Pet Industry News Newsletter 29th May 2017
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AWLQ urges Queensland Government to build on new dog breeder registration laws to protect dogs and cats

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) welcomes the Queensland Government’s move towards puppy protection with new dog breeder registration laws which come into effect 26th May 2017, but urges further action.

“This is only the first step in the prevention of poor breeding practices,” AWLQ Strategic Director Dr Joy Verrinder said
The new breeder law requires all dog breeders in Queensland to register and obtain a breeder supply number before they breed, or within 28 days of pups being born.  The supply number has to be included in any advertising, recorded in the dog’s microchip information and given to a person who receives the dog.
“Consumers will be encouraged to only buy from dog breeders with a breeder supply number.

“Breeders without a supply number will be breaking the law and can be penalised; provided they can be tracked.”

“However, unfortunately, a breeder ID does not mean that the breeder has been inspected and met good welfare standards. We hope the government will go further and require all breeders to have an independent inspection based on a Breeder Code of Practice with high standards of care and rehoming for the parent animals,  pups and kittens, before breeders are issued with a permit number. As well there need to be follow-up inspections at regular intervals to ensure standards are being maintained,” Dr Verrinder said.

Such model legislation has already been developed and introduced in 2010 as a pilot project for the Qld Government by AWLQ and City of Gold Coast Council after a two year consultation with both cat and dog breeders, the pet industry, and other animal welfare groups

“Breeders pay for the cost of inspections, just as a builder is required to pay for a licence to operate. It benefits responsible breeders as they can show that they are following appropriate standards and avoid being associated with those who do the wrong thing by animals.”

Dr Verrinder says cats miss out in this legislation and need the same level of protection as dogs.

“On the Gold Coast, breeder permit by-laws also require kittens to be desexed prior to sale or transfer,” Dr Verrinder said.

“We would like to see this extend across the state and be legislated nationally.
“If this was to happen we would see a dramatic reduction in the number of cats being euthanized in Australian pounds and shelters.”

AWLQ, which has rehomed more than 120,000 animals since it first opened its doors on the Gold Coast in 1959, urges people to look to adopting a shelter animal first
“A great diversity of breeds, small and large, come through our doors.
“You’ll be giving an animal a second chance at life,” Dr Verrinder said.
PIAA Pet First Aid Workshops

Registrations for our Pet First Aid workshops are now open.  Places are limited and filling fast.  If you're in Perth, Adelaide, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Coolangatta or Brisbane don't miss out on the opportunity to attend these popular workshops

Monday July 17 - 9.30am to 12.30pm - WA Grooming & Clipping Academy, Kelmscott WA
Thursday July 20 - 9.30am to 12.30pm - The Spoilt Dog, Prospect, SA
Wednesday July 26 - 12.00pm to 3.00pm - Coffs Harbour Showground, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday July 27 - 9.30am to 12.30pm - Byron Bay Scout Hall, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday July 28 - 9.00am to 12.00pm -Kirra Hill Community & Cultural Centre, Coolangatta, QLD
Friday July 28 - 2.00pm to 5.00pm - Dayboro Showground, Dayboro QLD

For further information and to register, please visit the PIAA

Positive Hendra virus case confirmed
 Biosecurity Queensland has advised a positive Hendra virus case was diagnosed on 25 May in a paddock pony on the Gold Coast hinterland.

The case was diagnosed by a private veterinarian who is confirmed to have been wearing Personal Protective Equipment at the time. The infected pony, which was not vaccinated against Hendra virus, has been euthanised and another unvaccinated horse on the property is being monitored. Biosecurity Queensland is now managing the case and has quarantined the property.

Spokesperson for the Australian Veterinary Association, Dr Ben Poole, said it’s critical that horses located in high risk Hendra areas are vaccinated against Hendra virus.
“It is even more important that horses from these areas are vaccinated when they compete in events where there are horses and people coming together in large numbers. It provides a horse health and welfare benefit, and a public health benefit,” he said.

