June 25, 2017

Could organic pet food become the next big trend in the UK?

With the recent soar in Organic pet food sales in the United States, it is likely that the trend will cross the pond to the UK in the near future. As pet owners now consider their pets as part of their family, pet humanisation has meant that the owners are looking for premium and nutrient-rich food options for their pets. A survey conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association found that, in the recent years, expenditure towards pet’s health and other veterinary care has seen a 40% rise. A part of this rise reflects on the pet food market. The…

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Promoting responsible pet ownership

The summer months are officially the most popular time of the year for puppy registrations and the Kennel Club are providing a huge opportunity for retailers to educate new owners on the lifelong impact and care of dog ownership, to ensure pet well-being, cement relationships with consumers, boost sales and encourage repeat visits. For those consumers who may be thinking about getting a puppy but still haven’t decided on the best breed for them, retailers can offer their advice to ensure potential owners select a breed which is suited to their lifestyle. Asking questions about the consumers’ living arrangements, work…

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Freshpet appoints new European senior marketing manager

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Innovative US chilled pet food brand Freshpet, one of the fastest growing pet food companies in North America, has announced plans to strengthen its UK leadership team with the appointment of Hannah Edwards as Senior Marketing Manager. Hannah will lead its European marketing strategy and support continued business development and growth, following its launch into Tesco. Chilled, fresh, batch cooked pet food is an entirely new concept in the UK. Freshpet was founded nine years ago in the US with a single-minded mission to bring the power of fresh, real food to dogs and cats.  The company’s latest mission is…

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Collarways partner with AgroBiothers

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Collarways have announced that they will be selling a new line of products this month from France-based company, AgroBiothers. Incorporated in 1880, AgroBiothers remains, to this day, a family-owned company and has become a leading player in the pet care business across Europe. As an independent distributor, Collarways is the perfect fit for AgroBiothers as the two share the same company ethos of providing quality products for the customer at a reasonable price. Katie Goldsmith, Director at Collarways said: “As with all the brands we distribute, we have taken great care in electing to represent AgroBiothers and to bring their…

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Dog groomers and pet store to expand after moving to new home

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A Fordingbridge business has expanded and is looking forward to the future. Pampered Dogs Grooming Salon and Fordingbridge Pet Supplies Limited has moved to a larger premises in Salisbury Street, ten times the size of its previous shop, which was also located along that street. The business was started in 2014 by Sam Legg, who has been a dog groomer for 14 years, and her husband Matt, who was a corporate manager for Vodafone. The couple’s new store is now spread over two floors. “We are extremely proud of what we have achieved. We’ve put every ounce of our hearts…

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Independent pet store launched with a funfair


A new independent pet store marked their grand opening with a funfair-style event to coincide with Morpeth Fair Day on Sunday 11 June. With a concept store style layout and an approach dedicated to animal well-being, My Pet HQ – founded by Caroline Coppen, Diane Coppen and Terri-Louise Anderson – aims to help owners make more educated choices that promote their pet’s health and happiness. Caroline said: “The idea for the business came from our shared experience working in pet retail. “We realised there wasn’t something out there that really supported pet owners, understood their needs and offered a unique…

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Purina’s 2017 Pet Care Innovation Prize Competition Announces New Benefits for Pet Care Entrepreneurs


After a successful turnout in 2016, The Pet Care Innovation Prize (PCIP) is back this year with new benefits for pet care entrepreneurs. Powered by a global leader in pet care, Nestlé Purina PetCare, the PCIP is a competition that aims to support and connect innovative, early stage companies selling pet-related products and services with pet industry experts, entrepreneurs and investors. In this exciting competition, up to five finalists win cash, business support and recognition to help grow their business. The pet care marketplace is huge and growing, with nearly 80 million homes in the US with pets, according to…

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A happy accident made a new business for Brett of Brett’s Pets


What started out as a family joke has turned into a successful business for pet lover Brett Weller. The 27-year-old admits he began breeding reptiles by accident, but is so glad he did, as five years later it has led to him opening Brett’s Pets and joining forces with his family to set up Chorley Vets. Brett says: “I have always been into animals. But 10 years ago I started breeding by accident as I thought I had two female bearded dragons, but one of them was actually male. “I ended up with a clutch of eggs and so I…

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ROYAL CANIN® examines ‘Thin Cats, Fat Dogs’ and ‘Gastroenterology’ in latest journals


Continuing its efforts in practice support, ROYAL CANIN has published two new editions of Veterinary Focus magazine, the worldwide journal for companion animal veterinary professionals. The company’s Gastroenterology edition was released in May and ‘Thin Cats, Fat Dogs’ will be available in the coming months, in print from Veterinary Business Managers or online via the Vet Practice Portal. The Gastroenterology journal includes articles on chronic enteropathy and signs in cats, canine pancreatitis, esophagitis, PLE, gastrointestinal endoscopy and placing feeding tubes for dogs. The ‘Thin Cats, Fat Dogs’ edition takes a novel approach, looking at conditions which cause weight fluctuations (gain…

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Vets from across the world gather for ROYAL CANIN® Vet Symposium


More than 600 veterinary professionals travelling from 61 countries recently came together to explore ‘Feline Medicine in the 21st Century’ at ROYAL CANIN’s latest Vet Symposium. Hosted near ROYAL CANIN’s head office in Montpellier, France, the two-day convention allowed delegates to attend both clinical and practice management lectures, take part in networking events and take a tour of the ROYAL CANIN campus, including its production facility and central R&D centre, responsible for food quality and safety standards across the company’s wide network. Scientific talks were based on feline medicine, including CKD, constipation, chronic D+, cat ethogram, soiling and multicat households….

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