage is suitable for rodents and small animals including rats, chinchillas, ferrets, degus and gerbils. The Trekker cage features a pull-out lower tray and a grill, while its innovative design has two large front doors for easy cleaning. Giving ample space for the animals to explore is imperative, which is why this new design features four levels with three ladders, as well as a hammock.
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Johnson’s has reformulated its range of three aerosol pump sprays. Velvet Coat Conditioning Spray is a coat conditioner that replenishes natural oils, leaving a glossy sheen and a soft, velvet finish. It helps to prevent matting. Manuka Honey Conditioning Spray is a gentle conditioning spray that promotes shine and softness on dull coats, helps to detangle and moisten coats and has natural, antibacterial properties. Groom Conditioning Spray (150ml) is a non-oily coat conditioner that freshens, cleans and brightens the coat and acts against pet odours. The 150ml sprays have an RRP of £3.99, trade price £13.29 (pack of 6). 
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Award-winning Pet Munchies has introduced super-value 150g packs to complement its range of premium gourmet training treats. Used and recommended by world champions, all made with 100% natural human-grade real meat and fish. A spokesman said: “These high-quality tasty bites are naturally low in fat, made from the finest ingredients, and make the perfect training aid. Dogs love the taste.” The three varieties are Chicken, Sushi, and Liver & Chicken. Available to order from all good wholesalers. The RRP is £4.25.
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AQUA 2017 will stage its biggest-ever aquatics and water gardening trade show with a record number of more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services later this month.
Marriage’s new Super Food Parrot Snacks are now available to order after being unveiled at PATS Telford.
A womanhad a surprise when she found a live frog in her salad.
Pet food manufacturer Burgess Pet Care has launched a national survey to learn about the nation's rabbit habits.
Gatleys Wholesale has been appointed regional wholesaler for Earthbound bedding and accessories, Lily’s Kitchen and Forthglade pet foods.
Pets at Home, which has a network of more than 400 stores, had a problem with bridge access in the south east and asked south Manchester-based Cartwright to help.
Lintbells is offering veterinary practices the opportunity to benefit from a Mobility Matters support pack that will provide the resources needed to set up nurse-led mobility clinics.
Andrew Green considers himself very lucky that his passion for banger racing and his pet shop, Tadley Pet Supplies, overlap. We visit to learn more about the daily goings-on at the Hampshire retailer
A bearded seal, normally found in Arctic waters, has been spotted on the south coast of the Republic of Ireland.
A vet came to the rescue of a dog that had swallowed a kebab skewer.
Manchester Council is to clamp down on irresponsible dog walkers.
Harvey the hedgehog has a new lease of life thanks to the skill and dedication of veterinary staff at a practice in York.
A pet retailer has closed his shop, saying he can’t compete against online competition.
A baby alligator was found bathing in the sun by a lake…in Somerset!
Pet Food brand Vet’s Kitchen has launched a new trade portal to help introduce pet owners to the benefits of feeding high quality, natural and functional foods.
Four Yorkshire animal charities have pooled their resources to humanely address an out-of-control feral cat colony in Dewsbury.
More than 40 suppliers and 300 visitors visited Bestpets’ third annual trade day for its Scottish customers at Blair Drummond Adventure and Safari Park in Stirling.
Inspired Pet Nutrition (IPN), the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food, has launched two Amazon Dash Buttons for the instant online re-ordering of its products.
PETA and photographer David Slater have reached a settlement in a dispute over who owns the rights to a ‘selfie’ of a monkey.
Mars, parent company of Mars Petcare, has launched a new environmental sustainability program, which will include a US$1 billion (£750m) investment in climate protection. 
Health supplement business HTC Health is expanding into the pet nutrition market with a new range of nutritional supplements.
Lynda Ward, owner of Pet Trade Solutions, the industry’s dedicated recruitment specialist, is celebrating 35 years in the trade and says it’s all gone topsy-turvy!
With shops already entering into the ‘festive spirit’, many of Britain’s retailers are gearing up for their busiest season of the year.