This latest diagnosis, along with two recent incidents where a horse show at Brookfield was disrupted by a suspected Hendra case, and another at Kilkivan where the owner of a sick horse falsified horse health declaration documentation, underscores the need for vaccinating horses against Hendra virus.

“Horse Health Declarations (HHD’s) cannot be relied upon to provide protection from this insidious disease,” Dr Poole said.

“Equine vets work closely with horse owners and event organisers to help make Australian horses and horse sports as safe and successful as possible. It’s impossible for an owner of a sick horse, or their veterinarian to determine by examining it whether it has contracted Hendra virus infection.”

Dr Poole said testing for the disease takes time and delays possible live-saving therapies.

“That is why vaccination is so important, because a vaccinated horse has an extremely low risk of having Hendra virus infection. Horse owners deserve to have their weekend sport and leisure uninterrupted by the threat of Hendra virus and the only way to do that is to ensure that horses from high risk Hendra areas attending events are vaccinated.”
“Another horse has died from a preventable disease, and people potentially and unnecessarily exposed to the virus. Vaccination is the only way to ensure high standards of horse health and welfare while also protecting veterinarians, horse handlers and owners from contracting this deadly virus,” Dr Poole said.  

University of Sydney Professor Paul McGreevy has won a lifetime achievement award as part of one of the largest and most prestigious veterinary awards in the world for his pioneering contribution to canine welfare and behaviour.

Overnight in London it was announced the Professor McGreevy received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Canine Health Awards, where he was awarded £10,000 towards his future work.
The awards, which are run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and underwritten by a major gift from Vernon and Shirley Hill of Metro Bank, highlight individuals who go one step further to promote the health and wellbeing of dogs through their work in the world of veterinary science.

In Australia, research and projects Professor McGreevy has pioneered include:
Spoil your best friend at Woof-fest with 50+ doggie stalls!
With more than 50 fabulous doggie-themed stalls, Western Sydney’s most popular event for dogs and their humans, Woof-fest 2017 is the paw-fect place to spoil your pooch and score some great deals on the latest canine products and services at Warrigal Run in Bungarribee Park on Sunday 25 June from 9am to 1pm.
Woof-fest is a fun, free, community festival for all ages, with something special to offer every size, shape and breed of dog– from doggie toys, food, clothes, equipment, health and grooming products, doggie merchandise as well as information stalls and services.
Treat your best friend to mouth-watering snacks from Darby’s Dog Bakery and Deli including a selection of hand-made jerkies (kangaroo, tuna, venison, duck, chicken) and oven-baked cookies including angus beef and veggies, carob-chip and liver and muesli.
Dogs will also go barking mad for the popular Domuts, delicious donuts made from dog-friendly ingredients including chicken liver and beef with peanut butter or cream cheese, carob and chicken liver flavours.

For fashion-forward pooches there’s doggie boutiques offering the latest designer clothes including hoodies, beanies, bandanas, pj’s, jumpers, coats, bow-ties, collars, leads and harnesses from Hamish McBeth, Haus of Harley, Runway Pooch, The Nomads Dog, Sonia’s Pet Coats and The Sophisticated Pet, plus designer kennels by Kumfi Kennels and Omlet Australia.
You’ll can also pamper your pooch with a remedial massage from qualified Canine Myofunctional Therapist Deb’s K9 massage; receive expert grooming from Leanne's Passion Pet Salon or have them pose for a portrait with expert Pet Photographers.
There’s everything you need to care for your dog’s health with Discount Pet Meds offering popular brands that assist in flea and tick prevention, heartworm, intestinal worms, dental health, ear care, skin and wound care, joint health and vitamins.

