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Dogs in the UK and Ireland are being cossetted, with heating, radio and even TV while their owners are out of the house, according to a new study.
Police dogs that supported emergency services during the 2017 London terror attacks are being honoured for their heroic actions.
More than half of home-sitters in the UK choose to look after an unusual pet, including pigs, bearded dragons, tortoises, peacocks, alpacas and even a pygmy hedgehog.
A man has discovered dozens of dead cockroaches inside a phone in a house in Australia.
A farmer was left shocked after his goat gave birth to a ‘half-pig, half-human’ creature.
Science and research organisation Fera Science has begun construction work on a new aquatic laboratory testing facility in Sand Hutton, Yorkshire, which will provide a range of ecotoxicology test services.
Nearly 8,000 reports of dog fighting incidents have been reported in England & Wales in the past four years, new figures from the RSPCA reveal.
Butcher’s Pet Care has partnered with Atheon Analytics and its multi-retailer SKUtrak service, which provides daily insight into its sales and supply chain.
Activities such as laying gas pipelines, trawling for fish, drilling for oil, and even burying internet cables in the deep sea are destroying marine ecosystems.
A new survey taken by PFMA members confirms reasons why pet food manufacturers value the trade body.
Leading raw and natural pet food business Natures Menu has refreshed its existing Fruit and Vegetable Raw Nuggets line with the addition of Natural Raw Nuggets Veggie Boost, as well as new-look packaging.
Laughing Dog – one of the few pet food manufacturers in the UK to oven bake its entire range of dry dog food – has launched a new nationwide on-pack promotion.
Vets are concerned that scepticism about vaccination is creeping over from human health into pet care as new statistics show that 98% of vets have been questioned by their clients on the need for vaccination.
Pet food food brand Webbox Natural has bolstered its partnership with animal welfare charity StreetVet.
Liz Barton, vet and co-founder of WellVet, has joined pet trade and veterinary PR and marketing agency Companion Consultancy as senior account manager.
Climate change has advanced the breeding season of many wildlife species in the UK – but just how much varies markedly across the country, according to a major new study.
A significant 63% of British dog owners say their pet is their best friend – and nearly half (46%) say their dog is the most important member of their family.
The British Veterinary Association, Animal Welfare Foundation and RSPCA have joined paws this National Pet Month (April 1 –May 6) to encourage anyone thinking of buying a puppy to always use The Puppy Contract and ask several key questions of the breeder first.
Butcher’s Pet Care is kicking off its first brand campaign in five years in a bid to re-position itself as ‘the everyday choice in naturally nourishing food for dogs’.
The Naturediet Feel Good range is expanding to include a smaller 200g pack and semi-moist Feel Good Natural Treats.
Henry Bell & Co, the family-owned animal feed producer, has introduced its own brand – Henry Bell Wild Bird Care.
Nylabone has added a variety of new products to its UK offering.
A pet store and park complex is helping an international detection dog business in the war against drugs and terrorism.
Paulo de Castro has joined Mars Petcare’s global management team as leader of finance.
Annual sales at Inspired Pet Nutrition, home to the Wagg and Harringtons brands, grew by 17.3% last year to hit £91.3m, though profits dropped from £8.2m to £6.5m as a result of rising prices and further investment.
The British Veterinary Association is reminding pet owners not to replace a trip to the vets with non-clinical information they find online.
Nature Vito is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its first products coming to market.
Suffolk-based natural pet business World of Pets is hosting its first Dog Easter Egg Hunt.
The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against a dog food subscription service and ruled that text on its website cannot appear in its current form.
Agria Pet Insurance is raising money for rescue centres with an international dog-walking event.
Wyevale, the UK’s biggest garden centre operator, is to sell six sites to two garden centre groups.
Vince the Vet has unveiled new support supplements for cats and dogs.
Playing music and providing separate waiting rooms could reduce stress for millions of dogs and cats undergoing visits to vets, according to the latest guidance from Hartpury University.
A Newcastle company that makes a device to clean pets while on the go has struck a $90,000 (£67,932) deal with QVC.
A 19-year-old who set up his business aged 13 with two chickens says he is determined to stock his natural dog food in every major supermarket.
British pet bedding specialist Scruffs will be attending Zoomark in Bologna, Italy next month.
The Think Parrots Show returns to Kempton Park this summer with free masterclass sessions for attendees.
Our Dogs magazine is urging owners of kennels and catteries to take part in a new survey it has launched on the Animal Licensing laws.
The winners of this year’s Ceva Animal Welfare Awards have been revealed in a ceremony at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre.
Oscar & Hooch launched its new range of neon collars at Crufts.
Owners of a family-run pet stall have closed their city centre business after more than three decades.
When Adrian Wilkinson, director of FourFriends Pet Foods in the UK, turned up to exhibit his otterhound, Flo, on the breeds’ Discover Dogs stand at Crufts, he had no idea that by the end of the day his dog would be a TV star.
Animal lovers and others affected by the use of fireworks, are being urged to submit their views to the UK Parliamentary Petitions Committee.
Canning is to end at Nestle Purina Petcare in Wisbech later this year, with a number of jobs from the 600 workforce set to go.
Wilsons Pet Food is now supplied in more than 52 stockists across the UK and the number continues to grow.
Royal Canin has re-launched its entire portfolio of vet diets.
Pet food producer Lily’s Kitchen has been granted the Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales.
Feed manufacturer Henry Bell & Co continues to push ahead with its export campaign by launching multilingual packaging for its Equiglo 10 Minute Beet into the European market.
Police in Nottinghamshire have issued a plea for the public to use 999 responsibly after a dog owner called to discuss her pet.
A backbench proposal to recognise animal sentience in UK law today (Wednesday, April 3) is being welcomed by 39 animal welfare groups.
A former CEO is launching a business that combines technology, pet food and home delivery in a bid to fight obesity.
Edgard & Cooper is donating all of its Crufts profit to the Mayhew Animal Home.
UK pet food manufacturers have called on the government to end the uncertainty over Brexit that they say is damaging the trade.
Manufacturers and suppliers are getting behind PATS as the pet trade event prepares for two more shows – PATS Telford in September 2019 and PATS Sandown in February 2020.
Pure Pet Food, an award-winning manufacturer of dehydrated and freeze-dried pet food, has secured a £2m investment from NVM Private Equity.
Independent dog food manufacturer Naturediet Pet Foods is working exclusively with Irish distributor Glenkrag, the largest wholesaler to the pet, aquatic and garden trade in Ireland.
A partnership between eBay and bricks-and-mortar retailers has been hailed as ‘truly remarkable’ after a boost in sales.
Spike’s Hedgehog Food has formed a partnership with Amazing Grace, an initiative led by Brian May’s charity, the Save Me Trust.
Wincanton has signed a three-year contract to provide a full ‘multichannel solution’ for Jollyes, The Pet Superstore as part of the retailer’s expansion plans.
OASE Living Water has acquired the Söll Group, a leading German supplier of specialised water treatment products, water analysis and filtering technology, and premium fish food for consumer and commercial applications.
The National Office of Animal Health has welcomed Animalcare as its latest member.
Householders are being urged to put food and water out for hedgehogs as natural food sources will be in short supply when they wake from hibernation.
Profits at Butcher’s Pet Care have plummeted from £6.2m to £642,000 for the financial year ended July 31, 2018, as it counts the cost of its investment programme.
The pet trade has witnessed unrivalled levels of launch activity today, with a rash of innovative new products and opportunities.
Rapidly-expanding fish-based pet treats business Wild Ocean Omega3 Fish Snacks trading as WOOFS, made a busy Crufts debut.
Global pet product business PetSafe Brand will be launching new additions to its Waste Management category at Zoomark International in Bologna from May 6-9.
An animal lover’s dream came true when she took over a pet shop near Selby last month.
A london community is rallying around a pet store to try and stop it closing its doors after it announced the business was ‘no longer viable’.
Oven-baked pet food brand Laughing Dog has formed a partnership with durable pet toy company KONG, which has been designing durable and stimulating toys for more than 40 years.
An ethical pet shop and grooming parlour that gives all the money it makes to helping animals has opened in Clifton and is looking for volunteers.
Due to EU legislation, JBL has decided to discontinue its production of JBL AlgoPond Direct.
From hydrotherapy to the number of parks, vets and dog salons in major UK towns and cities, a new study by reveals the best UK locations for ‘pooch pampering’.
Iced treats brand Pupsicle has unveiled a new line of premium treats for dogs.
Celebrating the start of National Pet Month, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has released its 2019 pet data, based on interviews with 8,000 households. The data confirms a stable pet population, which equates to 12 million households owning pets (that’s 40%).
The British Veterinary Association has sent an open letter to the producers of ITV reality series ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, voicing concerns about the welfare of animals used on the show.
Thousands of young fish have been released into North East rivers to give stocks a boost and encourage people to go fishing.
PITPAT HAS launched PitPat Life, a monthly membership plan that rewards owners with perks, points and prizes for keeping their dog fit.
The Pet Industry Federation is to combine its annual awards and the British Dog Grooming Championship under one roof next year alongside a new trade show, aimed at all UK pet businesses, including the fast-growing pet services sector.
To mark National Pet Month, which runs from April 1-May 6, ExoticDirect has surveyed owners about how they feel about their pets.
A Northampton veterinary practice is laying claim to be the UK’s hotspot for the care and treatment of guinea pigs.
Fifty-five Siamese cats have been rescued from a household in Croydon, Greater London and placed in the RSPCA’s care.
An increasing number of wealthy buyers in Asia have shown an interest in nishikigoi, pushing up the market for the luxury ornamental fish.
The Netherlands-based Aquadip has launched a range of koi and pond food products, which are also available as own-brand.
A baby rabbit was snatched from its hutch and hidden inside a coat before being stolen from a Manchester pet shop – and then returned after a Facebook appeal.
Despite a year-on-year 4% rise in retail sales reported by the Office of National Statistics, the British Independent Retailers Association warns that it still isn’t time to feel confidence.
Work has started on a new £2m state-of-the-art veterinary hospital in South Wales.
JBL TempProtect light was developed to protect terrarium animals from burns on hot lamps.
Rob Woods is a third-generation fishkeeper and has raised freshwater fish since childhood. He currently has a 150-gallon freshwater tank and has educated more than 250,000 people through his blog Fishkeeping World.
Brambles Pet and Wildlife is continuing to run Facebook giveaways where members of the public nominate their favourite wildlife rescue centre to be in with a chance of winning food and other essential supplies.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is extending its global recall of selected canned dog food because they may contain high levels of vitamin D which exceed the maximum recommended intake.
Pet charity Blue Cross is offering a range of Continual Professional Development courses for people working in the pet industry to help owners struggling after losing a pet.
Pet insurance provider Bought By Many is to be headline partner for all DogFest shows this year.
German aquatics manufacturer JBL recently held a shark workshop, which was warmly received.
Pioneering techniques will enable leading UK aquarium visitor attractions to breed their own tropical fish, following a new collaboration.
The Fish Health Inspectorate has said that recent imports have included a number of illegal ornamental aquatic species that cannot be kept or sold in the UK.
Government-funded projects to protect the world’s turtles and mangroves have been praised by the Environment Minister on World Wildlife Day on March 3.
Online aquatics retailer All Pond Solutions has launched its sister website, All Pet Solutions.
A veterinary surgeon who turned to meditation in a time of need is now sharing its health and wellbeing benefits with colleagues.
Scientists say some fish can recognise themselves in the mirror, the ability of which has used for decades as a gold standard measure of animal intelligence.
The growth of veganism is fast gaining momentum in the pet world, according to a report in the Independent.
The Netherlands-based producer and wholesaler Aquadip has denied false rumours that it will cease supplying the UK in the event of a hard exit from the EU.
Japan has started inoculating aquarium fish against ‘scutica’, a parasitic insect found in marine rocksuckers.
Mondi has set out its commitments for tackling plastic waste side-by-side with other brands.
Global pet retail display business CASCO Pet has refitted its UK showroom and is inviting the trade to have a look – either in reality or ‘virtually’ via a promotional video on the company’s YouTube channel, CASCO Pet.
Robotic sensor fish, as they’re known, have been measuring and collecting data on live fish for years.
An RSPCA inspector is set to trek to Everest Base Camp at 5,380 metres to raise funds for the charity.
PATS Telford has thrown its full backing behind the PetQuip Awards, which will be presented at a gala dinner and party on the first evening of the autumn exhibition (Sunday, September 22).
More than 16,000 redfish will be released into south-west Florida waters in an effort to recover the thousands of animals killed by red tide, the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida said.
After years of research and development, NT Labs is bringing out its Marine Lab range.
Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference welcomed professional pet stylists and service professionals to the South East US’s biggest trade show, conference and competition, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Work is under way on a new £2.5 million veterinary hospital in Cheshire.
The Freshwater Habitats Trust has created a guide on how to create a garden pond for wildlife.

Johnson’s has launched a new, improved formula for its popular Clean ‘n’ Safe Cleansing Wipes. The Cleansing Wipes contain chamomile and aloe vera, and are alcohol and paraben free. They are ideal for use on the face, tail, paws and coat and skin, and are suitable for dogs, cats and small animals. The wipes can be used regularly to cleanse, soothe and protect the skin and coat and are pH balanced. Available in a smaller 30-wipes size, which come in a cardboard counter/shelf display tray of six. RRP £2.89
Johnson’s Veterinary Products 0121 378 1684

GoodWood are long-lasting, natural, chewable coffee wood sticks that stimulate dogs to chew time and time again. GoodWood is 100% natural and contains zero calories and is free from caffeine and artificial ingredients. The sticks are very hard, yet reward dogs with a sense of achievement while its portable shape allows dogs to take it anywhere. Coffee tree wood is a close-grained type of wood, handcrafted and produced from a sustainable wood source.
Pet’s Up 07532 265853

