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July, 2016

  • 8 July

    What will Brexit mean for the pet industry?

    Pet Business

    Contradictory claims and political turmoil. There’s no doubt that the recent EU Referendum left much of the UK scratching their heads and asking ‘what’s going to happen next?’ The pet trade is no exception. Following a vote on June 23, 51.9 percent of voters within the UK chose to leave the European Union. …

April, 2016

  • 15 April

    Obesity Crisis: Are UK pets getting fatter?

    Pet Business

    Obesity has become a risk to the UK’s pets. Extra weight means our furry companions are more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Information from the PDSA, suggests a third of dogs and a quarter of cats can be classed as ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’. 80 percent of vet professionals surveyed …

  • 8 April

    The growing craze for small dog breeds

    Pet Business

    Australian dog owners are opting for smaller pets, claims recent research from the University of Sydney. Findings published in the journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology suggest that Oz has fallen in love with brachycephalic breeds such as pugs and bulldogs. The report, which was co-authored by Professor Paul McGreevy and PhD candidate Kendy Teng, looked into changes …

  • 1 April

    Compulsory microchipping for dogs is only days away

    Pet Business

    On April 6 2016, microchipping becomes compulsory for all dogs in the UK. The change will have the biggest impact in Britain; chipping has been mandatory in Northern Ireland since 2012. Under the new rules, dogs’ keepers are responsible for having their pet microchipped and registered to an approved database by …

March, 2016

  • 18 March

    Pet Gazette attends PATS Sandown

    Pet Business

    For members of the pet trade, March is a month for networking and boosting brand awareness. Last week, thousands of animal lovers headed to Birmingham for Crufts, the world’s largest dog show. Exhibitors enjoyed an exciting, action-packed event with high visitor numbers. However, the show ring attracted controversy with questions raised …

  • 11 March

    Do you know the UK’s most extravagant pet owner?

    Pet Business

    BBC One will be placing pets in the spotlight in a follow up series of Britain’s Spending Secrets. Presenter Anne Robinson aims to explore the increasing trend to view pets as children or family members. The phenomenon is well known within the pet industry. Recent years have seen a growing interest in luxury items and …

  • 7 March

    Smash & grab burglers steal £11K from pet business

    Pet Business

    Stock worth approximately £11,500 has been stolen from Avon Pet Products Ltd in Chesham. The break in was discovered on Monday 29 February and is believed to have taken place on the previous Saturday or Sunday. Managing Director, Imran Khattak, told Pet Gazette that the thieves forced their way through the front of …

February, 2016

  • 26 February

    Burgled pet store owners reunite with stolen animals

    Pet Business

    Owners of the Perth Pet Centre in St Catherine’s Retail Park have been reunited with a bearded dragon, three corn snakes and a tarantula that were stolen during a burglary on February 18 2016. Coins worth approximately £120 and heat lamps were also taken during the raid. A Police Scotland spokesperson told the BBC …

  • 19 February

    430,000 puppies originate from unlicensed breeders

    Pet Business

    On February 19, the RSPCA published its first comprehensive report on the puppy trade. Annually, 70,000 puppies come from Great Britain’s 895 licensed establishments. Sold a pup? Exposing the breeding, trade and sale of puppies’ estimates that a further 430,000 puppies originate from unlicensed breeders. The annual market for the puppy trade in the UK …

  • 12 February

    Pet obesity crisis fuelled by ‘takeaways and booze’

    Pet Business

    New data released by veterinary charity, PDSA, reveals the staggeringly unhealthy – and downright dangerous – diets of UK pets. According to the organisation, a third of dogs and a quarter of cats now overweight or obese. 5.5 million owners admit to feeding their cat, dog or rabbit treats every day. These …