June 24, 2017

OATA hands out Lifetime Achievement Award


The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) awarded Dr David Pool its Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the aquatics industry. The founder of FishScience Ltd has spent most of his working life in the industry, including 25 years at Tetra, appearing on national radio and television across the globe to promote fishkeeping. David is also the author of three books on aquarium and pond keeping as well as over 250 articles on fishkeeping, giving talks on the subject throughout the world. Keith Davenport, chief executive for OATA, presented David with the award. He commented: “David richly deserves this award….

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Stars show support at Animal Hero Awards

Animal Hero Awards

The Animal Hero Awards took place last night, hosted by TV star Amanda Holden at an award ceremony in London. Other celebrities also attended the event, including Rick Gervais, who was presented with an award by Dr Brian May for Outstanding Contribution to Animal Welfare. The Bafta-award winning director, actor and writer has used social media throughout the year to highlight several animal welfare campaigns to his 10 million followers. Commenting on the achievement, for which he received a standing ovation, Ricky said: “I think it is one of the greatest privileges of freedom of speech, to use your voice…

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Tickets selling fast for Pet Industry Federation Forum & Awards

Pet Industry Federation

The Pet Industry Federation Forum & Awards in November is set to be a sell-out event with tickets selling fast. The forum is taking place on 17-18 November at the Crowne Plaza City Centre Hotel in Liverpool and gives visitors the opportunity to network and create new business contacts. The ‘Meet the Buyer’ event on the 16 November has already sold old. The event will feature an inspirational programme of talks aimed specifically at pet business with lots of crucial networking and socialising opportunities throughout the event. Topics will include: A discussion on pet food labelling, with the Pet Food…

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More Th>n sets out to ensure pet safety

More Th>n

Insurance company More Th>n is warning pet owners of the toxic dangers to dogs and cats this autumn from wild mushroom and conkers. With both of these in abundance this season, the company is reminding owners to be vigilant, particularly of dogs as they face a heightened risk of poisoning when in Britain’s many forests and parks. Household gardens can also be fertile land for toxic fungi, with 78% of British gardens containing plants that are toxic to cats and dogs, according to More Th>n’s findings.With such a large proportion containing toxic plants it’s perhaps no surprise that almost 10%…

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Be Dog Friendly Awards winners announced

Be Dog Friendly

The Be Dog Friendly Awards has received a record-breaking 12,000 votes, suggesting an increase in demand for dog friendly venues and businesses. The campaign, run by the Kennel Club and www.dogfriendly.co.uk, was set up to encourage more businesses to allow dogs in. The winners of the Be Dog Friendly Awards were presented with their awards at the Kennel Club’s Eukanuba Discover Dogs event at ExCeL London on Sunday 18 October. The overall winner of the competition was Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, receiving 40.5% of the votes, gaining the position of the UK’s friendliest organisation towards dogs. With 71% of pets entering…

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Eukanuba launches search for paw-fect dog heroes


The search for the 2016 winner of the annual Eukanuba Friends for Life competition was launched at the weekend. Miracle, who was crowned winner of the Kennel Club’s annual dog hero competition at Crufts last year by the British public, launched the competition at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London on 17 and 18 October. Nominations are being sought for the 2016 winner from anybody who feels that their life, or the life of somebody they know, has be transformed by a dog, whether this be a companion dog, a service dog, assistance dog or an all-round dog hero. The…

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PDSA issues warning of killer parasite


Cases of UK dogs affected by a killer parasite spread by slugs and snails have rocketed by more than 30% in just five years, according to PDSA. The vet charity today warned this could be just the tip of the iceberg as many cases of lungworm go unreported. Lungworm can cause weight loss, difficulty breathing, chronic coughing and can even be fatal, warn vets. Comparing data for 2009 and 2014, PDSA vets found there had been a 35% increase in confirmed cases of the worm across its 51 UK pet hospitals. PDSA vet Vicki Larkham-Jones said: “There has been a…

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Record-breaking visitor numbers at AQUA 2015


AQUA 2015 has broken all records for visitor attendance, exhibitor stands and the number of new products being showcased. A total of 1,711 visitors attended the show at Telford International Centre, a 9% increase on 2013. As the doors closed on a highly successful show, organiser Annie Foord said: “I am delighted with the enthusiasm shown by exhibitors and visitors to our biennial event. The record-breaking attendance proves that the format of AQUA is continuing to deliver the audience our exhibitors have come to expect from the largest show of its kind in the UK.” As well as the record…

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Kennel Club to recognise Jack Russell Terrier as breed

Kennel Club

The Kennel Club is recognising the Jack Russell Terrier as a pedigree breed, making the number of pedigree dog breeds officially recognised in the UK set to go up to 216. Despite being a common sight in Britain, it has previously been recognised as a ‘type’ rather than a breed due to the wide diversity of dogs that can be described as Jack Russell Terriers. To protect the heritage of this popular dog, and to help prospective dog owners who are choosing which dog is most suited to their lifestyle, the Kennel Club will begin recording Jack Russell births through…

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RSPCA offers advice over firework festivities


The RSPCA is issuing advice for pet owners for the upcoming fireworks season. Last year the RSPCA received 364 calls relating to fireworks in October and November, which is more than in both 2013 (310) and 2012 (326). Research commissioned by the RSPCA has shown that up to 45 per cent of dogs may be fearful of fireworks so to help combat the problem the RSPCA has come up with some advice to help pet owners. RSPCA scientific officer Lisa Richards said: “As the winter months draw in many of us look forward to going to local bonfire and fireworks festivities. The…

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