Friendship Estates has revealed its brand new packaging for Friendly Natural Cat Litter 20kg.  A spokesman said: “This new design will look clean and fresh on your shelves, and reflects the high quality product inside.” Friendly Natural Cat Litter is made from British straw, a rapidly renewable product, making it an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional litter. It is biodegradable, super absorbent and has a fragrant fresh mint aroma. The new packaging also ties in with other products in the Friendly range of pet products.
Friendship Estates 01302 700220
Pet bedding manufacturer George Barclay has celebrated its first year in business.
The winner of the Best UK Vet Award 2019 is Swanspool Veterinary Clinic, in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
Finding time for outdoor activities and poor weather conditions are the biggest obstacles for UK dog owners.
CSJ’s A Way with Dogs sheepdog trial has launched its own website, featuring details about the forthcoming Series 2 trial.
A woman was left ‘raging’ after she found a dead mouse in a bag of pet food.
A former Crufts champion has a new spring in her step after life-changing hydrotherapy rehabilitation for a serious leg injury.
The Sea Shepherd conservation group has taken steps to conserve New Zealand’s Māui dolphin by demanding that the Trump administration bans immediately all imports from New Zealand fisheries that are driving the Māui dolphin to extinction.
German aquatics manufacturer EHEIM has brought out two larger clarifiers for bigger ponds.
Continuing uncertainty over Brexit has led to a spike in the number of owners visiting their vet for pet travel guidance in the last three months, the latest British Veterinary Association survey reveals.
Lincoln Reptile and Pet Centre is one of the first pet shops in England to achieve a five-star, three-year licence under the new Animal Activities Regulations. Owners Andrew and Alyss Rogers explain what they had to do to achieve this top rating.
Kendall Clee, of Blacks Vets, in Dudley, West Midlands, has won the Veterinary Receptionist of the Year award.
A Staffie that was rescued by the RSPCA has been rehomed and has befriended her new family’s pet lizard.
A cat has been saved by vets after swallowing some sewing thread.
A supermarket customer was left stunned when he discovered a live frog inside a pack of green salad he had bought at a supermarket in Greece, Yahoo7 News reported.
Garden and outdoor leisure trade show Glee has joined the ‘digital revolution’ with the launch of a new exhibition smartphone app, designed to provide a matchmaking solution to help suppliers and retailers to get the most out of their time at the show.
CASCO PET has brought out a ‘quick and easy solution’ to maintain fish tanks and reduce fish mortality.
Aquatics firm Aquaja has set up a second company to focus on innovation and further development, Aquaja Innovations.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is starting to gather information on how pet shops and wholesalers have found the new licensing regime in England.
Tomra Food, a leading manufacturer of sensor-based sorting machines for the food industry, has diversified to provide applications to pet food producers.
Scrumbles is expanding its range of pet food with a selection of grain-free wet food and treats for dogs.
Skinner’s Pet Foods has sponsored the first Woofers Winter Walk.
The grounding of the world’s entire Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet could mean delays to overseas freight, warns an international delivery expert.
Peckish has extended its weather sponsorship campaign on Channel 4.
Company of Animals has launched new additions to its Halti range.
British brand Henry Wag is to exhibit at Global Pet Expo 2019, in Orlando, Florida this month. It is the first time the lifestyle brand – which caters for dogs and now horses – will have been presented to the US market.
The number of Staffordshire bull terriers arriving at RSPCA centres has fallen by 34% over the last five years, according to the charity.
The latest Meet the International Buyers event organised by the PetQuip and Gardenex associations is to take place at the export trade body’s head office in Brasted, Kent on Wednesday, March 27.
FURminator has unveiled a new and ‘enhanced’ range of products.
Leading international pet accessories business Trixie has confirmed that it will be exhibiting at Pets at Glee for the first time this year.
Hero Pet Brands has formed a new retail partnership with the Petmania pet shop chain in Ireland.
Dog owners are being reminded of the importance of keeping pets on a lead to avoid attacks on grazing livestock.
Toy brand Chuckit! launched a photography competition at Crufts.
Supreme’s Selective brand has benefited from a redesign aimed at communicating the product quality more clearly.
Eukanuba is launching a digital campaign to drive sales to mark 50 years since its inception.
A pet shop is offering dog walkers free, recyclable poo bags after a growing number of complaints on social media about dog fouling in his town.
James Kennedy, new sales director for Forthglade natural pet food has been enjoying his introduction to the pet food sector, taking the lead at events such as PATS and Crufts.
Royal Canin is introducing a new range from May.
Petdata, an Austria-based company that helps pet stores produce labels for their plants and livestock, is branching out into the UK.
Leading figures from the UK pet industry were among the delegates and speakers at conference on The Future for International Trade, held in Stratford Upon Avon yesterday (March 12).  The event was organised by leading trade associations, PetQuip, Gardenex and BHETA.
New rules against unfair trading will finally address long-standing abuse of farmers and growers by all-powerful supermarkets and retail chains, a leading MEP has told colleagues.
A decline in horse-riding appears to have been halted, with an increase in numbers over the past five years, according to the British Equestrian Trade Association’s National Equestrian Survey 2019.
Ceva Animal Health, manufacturer of Adaptil and Feliway, launched Pet Anxiety Month at Crufts.
Multi-award-winning HayPigs! is at it again, after being shortlisted as a finalist in an three categories of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019, Area Finals.
A couple have been prosecuted for breeding puppies without a licence.
A boxer was crowned Eukanuba Pup of the Year 2019 at Crufts.
The RSPCA has launched a campaign to help millions of dogs in the UK who could be struggling to cope when left home alone.
Lincolnshire-based Natural baked dog food manufacturer Laughing Dog has received a special delivery to its farm bakery – two new trailers fitted with digitally-printed lorry curtains.
An online puppy listing service has been launched that enables you to advertise a litter for sale free of charge while complying with the government’s animal welfare regulations.
He’s seen it all in his 45 years from escaped snakes to Ninja Turtle mania – now pet shop owner Brian Meek has cleaned out cages for the final time.
Irish Dog foods has been named in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards.
The RSPCA is remembering female trailblazers on International Women’s Day today (Friday).
Naturediet is showcasing its extended Feel Good range in eco-friendly packaging at Crufts this week.
Company of Animals has returned to Crufts for the 38th consecutive year and is showcasing new additions to its Halti range.
Specialist pet wholesaler Bestpets scooped two awards in its parent group’s performance awards, the annual showcase where the Bestway Wholesale celebrates and rewards outstanding achievements seen across all its divisions in the company’s last financial year.
Premium dog food brand Billy + Margot is showcasing its new product range at Crufts.
A veterinary practice has completed a major makeover to improve facilities for clients and pets.
Vince the Vet has developed two new pet remedies to help ‘detoxify’ cats and dogs.
The Pet Industry Federation has today revealed details of two of its key events for 2019, part of a re-structuring of its event portfolio to better reflect the evolving needs and expectations of its members and the UK pet industry as a whole.
BETA Safety Week is back for 2019 as the trade association and its members – retailers and manufacturers – join forces to promote the importance of correctly fitted, fastened and up-to-standard safety gear and equipment.
A Wirral veterinary practice that has helped hundreds of stray cats to find homes is urging owners to neuter their cats.
PetSafe’s parent company has been crowned ‘Best Workplace in Ireland’ by Great Place to Work for the second year running.
An expert in canine nutrition and dental health will be offering free advice for visitors to the Core and Whimzees stands at Crufts.
Laughing Dog has won a gold award for service for the second year running.
Rosewood Pet Products has teamed up with American brand Aquapaw and is now the exclusive supplier of Aquapaw products in the UK.
Trixie has unveiled a selection of new pet products.
Benyfit Natural will be hosting several expert guests at its stand at Crufts from Thursday to Friday this week.
A pet retailer who chased a shoplifter is stunned that police would not come when the thief threatened to stab him.
German toy manufacturer 4cats Heimtierbedarf has worked with Hamerton Zoo Park to develop supersized toys for its resident big cats.
Fish4Dogs is putting the final touches to its double-sized stand to be revealed at Crufts next week.
Ceva Animal Health, manufacturer of behaviour products Adaptil and Feliway, is launching the first Pet Anxiety Month this month.
Paleo Ridge has launched a new range intended to make raw feeding more convenient.
Many dog owners wrongly think that a microchip is the only form of identification their dog needs, according to Dogs Trust.
Mutneys will be returning to Crufts for its 22nd year at the show.
OATA has agreed to be a strategic partner of Shoal, a new conservation programme for freshwater fish that launched today, March 1.
PetQuip, Gardenex and BHETA have revealed the line-up of speakers at their Future of International Trade conference.
Cats are the most-rescued animal by RSPCA officers.
When you’re planning this year’s strategy for your pet business, it’s good to have some idea of what the latest trends are going to be so that you can tailor your products or services to match, says ecommerce consultant Patrick Foster
Leading US pet food and supplies distribution business Animal Supply Company has been sold to Summit Partners and funds managed by Goldman Sachs.
The Golden Paste Company won The Innovation Award at BETA International for its TumerEase Pet Supplement.
Lintbells is gearing up for Crufts 2019 for the 12th year running, where it will also be marking the 10th anniversary of its YuMOVE joint supplement range.
A rare ‘tsunami fish’ has reappeared off the California coast. The fish is believed to have migrated from Japan to the West Coast on debris that floated across the Pacific following the catastrophic 2011 tsunami.
JBL has brought out a new digital thermometer, the JBL Aquarium Thermometer DigiScan, which displays temperatures between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius.
Marine species will feature prominently in next year’s World Wildlife Day when they become the theme of the event for the first time ever.
A foul-mouthed African grey parrot has been filmed giving his verdict on Donald Trump – branding the US President a “w*****” in a video that has appeared online.
A vet has dressed up as a giant mouse to calm the nerves of a rescue dog with anxiety problems.
A pet hamster, trapped in a tiny pipe for six days, has been freed thanks to a small wire ladder.
Chew manufacturer Pet’s Up Products has moved to larger premises in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
A vet from Anglesey is to take part in the Arctic Survival Challenge to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
A North East business that runs donkey rides and visits has gained the top award under the new national animal welfare licensing system.
With more than six months to go before opening its doors to visitors, PATS Telford is set to be another ‘sell-out’ event. It will be the fifth time the show has taken place at Telford International Centre and nearly 100 companies have already confirmed they will be exhibiting.
The inaugural European Pets & Money Summit takes place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London this Thursday, with more than 100 pet trade professionals attending.
Henry Bell & Co has commissioned additional warehousing capacity at its Grantham site in Lincolnshire.
Pet food manufacturer Pets Choice has made its first acquisition of 2019, expanding its portfolio to 10 brands.
Company of Animals founder Dr Roger Mugford is stepping down as CEO of the business this spring to grow a new venture, Animal Insights Limited.
JBL has stepped up its commitment to recycling and now presses its own paper and cardboard for recycling.
Scientists have found an extremely rare fish in the Rio Grande along the US-Mexico border.
Scruffs is attending Crufts next month.
Independent shops are vital to providing the diversity and quality retail experience demanded by consumers, according to a new Government report.
Equestrian retailer Equiboodle has launched a loyalty card.
More than a quarter of British pet owners cite pet food arriving safely and undamaged as the most important element when buying online, according to a YouGov survey.
The Pet Industry Federation has outlined plans for a busy year ahead as it approaches Crufts and re-structures its Bedford-based team.
Fluval has launched a new aquarium plant care supplement, Plant Gro Plus.
A microbiologist at JBL has succeeded in making JBL products with living bacteria frost-proof.
More than 200 volunteers flocked to the beach at Great Yarmouth on New Year’s Day for a beach clean-up, organised by Sea Life Great Yarmouth.
A pet cockatoo has been banned  from eating her favourite treats after getting fatty liver from over-indulgence.
An image that has appeared online has left many scratching their heads as to whether the animal is actually a cat or a crow.
The Pets ‘n’ Vets Family has carried out a pioneering operation on a pet rabbit with a fractured hind leg.
Pets at Home has launched a daffodil collar charm for pets to support Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.
Staff and patients at a veterinary practice are set to star in a CBBC television series.
Dog subscription box brand Milo’s Mail will include 120 poo bags in every box bought in an effort to fight fouling.
WildWash will be exhibiting for the first time at Equitana.
Pet Trade Innovations has introduced two new products to the UK market.
The Great British dog walk could soon be a thing of the past, with only 42% of the nation’s dogs walked on a daily basis, according to a new study.
When their beloved Staffie, Smudge, died, Sharon Hutchings and Mark Pike decided to launch a new business in her name.
A new picture book has been published intended to help children cope with the death of a pet.
When their beloved Staffie, Smudge, died, Sharon Hutchings and Mark Pike decided to launch a new business in her name.
Billy + Margot is to showcase its forthcoming product range at Crufts.
Stonehaven Consulting will be running a Start-up Desk at Animal Health Investment Europe later this month.
Apprentice Harry Nesbit has been highly commended with a Maxim Award from Macclesfield College for his hard work, commitment and dedication to his vocational training programme, carried out at Direct Food Ingredients.
The annual Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum returns to London this summer with a new debate format that will include speakers putting forth opposing arguments on the welfare of UK’s exotic species in captivity.

Versele-Laga has launched its new Nature range for small animals. A spokesman said: “Nature is the real home of all animals. A world where they can eat, play and discover to their heart’s content. A world full of variation in tastes and textures, full of natural vitamins and minerals. With Nature, we give them the same rich and nutritious ingredients. Mixtures tailored specifically to each animal ensure a food that is balanced as well as tasty. Tastes like home, feels like home. Nature, a next-generation muesli.”
Versele-Laga 07867 455954

Measom Freer can now produce its measuring and hand scoops in fully recycled plastic (PCR). Made to order in recycled HDPE, with other colours available on request, these scoops range in size from 0.5ml to 150ml and are ideal for the precise dispensing and dosing of powders, pellets, supplements, dried feed and liquids. Logos or company details can be printed on to the handles.
“In today’s climate of environmental awareness, we are aware of our responsibilities as packaging producers, having recently been awarded a British Standard in Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2015).”
All products are designed and made in the UK.
Measom Freer 0116 288 1588

The Treat Travel bag enables pet owners to carry all their vital accessories while out exercising or on dog days out. The bag has a drawstring for security but also includes a magnetic closure for easy access during training exercises. The bag includes a front pocket and pouch and has a place for storing and dispensing poo bags. It can be worn on a belt or secured around the waist, or even over the shoulder using a strap.
RRP £14.99.
3p enterprise 01594 810990
The Siamese fighting fish, Betta splendens, has been formally recognised as Thailand’s national aquatic animal by the country’s National Identity Committee.
Following from hobbyists and specialist dealers, JBL has launched the JBL ProClean Bac, a ‘ready-to-use, immediate-effect’ bacterial concentrate.
The Environment Agency is asking the public to be vigilant and report any instances of floating pennywort, an invasive species, in rivers.

Johnson’s has launched Diagel for dogs and cats, an effective aid for digestive disorders that helps restore normal bowel movement. Diagel granules contain water-absorbing nutritional fibres which swell to form a soft gel. For loose bowel movements, the gel absorbs excess moisture in the gut, improving stool formation and consistency, aiding a return to normal bowel movement. With solid or impacted stools, the gel acts as a lubricant to soften solid stools and impacted intestinal content, assisting elimination.
Diagel also contains vitamins and minerals to help restore the balance of electrolytes and glucose to aid recovery from digestive disorders.
A shelf display box, features one pack each for cats, small/medium dogs and larger dogs. Available in packs of six RRPs £4.79, £6.79 and £8.79.
Johnson’s Veterinary Products 0121 378 1684,
A fight broke out at a zoo after a gay penguin couple took a chick whose mum and dad had left it unattended.
A great white shark has been filmed stealing a fisherman’s catch in footage that appeared on Facebook.
A police dog that was first on the scene after last year’s Manchester terror attack has been honoured with the PDSA Order of Merit.
A man in China was shocked after the ‘puppy’ he bought cheaply from a dog dealer turned out to be a bamboo rat.
FourFriends Pet Foods has launched a new range of pet supplements.
If you’re going to spend more time at work than at home, should be an inviting place, says Creature Comforts’ owner Susie Birch
Three members of staff from a veterinary practice have been hailed heroes after helping to save the life of a pet owner.
Oven-baked dog food brand Laughing Dog has launched a nationwide knitting challenge to help raise funds for Guide Dogs.
The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) celebrates 120 years supporting independent retailers this year.
With a seemingly endless choice of options when it comes to pet food, Royal Canin will be hosting a webinar to reveal the truth behind fads and trends.
Collar Company is to exhibit at Crufts 2019 for the seventh time.
The organiser of the annual PetQuip Awards, now in their seventh year, have introduced two additional awards for 2019.
A dog day care owner has joined the board of trade body The Pet Industry Federation.
The Future for International Trade conference is to feature an ‘Ask the Expert’ zone.
RSW International has formed a partnership with the RSPCA.
A professional dog walker has developed an unusual way of fighting off hunger pangs while on the job walking dogs in the Peak District.
Seventy-six per cent of UK cat or dog owners are choosing holiday trips within the UK, according to Blue Cross.
Seven British suppliers will be exhibiting their latest products in the British Pavilion at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida from March 20-22.
Pet treats business WOOFS is set to increase its product range in 2019.
Pet accessories business Verity & Voss has become the exclusive distributor for Kiwi Walker, launching various new ranges of dog products.
Nandi of Africa has arrived in the UK and Channel Islands and is available now, after launching its natural, premium pet treats at PATS Sandown.
More than a quarter of women would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their cat than their partner due to their unconditional love and cuddles, according to a survey by pet food brand IAMS.
As it’s Valentine’s Day, the husband and wife team at HayPigs! wanted to share a romantic story with our readers.
PDSA is appealing for the UK’s fattest pets to enrol in its Pet Fit Club.
Natures Menu has won a Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2019, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses that go above and beyond in delivering outstanding customer service.
Pet food brand Purely Fish has returned steady growth both in the UK and overseas through export sales.
Webbox has launched a new line of dog treats.
Butcher’s Pet Care has appointed Birmingham-based creative agency LIFE as its strategic and creative agency.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has been chosen as VetPartners’ charity for 2019.
Macle Pet Pet Foods’ premium range, Naturo, is increasing its offering in Asda stores across the UK from this month.
Mars Petcare has expanded its bonding Care & Treats range in the ‘meaty’ sub-segment with the launch of the Pedigree Wrap.
Fish4Dogs has introduced a fruity new addition to its range of fish-wrapped treats.
Swedencare’s flagship product, ProDen PlaqueOff Powder, has been awarded the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance.
Vitalin will be returning to exhibit at Crufts 2019.
Building on its 22-strong range of frozen raw working dog food, Benyfit Natural has introduced a new product line, the World Explorer Range.
Close to 2,000 visitors went to PATS Sandown, a record in the show’s 11-year history.
For the first time in its 14-year history, contestants on TV’s ‘Couples Come Dine With Me’ have been served fresh DOG food.
Burgess Pet Care has launched the first ever survey on guinea pig welfare
Agria Insurance is giving pet owners £50 towards their pet’s health, for every lifetime policy taken out.
Raw and natural pet food business Natures Menu has been named in the top 100 companies of The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.
Edgard & Cooper has launched its first range of cat food.
Early signs are that PATS Sandown’s move from March to this year’s earlier February slot – and with the opening day on a Sunday for the first time – was a hit with both exhibitors and visitors.
The winners of the PATS Sandown 2019 New Product Awards, sponsored by pbwnews, were chosen by a team of expert pet retailers, who arrived at the show first thing this morning (Sunday, February 10) to make their choices from a record number of new products entered.
Christine and Jenny Chau, the sister team behind North West-based dog bedding company Charley Chau, have been named UK Family Business Entrepreneurs of the Year 2018 in the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in London.
A husband and wife team have got Tails-a-Waggin after successfully re-opening a pet shop on Mold High Street.
Perthshire-base Wilsons Pet Food has recruited Meg Morrison as head of sales.
The Pet Industry Federation has been working on a number of initiatives to help its commercial boarding members comply with the new Animal Activities Licensing regulations.
The Staffordshire bull terrier has been named as Britain’s favourite dog.
Fish4Dogs has formed a new wholesale distribution partnership with Trust Pet Products in an exclusive arrangement for the UK, which focuses on providing greater opportunities for independent retailers to sell the full range of food and treats from Fish4Dogs.
A European Advisory Board to raise awareness of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease has been created to help vets maximise disease prevention in dogs.
International dog show Crufts will welcome around 27,000 dogs this year over the four days of the world’s most famous dog show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from March 7-10.
Italian pet tag manufacturer MyFamily has launched its first collars and leashes.
Hownd has been chosen to showcase its products and pitch to investors at the first European Pets and Money Summit.
Supreme Petfoods’ Selective range of food and treats for small animals has been redesigned.
Two-hundred-and-fifty mushers competed in the 36th Aviemore Sled Dog Rally in the forest around Loch Morlich in January.
WHIMZEES has launched an online campaign to raise awareness on dog dental disease for Dental Month (February).
Specialist wholesaler Bestpets has launched new consumer-facing promotional material to help its Bestpets Local Retail Club customers to drive sales and to help suppliers raise awareness of their products among consumers.
The Dorwest Foundation has donated £2,500 to five charities.
Pet Trade Solutions founder Lynda Ward is warning people to to beware of unrealistic promises from potential employers.
Dog Rocks has unveiled newly-redesigned shelf and counter displays, intended to increase consumer engagement.
With just days to go before PATS Sandown opens its doors, the final preparations are being made for what promises to be a highly profitable and successful show.
A Lincolnshire producer of wild bird food has expanded its manufacturing capabilities with the creation of 15 new jobs after securing a seven-figure finance deal with HSBC UK.
Oxbow has redesigned the packaging for its Simple Rewards Baked Treats range.
Heights Farm Premium Pets Foods, a family-run business based in Bolton, Lancashire, is expanding with the launch of new franchise operations in Stockport, Altrincham, Warrington, Southport and Aston-under-Lyne.
Peregrine Livefoods has acquired three brands from the Fadulla Pet Products range, marking the reptile specialist’s entry into the aquatic and wild-bird sectors.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is recalling some of its wet dog food products voluntarily due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.
Oscar & Hooch has launched a new yellow range designed to help combat winter blues.
Webbox has extended its Webbox Natural offering, with a collection of treats, which launched in Morrisons last week.
Different Dog is to showcase its plastic-free retail packaging at PATS Sandown this month.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition has become a Gold Partner of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.
German pet food company Josera has developed a new Mini range.
Glee’s marketing team, responsible for the promotion of the garden, outdoor leisure and pet exhibition, has been expanded with the appointment of Grace Reilly.
The animal health industry is experiencing a fundamental change in the way it develops innovative new products and services, the Animal Health Distributor’s Association Conference in Birmingham was told.
Rawhide alternative SmartBones has extended its distribution in the UK to all major wholesalers, with the hope that the move will support brand awareness and pet stores looking to stock the range.
Fish4Dogs has created a new team to focus on new product development and review product life cycles to support growth plans.
Seeing the latest pet products launched under one roof is one of the major attractions to PATS visitors, and this February’s show at Sandown Park in Surrey is set to unveil an impressive number of new items.
Exporters in the pet products, home enhancement and garden and leisure sectors are lining up to share their experiences with delegates at The Future for International Trade conference, being organised by trade associations Gardenex, PetQuip and BHETA.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has produced an Animal Welfare Framework.
Pets Corner has reported strong growth in its first quarter, with like-for-like sales rising 4.7%.
An elderly moggy, which is one of the UK’s oldest cats, is still causing mischief at the age of 23.
The RSPCA is disappointed with the Government’s announcement that it will NOT commit to reviewing the current legislation that brands four types of dogs as dangerous.
Pet treats manufacturer The Innocent Pet has donated its largest donation of treats to date.
The Biaze Big Fish Campaign, which aims to draw attention to the plight facing big fish species in the aquatics hobby, has been relaunched.
An investigation for a television channel has revealed that some regular food and drink ingredients come from unlikely places – such as a beaver’s anus!
Rosewood Pet Products has released a number of new products.
BSB Products, the exclusive UK and Ireland importer of Intersand cat litter, has launched ultra-light Intersand EcoLife.
Fish4Dogs won the GlobalPETS Forum Award 2019 at the 20th anniversary event at Amsterdam Beach, in The Netherlands last week.
Staff from Westway Veterinary Group have taken part in a large beach clean-up.
Inspired Pet Nutrition, home to the Wagg and Harringtons brands, nabbed two awards at the Product of the Year awards.
A dog grooming salon in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, has installed poo bag dispensers in the town centre in an attempt to reduce dog fouling.
King British has launched a consumer campaign, Give your fish the Royal Treatment, and is encouraging aquatic retailers to join in.
Eheim’s incpiria has won the bronze medal in the Innovation and Design category at the Animal Expo – Animalis Show in Paris.
The 2016 global coral bleaching event made some reef fish too weak to fight for food, researchers say, after seeing a major reduction in aggression between members of territorial, coral-eating species.
A pet rat has recovered following surgery at a York veterinary practice to remove a tumour the size of a satsuma!
A café in Taiwan has swept the Internet with a chilling video.
A hospitalised cat has ended up with the nickname ‘Grumpy Cat 2.0’ after facial injuries left it with a look of displeasure.
Pet shop staff have been ‘blown away’ by the generosity and support of their community following a fire in which a large number of their livestock died from smoke inhalation.
A Yorkshire veterinary practice has neutered more than 150 cats as part of a drive to help owners on low incomes.
The British Veterinary Association has welcomed the latest report by the UK Surveillance Forum on the UK approach to animal health surveillance.
Direct Food Ingredients (DFI) has unveiled a new, interactive website, intended to boost its customer service offering.
A designer of plant pot feet is showing its range of dog-themed plant pot feet at Crufts next month.
Around half of the UK population with outdoor space feed the birds during winter, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA).
Cyber attacks are on the increase, but how do you deal with a threat when it comes from within your own company? Cyber security training experts at Cucial Academy, who help re-train people who have left the military, offer some tips.
A new not-for-profit, industry-specific organisation has been formed, giving a voice to providers of dog boarding and dog day care services.
CSJ has developed Turn Back Thyme! with the older dog in mind.
CSJ is all set for the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally this weekend, January 26-27.
A once obese bichon frise has shed the pounds to be crowned the biggest weight loser in a national pet slimming competition.