Other highlights include: talks by vet Dr Peter Higgins and Australia’s leading dog behaviourist and author Laura V, training tips from Farmer Dave Graham and animal trainer Ryan Tate, cooking demonstrations by Naoko Okamoto from Chew Chew Pet Restaurant, Sydney Psychos Fly-Ball champions, Siberian Express All Breeds Sled Dog Club NSW, Search for the Next SuPaw Model dog fashion parade, free you-and-your-pooch face painting, 101 Dalmatians Jumping Castle, portraits by Caricature artist Peter Byrne, information stalls from RSPCA and a visit from Gulliver the giant 4-metre travelling guide dog who helps raise awareness for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.   
Be sure to arrive early and visit the Pet Barn stall to receive your complimentary showbag with vouchers and a free gift.
Entry to Woof-fest is FREE for dogs and their humans. FREE parking is available on site.
Warrigal Run is located within Western Sydney Parklands. Entry is via the intersection of Holbeche and Doonside Roads, Bungarribee.
For more information about Woof-fest, please visit:

Nuclear science gives new insight on seabird evolution and health

A remarkable study led by Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) researchers promises to lead to important new insights about the evolution and health of birds.
The team of investigators, led by ANSTO biologist Nicholas Howell and Professor Richard Banati, have been using advanced X-ray imaging on feathers of long-distance migratory seabirds.
Feathers are like a barometer that can indicate the health of individual birds, and also of the environment they rely on.
By analysing the feathers with this new technique, researchers can obtain insights into the overall health of birds. 
Also, with a better understanding of how the feathers of birds develop we can gain information about the formation of organs and tissue regeneration and on the evolution of birds.
The study produced novel images that demonstrate the complex chemical distribution in bird feathers, which promises to lead to a better understanding of the physiological processes behind feather growth.
The images showed a regular pattern of bands containing zinc, which are similar to tree rings.
There were roughly the same number of rings as days in a month of feather growth.
“Our collaboration has produced some remarkable depictions of the feathers that let us see into complex and pattern-forming, biochemical processes in cells,” said Professor Banati.
It is thought these patterns may one day help scientists assess a bird’s overall health retrospectively, in the same way tree rings indicate environmental past environmental events like droughts or floods
The research, published in Nature Scientific Reports, also has significant potential for application more broadly in developmental biology.
The advanced imaging techniques at the Australian Synchrotron enabled  the team to detail the previously undocumented patterns and properties of the feather.
That specialised technology produced a map which show a range of chemical elements distributed in the feather - zinc, calcuim, bromine, copper and iron.
The patterns are not linked to pigmentation, thickness or other structural characteristics, and the authors suggest another unidentified mechanism may be at work.

The zinc pattern may reflect the estimated number of days of active feather growth, or the duration of the moult period. This highly consistent pattern may be the result of a so far unknown diurnal system.

The team collected the high-res images using the X-Ray Fluorescence Microprobe at the Australian Synchrotron.
“The highly sensitive instrument allows us to view hard biological structures in their natural state. The detector speeds up scanning of the sample, and delivers data at unprecedented resolution,” said Banati.
The feathers came from three species of migratory shearwaters, birds that are known to travel over 60,000 kilometres per year on their migration to breeding areas.
“The same basic biochemical mechanisms that allow feathers to develop in birds are at work in other animals and humans,” said Howell.
“Such highly regular, biological patterns hold important information, because similar to tree rings, they are a natural time stamp that records events during the growth of these patterns.”
The work would not have been possible without painstaking field work in remote locations.
Single breast and wing feathers from the fleshfooted, streaked and short-tailed shearwater were collected on Lord Howe Island, several Japanese islands and Bundeena Beach (NSW) under the direction of co-author Dr Jennifer Lavers of the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania.
“It is very difficult to image and measure metals in biological samples, but it is something we can do with a variety of techniques at ANSTO using X-rays, neutrons and isotopes,” said Howell.
Last year, a similar approach was used to detect and measure strontium in the vertebrae of sharks.
The research in Nature Scientific Reports is available at For more information on ANSTO, go to

Results were more than positive for Zoomark International 2017, the B2B fair for the sector of pet products and equipment. The biennial event organized by BolognaFiere, saw confirmation of the trend for growth experienced at the previous edition in 2015.

