July 23, 2017

  • pet food

    Lily’s Kitchen partner with PDSA and KidZania UK

    The British producer of naturally nutritious, proper food for pets, Lily’s Kitchen, has joined forces with the UK’s leading veterinary charity PDSA to launch an exciting new activity at KidZania UK in Westfield, London where kids learn how to keep pets happy and healthy. The new joint-branded Pet Wellbeing Centre at KidZania has been created to educate the next generation of pet owners about animal welfare in a fun and engaging way. The UK is a nation of pet lovers, but research has revealed that 85% of children have never heard about the five animal welfare needs (environment, diet, behaviour, companionship…

  • pet food

    Enact acquires pet food retailer and wholesaler

    A wholesale supplier of pet food and products, which also operates a chain of shops, has been acquired by Leeds-based SME investor Enact. Nottingham-based Kennelpak, which employs 275 people and has 21 stores, has been bought from its family owners for an undisclosed fee. In its latest financial accounts to March 2017, the profitable business had sales of more than £23m. Established in 1974, Kennelpak sells a selection of pet food, pet accessories and toys amongst other products for dogs, cats, birds, aquatics, reptiles, horses and home farming.  Additional services also include grooming, local training, nutritional advice and licensed medication. Investment director Chris…

  • grade

    Unipet International receive ‘A’ grade for second year

    After another year of hard work, Unipet remain the only UK suet wild bird food manufacturer to receive a BRC ‘A’ Grade Accreditation – for the second year in a row. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is developed by food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations. Although it is not a compulsory requirement within the wild bird food industry, the Unipet Team have been working tirelessly to maintain the high standards on their site since last year’s success in preparation for the 2017 audit, which has certainly paid off! The ‘A’ Grade status gives their…

  • virus

    New rabbit virus confirmed

    Pet owners have been warned about a new rabbit virus after a case was confirmed in Bedford. The disease, affecting rabbits across the country, is Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease variant 2 (RVHD-2) which is fatal in approximately 25 per cent of rabbits that contract it. Rabbits may die suddenly without any symptoms. This month, a four-month-old rabbit that died unexpectedly at home was tested for the new virus and has become the first confirmed case of RVHD-2 in the Bedford area. The standard UK rabbit vaccination does not protect against RVHD-2 (it covers myxomatosis and RVHD-1). A separate RVHD-2 vaccine has…

  • breeds

    Gumtree and RSPCA reveals top online searches for dog breeds

    French bulldogs are the most searched-for breed for sale online, according to figures from Gumtree and the RSPCA. The new statistics show there were more than 66,000 searches for the fashionable breed in just one month (February 2017) on the popular classified online marketplace. The French bulldog was closely followed by Labradors and pugs in a study which the RSPCA is using to highlight the risks and realities of buying puppies on the internet. The figures also show that the use of online websites to sell and rehome dogs has exploded within the last decade as Gumtree recorded a 785…

FEATURES

Junk

Pet Food Pledge outlines ‘Dog Food Nasties’ Watch-List

May 17, 2017

Today sees the launch of the world’s first Pet Food Pledge and a national awareness campaign urging pet owners to critically assess what’s in their dog’s diet. Just as parents carefully avoid ‘nasties’ in their children’s food, dog owners are being encouraged to do the same for their beloved four-legged friends. The campaign is backed by research highlighting that 85% of UK dog owners are unsure of the ingredients in today’s dog food, with less than a fifth surveyed (19%), actually stopping to read the ingredients in their pet’s food*. Forthglade, a Devon-based natural dog food company established in 1971,…

Fishkeeping

Tetra’s key account manager shares his top tips on looking after fish over summer holidays

Apr 28, 2017

With the weather warming up summer feels only a few weeks away, which means holiday season is on the horizon. Although this can fill some with joy it can be a nerve wracking time for fishkeepers, especially those new to the hobby, who may be worried about leaving their fish for a period of time. Despite this, fish are a great pet as unlike fluffier companions they can be left during holidays as long as you provide them with the right care. There are a number of things retailers can do to not only put your consumers’ minds at ease…

Survey

IAMS conduct new survey on pet health

Apr 19, 2017

With 54 million pets estimated to live in the UK, and 16.5million of them cats and dogs, it’s fair to say that the UK is a nation of animal lovers. The nutrition experts at IAMS have put the nation’s pet parenting skills to the test, with results revealing that pet owners aren’t as animal savvy as they could be. The survey of 200 UK pet owners reveals there is an art to mealtimes. The typical UK dog or cat will enjoy breakfast at 7.43am with dinner being served 10 hours and 55 minutes later, at precisely 6.28pm. 94% of dog…

Grow

Global pet grooming market poised to grow at around 4.7% between 2015 to 2025.