Pawtato has launched an addition to its Pawtato Dog Chews Range – Ocean Treats. These environmentally-conscious, vegan treats are not only meat-free but use sustainably-farmed spirulina, wakame and kelp seaweeds. “Packed in biodegradable bags, these fun, sea-animal-shaped chews are delicious as well as environmentally friendly. An excellent hypoallergenic treat, Pawtato Ocean Treats are grain-free, wheat-free and soya-free, with the additional bonus of being low fat.” Each purchase of Pawtato Ocean Treats results in a donation towards ocean conservation projects, so ‘not only are they friendly to our oceans, but take steps towards caring for them too’. Visit Pawtato at Stand F9 at PATS Sandown.

The Multi Mat travel throw provides dog owners and their pets with a comfortable blanket to share when on the move. The waterproof base provides protection from the cold ground and is perfect for days out and picnics. The soft fleece surface gives a luxury feel for the comfort of pets. The Multi Mat is rolled easily for carrying and large enough for owners and their pets to share. Use at home to cover furniture or carpet, in the car to protect upholstery, or on the move as a travel rug. Measures 140 x 120cm. RRP £29.99.
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Johnson’s has added Beef Flavoured Toothpaste to its popular range of dental products, giving a further tasty alternative to the current chicken-flavoured variety.
The new toothpaste with beef flavour also features a triple action, therefore cleaning teeth and gums, protecting against plaque and tartar, and containing parsley oil to freshen mouth and breath. Johnson’s Beef Flavoured Toothpaste 50g has an RRP £4.09 inc. VAT.
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The British Veterinary Association has welcomed the latest report by the UK Surveillance Forum on the UK approach to animal health surveillance.
A North East entrepreneur is taking the hospitality sector to new levels by building slate ‘hotels’ for fish.
Hagen has introduced the Fluval Flex 123L, which comes with a mobile device-operated Aquasky LED.
Scientists have found the first evidence of plastic contamination in freshwater fish in the Amazon, highlighting the extent to which bags, bottles and other waste dumped in rivers is affecting the world’s wildlife.
Inspired Pet Nutrition, the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food, has for the first time launched a wet dog food under the Wagg brand.
A cat was spotted trying to raid a supermarket’s shelves after sneaking into a Tesco Express.
A labrador that was saved from euthanasia now spends his days ice-skating!
The UK has twice as many shops as it needs, according to the author of a report into how to save the nation’s high streets.
Based in Didcot, Oxfordshire, the Newman family runs Didcot Pet Store and is a firm favourite in the community – but it did not start out as a pet shop!
French bulldogs and pugs top the list of dog breeds vets most commonly suspected of being imported illegally into the UK, according to statistics released by the British Veterinary Association one year on from the launch of its #BreedtoBreathe campaign reveal.
International animal health business Animalcare Group has said it expects earnings growth for the full financial year will be flat compared to last year following delays to some new product launches and lower demand in the large animal portfolio.
Chuckit! has introduced the third addition to its Rugged range for tougher breeds with the Fetch Wheel – designed to withstand the roughest play from stronger dogs.
Beaphar UK will be returning to PATS Sandown with the UK launch of its new branding, a chance for retailers to win a range of new products and a return to the PATS seminar stage, with this year’s presentation offering SQPs the opportunity to earn CPD points.
Nominations have opened for the RSPCA Honours awards and the animal welfare charity and former winner John Bishop are urging people to get in touch and share their stories about animal champions.
Pet-friendly travel site PetsPyjamas has revealed its predictions for the six ‘dog-friendly travel trends’ of 2019.
The organisers of PATS Sandown are looking for 10 specialist retailers to join the judging panel for the New Product Awards at the Sandown show in Esher, Surrey.
Brindle dogs take longer to rehome than all other colours, according to the RSPCA.
Hampshire-based Vetark Products has been acquired by Candioli Srl, with both companies set to benefit from the increased international presence.
XLVets, a community of independently-owned veterinary practices, has appointed Laura Whyte to chair its board of directors.
A fast-growing veterinary group is moving to a new headquarters – and has plans to expand into Europe.
Pet food brand Eukanuba has brought out ‘A Pawfect Pair’, a children’s story book that celebrates the benefits of people living with their dogs.
Albedo100 has launched a new reflective spray that it claims could help save the lives of thousands of pets.
Visitors to AQUA 2019 in October can expect ‘a busy and exciting show’ as Telford International Centre will be packed with companies showcasing new products.
Cats Protection is calling on cat owners nationwide to nominate their furry friends for this year’s National Cat Awards.
WildWash is celebrating gaining accreditation as ‘cruelty free’.
Pet bed manufacturer Scruffs has started the new year with a giveaway featuring its new Ellen collection of bedding.
Tetra has expanded its Starter Line range with a 105-litre aquarium which comes as a complete set with tips and set-up advice.
Wildlife officials in Utah, America, have released footage of how they restock their remote mountain lakes with fish – by dropping them out of aeroplanes.
Eheim has brought out a new ice preventer to stop pond surfaces from freezing over.
Forthglade has expanded its range of natural, grain-free complete meals with two new recipes for 2019 – Chicken with Liver, Sweet Potato & Vegetables Complete Meal and Sardines with Sweet Potato & Vegetables Complete Meal
Mr Johnnson’s has added seven new treats to its Niblets range.
Pet food company Burns Pet Nutrition is set to improve the health and well-being of UK and Ireland rescue animals by providing pet food and donations to animal charities across the country.
More than 40 companies are exhibiting at PATS Sandown next month for the first time, bringing the total number of exhibitors to more than 140.
The ‘world’s safest’ pet carrier is now available in the UK and will be sold through pet product outlets and specialist on-line retailers.
Car giant Ford has developed a ‘noise-cancelling’ dog house for pets that are afraid of fireworks and thunder.
More than half (54%) of UK owners have not taken out an insurance policy for their pet.
South London pet food start-up Scrumbles has become a registered B Corporation.
A NEW pet food using insects as an ingredient has launched, which its makers say reduces the environmental impact of pet food.
A cream for wounds and sore spots – used by the veterinary profession for many years – has been approved for general sale.
Petdreamhouse to expand its Paw range later this year.
A new study has shed light on the ‘elusive’ rabbit industry and calls for more to be done to regulate and improve the breeding of rabbits as pets.
The Pet Industry Federation, Dogs Trust and the RSPCA have joined forces to release a set of guidelines to raise welfare standards in the unregulated profession of dog walking.
Burns Pet Nutrition is giving dog owners across the UK the chance to win a year’s supply of free dog food, in celebration of its 25th anniversary – and there are still 18 tickets to be found.
Lily’s Kitchen has had another strong year of growth fuelled by consumer demand for premium natural food for pets and a 25% increase in distribution points.
It’s the last chance to nominate individuals or teams for the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2019, which celebrate the achievements of welfare heroes from the farming, veterinary and charity industries.
An elderly grandmother was left in tears after being fined £50 while walking her dog – because the lead was too long.
Hedgehog expert Lucy Bearman-Brown is helping to train a special ‘detection dog’ to sniff out hedgehogs so they can be moved out of harm’s way in land development projects.
A North East vet is warning rabbit owners to protect their pets from a deadly disease following an outbreak in County Durham.
CSJ has been celebrating 20 years of producing dog food.
Pet Trade Innovations is launching the mobility sling at PATS Sandown in February.
The Bramton Company, a manufacturer and distributor of pet care products, has formally changed its company name to Hero Pet Brands.
TastyBone has added a new product, the QuattroBone, to its range of nylon chews and edible treats for dogs.
The Hagen Group has introduced a number of new products.
Premium dog food brand GooodUK has launched #DoGoood to emphasise its commitment to ‘doing good’ for people and the planet.
Peckish has launched a sponsorship campaign on Channel 4.
The UK’s Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has welcomed a new edition of the FEDIAF Labelling Code for pet food, which has been approved by the EU Standing Committee for Animal Nutrition.
Company of Animals has added a new Double Ended Lead to its award-winning Halti portfolio.
Fish4Dogs has helped a rescue charity that was fleeced of its finances by a bogus ‘volunteer’ who was subsequently jailed for six years.
A dog walker from Leeds has been disqualified from keeping dogs for two years after being caught on camera hitting a client’s pet boxer.
A North East veterinary practice has been granted special status for its treatment of rabbits.
Doc & Phoebe’s Cat Co is relaunching its patented, award-winning Indoor Hunting Feeder as a three-mouse kit – at a new lower cost!
Scruffs makes a second appearance at the ExpoZoo show in Paris this week.
Edgard & Cooper is adding training treats, jerkys and bars to its range of ‘healthy’ dog food.
A new regulator of SQPs (suitably qualified persons) is set to launch in 2019.
Benevo has gained the top score of 100 out of 100 from the Ethical Company Organisation – for the third year running.
The RSPCA is highlighting the dangers of spring traps after a cat lost her leg when she was caught in the trap.
Jamie Brannan has been elected chairman of NOAH (National Office of Animal Health) for 2019.
As many as 10 million dog and cat owners are not aware of what’s in their pet’s food, according to new research from raw and natural pet food brand True Instinct.
The New Year’s Day Parade in London featured an equestrian thanks to All The Queen’s Horses.
A black Labrador has been rescued after he became trapped in a freezing river.
California has become the first US state to ban pet retailers from selling animals that are not from rescues and shelters.
Mars Petcare has launched a ‘powerful renovation’ of its product, design and claim upgrades for Whiskas Pouches, all supported with a ‘huge in-store activation’.
A miracle cat from Cornwall has been crowned PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year 2018.
Pet grooming tops a list of the best new businesses to start in 2019 – and dog training is second.
Southport veterinary surgeon Vince MacNally has launched a range of natural supplements and pet remedies.
Henry Wag has brought out two new travel products.
Campaigners have appealed to the government to take urgent action to stop puppy smuggling.
Pet owners and retailers across England and Scotland are being asked to return an Avondale Pet Foods product that is contaminated.
Today is peak returns day with thousands of unwanted items being returned to sellers.
The 5p plastic bag charge will be extended to ALL retailers and increased to 10p to cut their use further, under plans put forward in an eight-week consultation launched by the Environment Secretary today.
Ceva Animal Health has launched new TV advertisements and partnered with the ‘Walking the Dog’ podcast series to raise awareness of its pet behaviour products, Adaptil and Feliway.
Flexi has revealed a new range of retractable dog leads.
The winner of the Pet Business World Christmas wordsearch competition was Pet Necessities, in Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.
Arcadia Earthpro has completed a change in packaging of its ‘All-natural’ range of supplements and foods.
A national hen charity has sent nearly 70,000 hens off to enjoy life as family pets during the past 12 months in its most successful year to date.
A powerful image of the preserved body of the famous tortoise Lonesome George has taken top spot in the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2018.
The government has confirmed it will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens.
Royal Canin has made four new appointments at its head office in Castle Cary, Somerset.
The Pet Joint – which describes itself as a ‘luxury pet home boarding hotel’ – has taken in three dogs that were found abandoned on a roadside.
CSJ is all set for the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.
Vitalin will be showcasing its new luxury dog range, including a Tetra Pak packaged Pâté range, at PATS Sandown on February 10-11.2019.
Two dogs have been named joint Pet Slimmers of the Year in this year’s PDSA Pet Fit Club competition – after both shedding 18.8kg between then.
Presents, a full Christmas dinner and even table service are just some of the festive treats dogs across the UK can expect this Christmas, according to new research that reveals the lengths dog owners will go to spoil their four-legged friends.
JR Pet Products has been selected to join the Wales Fast Track 25 Business Club.
More than 80% of pet owners will buy a present for their pet this Christmas, according to an RSPCA survey.
A Warwickshire veterinary practice has neutered its 100th dog in a partnership with Birmingham Dogs Home launched earlier this year.
Online sales were up 5% year-on-year last month, the Office of National Statistics reports.
PetSafe Brand has expanded its Play & Challenge range.
The RSPCA is preparing to take in more than 2,500 cats this Christmas – nearly half of all the animals the charity will help over the festive season.
With the Christmas season upon us, Royal Canin is reminding veterinary professionals to make pet owners aware of the lesser-known dangers this time of year can present.
A Wiltshire pet shop celebrating 15 years in business has unveiled plans to expand.
Bella and Duke is creating a UK distribution centre for its bespoke pet food packages on the North Muirton Industrial Estate in Perth.
Despite a Brexit landscape that is changing day by day, NOAH’s fourth and final Brexit Barometer reveals that optimism among the animal medicines industry rose in comparison to previous Barometers.
Pet owners are treating their animal companions more and more like members of the family, which should help to fuel continuing growth in the pet products market worldwide.
Pet owners in West Yorkshire are being invited to remember their beloved cats and dogs at Christmas – and raise money for charity.
Burgess Pet Care is celebrating a bumper year, which has seen several key appointments, new collaborations and record-breaking figures across a number of different areas of the business.
A new course designed to bring a professional bit-fitting qualification to the equine world for the first time has been developed by The Neue Schule Academy.
Skinner’s Pet Foods sponsored Champions Tennis last week, which saw the likes of Tim Henman, Tommy Haas and John McEnroe take the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.
Hownd has launched Miracle Conditioner for professional groomers.
Fluval has launched a new aquarium cleaning product, ClearX, which ‘effectively traps and controls phosphate, nitrite and nitrate’.
Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre has picked up a regional gong in the first national attractions awards run by popular family leisure website Day Out With The Kids.
Orvis has launched a range of dog treats in the UK.
Agria Pet Insurance has made lifetime cover available for pets of all ages from December 1 to January 31, 2019 inclusive.
Two animal traffickers who imported fashionable breeds of dogs and cats and sold them from their home in Greater Manchester have been sentenced for a number of offences.
The Dog Collection K9 Organics has introduced Get Out Of My Hair Spray, a natural bug repellent, plus a Lavender Calming Spray for anxious dogs.
A Twitteruser uploaded a video of her two dogs’ nightly routine on Twitter – and everyone’s hearts melted!
A five-week-old blue merle collie is the odd one out among his six siblings as he was born with not one but TWO noses.
Marine species will feature prominently in next year’s World Wildlife Day when they become the theme of the event for the first time ever.
German aquatics manufacturer EHEIM has launched its EHEIM thermocontrol, an electronically controlled version of the precision aquarium control heater EHEIM thermocontrol.
The Thai Fishery Department has proposed that the Siamese fighting fish, betta sp., be declared Thailand’s national fish, according to The Nation.
Specialist pet food brand HiLife is celebrating after its range of natural dog and cat food was named Top Launch for the Petcare category by The Grocer in its Top Products Survey 2018.
Burger King added dog food to its menu so man and his best friend could eat together.
Italian pet trade show Zoomark International has moved from its traditional weekend slot to Monday, May 6-Thursday, May 9 next year.
Pet food manufacturer Skinner’s Pet foods has signed a long-term agreement as an official club partner of premiership team Gloucester Rugby Club.
A Scottish retailer is delighted after having won a regional business award for the third year running.
A series of audiobooks, aimed at reducing stress in dogs, has been inspired by research at Hartpury University.
Robert Evans has joined Cheshire-based HJ Lea Oakes as business development manager.

