April 30, 2017

Charity football match held for PDSA


A celebrity football match was held on the weekend to raise money for vet charity PDSA. Around 2,100 fans turned up to watch the match take place between Cat City and Dog’s Town at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Its players included X Factor Winner James Arthur, So Solid Crew’s MC Harvey, and Calum Best, son of retired football player George Best. Cat City ended up beating Dog’s Town 7 penalties to 6 after the match reached full time at 4 all. James Arthur, who played for the victorious team, said: “We all had a blast and the fact that we…

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Interpet Limited gain Silver Standard


Interpet Limited, one of the largest pet and aquatic product manufacturers, has been awarded Investors in People Silver Standard. Investors in People is a UK accreditation for business improvement through people management. Interpet signed up to the scheme in 2012 and last year was given the Investors in People Core Standard accreditation, before being awarded in July with the Investors in People Silver Standard, an achievement that only 6% of UK accredited organisations by the scheme have gained. Mark Hoskins, managing director of Interpet, said: “We have been working hard since first achieving Investors in People Core Standard to further…

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CANIDAE release three new products


CANIDAE Natural Pet Food Company has released three new products to the market. The American company has introduced Under the Sun, Grain Free PURE Chewy Treats and eight new formulas from PURE, all available in the UK and aiming to provide pets with optimum protein levels. Its new Under the Sun range consists of CANIDAE’s latest grain free formula, available for both cats and dogs in Original Adult, Puppy and Weight Management. It comes in both dry and canned foods, “made with quality proteins with a bountiful harvest of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables added to the formula.” The new Grain…

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Cats Protection promotes Cat Guardians service

Pet Guardians

Cats Protection is urging cat owners to sign up to its free service Cat Guardians. The service was set up to take care of cats in the event of the owner’s death. The cats will be brought to any of its 31 adoption centres or 250 volunteer-run branches until it can find them a suitable new home. BBC broadcaster Jan Leeming, an ambassador for Cats Protection, said: “The older you get the more important your pet becomes. Sadly, many elderly people are reluctant to get a pet because they don’t know what will happen in the event of their death…

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VetSpec release new supplement with gravy


VetSpec has released a new product to counter problems when adding supplements to dog food. Omega-3 Joint Mobility + Gravy produces a gravy when added to warm water which can then be poured over either wet or dry dog food. This can help to disguise the taste of supplements and medication, encouraging dogs to consume them. The new joint mobility supplement is predominantly designed to help older dogs with joint disease, such as osteoarthritis. It optimises joint support and flexibility by including high levels of omega-3 fatty acids as well as glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. VetSpec have also included antioxidants…

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Kennel Club condemn Daily Mail article

kennel club

The Kennel Club has written an open letter to the Daily Mail concerning its recent article ‘I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies.’ The author of the article, Shona Sibary claims to have owned four different puppies in four years. She says: “I admit there must be something mentally wrong with me,” after multiple expenses for vaccinations and micro-chipping before giving the dogs away. In its letter to the Daily Mail, the Kennel Club calls the article “a fantastic example of what not to do when buying a puppy”. It coincides with Puppy Awareness…

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Kennel Club warn about purchasing puppies online

The Kennel Club are using Puppy Awareness Week to warn people about buying puppies from the internet and from newspaper adverts without seeing them first. Research conducted by the club has found that 1 in 10 people are following this route without realising that many of the puppies have been smuggled into the UK illegally from puppy farms abroad. There has been a significant increase in puppies coming into the UK since the Pet Travel Scheme in 2012 saw controls relaxed. Defra report a 61 percent rise in the first year since the scheme was introduced, with this figure excluding…

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Dog Rocks Ltd. distribute new water bowl

Dog Rocks Ltd

Dog Rocks Ltd will be adding a new product to its distribution portfolio which it will be launching to the UK and European markets at PATS Telford this month. The Torus water bowl, produced by Heyrex, was launched in March at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando. It is designed to be suitable for travelling by being non-spill as well as not needing any batteries or power to provide clean filtered water. Nicholas Evans, head of business development for the company, said: “The Torus bowl is a completely unique offering and we are proud to be associated with an exciting…

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New website for retail specialists


Formbar Limited, specialist suppliers of shopping trolleys and retailers’ baskets, have launched a new website to mark its tenth year of trading. The company asserts that it has already seen an increase in orders and enquiries since launching the new site. A spokesperson said: “Our customers old and new needed to have a simpler way of searching our extensive product information and this site gives that cross-platform usability.” The company claims that ‘sturdy and ergonomic’ trolleys and baskets are part of a ‘good traditional service’ and states that it is happy to advise retailers looking to branch into different trolley…

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New website tackles vet bills


A website was launched in July to counter problems of soaring veterinary bills. Hilda Teh set up pickapup.com to help dog owners tackle the source of health problems before there became a need to visit the vet. Commenting on the new website, Hilda said: “We are launching this because there is a real gap in the marketplace for a website that caters exclusively for responsible dog owners and breeders. We are hoping to build links with breed associations who know best and keep abreast with all aspects of their specific breeds.” Pickapup.com was set up following a personal experience with…

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