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October, 2017

  • 19 October

    Pets Choice appoints key account manager for pet speciality sector

    Pets Choice, pet retail

    Pet food manufacturer, Pets Choice, has welcomed a new team member. Laura Mallick has taken the role of key account manager. With eight years’ experience within the pet sector for a VMD medicinal and chemicals manufacturer, Laura will be responsible for developing the growing Pets Choice portfolio of brands, further building …

  • 19 October

    New Fish4Dogs video helps dogs tackle the effects of ageing


    Dogs, like humans, get wear and tear as they advance in years. Animal nutritionist and physiology expert, David Southey BSc, highlights how to use nutrition to battle the effects of ageing in his latest video for Fish4Dogs. David says: “As the writer Terry Prachett said, ‘Inside every older person is a …

  • 19 October

    UK retail sales growth slows more than expected

    UK retail sales growth slowed more than predicted in the month of September, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The figures showed that total sales fell by 0.8 percent when compared with August, making it much lower than the 0.1% drop that was expected. Year-on-year retail growth for Q3 …

  • 18 October

    Mars Petcare’s Birstall factory celebrates 30th anniversary

    Mars Petcare

    Mars Petcare’s Birstall factory, near Leeds, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The site has been making pet care and treats products – including Pedigree® and Dreamies™ – since 1987. Over the last 30 years, the Birstall site has produced 40,000 tonnes of pet food products and provided jobs for multiple …

  • 18 October

    64,000 dogs died in dog fights in just 12 months

    In the past 12 months, 64,097 dogs have died after being involved in a fight, according to Direct Line Pet Insurance. 44,375 have also suffered life-changing injuries because of a fight with more than a quarter (27 percent) of dogs seen by vets after fighting had to be put down due …

  • 17 October

    PFMA learns how ‘no deal’ Brexit will impact on pet sector

    PFMA, Pet Food, Brexit

    The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has been investigating the implications of failing to agree our future trade relations with the EU. The PFMA undertook a trade mission in Geneva, 9-11 October, to hold meetings with the WTO, as well as several major national missions including Ireland, USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, …

  • 17 October

    Dog saved from stomach full of gravel

    A young dog has been saved by PDSA vets after filling her stomach full of gravel from her owner’s garden. Bella, a one-year-old French bulldog, was rushed into the vet charity’s pet hospital in Croydon after her owner, Victoria Sherrin, noticed she had suddenly gone off her food and was …

  • 16 October

    Shortlist announced for PIF awards

    The PIF has revealed the finalists for this year’s Pet Industry Federation Awards. This year’s finalists are: Independent Retailer of the Year – sponsored by ROYAL CANIN & James Wellbeloved Creature Comforts, Glasgow Millies Wolfheart, Keighley PetLondon, Marylebone, London The Pet Experience, Weymouth Trusty Pet Supplies, Derby Unique Pets, Aylesbury …

  • 16 October

    Natures Menu joins forces with strategic and creative agency, HeyHuman

    Natures Menu, Dogs

    Natural pet food brand, Natures Menu, has appointed a strategic and creative agency. HeyHuman secured the business following a three-way pitch during the summer and has been tasked with supporting the brand’s positioning and communicating its product innovation to trade and consumer audiences. HeyHuman’s first brief will be to support the …

  • 16 October

    California bans pet shops from selling non-rescue dogs, cats and rabbits

    USA, California, puppy, ban

    California has become the first US state to ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores, unless retailers work with animal shelters or rescue groups. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 485 on October 13th, reported The Orange County Register. It will come into effect in January 2019 and …