Johnson’s has replaced its 250ml House Flea Spray with an improved Extra Guard House Flea Spray plus. The new 250ml spray is a water-based formulation and to distinguish it, comes in blue livery instead of the previous green can. The spray kills crawling and flying insects such as fleas, mites, lice, bed bugs, wasps, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants and flies on carpets, rugs, soft furnishings and pet bedding. Regular use of an environmental spray is necessary to deal with 95% of the flea lifecycle, which takes place in furnishings, etc. where hundreds of eggs, larvae and pupae develop into adults and cause re-infestation. RRP £4.99 in packs of six.
Johnson’s Veterinary Products  0121 378 1684

The Henry Wag Dog Drying Coat removes water and dirt, protects interior furnishings and reduces the risk of infection. The Drying Coat can be used after wet walks, swimming or bathing. The advanced microfibre wicks water away from the dog’s coat, leaving them fresh and dry.  It uses the highest-quality microfibre and is easy to put on, with a simple strap to hold the coat in place. Available in five sizes, with RRPs ranging from £14.99 to £29.99.
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The Beaphar CatComfort Calming Range is a simple and effective solution to reducing problem behaviour in cats such as inappropriate scratching and urination, or feelings of anxiety. Beaphar CatComfort uses a copy of the feline facial pheromone which is instantly recognisable to cats, and reassures them that an area is safe to be in. The range comprises Beaphar CatComfort Calming Diffuser, Starter Kit; Beaphar CatComfort 30 Day Refill; and Beaphar CatComfort Calming Spray (30ml). The Starter Kit is ideal for use all-year round. The pocket-sized Beaphar CatComfort Calming Spray can be sprayed around the home to help reduce problem behaviour or in catcarriers to help reduce anxiety from travelling and vet visits.
Beaphar 0333 006 6236
Vital Pet Group says it is almost back to normal levels of stock, with 90%-plus fulfilment on most orders.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is re-launching its industry training packages with new online courses after gaining City & Guilds accreditation.
A former nurse has swapped bandages for clippers by launching her own spa for dogs – and according to press reports her business is now forecast to have an £85,000 turnover next year.
A mutant turtle has defied the odds by surviving with two heads.
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have welcomed a new pet into their family.
A headless chicken that survived after being decapitated has been adopted by monks.
PATS Telford is on track to attract ever-stronger numbers of international buyers in 2019.
Norwood Aquarium has been appointed as an authorised distributor of the biOrb range of aquarium products.
Raw pet food manufacturer Natural Instinct has recalled its Wild Venison (Natural Cat Food) in Northern Ireland and Wales because some of the ingredients were not inspected in line with EU requirements.
It’s time to smash the myths around the feeding of fish to dogs and that Fish4Dogs is a ‘niche’ product, so the company is determined to change mindsets – especially in the UK
Tetra has upgraded its FilterActive water conditioner, which it says ‘has been optimised to keep the filter and substrate cleaner for longer’ while supporting the biological balance in the aquarium after water changes.
Mexico has arrested an alleged drug cartel hitman on charges of trafficking the critically endangered totoaba fish, a species whose swimbladder can fetch up to $20,000 on the black market in China.
More than a quarter of fish near the River Thames have eaten plastic, a new study shows.
Whimzees – the all-natural daily dental treat for dogs – has introduced its first Christmas shapes to the UK.
A new emergency service for pets is set to be launched in the Scottish Borders.
UK company Sure Petcare is to display its new ‘connected’ pet product range at the US show CES 2019 in Las Vegas on January 7-11.
CSJ has seen another increase in sales of its Focus! herbs.
Lucky & Prince has unveiled a new range of ‘eco-friendly’ human-grade meat products for dogs.
The organisers have revealed that, after the success of the first The Dog Lover Show in September, the second show is well under way. The 2019 floorplan was released to trade in October – and 40% of the space was sold on launch!
UK pet food manufacturer Symply has once again used Law Print for its packaging needs, this time to help with a refresh of its Canagan brand.
In the past 18 months Burns Pet Nutrition has celebrated its 25th anniversary, been featured in The Sunday Times as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies and fed thousands of pets worldwide.
Tesco has put another natural brand on its shelves in response to the growing demand for natural pet foods.
Thousands of pets will soon feel the benefit of a pioneering Pet Wellbeing Centre as building work starts on vet charity PDSA’s new state-of-the-art hospital.
A lorry full of pet food made its way to an RSPCA centre in Cambridgeshire after a desperate plea for supplies.
Two of Fish4Dogs’ best-selling products have been highly commended in the Your Dog Product Awards for the second year running.
Pet Footprint has brought a range of dog food made from insects to the UK – in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of pet food production.
Pet lifestyle website PetsPyjamas has revealed the winners of its 2018 Dog-Friendly Travel Awards.
BSAVA is moving to Manchester Central for its 2021 Congress.
Sure Petcare has unveiled an activity and behaviour monitor for dogs.
Raw pet food company Poppy’s Picnic has celebrated its second year in business with a poppy seed and lemon birthday cake depicting the inspiration behind the brand – chief operating dog and miniature schnauzer Poppy sitting on top of a Poppy’s Picnic hamper.
Targets are a major source of discontent among today’s salespeople, says pet trade recruitment specialist Lynda Ward.
HayPigs! founders Rik and Helen Cridland are hoping to expand their business into the global market. 
PetQuip, BHETA and GARDENEX are teaming up to host a joint conference on The Future for International Trade, ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union.
A friendship has developed between a whippet, called Boo, and a magpie, called Mike.
A video has appeared online of a raccoon falling nine storeys from a block of flats it was climbing, reported the Mirror.
A kitten called Spock decided to ‘boldy go where no cat had gone before’ – and got his head stuck in a small hole in the back of a kitchen cupboard.
German aquatics manufacturer EHEIM has launched its incpiria marine, a marine water aquarium combination.
Zoo Med Labs has launched its TurtleClean 10 and 20 Deluxe Turtle Filters.
The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) has awarded the 2018 MASNA Pioneer Award to Walt Smith, who pioneered sustainable collecting methods for marines.
Pet food manufacturer GA Pet Food Partners has reported an increase in turnover from £102m to £113m, with a rise in operating profit of more than £300,000 from £280,000 to £633,000.
Vet practices must lead from the front in the responsible portrayal of animals in marketing, say leading veterinary organisations.
Webbox has teamed up with Manchester homeless charity Barnabus, providing a donation of Webbox Naturals dog food.
The UK’s top small businesses – including a new dog boutique from Bristol – have received special recognition at an exclusive House of Lords reception.
British manufacturer Oscar & Hooch has launched a range of waxed and quilted dog coats suitable for all weathers.
Owning a pet has made the top five list of priorities in a ‘bucket list’ survey of things couples want to do before having children.
Luxury dog bedding business Charley Chau has been named NatWest Great British Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 for the North after winning its own shortlisted category of Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year.
Pets at Home has opened a new, ‘pet-friendly’ head office called Chester House – named after the first Pets at Home store that opened in 1991.
New research by Mars Petcare UK and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has revealed that eight out of 10 dog owners in the UK are planning to put their pet at the top of their Christmas gift list this year.
The first think tank of its kind – a think tank for pets – has been formed to address the lack of pet-friendly rented accommodation across the UK.
The UK’s first cinema and coffee bar for dogs will have its premiere tomorrow (Saturday).
Award-winning raw pet food business Nutriment is expanding its portfolio, including the launch of a new brand into supermarkets.
Pets at Home has appointed David Robinson as chief operating officer of retail and Jane Balmain as interim CEO of the Vet Group’s First Opinion business.
A charity that has found homes for more than 670,000 laying hens has been named the JustGiving Charity of the Year.
The RSPCA is warning that animals could suffer as councils are being expected to deliver more welfare work with no extra money.
In a sector first, wild bird food brand Peckish will be sponsoring the Channel 4 Weather bulletins from January 1 until the end of February.
Mars Petcare UK and recycling experts TerraCycle have launched a nationwide pet food packaging recycling programme, led by Whiskas and James Wellbeloved.
OATA has welcomed news that the Scottish Government is to look at introducing new legislation on pet shop licensing in Scotland following a campaign by Jeremy Balfour MSP.
The winners of the 2018 Pet Industry Federation Awards were revealed at a black-tie dinner after the UK Pet Industry Forum at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester, in Northamptonshire last night (Tuesday).
With only two months to go before PATS Sandown 2019 opens its doors, preparations are well under way.
Pets at Home has revealed a sharp fall in profits and warned its costs will rise as it restructures its struggling veterinary practices. It warned it might close up to 30 practices.
Species of creatures dating back millions of years have gone on display at Newquay’s seafront Blue Reef Aquarium, including  horseshoe crabs, caiman, corals and sharks.
China’s Aquarama 2018 event closed on a high note, having attracted more than 47,000 visitors over its four days.
OATA has responded to an article in National Geographic about betta fish and a PETA campaign to stop its sale in US pet stores.
A family has adopted Britain’s biggest puppy, a great Dane that is more than 6ft tall and weighs 43kg (95lb) – and still growing!
A man was found to have a live 10cm tapeworm lodged in his brain.
A vet from West Kirby, Merseyside, has been filmed for CBeebies’ ‘erne and Rory’s Vet Tales.
Last year a new toy called PetBloon appeared as a prototype at PATS Telford 2017. Fast forward 15 months and the inventor is confident her product is set to become a bestseller in pet stores this Christmas.
A man has been given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for his involvement in running a ‘puppy farm’ in his partner’s backyard in Kent.
Devon-based pet food business Forthglade has officially opened a new 70,000 sq ft factory on the Okehampton East Business Park, right next to Dartmoor National park.
It cost more than £200,000 to feed the dogs in RSPCA care last year – which is why the charity is highlighting the importance of legacies today (November 27), which is Giving Tuesday.
In a move to advance Glee’s specialist Pets at Glee section, a dedicated team member has been appointed.
New super premium baked dog food brand Nineteen 87 has launched of an e-commerce website, enabling stockists to buy direct.
Mishiko has entered into a distribution agreement with Exertis.
Bird food manufacturer Feldyfare is introducing two poultry nutrition blocks.
Fireworks campaigners have handed in a petition backed by 358,000 people, calling on the government to restrict their use.
The British Veterinary Association and Vet Record are today (November 15) launching a new online careers hub that offers future and existing vets and vet nurses comprehensive content and resources to support them at every step of their careers.
The Pets’n’Vets family has featured on the CBeebies series ‘Ferne and Rory’s Vet Tales’.
Advances in technology can help deter pet thieves and bring those responsible to justice, Aquarium Software says.
A pet retailer is offering a new service to clients – boarding for birds.
Leading US retailer Petco is to stop selling food and treats containing artificial colours, flavours and preservatives for dogs and cats by May next year – and is calling on other pet businesses to follow suit.
A veterinary nurse who has helped more than 1,000 pets to lose weight over the last 25 years has been recognised for her achievements with a national award.
Exeter’s oldest pet shop will close on Christmas Eve after 53 years trading.
Tailored dog food brand has appointed Lai-Ping Lai as chief product officer.
Dog and cat food brand Scrumbles has raised more than £150,000 in equity funding.
Dog treat manufacturer Pet’s Up has introduced its latest chewing product.
Fish4Dogs’ seasonal products include an Advent calendar and Christmas cracker.
Treating poorly parrots, sickly snakes and indisposed iguanas is all in a day’s work for vet Valeria Vastano.
Police are warning retailers and the public to be aware if they are offered canaries for sale in the Surrey area.
DEFRA has amended one of the guidance notes on staffing in the newly-introduced animal activities regulations.
With less than a year to go before AQUA 2019, organisers say the UK’s aquatics and water gardening trade exhibition is shaping up to be ‘one of the best shows ever staged in its history’.
This year marks 75 years since the PDSA Dickin Medal was established. The award – created in 1943 by PDSA founder Maria Dickin CBE – honours animals that served in the Second World War and has been presented around 70 times to dogs, pigeons, horses and a cat.
The UK’s No.1 pet trade exhibition, PATS, is extending its support of the Dogs for Good charity by sponsoring a puppy called Winter.
Tyrina Gibson has been named Vet Nurse of the Year by pet charity Blue Cross.
Jessie, a macaw parrot, told the fire team that came to rescue her what she thought of them, using some choice words.
A rescue dog has been bringing some joy to hospital patients and has been captured on film for a new Channel 5 series of The Dog Rescuers.
OATA has joined forces with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Trading Standards team to provide new support and advice guidance for its members.
Direct Food Ingredients’ partnership with IOI Oleo to be its exclusive supplier of its Nutrition range in the UK and Ireland has already exceeded targets.

The original coconut and neem oil dog shampoo bar from CocoMutts has proved extremely popular with trade buyers, consumers and professionals. That’s why it has now released two additions to the range – a coconut & moringa shampoo bar and an argan & oatmilk shampoo bar. All three are hand made in the UK using only natural ingredients. The argan and oatmilk shampoo is also 100% fragrance free, ‘perfect for particularly roublesome or sensitive skin’. CocoMutts dog shampoo bars generally last longer than an equivalent liquid shampoo and don’t need the squeezy plastic bottle, great for the environmentally conscious consumer.

