August 17, 2017

Changes to the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme

Kennel Club

The Kennel Club has announced the latest set of recommendations which it has added to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) to further improve dog health and responsible breeding in 2016. The new recommendations have been introduced following consultations with breed clubs and councils, in a collaborative effort to ensure that health and welfare issues are kept at the forefront of the aims of the scheme. Bill Lambert, Kennel Club health and breeder services manager, said: “As we head into 2016, these latest recommendations will help to maintain progress for dog health and encourage good breeding practices to protect the future…

Tetra’s three-step solution for a healthy pond


Tetra, the global fish product manufacturer, has released two new pond solutions: Pond Peat & Straw Extract for natural clear pond water, and Pond Water Stabiliser to stabilise all important water values. This comes alongside the relaunch of its Pond Sediment Minus with new improved liquid formula for sludge reduction. Tetra’s new Pond Sediment Minus contains bacteria spores which degrade organic bottom sludge, ultimately leading to improved water quality, according to Tetra. The company also states that the product will extend the cleaning intervals for garden ponds and filters, allowing less disturbance of the eco-system thanks to less frequent cleaning…

HiLife launches new range of dog treats and chews


Town and Country Petfoods, which produces the HiLife brand of dog and cat food, is unveiling a brand new range of treats and chews for dogs. The range consists of 24 lines of products, split between the sub brands Special Care, Chews Day and Treat Me. Among the new products to tempt dogs are Chews Day Pressed Bones and Hide Rolls, both made from natural pork or beef hide, as well as Treat Me Fishy Bites and Cubes made from 100% fish skin, Treat Me Beef & Chicken Fillets and Treat Me Training Treats for pet owners on the go….

PATS prepares for a successful 2016


Following a record-breaking 2015, which included the first ever PATS Telford show, organisers of the UK’s leading pet trade exhibition are confident that 2016 will see even greater success for the event. Plans are now well advanced for PATS Sandown, which takes place on 22 to 23 March 2016, with over 140 leading companies within the industry having already secured their stand space. And while previous exhibitors have made sure they have re-booked early, a host of new and international exhibitors have chosen to unveil their 2016 launches at the show. The second PATS Telford, being held on September 25…

Ceva announces biggest ever TV ad campaign


Ceva Animal Health has launched its biggest ever TV advertising campaign to highlight the benefits of using its leading veterinary behaviour products, Adaptil and Feliway. Both adverts focus on the real stories of pets that suffer from anxiety. With the strapline ‘best behaviour starts here’ for dogs, the advert aims to help educate pet owners on the action they can take to keep their dogs happier when they are left at home alone through the use of Adaptil. Feliway’s TV advertisement features the strapline ‘experience the difference in your home’ and focuses on the real life story of a rescue…

Eukanuba offers Christmas advice for pet owners


Eukanuba has released a list of human food that can be harmful and toxic to pets this Christmas, particularly dogs, and are urging pet owners to think twice about feeding their pets food from the table this festive season. To help maintain all-round wellbeing, Eukanuba says that dogs require a diet of digestible ingredients including protein from chicken, turkey, lamb or fish, fats for a healthy coats, carbohydrates for energy, moderately fermentable fibres to aid digestion as well as vitamins and minerals. Eukanuba’s veterinary expert Kellie Ceccarelli has offered her advice on food types to keep away from your pets…

Forthglade unveils new website


Forthglade, the Devon-based manufacturer of natural pet food, is launching a new website this week as part of a new marketing drive to support the brand’s growth plans, following the recent £6m investment from private equity firm Piper. A substantial investment into has seen a total website overhaul, making the site fully responsive across smartphones, tablets and desktops, and using the latest web technologies implementing subtle animations and interactive elements. The site includes a new e-commerce element and provides more in-depth detail about the ranges, ingredients, feeding guidelines and product news. A new stockist search engine has also been…

Ash Baker: The main event


‘Lizard lady’ Ash Baker from Surrey Water Gardens & Pet Centre in Clandon discusses how holding events can bring in new custom and generate a loyal customer base There are certain times in the year when trade can drop off for a month or two, and this is the perfect opportunity to find time for raising the profile of your business. One great way to make connections with the public and bring in new custom is by organising an event. Events can be used to increase customer loyalty with your existing clientele, but at quieter trading periods they can really…

Nutriment founder awarded top business accolade


Nutriment’s highly successful 2015 has been topped off by Suzanne Brock winning NatWest Business Woman of the Year at the everywoman awards on 2 December. The award follows two Startup Awards won by Suzanne and the Nutriment team in November. The accolades resonate with Suzanne who in 2013 had to re-mortgage her house to get the Nutriment project off the ground when her local bank pulled out. As hard as the bank’s actions were to stomach at the time, Suzanne remains adamant that their reticence was integral to Nutriment’s subsequent success. She commented: “I learned early on to be very…

FURminator exposes our festive habits


New research from FURminator has revealed our habits regarding Christmas and our pets. Toys, treats, new beds, collars and leads are the most popular choices when it comes to buying presents, with almost a quarter of pet owners spending up to £70 on gifts for their pets. A third of participants said that they would wrap their presents, whilst one in five are choosing to cook their pets a Christmas dinner. The research also revealed that during the festive season almost half of Brits take their pets to visit friends and family. Giuliano Buccino, head of marketing, said: “Christmas is…