There was a significant increase in the number of international visitors: during the four days of the event there was in increase of 36% in the number of foreign buyers and operators (100 countries were represented), making up over 30% of the total number of participants. In the five pavilions, for a total area of 50 thousand m2, there were 735 exhibitors (+17% compared with 2015), of which 479 were from outside Italy, from 42 countries including China (116), USA (65), United Kingdom (51), Germany (51) and France (21). There were six large exhibitions organized by Brazil, Canada, China, United Kingdom, USA and Taiwan. There were also high levels of participation at 25 conferences and seminars that were held as part of the fair, organized by BolognaFiere and by partners and exhibitors in addition to the new area “Aqua Project” dedicated to aquariums.
There was significant interest in the presentation of the tenth edition of the Assalco Zoomark Report 2017, compiled by ASSALCO (National Association of companies involved in the sector of pet food and pet care) and by Zoomark International with the contribution of IRI Information Resources and ANMVI (National Association of Italian Veterinary Doctors).

The Report, which is now considered a key document and annual of accredited sources on the progress of the market for pet products and information about the relationship between man and pets, provided a snapshot of the trends for growth in the sector of pet products in Italy. The business volume for pet food for cats and dogs, the largest segment of the market of pet products, in Italy in 2016 exceeded two billion euro (+2.7% compared with 2015) with around 560,000 tonnes sold (+1.3%). There are over 60 million pets in Italian homes: this figure includes 30 million fish, 12.9 million birds, 7.5 million cats, 7 million dogs, 1.8 million small mammals (such as rodents and rabbits) and 1.3 million reptiles.
The next edition of Zoomark International is due to take place in May 2019
New consumer research reveals the power of a pooch in ensuring Aussie kids feel loved, secure and safe
A new survey amongst Aussie dog owners confirms something many families have suspected all along – just like ice cream and chocolate topping, kids and dogs are made for each other.
Commissioned by long-lasting paralysis tick and flea treatment Bravecto®, the survey results1 reveal the latest insights into the positive, long-lasting effects our four-legged friends have on children and the entire household.
The life lessons children can learn from pet ownership are many. The main benefits dogs provide Aussie children are ranked as companionship (73%), emotional bonding (67%), having fun (66%) and learning responsibility (61%). Dogs also provide a range of unique comforts to kids – playing games comes out top (53%), followed by snuggling on the couch (41%) and going to the park (39%).
A dog is touted as ‘man’s best friend’, but household pets are often a child’s best friend too. The Bravecto survey reveals a family dog has a huge positive impact on the emotional wellbeing of children, with 85 per cent feeling happy, 67 per cent feeling loved, and 64 per cent feeling safe when their four-legged friend is close by.
Interestingly, children aged 6 to 12 years of age are more likely to feel loved (75%) and those aged 13 to 18 years of age are more likely to feel content (62%).
Laura V, Australia’s most well-loved animal behaviourist, believes that this bond allows dogs to feel these things too, creating harmony in the home.
“The purest love of all is the love between a dog and child. Dogs teach children such invaluable lessons in life and ultimately assist in raising them to be good, empathetic people,” Laura comments.
Children benefit from dog ownership in terms of responsibility, a great stepping stone for the demands of adult life. The Bravecto survey indicates Aussie kids don’t just ‘pet and forget’;  71 per cent of Aussie children take responsibility for feeding their dog, while 65 per cent either took care of or participated in the walking and exercising of their pet. To the delight of many Aussie parents, nearly half of all children (46%) cleaned up the dog poo…a thankless task, loved by none!
Laura V adds: “Dogs are the best teachers! No matter what our age, dogs teach us about kindness, responsibility, trust and respect. If we let them, they make us better people.”

The essential art of compassion can also be nurtured through pet ownership, providing children with many priceless gifts along the way.
The Bravecto survey clearly points to the relationship between dogs and children as being one of both compassion and companionship. Over half (58%) of Aussie parents feel the longer a pooch is in the household, the stronger the bond is between the dog and a child. Conversely, parents believe their child would feel lonely (47%), bored (38%) and sad (33%) without their four-legged companion.
Laura V believes caring for a dog can help children’s development both emotionally and physically: “The Bravecto survey shows children often adopt the task of caring for their dog which teaches them how to care for others.”
Are Aussie kids and their dogs a match made in heaven? If the research results are anything to go by, quite possibly.
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