With ticks becoming an increasing problem for pets, Johnson’s is introducing a Tick and Flea Collar for Dogs. Ticks are external parasites which vary in size from a pin head to a fingernail, depending on how engorged they are. It is not possible to prevent ticks attaching themselves to pets, but wearing a Johnson’s water-resistant Tick Collar will kill ticks and fleas, and help prevent further infestation for up to four months. It may take several days to be fully effective while the active ingredient spreads throughout the coat. RRP  £4.49 inc. VAT.
Johnson’s Veterinary Products   0121 378 1684

Developed for all breeds, CSJ’s new hypo-allergenic All-Rounder recipe containing 40% salmon has been formulated to promote muscle tone and vitality as well as excellent skin and coat condition. In trials, dog owners gave a big ‘thumbs up’ to this crunchy, smaller kibble, lower-energy version of CSJ’s hugely successful CP30 (Hi Energy). With a quality fat content, glucosomine, MSM, chondroitin, grape and olive extract and a mixture of herbs, All-Rounder’s superior joint support provides ‘tasty, top quality nutrition that appeals to all breeds’.
csj   01745 710470

Henry Wag is launching the microfibre Noodle Glove Towel. With soft, highly absorbent microfibre noodles, this makes cleaning and  drying simple and is effective in removing dirt and water from a dog’s coat. Ideal for use on soggy doggies after wet, muddy walks to protect car and home interiors.The soft noodles do not pull the hair and give a silky sheen to the coat. Packed in the easy access Henry Wag sleeve pack, with an RRP of £17.99.
3p enterprise   01594 810990

Award-winning Pet Munchies has launched a new premium gourmet Dental Chew, made with 100% natural, human-grade, grass-fed buffalo. This healthy Buffalo Dental Chew is infused with salmon oil, which is good for skin and coat as well as joint mobility, due to the rich levels of Omega 3. “Long lasting and designed to satisfy a dog's natural instinct to chew, to help reduce tartar and plaque for healthy teeth and gums to support good oral health. Grain and gluten free. Low in fat, high in protein, makes this the ultimate chew.” Available from all good wholesalers.
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John Burns, founder of Burns Pet Nutrition, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Entrepreneur for Good category.
The Paramount Retail Group has appointed Nigel Moult to the post of commercial director of pet accessories company Pet Brands.
Anxious dog home boarders, day care providers and kennel and cattery owners have taken to social media saying their livelihoods are being threatened and that they could be forced to shut as the requirements for the new animal activities regulations are impossible to meet. All say the regulations will affect ‘good, decent people’ and that the unscrupulous businesses will carry on regardless. SANDRA PEARCE investigates
Technology has enabled bullies to reach their targets on numerous different platforms and employers need to be aware of this if they are to avoid an employment tribunal, a law firm warns.
A Yorkshire equine hospital has invested £230,000 in new technology.
A raw pet food company has recalled ‘various raw pet food products containing tripe and/or pork’ due to a risk of salmonella following the failure of one of its freezer units.
A specialist Yorkshire pet food wholesaler and distributor has agreed a major deal at the £3m Bridge Business Park, by the A62 in Huddersfield.
Burgess Pet Care launched a new food specifically for indoor rabbits at PATS Telford, and says this is all part of its commitment to animal welfare
Paludariums are a window into nature that ‘fit perfectly in homes or offices’ says Zoo Med, which has launched its new range.
The Marina 360 aquarium, from Hagen, not only lets fish owners view their fish from all angles, but also includes remote-control LED lighting.
The British Veterinary Association has issued seven tips to help pet owners and livestock keepers use antibiotics responsibly and keep them effective for both animals and humans.
The British Equestrian Trade Association’s Your Horse Live experience was declared a twin triumph as its continued sponsorship of the main arena and the launch of BETA Feed Awareness Week inspired consumers at this year's three-day shopping spectacular at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire last week.
German aquatics company EHEIM has once again received the environmental certificate Grüner Punkt in recognition of its savings in energy, resources and emissions.
Chewing gum, facial hair-cuts and brushing teeth with human toothpaste are just some of the ways owners are trying to combat their dog’s bad breath, according to a study.
The UK’s leading industry and veterinary bodies and animal welfare organisations are putting on a united front to stop Britain’s animal lovers being duped into buying pets advertised online by ‘dodgy’ pet sellers.
Online sales continue to rise even as today’s retail results show overall consumer spending fell slightly.
Dogmatic has won the ‘Product I can’t live without’ category in Your Dog magazine’s Product Awards 2018/19.
Versele-Laga, a Belgium-based premium pet food and pet care company, has acquired Florida-based companion bird and small animal food manufacturer The Higgins Group – aka Higgins Premium Pet Foods.
Fluval has launched the Fluval Pressurised CO₂ Kits, which provide all the necessary tools needed to grow aquarium plants.
One year on from a £1.2 million revamp and rebrand of the former Farm and PetPlace, in Abergele, plans are in place for further improvements and expansion in the coming months.
Two planning applications submitted by The Real Petfood Company have received approval from the planning committee at Denbighshire County Council.
Pet bed specialist Scruffs says it has enhanced its best-selling, self-heating Thermal range of pet bedding.
Good diet is essential for the success and sustainability of working dogs. That was message given to the 2018 IMPACT Working Dogs Conference in Birmingham by headline sponsor Fish4Dogs.
LOCATION: a small Greek island paradise in a nature reserve on Syros, with views of the Aegean. JOB: to look after 70 cats for four hours a day.
TV viewers watching coverage of Hurricane Florence were mystified when a reporter failed to mention a parrot perched on a resident’s shoulder.
Oscar & Hooch has launched a commemorative Daisy range of dog collars and leads.
A koi has sold at an auction in Japan for a record £1.4m – £1m more than the previous highest bid.
Due to popular demand, JBL is expanding its program for the JBL Expedition.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has confirmed its board of directors for the next year, welcoming one new director.
RSPCA officers were on hand to help when a number of goldfish were released illegally into a river in Derbyshire.
EHEIM has launched a new aquarium, the incpiria, which it says combines an ‘avant-garde design’.
Burgess Pet Care is celebrating its busiest year yet at the National Pet Show, with excellent feedback from visitors in response to its new ranges and a record-breaking number of sales – including Excel Indoor Rabbit nuggets, which sold out on the first day!
A Syrian hamster has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a new car by chewing its way through seat-belts, plastic and cushions.
A campaign to persuade people to choose a rescue dog over a puppy has earned a University of Northampton graduate an industry award.
Trade association the Pet Industry Federation is running a second Chinese trade seminar it is holding exclusively for its manufacturer members that are considering trading with China.
Johnston & Jeff is bringing out a completely new range of bird tables, starting with a set of four tables, each of which comes in a separate box.
Songwriter John McLaughlin, best known for writing hit songs for artists such as Rod Stewart and Cliff Richard, has teamed up with the Scottish SPCA to create a music album aimed at relaxing dogs.
Wilsons Pet Food has launched a range of cold press recipes for dogs – and plans to invest in the growing raw food sector of the market by building a plant to manufacture the recipes.
Fish4Cats has launched a new cat biscuit range – a complete food with extra bite!
Wholesaler Harvey Imports has gained the sole rights for Witte Molem and Duvo+ in the UK.
To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the RSPCA paid its respects at the Animals in War memorial site in London to remember the animals and soldiers who lost their lives in war.
Pointer Pet Products, which has been making baked biscuits for more than 50 years, will be donating the gifts for a rehoming charity’s ‘Santa Paws’ event.
Pets Choice has given some ‘egg-cellent’ hampers to Greater Manchester-based charity Crossroads Together to support a new Social Hens Project.
Don’t forget to book your seat at this year’s Pet Industry Federation Forum, taking place from 1.30pm on Tuesday, November 27, at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.
This year, pet drinks specialist Woof & Brew will be providing the Great British public with a Christmas day special for animal lovers.
Beaphar has added to its NFA-VPS – medicines that can be supplied only by a vet, pharmacist or SQP – offering with two new flea and tick products, Beaphar Canishield and Beaphar FIPROtec Spray.
Eleven Pembrokeshire businesses have been named the most dog-friendly in the region at a judging ceremony hosted by Burns Pet Nutrition and Pembrokeshire Tourism.
PetLondon has launched a new range featuring a Royal Dog costume, a two-piece set made up of a cape and matching hat.
Norwood Aquarium is now exclusive distributor of the high-quality Askoll Pure range of aquariums and accessories in the UK.
An aquatics retailer has taken his first plunge into the realm of novel writing.
Dramatic footage that has wowed social media users captures six brave otters which scare off a huge crocodile in a nature reserve.
RAC patrol Terry Bearman, 45, had to read the message on his van’s computer twice when he was called to rescue a cat from a car.
Lintbells has launched a new Mobility Matters initiative to the pet trade.
Company formation experts has examined Office of National Statistics data on social media usage and says with an estimated new social media user every 15 seconds, there has never been a better time to turn a company’s social media strategy up a notch
PATS Sandown is set to be a must-visit event for pet retailers and buyers as the industry’s leading companies show their commitment to the exhibition at an earlier time slot of February 10 and 11, 2019.
A number of animals – including a much-loved pet mascot, a cockatoo called Brolly – have died in a fire at the Isle of Wight Pet Centre, in Newport., the world’s largest network of pet-sitters and dog-walkers, has acquired leading European dog-boarding, doggy day care and dog-walking platform, DogBuddy.
The Pets’n’Vets Family, a network of veterinary practices with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas, has issued a call for improved public awareness of the legal position surrounding the use and administration of products containing cannabidiol (CBD) to pets, notably those with chronic conditions such as epilepsy and osteoarthritis.
One of Johnson’s Veterinary Products’ area sales managers was glad to have one of his own products to hand when he found a large, engorged tick on his pet cat.
Johnson’s Tick Remover is suitable for use with dogs, cats, horses and other animals and has been designed and manufactured in the UK.
Group55 has enjoyed a memorable 2018, with the company’s recent achievements being recognised by five industry awards since the start of the year.
Lily’s Kitchen has launched its first dental chew.
Vital Pet Products is restructuring following ‘a root and branch review’ of its business. Director Sunny Sharma has given his personal reassurance that there will be no redundancies or site closures as a direct result of the change, and he says there should be no disruption to supply for customers.
A major fire has destroyed four buildings in Nottingham, but miraculously left a reptile retailer relatively unscathed as winds blew the flames away from the store.
Billy + Margot has acquired the UK business Benyfit Natural Pet Food from its shareholders and founders, Ben Van Praagh and Greg Van Praagh.
Burglars wearing Freddy Krueger-style Halloween horror masks used a sledgehammer and pickaxe to break into a pet store, causing thousands of pounds of damage.
Hartpury’s first-ever animal director, Vicky May, is aiming to enhance its reputation as a centre of excellence for animal studies and make the college the No.1 destination for students looking for a career working with animals.
A life-sized model of Joey – the equine hero of the book and film ‘War Horse’ – paid a visit to The Real Petfood Company factory, in Bodelwyddan, as part of a regional fund-raising tour of schools and businesses.
Burns Pet Nutrition is on a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of rescue pets across the UK.
Challenges posed by Brexit, the changing face of retail, GDPR and the digital age in the workplace were highlights of this year’s British Equestrian Trade Association Conference.
As a quarter of a million people have added their voices to a campaign to restrict private firework use, the RSPCA is repeating its call for the Government to act.
Pet food brand Webbox has launched the next phase of its Webbox Natural campaign, which aims to debunk the most common pet food myths.
The Pet Shed has been named Best Pet Shop in an awards ceremony run by DogFriendly.
Fast-growing premium dog equipment distributor Accapi Group has recruited Goncalo Liz as European sales manager for its dog travel safety brand, Kurgo.
Fish-based treats company WOOFS has launched a range of cookie jars to take advantage of the festive market.
Being young, male and crossbred increases a cat’s chances of being hit by a car, according to the findings of a new paper published today. The research also indicates that cats are most likely to be involved in a collision during autumn.
The first veterinary ‘reveal’ of Burgess Excel Indoor Rabbit nuggets has taken place at the BNVA 2018 Nursing Congress, in Telford, Shropshire.
The UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food is concerned that the health of the nation’s pets could be at risk in the event of a hard Brexit.
Linda Barker, of Barkers, in Bletchingley, Surrey, was crowned Groomer of the Year 2018 at the annual British Dog Grooming Championship, sponsored by Bestpets, at the Warwickshire Event Centre on Sunday (October 28).
Measom Freer has unveiled a new e-commerce website, available to view at
A festival designed to connect pet businesses with dogs and their owners is to launch in May next year.
Pet Food manufacturer Laughing Dog handed out free baked treats to all competing dogs at the Canine Run.
The latest Meet the International Buyers event, organised by the PetQuip and Gardenex associations, is due to take place on Thursday, November 8 at the associations’ head office in Brasted, Kent.
The Government has missed a much-needed opportunity to help the retail industry, British Retail Consortium CEO Helen Dickinson said in the wake of the Budget.
Single men and women increase their chances of finding a match on dating apps if they use their dog, according to a study by Webbox.
Unipet International has been awarded the title of Swale Business of the Year for 2018 from a record number of entries and finalists.
Radio Systems Corporation – owner of PetSafe and SportDOG – has acquired US-based Motivation Design, maker of Kurgo pet products.
Oscar Pet Foods has bought 3,000 sq meters of warehousing and offices at in Higher Walton, Lancashire.
The number of pet insurance payouts has reached record levels, with the UK industry paying out £2m a day – and the annual growth rate of the global market is set to double in five years.
British organic skincare brand ila-spa is to launch ilapet next month.
Lily’s Kitchen has been named as the UK’s top-rated ethical pet food company for the 10th year running by The Good Shopping Guide, the world’s best-selling ethical shopping reference book and website, covering areas such as environment, animal welfare and treatment of people.
Westwood Vets has opened a new, state-of-the-art surgery in Garforth, Yorkshire.
The British Veterinary Association is urging animal lovers to pick health over looks and avoid the internet-fuelled craze for designer pets with ‘cute’, unusual or extreme features, such as English Lop rabbits, Scottish Fold cats, bubble-eye goldfish and miniature horses.
More than 5.2 million (around one in four) UK pet owners undertook NO research at all before taking on their pet, according to a new report from veterinary charity PDSA.
PawTrax, which has been supplying GPS pet tracking collars since 2009, has launched version 4 of its Halo GPS cat collar.
Award-winning Pet Munchies has launched ‘super healthy’ Buffalo dental chews, which will be available from wholesalers in November.
Chocolate Labradors have a shorter lifespan than their black and yellow counterparts, according to new research.
A raw dog food manufacturer from Wiltshire has come away with a top prize in the South-West regional heats of the UK-wide Rural Business Awards.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has welcomed four new pet food companies to its membership.
A client of Petpals Southampton has bought the pet care franchise after the retirement of owner Victoria McGuire.
Lintbells’ flagship brand, YuMOVE, is to sponsor ITV’s ‘For the Love of Dogs’.
UK retail sales decreased by 0.2% on a like-for-like basis last month from September 2017, when they had increased 1.9% from the preceding year, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium and KPMG.
A pet food bank has been set up in Newcastle upon Tyne to help struggling owners feed their animals.
Rob Brown and his partner Holly Ross-Ferring have wanted to open a second store for years with the natural message loud and clear – well, they’ve only gone and done it, says Sandra Pearce
A stuntman’s experience came in handy when he had to rescue a parakeet that was stranded on a rooftop.
Pet food manufacturer Cotswold RAW has introduced a new meal for puppies.
A charity that pairs assistance dogs with families is advertising for possibly one of  best volunteering jobs in the world – a ‘puppy socialiser’.
Two military dogs have become the face of Pets at Home’s new Remembrance poppy range developed exclusively with The Royal British Legion.
Family-run The Dog Treat Company, based in Devon, launched its new eco-friendly 125g treats tubes at PATS Telford.
A search for Britain’s top motorcycling pet is over, with a Glasgow-based bichon-frise-cross taking the title.
Rosewood Pet Products has expanded its offer of natural treats for cats and dogs.
Nearly a quarter of schoolchildren aged 10-18 have witnessed animal cruelty and neglect on social media, the RSPCA has revealed.
Paleo Ridge has earned Organic certification.
Pet food store Sommerville Feeds is celebrating after winning a national competition for the best shop window display
A member of a naturalist society discovered a reptile with a difference.
A mysterious creature has been washed up in the Philippines.
Passionate About Pet Food has reported a ‘great start’ after last month’s PATS launch of Josera, one of Germany’s leading pet foods, and Green Petfood insect and vegetarian dog food.
D’Artagnan the Welsh springer spaniel is celebrating 10 years as a canine customer at Bruce’s Doggy Day Care.
A pet retailer who champions a holistic approach has held an inaugural Pet Natural Health Day.
Pet food brand Forthglade is teaming up with Veterans With Dogs to provide discounted dog food.
A pet shop established in 1830 and thought to be the UK’s oldest pet retailer is on the market at offers in excess of £175,000. 
Baked Dog food manufacturer Laughing Dog has raised more than £900 for Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home by taking part in the Muddy Dog Challenge.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has confirmed its board of directors for the next year, welcoming one new director.
Nature’s Menu managing director Craig Taylor has been named as one of the top 50 most ambitious business leaders in the UK.
Inspired Pet Nutrition, the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food, has apppointed David Proctor as group operations director from early December.
Long Paws has launched a new product to tackle dog poop.
The UK’s leading cat charity is celebrating a new £1m partnership that will boost its work helping stray and abandoned cats across the UK.
The RSPCA has welcomed news that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report is calling for a full-scale review of current dog control legislation and policy.
The growing demand for natural food and the impact of Brexit forced Town & Country Petfoods to have a long, hard look at what it was doing and how – and the impact on sales has more than proved that it’s on the right track
A trio of dogs have helped each other and their owner in different ways.
A blind man from Exeter found an eight-foot python in his bathroom.
An Australian Cockatoo has been stolen during a break-in at a County Durham pet shop.
Email marketing can enable independent pet specialists to promote their business while reaching large segments of customers at once. Rae Steinbach, a content specialist for digital marketing agency Taktical, based in New York, shows how to get started
Vitalin Super Premium Pet Food has introduced four new products to its dog food range.
Crème Brulee, the Shetland pony, has been chosen as the Face of Amazon Pets 2018, beating thousands of entries from around the UK.
Jonathon Moyce, owner and director of Loving Pets UK, has been named GTR-BExa Young Exporter of the Year 2018.
Pet retailers are risking a fine and jail for up to two years by selling dog biscuits and oils that are illegal in the UK because they are not licensed.
A puffin needed a hand after getting stranded at sea.
A reptile specialist had to remove an unexpected object from a car.
The UK’s biggest dog welfare charity is calling on the government to take urgent action to stop the illegal importation of puppies into the UK following an undercover investigation that exposes the ‘magnitude and ease’ of trade routes into the UK for European smugglers.
Veterinary pet insurance company Nationwide suggests that 33% of Fortune 500 companies now offer pet insurance to workers – a figure that is set to almost double to 60% by the end of this year.
The Pet Industry Federation has revealed the finalists for this year’s PIF Awards. The awards not only celebrate pet businesses that have made outstanding achievements throughout the year, but provide an opportunity for the industry to come together, socialise and network over dinner with entertainment.
Marion Stinton has retired after 37 years in sales and marketing in the pet trade.

