September 23, 2017

Vets4Pets Barnsley achieves hospital status


Yorkshire veterinary practice has become the first in the Vets4Pets Group to achieve hospital status in the UK. Vets4Pets Barnsley is now able to provide 24 hour on-site out of hours emergency availability of vet team, the use of the latest technology and equipment and carry out advanced surgical procedure, including keyhole surgery and diagnostics. The practice in Barnsley treats over 50,000 patients a year and has grown by over 1,700 per cent in just 13 years. It also has a hydrotherapy pool to help rehabilitate injured patients. The centre will now provide specialist care for pets with heart problems…

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PATS Telford set to be biggest show yet


PATS Telford is set to be the biggest show in the UK’s pet trade show seven-year history. It will be the first year that PATS takes place at Telford International Centre with more exhibition space than ever before. More than 150 companies have already confirmed they will be exhibiting on September 27-28, with the show on the verge of becoming a sell-out. The PATS team is attending this week’s Zoomark show in Italy with the aim of driving even more international interest in PATS Telford. “UK pet products are very popular overseas, and representatives from international pet companies can see…

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Award win for St. Neots Pets Corner

Pets Corner

  Pets Corner staff from the St. Neots store won the Best Customer Services award at the St. Neots Community & Business Awards, after being nominated by a customer. The awards honoured local businesses and services for a whole host of achievements including customer services, top employer, best sports club and business of the year. Dean Richmond, Managing Director of Pets Corner said: “We value our staff greatly at Pets Corner and believe they all have something to give. “The St. Neots store has done incredibly well and their sales have gone from strength to strength. Well done team!”

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Pet Pyjamas recognises pet-friendly hotel

Pets Pyjamas

PetsPyjamas has announced the winners of its inaugural Pet-Friendly Travel Awards. The UK’s leading pet-friendly travel company recognizes those special destinations that go the extra mile for their customers. The Golden Bone Award for Overall Best Pet-Friendly Establishment was given to The Old Swan & Minster Mill. Other notable winners included; Hotel Endsleigh (Most Romantic Pet Friendly Establishment); Combe House Devon (Best Pet-Friendly Luxury Hotel); Four Seasons Hampshire (Best Resident Dog); Spread Eagle: (Best Pet Programme); Eurotunnel (Best Pet-Friendly Carrier); and B&B Edinburgh (Best Pet Welcome by Front of House Team). CEO of PetsPyjamas, Gracia Amico, said: “We created the…

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PDSA report finds obesity rise


The latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report say four out of five veterinary professionals have seen an increase in pet obesity cases in the last two years. Obesity is the number one concern among vets when it comes to dogs but PDSA found nearly half the people surveyed are not aware it’s a major issue. This is a huge concern given that 80% of vets and vet nurses believe there will be more overweight pets than healthy weight pets in five years’ time. Nicola Martin, PDSA head of pet health and welfare added: “PDSA’s research has shown that pet obesity is…

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PIF receives accreditation for international trade shows


The Pet Industry Federation has become accredited for the UKTI’s Trade Access Programme. The organisation will work with UKTI to develop and deliver a programme of customer support at international trade shows. TAP provides funding in the form of grants for eligible UK businesses to attend overseas trade shows. The accreditation means that PIF will be able to lead groups at overseas trade shows, and UK pet businesses who wish to get into exports will be able to apply for funding from UKTI through PIF to attend these shows. Nigel Baker, PIF chief executive, said: ‘We are delighted to have…

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Data shows decrease in UK pet population


The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Associations has revealed that the UK’s pet populations has reduced by 16% over the last three years in the UK. The annual pet population data released by the PFMA revealed the pet population has fallen by 10.8 million over three years and 2% fewer households have a pet. The 2014-15 figures confirm there are around 58.4m pets in the UK compared to 64.9m in 2013-14 and 69.2m in 2012-13. The number of households with pets has fallen to 12m (46%) from 13m (48%) in the same period. Michael Bellingham, PFMA chief executive comments on the results:…

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Supervet to tour the UK


Supervet Live will be touring the UK on the back of a successful series of Channel 4’s Supervet with Noel Fitzpatrick. The first stop for Supervet Live will be the London Pet Show (ExCel London, 9-10 May), followed by Dogfest (Arley Hall, Cheshire June 4 and Losely Park, Surrey June 21) before ending the 2015 at the National Pet Show (NEC, Birmingham, November 7-8). As well as giving talks on advances in the veterinary profession and recounting success stories from the popular TV show, Noel will be available to meet visitors for signings, photo opportunities and Q&A sessions. Noel Fitzpatrick,…

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Pets Corner donate high-vis dog jackets

Pets Corner

The Northampton branch of Pets Corner, based on Newport Pagnell Road, recently donated two high visibility dog jackets to a community volunteer group. Hardingstone Street Watch is a community-run volunteer scheme which works in partnership with the police. It consists of a team of six who, whilst wearing high visibility jackets, patrol their local streets picking up litter, talking to residents about any concerns and offering a helping hand where possible. Tina Sweetser, group co-ordinator, approached her local Northampton Pets Corner store asking for a donation of two dog high-vis jackets for the two black Labradors that patrol with the…

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Hagen sponsors major pet event

The Pet Show 2015 has announced sponsorship by Hagen, the sole European distributor of NerfDog toys. The company will sponsor the outdoor agility arena – or the Nerf Agility Arena as it will be known during the show. The Pet Show 2015 will mark the first time Hagen has been involved in this capacity with any event in the UK. Event director Carly Jackson said: “We are ecstatic to have Hagen on board as sponsors of the Nerf Agility Arena. “This is the first time Hagen has sponsored us, and it’s great to have another revered name in the pet…

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