Apr 10, 2017

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Pet Grooming Market Analysis & Trends – Industry Forecast to 2025” report to their offering, stating that the Global Pet Grooming Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 4.7% during the forecast period 2015 to 2025. This industry report analyses the market estimates and forecasts for all the given segments on global as well as regional levels presented in the research scope. The study provides historical market data for 2013, 2014 revenue estimations are presented for 2015 and forecasts from 2016 till 2025. The study focuses on market…

NEWS

pet food

Lily’s Kitchen partner with PDSA and KidZania UK

The British producer of naturally nutritious, proper food for pets, Lily’s Kitchen, has joined forces with the UK’s leading veterinary charity PDSA to launch an exciting new activity at KidZania UK in Westfield, London where kids learn how to keep pets happy and healthy. The new joint-branded Pet Wellbeing Centre at KidZania has been created to educate the next generation of pet owners about animal welfare in a fun and engaging way. The UK is a nation of pet lovers, but research has revealed that 85% of children have never heard about the five animal welfare needs (environment, diet, behaviour, companionship…

cat products

New product from Animology

Animology have added to their multi-award winning product range by launching dual sided cat cleaning wipes – Feline Fresh. Feline Fresh cat wipes are high performance, dual-sided cat cleaning wipes soaked in an advanced no-rinse cat shampoo and have been developed to provide an easy yet effective cleaning solution for your cat. The wipes form the latest edition to the Animology cat range which consists of shampoo, no-rinse shampoo and a conditioning cat spray and were developed following on from the success of Animology Clean Sheets. Uniquely the wipes have a textured side to scrub and loosen dirt, and a…

pet food

Enact acquires pet food retailer and wholesaler

A wholesale supplier of pet food and products, which also operates a chain of shops, has been acquired by Leeds-based SME investor Enact. Nottingham-based Kennelpak, which employs 275 people and has 21 stores, has been bought from its family owners for an undisclosed fee. In its latest financial accounts to March 2017, the profitable business had sales of more than £23m. Established in 1974, Kennelpak sells a selection of pet food, pet accessories and toys amongst other products for dogs, cats, birds, aquatics, reptiles, horses and home farming.  Additional services also include grooming, local training, nutritional advice and licensed medication. Investment director Chris…

grade

Unipet International receive ‘A’ grade for second year

After another year of hard work, Unipet remain the only UK suet wild bird food manufacturer to receive a BRC ‘A’ Grade Accreditation – for the second year in a row. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is developed by food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations. Although it is not a compulsory requirement within the wild bird food industry, the Unipet Team have been working tirelessly to maintain the high standards on their site since last year’s success in preparation for the 2017 audit, which has certainly paid off! The ‘A’ Grade status gives their…

virus

New rabbit virus confirmed

Pet owners have been warned about a new rabbit virus after a case was confirmed in Bedford. The disease, affecting rabbits across the country, is Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease variant 2 (RVHD-2) which is fatal in approximately 25 per cent of rabbits that contract it. Rabbits may die suddenly without any symptoms. This month, a four-month-old rabbit that died unexpectedly at home was tested for the new virus and has become the first confirmed case of RVHD-2 in the Bedford area. The standard UK rabbit vaccination does not protect against RVHD-2 (it covers myxomatosis and RVHD-1). A separate RVHD-2 vaccine has…

breeds

Gumtree and RSPCA reveals top online searches for dog breeds

French bulldogs are the most searched-for breed for sale online, according to figures from Gumtree and the RSPCA. The new statistics show there were more than 66,000 searches for the fashionable breed in just one month (February 2017) on the popular classified online marketplace. The French bulldog was closely followed by Labradors and pugs in a study which the RSPCA is using to highlight the risks and realities of buying puppies on the internet. The figures also show that the use of online websites to sell and rehome dogs has exploded within the last decade as Gumtree recorded a 785…

pet store

Luxury dog boutique and spa to open up in North Yorkshire

A luxury dog boutique and spa, complete with a jacuzzi bath for your canine companions, is set to open up in Yarm. The Paw Room and Zibizi pet gift store are set to open up on High Street. And there’s not long to wait either, with the shop set to open above Zibizi baby gift store, later this month. “This is going to be a gorgeous pet boutique above our existing store, Zibizi – the baby gift store,” said Andy Pemberton, whose wife Bella runs the business. “With the success of the baby store and the popularity with our personalisation service, we decided…

fundraiser

Pet Store in Scotland raises thousands for abused and injured animals

The Scottish SPCA thanked Pets at Home Livingston for raising £2526 for Scotland’s abused, abandoned and injured animals. Scotland’s animal welfare charity has been overwhelmed by the generous support of the public. Edinburgh Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre manager, Diane Aitchison, said: “We’re delighted to receive this generous donation. All the staff at Pets At Home Livingston have done a wonderful job raising this money, and it will make a huge difference to us here at the centre. “This type of fundraising takes a lot of organising and effort and we fully appreciate all the help given by the public…