The Beaphar CatComfort Calming Range is a new, simple, effective solution to reducing problem behaviour in cats, such as inappropriate scratching and urination or feelings of anxiety. It uses a synthetic replica of the feline facial pheromone to reassure cats so they know the area is safe for them to be in. The range comprises Beaphar CatComfort Calming Diffuser, Starter Kit; Beaphar CatComfort 30 Day Refill; and
 Beaphar CatComfort Calming Spray (30ml). The Starter Kit is ideal for year-round use, especially the firework and party season. The Calming Spray can be sprayed on targeted areas and being pocket sized, is suitable for use in carriers to reduce anxiety associated with travelling and vet visits.
Beaphar 0333 006 6236

Naturediet is on a mission to ditch single-use plastics with its brand new, eco-friendly packaging. The Naturediet Feel Good range is ‘a vibrant variety’ of wholesome, 100% British-made wet food for dogs. Simple to stack, store, serve and recycle! Available in 12 ‘deliciously nutritious’ varieties including four grain-free recipes. Expertly balanced and carefully created to provide optimal nutrition from essential ingredients, Naturediet Feel Good is packed full of the highest quality and freshly prepared natural ingredients. Suitable for all dogs and dietary requirements. RRP £1.40-1.45.
Naturediet 01362 822321

Caldex has introduced a new range of exclusive meat products. Woodfold Farm sausages are gluten free, contain a very high meat content, and are only available through the pet trade. The range includes hot dog sticks, salami sticks, chicken rice sticks, beef link sausages and black pudding burgers. “They are attractively packed in eye-catching counter display boxes for easy sale.” RRP from 39p per item, which Caldex says gives good retail margins.
Caldex 01422 240084

Due to popular demand, award-winning grain-free pet food brand Canagan has launched a new variety to its dog food range specifically aimed at improving dental health. Canagan Dental for Dogs contains the clinically effective ingredient ProDen PlaqueOff, which reduces plaque naturally, and has a special kibble shape to help keep teeth cleaner. Canagan Dental includes prebiotics and botanicals to support digestion, while glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin sulphate aid joint heath.
Symply Pet Foods 01494 775222

Just killing fleas on pets is not enough as 95% of the flea life cycle takes place in pet’s bedding and home surroundings such as carpets and soft furnishings. “Many owners do not heed this advice and become desperate for help on how to deal with flea infestations on their pets and in their carpets, rugs, furnishings, pet and human bedding.” Johnson’s award-winning Veterinary Strength 4fleas range for dogs and cats includes 4fleas Spot-on Solution; 4fleas Tablets; 4fleas Household Flea Sprays and 4fleas Room Foggers, to kill fleas and stop eggs developing into adults.
Johnson’s Veterinary Products 0121 378 1684

Award-winning natural treats manufacturer Pet Munchies has launched ‘a super healthy’ range of chicken, duck and wild salmon premium gourmet dental sticks, all made with sweet potato. 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 these chews exceptional.” Available from all good wholesalers.
Pet Munchies
A pet shop is giving away stick insects after a ‘population explosion’.
New animal welfare regulations came into force on October 1. Last month we looked at the regulations concerning the sale of animals and commercial breeding. This month we cover the other activities included in the regulations – dog and cat boarding, home boarding, dog day care, dog breeding and the keeping or training of animals for exhibition
PetLondon has launched a ‘fantastical’ unicorn pet range.
British baked dog food company Laughing Dog will be taking part in the Peterborough Muddy Dog Challenge tomorrow (Saturday, October 13) to raise money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Rosewood Pet Products raised £2,000 for Severn Hospice when it hosted its first charity sample sale at its headquarters in Hortonwood, Telford, Shropshire.
‘Healthy’ pet food company Edgard & Cooper  – founded in Belgium in 2014 and launched in the UK in 2016 – has updated its dog food offering, while at the same time unveiling a brand ‘refresh’.
Pets at Home has created the new position of chief data officer in order for the pet chain to ‘focus more on digital assets’.
The value of the UK pet products and services market is forecast to reach £2.1 billion by 2023, a 25% increase from an estimated £1.7bn this year.
CEVA is inviting entries for its seventh Animal Welfare Awards, which celebrate the achievements of remarkable people from the farming, veterinary, charity and education sectors.
A former supermarket worker who launched her own dog grooming salon after facing redundancy is celebrating the expansion of her business.
The UK’s fastest-growing pet food brand, Harringtons, launches a new national TV campaign this week.
Royal Canin will once again be tackling the subject of weight management at the British Veterinary Nursing Association Congress next week (October 12-14).
With a year to go before AQUA 2019, the UK’s aquatics and water gardening trade exhibition is shaping up to be one of the best shows ever staged in its history.
Chewdles has unveiled a new website to support the brand with a dedicated shop page and focus on local stockists.
A £250,000 state-of-the-art vehicle designed to ‘revolutionise’ animal welfare awareness across the UK has been unveiled by the PDSA.
Pet accessories company Doodlebone is experiencing rapid growth and has moved to new premises more than 10 times the size of its first unit. If it has achieved this much in its first four or so years, what will the next five years bring?
London’s New Year’s Day Parade returns for 2019 celebrating Britain’s multi-cultural capital with All The Queen’s Horses showcasing plenty of variety among its equine participants.
A cat made it into the limelight after surviving a fall.
Maidenhead Aquatics has opened applications for its third annual Fishkeeper Fry project, which starts in January 2019.
The Canny Company has launched a set of colourful ‘emoticards’ to sit in front of or alongside the Canny Collar, capturing some of the feelings people experience when they own a pulling dog.
Colleagues of a veterinary nurse who died this year have created a memorial garden in her honour.
An engineer made a surprise discovery while making a repair.
Blackpool’s famous beach donkeys will soon be enjoying a rest after a busy summer season – but all should be well as they had their annual MoT before the holidays to ensure they were fit and healthy.
Brambles Pet and Wildlife is urging members of the public to use only beneficial foods to feed wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.
Laughing Dog is celebrating being partnered with rescue charity Jerry Green for a year by giving free treats to every Jerry Green dog that has been with its ‘forever’ home for a year.
Pooch & Mutt’s Tasty Turkey chews came out on top in the Pet Food & Treats category of The Grocer New Product Awards 2018.
The Stothard family has been trading in the historic town of Harrogate since 1968. Third-generation siblings Ben and Michaela look back at the family business and talk of the challenges they face
The 2019 BETA Business Awards continue to secure support from top names in the industry, with three of the trade-only nominated categories attracting return sponsorship.
Tetra is encouraging more people to delve into the underwater world by revealing our favourite childhood memories of having an aquarium.
The RSPCA is urging people not to use glue traps to catch rodents – and to ‘rat’ on retailers selling them.
Lily’s Kitchen has added a second recipe to its Bright Young Things Puppy Reward range.
Direct Food Ingredients has been shortlisted in the British Small Business Awards 2018.
The Wooferendum – a ‘campaign by dogs’ to stop Brexit – is going viral in the UK.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has created a suite of documents to help its English members with the new local authority inspection and licensing regime for animal activities, including the commercial sale of animals as pets.
Premier Nutrition has invested £13.1 million investment in a new production facility at Fradley Park, in Staffordshire to take it ‘to the forefront of premix manufacture’.
Pedigree Wholesale has launched a new range of waterproof coats from Hurtta.
DEFRA has re-issued the guidance documents for the new Animal Activities Licensing Regulations, which came into force on Monday (October 1).
A designer is celebrating after her product won silver in the PetQuip Pet Product of the Year awards at PATS.
Burns Pet Nutrition is giving dog owners across the UK the chance to win a year’s supply of free dog food in celebration of its 25th anniversary as a business.
One of the country’s oldest aquatics shops has just celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Raw feeding specialist Natures Menu has introduced two new variants to its Country Hunter Raw Superfood Nuggets range – Grass Fed Beef and Turkey & Goose.
Global trade body Ornamental Fish International has awarded its 2018 OFI Award to the late Shigezo Kamihata.
The cost of keeping beautiful has proved quite costly for one dog owner in China.
An owner was shocked to discover that her pet dog was not a dog!
Poppy’s Picnic’s rise in the fresh raw pet food market has been recognised once again with a win in the Start-up of the Year category of the Business Leader Awards.
As well as delivering another successful two-day pet trade event, this year’s PATS Telford was able to reduce the show’s impact on the environment.
Courier comparison website ParcelHero says shoppers should insist on e-receipts as a new study reveals that every year 25 million trees are felled just to print till receipts.
While consumers are most likely to use their hearts over their heads when buying for their pets, there are distinct gender differences in their attitudes.
UK-based pet care brand Pro Pooch, which specialises in online well-being, grooming and home and garden products for dog owners, says it intends to become a market leader in the pet industry.
A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has unveiled SoFi, a soft robotic fish that can swim independently alongside real fish in the ocean.
Higher revenue and better margins yielded from the sales of its dragonfish and ornamental fish export business boosted results for Singapore’s Qian Hu Corporation in its second quarter.
Increasingly turbulent negotiations and the possibility of a no-deal Brexit are causing concern within the animal medicines industry.
More than 850 specialists from 40 countries attended the ninth International Parrot Convention in Tenerife last week.
Pets at Home is inviting pet owners into stores across the country to help celebrate the best pet products by voting in this year’s My VIP (Very Important Pet) Reader Awards.
Retail sales remained strong in the three months to August, with continued growth across all sectors – particularly online, which reached a new record proportion of all retailing.
A dog decided to gatecrash a photoshoot – and the curious pet, called Coco, unwittingly put her owner in the running for a top photography award.
A major tourist attraction in Essex has said it will stop giving away goldfish as prizes.
Companion animal vets Peter Myatt and Stephen Ashman have clinched top spot in in the third annual British Veterinary Association’s Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition, which attracted more than 500 entries from across the UK.
FEDIAF, the European Pet Food Industry Federation, has just released the 2018 edition of its scientifically-reviewed Nutritional Guidelines for Cat and Dog Food.
CSJ’s founder, Ceri Rundle, had a huge surprise after filming the Welsh pet company’s next ‘A Way With Dogs’ series when she was presented with a birthday cake made of figures of all the individual competing handlers.
Ceva Animal Health has launched a month-long TV advertising campaign for its leading veterinary behaviour product, Adaptil, in the run-up to the fireworks season.
Cheshire-based Direct Food Ingredients is looking to expand its team to strengthen its offering and further support customers.
The RSPCA Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Sutton District branch has opened a new cat rehoming centre next door to the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital.
Pet food brand Purely Fish launched four new products at PATS Telford.
IAMS is launching a new range, IAMS for Vitality, which will be supported by a £2m multi-channel media campaign, the largest in the brand’s history.
Graham Smith and Beverley Cuddy, directors of pet marketing agency Pet Subjects, will feature on ITV1 prime-time show ‘The Big Audition’ on Friday (October 5).
Cats visiting a Buckinghamshire veterinary practice are feeling less stressed after a revamp of the surgery
A north Norfolk pet shop has closed down without warning – to the dismay of staff members who, overnight, found themselves without jobs.
Rosewood Products has held its first sample sale at its headquarters, in Hortonwood, Telford, Shropshire
Cats may be just as likely as dogs to experience firework fear but their owners are less able to recognise the behaviour, according to Lintbells.
Six new flavours are being added to the Fish4Cats tinned food range – providing a total of 15 recipes.
Hartpury has been officially granted university status by the government in a landmark year for the award-winning institution.
The number of visitors attending the two-day PATS Telford show has broken the 2,000 mark for a fourth successive year.
EHEIM has launched its classicLED plants, energy-saving, environmentally friendly LED lights with a specifically matched light spectrum.
A man hopes to be reunited with an old pet.
The Advertising Standards Authority has rejected a complaint made against a TV ad for Go-Cat pet food.
Henrietta Morrison, founder and CEO of Lily’s Kitchen, is stepping into a new role as executive chair and global brand director.
Ahead of National Fitness Day tomorrow (September 26), True Instinct has partnered with Milo’s Dog Running to promote the importance of a dog’s diet and exercise.
Key industry trends were on the agenda at Burgess Pet Care’s inaugural supplier day, hosted as part of a continued commitment to building on its strong relationships throughout its supply chain. During the day, guests also shared their collective expert knowledge and plans for the coming months.
Worcester-based inventor Peter Hill has won over the Dragons for his pet lunchbox, Pedaldish, and whistle for cats, Katfone.
Visitors to PATS Telford were delighted by the variety and quality of products showcased all under one roof by more than 200 companies.
New research shows up a tenth of Europe’s river fish could be pushed to extinction by the spate of hydropower dam projects in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro.
A student had a confrontation with a mystery animal on a housing estate.
A farmer who was fed up with complaints posted a warning sign.
Stubbs England has taken up the sponsorship mantle of the Nutritional Helpline of the Year title – one of the British Equestrian Trade Association’s 10 BETA Business Awards.
A petition to reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right, has been delivered to 10 Downing Street.
Hawaii’s aquatics industry has published its final Environmental Assessment and says it has found no significant impact in its use of fine mesh nets to capture marine fish for the ornamental trade.
A woman and her dog are recovering after becoming ill within a month of each other.
An unexpected family entered a man’s living room – through the ceiling.
Pet bed specialist Scruffs was able to take advantage of The Retail Lab at GLEE this month to showcase its newest product launches this month.
Established European pet accessory brand, Martin Sellier is available to UK retaielrs from this month, thanks to UK importer and distributor BSB Products.
John James, of James & Steel, won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Petquip dinner last night at the end of the first day of PATS Telford.
The PATS Telford 2018 New Product Awards were presented at the PetQuip dinner after the first day of the show (Sunday).
A wide array of new products was unveiled on the opening day of PATS Telford, with many exhibitors delighted by the quality of enquiries and orders generated.
Group 55 and Hownd had double reason to celebrate at the PetQuip Awards dinner at PATS last night, scooping two gold awards apiece.
Award-winning Wiltshire-based fresh raw pet food company, Poppy’s Picnic, will be showcasing its new range of freezers and show offers at PATS Telford on Sunday and Monday (September 23-24).
The Pet Industry Federation is launching a chocolate benefit for members at PATS Telford, thanks to a new partnership with the Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company.
Natures Menu is offering a range of special offers, including a variety of promotions, at PATS Telford on its premium brand, True Instinct, which launched at the same show in 2017.
Ahead of its second appearance at PATS Telford this weekend, small furry accessories brand HayPigs! has revealed it has signed a deal to supply its products to more than 150 Petbarn pet stores in Australia.
Family-run The Dog Treat Company, based in Devon, is launching its new eco-friendly treats tubes at PATS Telford.
Raw pet food manufacturer Natures Menu has scooped two awards at the Pets at Home Supplier Awards.
Pet Brands has been selected as a finalist in the Examiner Business Awards in the SME of the Year (21-50 employees) category.
The oldest and largest animal welfare charity in the country will be at PATS this coming Sunday and Monday.
Naturediet is on a mission to ditch single-use plastics and will be exhibiting its new eco-friendly packaging at PATS Telford on Sunday and Monday, September 23 and 24, with a launch offer.
Rosewood Pet Products is opening its doors to the public for its first sample sale, to be held at its headquarters in Hortonwood, Telford.
Tetra is investing in digital media to target new and existing fishkeepers via a social, search and display campaign.
ProDen PlaqueOff Animal has recruited a new territory manager to cover the north of the UK.
A swan got itself into a tangle with a baseball cap.
A guide dog keeps leading his owner into a pet store – without the owner realising.
Wild goats have been causing chaos in an Irish town.
The Pet Industry Federation has introduced a licensing support package for members to help them comply with the requirements of the new Animal Activities Licensing regulations, which come into force on October 1.
Natural pet care brand Hownd has secured a £50,000 funding package from NatWest to progress its growth plans.
With just days to go before PATS Telford opens its doors, the final preparations are being made for what promises to be the busiest show in the event’s 10-year history.
A truck that smashed into a shop was being driven by a dog!
Velda has brought out the AquaTesterPro, which can measure water parameters in seconds.
RNLI Lifeguards have warned the public to be aware of Weever fish and of what to do if you get stung by one.
The Sensitive dog food range from Arden Grange is growing, with the addition of Puppy/Junior and Light/Senior lifestage varieties.
Vicky Skinner, education manager at the Pet Industry Federation, has been appointed by the Department for Education to chair a new employer panel designing the content of a new set of technology study programmes within the Animal Welfare and Management sector.
The winners of the 2018 Animal Hero Awards have been honoured at a star-studded ceremony in London.
The British Veterinary Association has welcomed Scottish Government plans to establish a new Animal Welfare Commission to advise on the welfare of domesticated and wild animals in Scotland and ensure standards are maintained post-Brexit.
In an unexpected last-minute twist, Cotswold RAW sausages have been withdrawn from this October’s National Sausage awards because they ‘are not for human consumption’– even though the pet-centric nature of the sausages was clearly stated on the entry form.
All retailers no matter how small, could soon have to charge for plastic bags, and the charge could potentially double to 10p a bag.
The private-equity-backed Independent Vetcare Group, Europe’s largest vet group, has published its first ever annual report.
Martins Pet Supplies is a firm favourite among children as they pop in on their way home from school to look at the animals and say hello to shop cat Benji. The store has  been trading for more than 50 years, Brian and Chris Martin look back at how things have changed and explain why they love doing what they do
A swan found by a motorway needed assistance.
An RSPCA officer carried out an unusual rescue when she was called to a family’s home in Manchester.
New animal welfare regulations come into force on October 1, and cover many aspects of the pet industry. We look at what the Regulations and their Guidelines mean for those who are engaged in animal activities, and the concerns being raised
A female goat got her head stuck between a metal fence.
German firm EHEIM has launched three glass-and-aluminium aquarium sets.
JBL CEO Roland Böhme demonstrated his hands-on approach when he stepped in to install a state-of-the-art solar panel on the roof himself!
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is to demolish part of the Merthyr Vale weir in Wales, to allow fish to migrate upstream to produce juvenile fish.
A long-running Leicester Market pet retailer has quit after 34 years because her business is losing money.
Dog lovers are being urged to get baking for the Great Birmingham Bark Off, a new fundraising initiative from Birmingham Dogs Home to help raise money for strays.
Dog shampoo business Dog Hair Day has launched an animated video featuring the face of the brand – George, a German shorthaired pointer belonging to company founder and creator Katie Jenkins.
London-based ‘hound and human’ lifestyle brand Fetch + Follow is bringing dogs, design and art together with a pop-up store in Shoreditch, when London Design Festival opens across the city.

