June 24, 2017

Dumfries pet store forced to close after two decades

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Tough trading conditions have forced the closure of a Dumfries pet store. Pet’s Paradise bought the shutters down for a final time on Friday after 21 years in Friars Vennel. And owner Kerri-Anne Atkinson, who has managed the shop for 13 years, fears other independent traders will find themselves in the same position. The 35-year-old said: “There’s just no footfall any more. “We used to get a lot of passing trade when the coaches used to stop in the town at the Whitesands. That doesn’t happen any more and we can’t afford to keep it going.” The shop opened in 1995 and…

Ancol launches new Travel and Exercise Harness

Ancol

Ancol is delighted to launch its new Travel and Exercise Harness – an improved design to its Dog Car Harness. Made from super strong nylon, the harness features a reflective panel and webbing for night time safety and a larger padded chest offering extra support for the dog. Its detachable nylon loop has a quick release clip which allows you to fasten around the seat belt and secure your dog to the car seat. A lead can then be easily attached to the harness when you take your dog from the car. Sales Director, Sarah Lane, explains: “Our previous Car…

Rabbit Awareness Week 2016 dates announced

Rabbit

The organisers of Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) are calling on veterinary practices and the pet industry to hop on board its national campaign on June 18th – 26th to raise awareness of the importance of companionship. The ‘Buddies For Bunnies’ theme for this summer’s RAW event – which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year – will highlight the fact that rabbits are a social species and usually prefer to live with another friendly rabbit. RAW hopes to encourage owners of single rabbits to find a suitable friend for their pet and would like to see an increase in the number…

Senior Scottish politicians join Kennel club manifesto launch

Kennel Club

Richard Lochhead MSP, the Cabinet Secretary responsible for animal welfare, and Sarah Boyack MSP, Christine Grahame MSP and Sir Jamie McGrigor MSP, were guest speakers at the joint Kennel Club and Scottish Kennel Club’s launch of their ‘A Dog’s Life’ manifesto on Thursday 25th February. The manifesto, which focuses on dog health and welfare, was launched at the Scottish Parliament and aims to guide a future Scottish government on issues pertinent to those passionate about dogs and what more can be done to improve the lot of Scotland’s estimated population of between 500,000 and 1 million dogs. The manifesto, introduced…

ADAPTIL to run TV advertising campaign during Crufts

Crufts

Ceva Animal Health will be running a TV advertising campaign on Channel 4 during the four days of Crufts, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 March, to highlight the benefits of its leading veterinary behaviour product ADAPTIL® amongst dog owners. The ADAPTIL advertisement will feature a real life testimonial from Meg and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dude, who is anxious when his owner is away from home.  With the strapline ‘Best behaviour starts here’, the advertisement will educate pet owners on the action they should take to keep their dogs happy when they are left at home alone and…

MedicAnimal comments on research showing horses can recognise human emotions

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Andrew Bucher, co-founder and chief veterinary officer of MedicAnimal, commented: “What stands out for me in these findings is that the heart rate of the horse went up when they saw an angry face. I’m sure a lot of horse owners will attest that the way they interact with their horse influences their behaviour – for instance, if they are feeling angry or annoyed, this will be reflected in tension and even misbehaviour in their animal. I’m pleased to see that this has been scientifically confirmed. “This study touches upon the very interesting subject of how pet and animal behaviour…

Tetra launches on Facebook and Pinterest

Tetra

Tetra, the worldwide industry leader with over 60 years of experience, has launched Facebook Tetra UK and Pinterest Tetra UK pages. It aims to make information about fishkeeping even more accessible, supporting existing fishkeepers as well as drawing new people to the hobby. With many people increasingly engaging via technology, Tetra has taken the plunge into social media to engage fishkeepers and communicate what an easy, fun and rewarding hobby it can be. The Facebook page will provide hints and tips for prospective fishkeepers alongside exciting competitions whilst Pinterest focuses on the design aspects of aquariums in addition to further…