• Dogs have pet facial expressions to use on humans, study finds

    Showing tongues and puppy eyes, and facial movement in general, was more likely when scientists faced the animals, suggesting conscious communication Dogs really do turn on the puppy eyes when humans look at them, according to researchers studying canine facial expressions. Scientists have discovered that dogs produce more facial movements when a human is paying […]

  • First training day for new Vet Futures student ambassadors

    The Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) held the first training day for its new Vet Futures Student Ambassadors last Thursday. The day was hosted by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA), and supported by the Veterinary Schools Council. Two students each from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, […]

  • Pets Choice appoints key account manager for pet speciality sector

    Pet food manufacturer, Pets Choice, has welcomed a new team member. Laura Mallick has taken the role of key account manager. With eight years’ experience within the pet sector for a VMD medicinal and chemicals manufacturer, Laura will be responsible for developing the growing Pets Choice portfolio of brands, further building relationships and managing the accounts […]

  • Lily’s Kitchen extends puppy range

    Lily’s Kitchen has extended its range for puppies with the launch of a new flavour Turkey & Duck, available in both 400g tin and 150g tray sizes, as well as a new air dried puppy treat pack. Both products offer a good source of natural protein and Omega 3, are hypoallergenic, natural and holistic, and contain no rendered […]

  • New Fish4Dogs video helps dogs tackle the effects of ageing

    Dogs, like humans, get wear and tear as they advance in years. Animal nutritionist and physiology expert, David Southey BSc, highlights how to use nutrition to battle the effects of ageing in his latest video for Fish4Dogs. David says: “As the writer Terry Prachett said, ‘Inside every older person is a young person wondering what happened’. […]

  • UK retail sales growth slows more than expected

    UK retail sales growth slowed more than predicted in the month of September, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The figures showed that total sales fell by 0.8 percent when compared with August, making it much lower than the 0.1% drop that was expected. Year-on-year retail growth for Q3 overall was 1.3 percent, which […]

  • Are dogs the only animals that show when they are happy | Notes and queries

    The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts It is obvious when a dog is happy, such as when it is going for walkies or playing. Does any other animal, wild or domesticated, exhibit signs of happiness? Eric Fitch, Hereford Continue […]

  • Mars Petcare’s Birstall factory celebrates 30th anniversary

    Mars Petcare’s Birstall factory, near Leeds, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The site has been making pet care and treats products – including Pedigree® and Dreamies™ – since 1987. Over the last 30 years, the Birstall site has produced 40,000 tonnes of pet food products and provided jobs for multiple employees. Between them, mother and […]

  • 64,000 dogs died in dog fights in just 12 months

    In the past 12 months, 64,097 dogs have died after being involved in a fight, according to Direct Line Pet Insurance. 44,375 have also suffered life-changing injuries because of a fight with more than a quarter (27 percent) of dogs seen by vets after fighting had to be put down due to their injuries. New research […]

  • RCVS welcomes prison sentence for fake vet fraudster

    The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has welcomed the three-year prison term handed down at Taunton Crown Court on 17 October to Peter Keniry, who used the identity of a legitimately registered vet to fraudulently practise as a veterinary surgeon. The RCVS played a proactive role in Mr Keniry’s arrest and trial after its […]

  • PFMA learns how ‘no deal’ Brexit will impact on pet sector

    The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has been investigating the implications of failing to agree our future trade relations with the EU. The PFMA undertook a trade mission in Geneva, 9-11 October, to hold meetings with the WTO, as well as several major national missions including Ireland, USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, and Australia. Michael Bellingham, PFMA […]