In Vogue Pets is the exclusive distributor of the Croci range of Italian clothing for dogs. Croci, ‘the largest pet product designer and manufacturer in Italy’, is launching its 2018/19 winter fashion clothing collection following the runaway success of last year’s collection. In collaboration with leading Italian fashion designers in Milan, the collection captures the latest international trends and customer demands. “Each jumper, sweater, padded coat and raincoat is created in the name of Italian craftsmanship and style and represents a new standard for high quality designer canine clothing.”
In Vogue Pets 01923 853484,
The British Independent Retailers Association (bira), which represents thousands of independent retailers in the UK, has presented its plan for business rates reform to MPs at the Houses of Parliament.
After the theft of its van along with all of its trade-stand stock en route to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, equestrian charity the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund was determined to carry on regardless.
Holly Drummond and Faye Jones, area sales managers at pet, equine and agricultural wholesaler Trilanco, have passed their R-SQP exam. Both Holly and Faye can now advise on medicines for farm, equine and companion animals.
A lot can happen in a year and that is certainly the case for Stewart Irvine, co-founder along with his business partner, David Judd, of new ethical treats company Wild Ocean Omega3 Fish Snacks, trading as WOOFS.

With increased customer focus on ‘postable’ items such as treats, grooming products and pet toys, UK plastic bottle manufacturer Measom Freer has developed a Post Bottle (Ref 6143). With a flat rectangular shape, the bottle can be easily boxed and posted through standard letterboxes, fitting the UK large letter dimensions. Made from fully recyclable, clear PVC, it has a capacity of 100ml with an 18mm R4 neck size. It can be made in other plastics such as PE and PETG, with colours available to order. A wide range of caps and closures to suit are also available.
Measom Freer 0116 288 1588,

As part of Johnson’s commitment to theenvironment by reducing or eliminating the use of plastic packaging, Johnson’s has repackaged its Dried Mealworms For Wild Birds into a full-colour cardboard printed container. “Customers for wild bird products tend to be more aware of the environment and this should be a considerable boost for retailers to be able to offer an environmentally-friendly alternative to the plastic containers generally used in the trade, many of which are not recycled.” RRP £3.79 inc VAT.
Johnson's Veterinary Products 0121 378 1684,

The new AiryVest LUMI series of dog jackets from Collar Company glow in the dark. The company says they ‘will amaze your customers’ as the light-accumulating fabric makes it ‘the brightest ever’. The jackets can be charged under natural and artificial light conditions and can glow for up to 60 minutes. The fashionable jackets are also reversible, and will be at PATS Telford on the Collar Company stand D63.
Collar Company
Dog food tasters are ranked alongside professional cuddlers, sleepers and armpit sniffers in a list of the world’s weirdest jobs.
A Scunthorpe Market stall that had been looking for a new site to trade from is to move to a new market in the town centre after reaching a compromise with council officials.
Nine UK universities are to benefit from interactive lectures and an opportunity to tackle the most common disease vet students will diagnose after graduation – obesity.
Riding hat manufacturer and safety specialist Charles Owen is to sponsor BETA International’s new feature, The Spotlight – an entertainment and education theatre where celebrity interviews, Talking Business with Alastair Stewart, seminars, award presentations, teach-ins and the Fashion Show will take centre stage throughout the 2019 trade fair.
PetSafe has extended its Play & Challenge range to include four new dog toys.
Royal Canin’s portfolio is growing again, with the launch of a new canine wet range.
Pets at Home is urging owners to spare a thought for their pets this month as they reveal that dogs and cats may get the blues as children return to school.
The Royal Veterinary College’s registered charity, The Animal Care Trust, is opening the doors of the college’s small animal hospitals to members of the public interested in learning about pet first aid.
Almo Nature, the natural pet food that gives 100% of its profits to cats, dogs and biodiversity, will be joining Vital Pet in the Vital Gallery at PATS Telford.
As Burns Pet Nutrition founder John Burns and his employees prepare to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, the business looks back at its journey, plans for the future and what separates it from the competition
Especially for the hot weather, the Silenta Air Outdoor air pump helps aerate ponds.
The Environment Agency says its fish-restocking scheme, which boosts fish populations in the wild, has been a success.
A man who adopted a ‘puppy’ he found in a forest took on more than he bargained for.
A cat that went missing for two weeks has been reunited with his owner.
A dalmatian was left feeling under par after he swallowed a golf ball.
ChickenGuard – producer of the ChickenGuard automatic coop door opener and ‘the world’s first, self-locking door kit’ – says it is helping to make poultry-keeping achievable even for urban workers. 
JD Weatherspoons is banning dogs from all of its 10,000 UK pubs from yesterday (Monday, September 10).
Pet Trade Solutions founder Lynda Ward says employers needing sales people are increasingly asking for ‘hard workers’.
JBL has launched a new food for coldwater fish, ProPond Biotope, which caters to the dietary requirements of species other than goldfish and koi.
Spawning fish will have an easier time swimming up the River Severn in Worcestershire thanks to a £20m project to introduce fish passes.
Aquatics company Evolution Aqua has now added the Horticulture product line to its Kessil portfolio.
A depressed dog suffering with stiff joints and back pain has benefited from alternative treatment.
A pigeon refused to co-operate during a race for the Queen.
A farmer has come up with an unusual solution to a problem with one of his cows.
Pet Teezer, a new dog grooming range from the creators of Tangle Teezer, the detangling hairbrush brand, has expanded its retailer listings to include and selected Pets Corner stores nationwide.
Pet cats could be banned from a region in New Zealand as part of proposals designed to protect native wildlife.
Petcor, the maker of Veni-Dog products, has introduced three newly-developed pheasant treats for dogs – pheasant jerky, pheasant bites and pheasant chew sticks.
Raw pet food business Natures Menu is celebrating Puppy Awareness Week with hundreds of top dogs across the UK graduating from Puppy School.
Kind-hearted dog rescuers are risking harming UK dogs and owners by bringing dangerous exotic diseases into the country, vets have warned.
The premium Suet To Go brand, created by Unipet International for year-round feeding, is bringing out a Christmas range featuring its top selling lines in a limited edition cranberry flavour.
A married couple have started a new Heights Farm Premium Pet Foods franchise in Lancashire.
After the success of its Breathe Right ball, which won Dog Accessory and Gift Product at the PATS Telford 2017’s New Product Awards, dog toy brand Chuckit! is adding to the range with the launch of a Medium two-pack, and a new Breathe Right Fetch Stick.
The Royal Veterinary College has entered a four-year collaboration with Felcana, a pet care start-up based in London, to support continued research into pet traits and behaviour.
Wagg, the UK’s No.1 dry dog food brand by volume, is relaunching its entire range of dog food as it looks to attract new customers while driving sales among existing ones.
Luxury dog bedding business Charley Chau has been shortlisted for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Ancol Pet Products says it objects to a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority that it cannot run text on its refill poop bag rolls in its current form, and says it is taking further advice.
A Wiltshire-based pet food entrepreneur is going for growth after securing a new 4,000sq ft manufacturing facility.
A man from the Midlands has been arrested by police in Colombia on suspicion of being involved in a £350m drug ring that disguised cocaine as dog food.
Online retailer Amazon has launched a search to find the Face of Amazon Pets 2018 in the UK.
Scone Palace, one of Scotland’s favourite visitor attractions, has been named one of the most pet-friendly places to visit in the world and voted animal lovers’ favourite in Scotland.
The positive impact working dogs have on people’s lives has been documented by a photography student from the University of Northampton.
Pet bed specialists Scruffs is enhancing its collection of winter pet bedding and accessories, ahead of the upcoming season.
Glee’s newly-enhanced show sector, Pets at Glee, will be showcasing more brands and more products than ever before at the NEC, Birmingham on September 10-12, the organisers say.
Mars Petcare UK has today launched the Nutro brand of super premium pet food, which uses its ‘Feed Clean’ philosophy to bring the clean eating trend to cats and dogs.
Cotswold Raw says it has seen significant interest over the past few months in its two tripe-themed offers – a Beef & Tripe complete meal and a lamb’s Tripe Chunks offer that provides a complimentary meal.
Family firm Petlife International is celebrating 25 years in business.
Half of Brits wish they could take up their favourite hobby as a full-time job, according to new research.
In Vogue Pets has launched a trade website in response to customer demand.
The British Independent Retailers Association – parent body of the Pet Product Retail Association – has appointed Andrew Goodacre, formally of the Residential Landlords Association, as its new CEO. Andrew will replace Alan Hawkins, who retires after 33 years with bira.
Pet owners are being urged to learn basic pet first aid skills after PDSA warned that the current knowledge gap could cost lives.
The International Buyers’ Centre at Glee 2018, which provides a hub for overseas buyers attending the show, is being hosted again this year by the PetQuip and Gardenex associations. The show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on September 10-12.
Survey reveals nearly two thirds of people felt uncomfortable asking their boss for time off when their pet died.
A fundraising page has been launched for a retailer whose back was broken in a brutal assault after the Pride in London Parade.
This year’s PATS Telford will see a host of newcomers exhibiting their products and services to an audience of UK and international pet retailers.
A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy has won Beaphar UK’s #DrawMeYourFamily competition.
The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund had its camper van stolen on Saturday Night en route to Burghley – along with all of its stock.
Retractable lead market leader flexi has won the award of Supplier of the Year 2017 in the hardgoods category of US retailer PetSmart’s awards. 
Wilsons Pet Foods has entered the growing cold-pressed dog food sector and will be launching three new products at PATS Telford.
Leading pet brands will be heading to BETA International 2019, where some of the sector’s most well-known names have booked stands at the equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet products trade fair.
EHEIM has brought out its EHEIM streamcontrol, a control system for circulation and flow pumps to simulate natural water flows in the aquarium.
Burglars took two charity pots from a Gloucester pet store over the bank holiday weekend.
Lily’s Kitchen has unveiled its Christmas range for 2018.
The use of electronic training collars for dogs and cats is to be banned in England under new legislation.
A summer playlist for dogs has been released, revealing the top hits and classic tunes pups will enjoy – based on scientific research!
A Yorkshire hotel is marking this year’s National Dog Day this Sunday (August 26) with the launch of a promotion for our four-legged friends and their owners.
Premium natural supplements manufacturer Lintbells will be at PATS Telford with some seasonal offers to position retailers for the lead up to the year end. 
The Gardenex export federation – parent organisation of PetQuip – has a major involvement in two key international garden and leisure exhibitions that attract buyers from around the world during September.   
The Queensland groper, also known as the giant grouper, has been spotted swimming in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, more than 3,000km away from its usual spot on the coral reefs and estuaries off the Queensland coast. 
A Nottingham-based pet wholesaler has secured £5m worth of lending from Secure Trust Bank with which it aims to open 20 new retail outlets in the next three years.
TopSpec Equine is to sponsor the BETA International Coffee Shop under its VetSpec brand, which has launched a hypoallergenic, cereal grain-free range of super premium complete dog foods.
Two support dogs-turned social media stars have been honoured with a PDSA Commendation, for providing support, comfort and joy to thousands of people.
Burns Pet Nutrition will donate £1m to charity to celebrate its 25th year of trading. 
As the exclusive official vet sponsor for the first Dog Lover Show, at the SEC in Glasgow on September 8-9, the Pets’n’Vets Family will be giving out free health tips and advice to visitors.
Fluval has launched its latest generation of bluetooth app-controlled LED lighting.
Raw pet food manufacturer Poppy’s Picnic has been put forward for three awards.
The Charity Commission has issued the RSPCA with an official warning after finding that a group of trustees failed to ensure they were sufficiently informed before making a settlement offer to the charity’s former acting chief executive.
A busy pet retailer has warned that today’s announcement of the government’s backing for an outright ban on the sale of puppies and kittens by pet shops and other ‘third-party’ traders could lead to store closures.
PATS Telford has revealed 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.
Pet care brand Hownd has taken a step into the dog treats market with a first range of 100% natural vegetarian Hemp Wellness Treats – available to order at a 15% trade discount at PATS Telford.

Beaphar FIPROtec Spot-On has a new look and a new pack size. The Beaphar FIPROtec Spot-On 3-pipette pack is being replaced with a 4-pipette pack, which is available to Beaphar trade customers at the same price, providing better value for money. The Beaphar FIPROtec Spot-On packaging has also been redesigned. The new portrait boxes take up less shelf space, while the eye-catching graphics and different sized boxes make it easier for consumers to identify which Beaphar FIPROtec Spot-On they need. Beaphar FIPROtec is a vet-strength spot-on medicine which kills fleas and ticks on cats and dogs. Containing the active ingredient Fipronil, it is now available in 1, 4 and 6-pipette packs.
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Green Pantry has released its Pura-Pel Plus Immune Booster, a certified holistic natural herbal supplement formulated by Keith Allison, MA FRSM, that can aid intestinal and external hygiene. With ingredients including alfalfa, nettle, celery seed, seaweed, spirulina and milk thistle, the supplement can be sprinkled on top of a dog’s food. Made in the UK, Green Pantry says its Pura-Pel Plus Immune Booster not only helps boost the immune system but can also help support joint care, aid digestion, help skin and coat health, enhance fresh breath and improve heart and body function. Suitable for all breeds and sizes of dogs.
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Award-winning Pet Munchies has launched Wild Salmon & Sweet Potato Sticks to complement its ‘gourmet, super healthy range’ with sweet potato. The sticks are low in fat and designed to satisfy a dog’s instinct to chew, and can help reduce tartar and plaque for healthy teeth and gums. Dogs ‘love the taste’ of the treats, which are grain-and gluten-free, and a source of dietary fibre. 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.
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Laughing Dog has moved from black to white recyclable trays for its grain-free wet complete recipes. 
Velda has brought out Floating Glass Lights, spheres made of clear glass that can be floated on ponds. 
A new website enables visitors to learn how animals get some shut-eye and decide for themselves what type of animal they’re most like when it comes to their sleeping patterns.
Under the principal leadership of Dennis Dubbelman, a 25-year pet industry veteran and business development leader growing companies and brands across North America and Europe, Lichtenstein-based Dubbelman Consulting has opened for business.
York-based veterinary sales, marketing and product development company Animalcare Group has acquired Belgian veterinary pharmaceutical company Ecuphar.
Loving Pets UK and Europe has appointed Steve Cooke as sales director. 
‘Love Island’ TV star Rosie Williams has backed a campaign to equip pet owners with life-saving first aid skills.
Ceva Animal Health, manufacturer of Adaptil and Feliway, has launched a fireworks marketing and display pack to provide pet owners with information on how to help their pets during the fireworks season.
Nylon chews and edible dog treats manufacturer TastyBone has extended its offering with two limited-edition Halloween-themed bones.
EHEIM has been awarded Animal Challenge Awards in two categories as Best Supplier of the Year by Animal Distribution Magazine in Paris.
A young couple have launched a new pet food brand – Scrumbles.
Following on from the launch of NOAH’s Industry in Focus campaign in 2017, animal medicines industry body NOAH, has unveiled the first collection of images from its 2018 campaign. 
VetPartners has continued the expansion of its farm division with the acquisition of one of the UK’s leading production animal veterinary groups.
A national hen welfare charity is encouraging people to dust off their aprons and get baking in the name of hen welfare.
The Retail Lab at garden and leisure trade show Glee will be split into five key areas this year, one of which will explore how garden centres can capitalise on the growing ‘pet pound’ trend.
Indonesia has been congratulated on its latest progress report on the conservation and management measures taken to protect its endemic Banggai cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, population.
Mackenzie & George has added a new Dog Collar Collection to its range of British-made leather accessories.
Scottish photographer Lindsay Robertson is on a mission – to capture EVERY horse breed in its home territory.
As the UK prepares to exit the European Union, vets are urging the government to extend the waiting time after rabies vaccination to 12 weeks to minimise the risk of rabies entering the UK. They say this would also reduce illegal trade in puppies for sale via the non-commercial route. 
This week August saw the start of the PetQuip Awards judging at the PetQuip head office, in Brasted, Kent.
Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service has launched a two-hour ‘Introduction to Pet Bereavement Support Skills’ e-learning short course for people working in the pet sector.
German aquatics firm EHEIM has presented the EHEIM Award to selected customers at Interzoo in recognition of their special relationship. 
This month sees Cotswold RAW extend its ‘rural’ offer with the launch of its second Wild countryside flavour, Duck & Venison, alongside its best-selling Rabbit & Venison.
The RSPCA is urging animal lovers to sign up and run the Brighton Marathon next year to raise money to help animals in need.
A Yorkshire teenager, who fulfilled her dream of becoming a veterinary nurse, has been named student of the year.
The pet industry is gearing up for one of its biggest events of the year – PATS Telford on Sunday and Monday, September 23-24.
Businesses could be risking losing out to competitors during the recruitment process due to workers’ expectations about IT equipment and technology. 
Americans owned about 139m freshwater fish last year compared with about 74m cats and 70m dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, and aquatic animal medicine remains a niche field that more veterinarians are studying as the popularity of aquatic pets rises, reports The Buffalo News.
Pets Choice will be showcasing a selection of best-selling products from its Webbox Natural, Meatiful and TastyBone brands at PATS Telford. 
The Camel Pub, in Bethnal Green, in London’s East End, is the world’s most recommended pub for pets, Brighton has the most dog-friendly cafés and the Eden Project is the best place to walk a four-legged friend, according to a list of the 100 most pet-friendly places in the world.
A plea for the public to check their sheds and garages for cats has been issued following a rise in the number of missing felines this summer.
The WildWash Shampoo range has been shortlisted in the Best Grooming Category of the ‘Your Dog’ Awards 2018.
Following the merging of product lines under the umbrella brand of Podium Pet Products earlier this year, this month brings the launch of the company’s new website ( 
The Pet food industry is increasingly concerned about rising misconceptions about commercially-prepared pet foods – in particular a recent piece of consumer research that suggested many pet owners may not be aware of their cat’s nutritional needs and may not be providing a healthy diet.
Enterprising team members at Davies Veterinary Specialists have raised £4,450 for Medical Detection Dogs and the practice has topped this sum up to £7,200. 
Pet oral care products and services in the US were worth and estimated $5.2bn in 2017, according to the latest report from Packaged Facts.
Johnson’s Veterinary Products says it has been working hard to reduce the amount of plastic used in its packaging and is changing to recyclable, more lightweight and biodegradable materials wherever possible.  
Fenton & Charles has introduced a hypoallergenic Chicken with Butternut Squash Complete Dry Food, a grain-free diet suitable for dogs from three months through to old age.
One of the first of 1,000 new steps to be installed on the South West Coast Path was unveiled this week to thank supporters of #40FOR40, a fundraising campaign aimed at raising money for the Coast Path.
The British Veterinary Association and International Cat Care are urging cat-lovers to avoid choosing pedigree breeds of cat designed to have extreme or unusual features, such as flat faces or folded ears.
The Government must make good on its commitment to embed animal sentience in law pre-Brexit, vets say.
Forthglade is adding two new ‘mini’ treats to its range of grain-free, hand-baked natural dog treats.
Cats Protection has appointed James Yeates as its new chief executive.
One of the men at the centre of the RSPCA’s biggest puppy farm investigation has been jailed again this week for continuing to sell sick puppies to members of the public.
Manchester-based pet bedding manufacturer Scruffs is adding two new products to its Noodle Dry Mat range.
A new hi-tech, multi-million pound, specialist referral hospital for pets has opened in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, creating more than 30 new jobs by the end of the year.
June and July are consistently the most difficult moths for rehoming cats, according to new data.
Award-winning natural de-stress and calming range manufacturer Pet Remedy has launched its 2018 Party Season campaign.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association says it is ‘deeply concerned’ by the new Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) regime which comes into force in England only on October 1, and is warning businesses to get ready for its implementation in good time.
The RSPB is urging home owners to build ponds in their gardens in light of falls in sightings of wildlife, including frogs and toads.
Groomers Ltd has introduced a cocktail-themed range of deodorising canine sprays.
One in 20 owners simply buy the cheapest cat food available and a further 15% will swap from brand to brand dependent on what’s on offer, a new survey reveals.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) are developing a method to detect illegal cyanide fishing, a banned method in which fish are stunned using diluted cyanide.
Tigger and Daisy are the most ‘purr-fect’ cat names in the UK, according to research released this week.
Blades Services has welcomed four brand ambassadors to help promote the company’s range of products, including the Clipit Suit.
A dog had a lucky escape after swallowing a needle and thread.
Duke the collie had his first bath after RSPCA staff helped him conquer a fear of water.
The first two months of Indonesia’s coral export ban has resulted in an estimated loss of US$2m (£1.5m) and thousands of jobs, says a global trade group.
An animal-loving 20-year-old has created her perfect job – running her own pet business.
Suet To Go has added a new product to its sunflower range – a 150 bulk box of Sunflower Suet Balls.
With dog owners being warned about the abundance of ticks this summer, CSJ is highlighting its Skinny range of cream, shampoo and spray.
British handmade raw pet food company Poppy’s Picnic has launched a new RAWgust ‘change-for-life’ themed month for dogs.
Natural animal health company nutravet is celebrating 10 years in business.
The realities of day-to-day life in two of the UK’s busiest pet hospitals is being highlighted in a new TV series starting on Channel 4 tomorrow (Saturday).
Sales of French bulldogs are expected to be double Labrador sales between now and the end of 2020, according to analysis of UK dog registrations by Towergate Insurance.
Five generations of expertise in animal nutrition and 100% Irish ingredients are at the heart of Go Native – a new complete range of dog food, treats and dental sticks from Connolly’s Red Mills.
Specialist wholesaler Bestpets has launched an own label cat litter to offer a lower cost, premium alternative to brands.
White Cross Vets has reinforced its reputation as a leading employer by delivering on its promise to offer every team member the chance to experience three days of training – in the South of France!
Researchers have made a ground-breaking discovery in the treatment of Alabama rot, a deadly disease that affects dogs.
Nylabone has added a ‘rawhide alternative’ chew to its Wild Alternatives range. 
Robert Lee, who was managing director of Henry Bell & Co (Grantham) until his retirement, died suddenly on Tuesday, July 17, aged 77. 
Equine mannequins will be back on parade at BETA International thanks to the trade show’s official model horse supplier, Stubbs England. 
Sharples Pet has released details of the ‘jewel in the crown’ of its new product line-up Trump!
Webbox has revealed a number of additions to its festive range of food and treats.
For pet warehouse worker Andy Tate, the sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity and aquatics – or in his case, a Nissan Micra. For he has just completed converting a Nissan Micra into an aquarium. 
A man tried to order a take-away at a drive-thru – on horseback.
Part of a castle was temporarily shut after a critter caused havoc.
The National Centre for Reptile Welfare (NCRW) officially opens its doors today (August 1) after a year in development. 
A calf found itself stuck while feeding.
Swedencare Ireland, the manufacturer of companion animal and equine supplements, has recruited a new European sales manager. 
A Locum agency, which has placed thousands of vets from all over the world in UK veterinary practices, has been bought by VetPartners. 
Allergies and intolerances in dogs are massively on the rise, according to customer data from tailor-made dog nutrition service, with a staggering 75% increase in requests for hypoallergenic food blends since 2016.
PATS Telford will be ‘twice as nice’ for Fish4Dogs, which is doubling the size of its stand.
New research reveals that dogs with behaviours such as aggression, running away, fighting, over-excitability or barking, are more likely to die at a younger age. 
Miro & Makauri has introduced Veggie Dog Treats in a range of different styles, flavours and sizes.
FURminator has confirmed a partnership with professional groomer Stuart Simons, director and founder of The Groomers Spotlight.
Woofs is expanding its retail operation with the launch of two new point-of-sale displays for shops.
Brambles Pet and Wildlife is urging members of the public to put out food and water during the current heatwave.
The RSPCA is issuing a fresh warning to dog owners and walkers never to leave a pet unattended in a car on a warm day after nearly 4,000 reports of incidents during the ongoing heatwave. 
Webbox has extended its cat treat offering with four new additions to its existing Cats Delight Tasty Sticks and Lick-e-Lix Yoghurt ranges.
EHEIM has unveiled new packaging for its water treatments. 
Winning a New Product Award at the UK’s No.1 pet trade show can have a tremendous impact on the fortunes of a PATS exhibitor. The organisers say it can help turn a new launch into a bestselling item in pet stores around the country and clinch that all-important export deal.
A dog grooming parlour’s plan to build a dog cafe and cocktail bar has been approved.
An American company has launched a range of pet products with added cannabidiol (CBD) oil, extracted from hemp.
Rob Harvey Specialist Feeds is changing fast and the main company is now called Harvey Imports and is bringing pet products to the UK from all over the world, mainly to sell to the trade.
A pet and vet products supplier, based in the heart of ‘Herriot country’, is celebrating its three-millionth order after 12 years in business.  
Forthglade is supporting a community dog walking initiative in Bristol.
Cobbydog dog foods has launched of a new cold pressed dog food, made at its factory in West Yorkshire.
PetQuip has revealed the finalists for its 2018 awards.
Two poodles have become stars of the small screen after appearing in a TV campaign.
A chicken has taken on the habits of a cat after an accident.
A fisherman had to perform surgery – on a dead shark.
The Fluval Edge aquarium has been redesigned with true-to-nature LED lighting two times brighter than the original Edge, as well as a new convenient cover.
TropiClean Pet Products has introduced natural flea and tick products.
Family-owned business The Innocent Pet is home to the Innocent Hound, Innocent Cat, Innocent Rabbit and Innocent Guinea ranges of luxury hand-made, air-dried, grain-free treats – but there have been a couple of heart-stopping moments in its five-year history!
It’s a sponsorship hat-trick for design-and-build specialist Henson Franklyn, which is lending its backing to BETA International’s exhibitor bags for the third year running.
An increase in reports of toxic blue green algae this summer has prompted the British Veterinary Association to urge pet owners to take extra precautions while walking their dogs near affected water.
UK luxury pet brand Oscar & Hooch has launched a new range of collars, leads and bandanas.
A rundown building along a busy road in Christchurch, Dorset could be transformed into a new pet store and veterinary surgery.
Both Mars Petcare and Pets at Home have said they are turning their attention to veterinary practices alongside their traditional offerings.
Long-running pet food franchise Oscar Pet Foods has launched a sister pet care franchise, Leading the Way.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a family’s animals were attacked in a string of incidents.  
A cat wandered back home days after his family held a funeral for him.
Royal Mail has apologised after a dog ate a special delivery – twice.
Dog-loving brides no longer have to leave their dog behind when heading away on their hen weekend
For more than 30 years, Pets World Knowle has been serving the residents of Solihull, growing a loyal customer base. Owner Roger Spriggs shares what it’s like to be a firm fixture in a community
Severe bleaching has changed the ecology on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, say scientists. 
Collar Company is looking for UK distributors for its dog fitness tool, Puller.
The end of the UK heatwave will create the optimum breeding conditions for fleas, in what could become a flea epidemic, according to a leading retailer.
IKEA has issued a full recall in North America of a water dispenser for pets.
Pet product specialist Sure Petcare was presented with a Cat Friendly 2018 award for the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect at the International Cat Care awards ceremony at Church House, London.
A home and garden industry company has bought the business interests of pet accessories company Petface.
Batleys Nottingham played host to a special trade day event for Bestpets Pro-Grooming customers on to educate pet care professionals in Pro-Grooming best practise.
A Welsh veterinary practice is helping owners to deal with the grief and distress of losing a pet. 
Integrated communications agency One has been appointed by Blackburn-based Pets Choice to provide PR services across its diverse brand portfolio.
The Pet Industry Federation’s joint animal establishments inspector training course, run in collaboration with the City of London Corporation, has been approved as meeting the City & Guilds Accreditation benchmark. 
Radio Systems PetSafe Europe Limited, parent company of PetSafe Brand, has appointed Alex Bewley as business development manager.
Cat lovers turned up in their hundreds at the weekend for the official opening of Cats Protection’s Tyneside Adoption Centre.
A Hertfordshire photographer has snapped 2,000 pictures of pet dogs to raise money for a charity shop ravaged by fire.
A fruit and veg shop owner discovered a lizard in a bunch of bananas bought from a market in Bradford, Yorkshire.
A domesticated fennec fox and a cat have formed an unlikely relationship.
A canine hero has received a gold medal for life-saving.
A greetings card distributor is offering independent pet retailers a ‘unique subscription scheme’ on its 32 canine-themed cards.
A team of marine scientists are hunting for ‘dinosaurs’ in the deep underwater canyons off Sodwana Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Pooch & Mutt’s latest online campaign featuring one of the UK’s top female free-runners and follows Thuli and her parkour pooch, Scout, racing through the streets of London to try the brand's new wet food cartons.
Cats Protection’s online sponsor pens have been given a Simon’s Cat style makeover as part of an ongoing partnership between the charity and the famous fictional feline.
Academics from the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences are asking for dog owners to take part in new research that could help to improve dog welfare.
Sure Petcare says it has introduced the most advanced cat flap yet – the Microchip Cat Flap Connect. 
Wayfair Inc, a North American web-based home goods retailer, has launched an exclusive line of furniture and household accessories for companion animals. 
Blackburn-based pet food manufacturer Pets Choice has confirmed that two of its newest brands will be exhibiting at the Royal Lancashire Show from Friday to Sunday this week (July 20-22). 
Benevo Vegan Pet Foods has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, acknowledging its outstanding growth in exports over recent years. 
Bosses at the PDSA got on their bikes to each cycle 100 miles in a single day to help fundraise as the vet charity celebrates its centenary.
Charlie the cat returned home after a nine-day adventure.
Ringo Starr, the dog that is, got into a fix with some furniture.
A pet budgie has been reunited with his owner.
More than a third (35%) of children have learnt about caring for animals from TV, with popular shows such as ‘Blue Planet’ and ‘Planet Earth’ teaching them about protecting animals from harm.
A veterinary surgeon from Hampshire and a project manager from Berkshire have been selected to join the UK’s largest cat charity’s Board of Trustees.

The Classic range of Colortone drinking bottles sees a new introduction, a giant size (1,100ml capacity). There are also two new colours, purple and lime, which take the place of blue and yellow – the red colour remains in production. The other size capacities (150ml, 320ml and 600ml) will, over the next few months, migrate to these new, vibrant, contemporary colours. Supplied in the same striking counter display box packaging, this new size should prove to be just as popular as the others in the Classic Colortone range. Available now, it retails from £3.17.
Classic Pet Products   01422 240084

Sharples Pet has released a larger size of Lickimat, the Buddy. The larger format is 28x28cm against the original 20.5x20.5cm. Its textured surface traps soft food and is an easy way to give a longer-lasting treat.
Lickimat acts as a boredom buster and the licking action releases endorphins, which soothe and calm anxious dogs. The large ‘Buddy’ Lickimat is best suited for treats such as peanut butter or soggy biscuits. It can also be frozen to offer a cooling treat, great for hot weather. Lickimat is microwave and freezer safe, and easy to clean. It comes in a display box of 12, in orange and green. RRP £7.99
Sharples Pet   01704 550044

The British Pest Control Association predicts an explosion of flea activity after the hot weather. It stresses it is vital to treat homes and furnishings, as well as pets, to avoid an infestation. Johnson’s award-winning Veterinary Strength 4fleas range for dogs and cats includes 4fleas Spot-on Solution; 4fleas Tablets; and 4fleas Household Flea Sprays and 4fleas Room Foggers, which contain an Insect Growth Regulator to kill fleas and prevent hatching eggs developing into adults. Johnson’s has extra supplies of its 4fleas range to cope with the extra demand. Retailers and wholesalers are advised to keep high stock to avoid shortages.
Johnson’s Veterinary Products   0121 378 1684
JBL has updated its online content in its Essentials/Aquarium section, which now has the same amount of information as a 200-page reference book. 
Oralade has donated its new hypotonic drink, Hydrate+, to help homeless dogs through the heatwave and beyond.
Skinner’s Pet Foods has appointed Dr Jaqueline Boyd as nutritional consultant, who will be based at Stradbroke in Suffolk.
Fish4Dogs has helped spice up support for the Cinnamon Trust since partnering up with the charity six months ago.