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Crufts winner moment disrupted by PETA protest invasion

The announcement of the winner of Crufts 2018 was disrupted when PETA activists stormed into the arena during the live show broadcast.

PETA claimed responsibility for the the disturbance which was shown live on Channel 4, where two protesters ran into the NEC Birmingham objecting to breeding. They held signs which read: “Crufts: Canine Eugenics”.

Yvette Short from Edinburgh protected her winning pooch, two-year-old Whippet Tease as the protesters were wrestled to the ground by security.

A Crufts spokesperson said the intruders “scared the dogs and put the safety of both dogs and people at risk in a hugely irresponsible way”.
Source - UK Pet Gazette

Make your pet famous

Billy + Margot Pet Festival


The ‘Archipaws’ Pet Portrait competition launches today with great prizes and the opportunity to have your superstar pet portrait become a 2-meter tall flag in the Chatswood CBD.

Artists, owners and pet lovers can submit their drawings, paintings or photographs before April 5. Thirty finalists will have their images featured in the Chatswood CBD and be in the running for prizes from pet food company Billy + Margot.

The Pet Portrait competition promotes the Billy + Margot Pet Festival that will come alive with activities for pets and their human companions on May 20 at Artarmon Reserve. The Festival invites pet owners, wannabe owners and anyone who loves animals to celebrate all creatures great and small. From doggy fashion parades to scent scrambling games, there’s plenty to do with your furry (or not so furry!) friend.
Pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome – bring your cat, pig or python! Join us to celebrate the value of companion animals and learn more about responsible pet care.

•               Talks by leading veterinarians
•               Advice on the best pet care & nutrition
•               How to solve behavioural problems
•               Doggy fashion parade
•               Accessories + food stalls

Don’t have a pet? No worries! Head down to our Pet Match Zone to find the right pet for you, or simply enjoy a day out surrounded by animals.

For further details, visit
Keep your pets sweet this Easter

With Easter holidays just around the corner, PETstock is calling on pet owners to keep their furry friends safe from the temptation of chocolate and other Easter goodies.

PETstock Veterinarian Dr. Rod Sharpin is alerting pet parents to the dangers of feeding pets chocolate and other toxic foods during the Easter celebrations.

“Easter is a time for family gatherings, food and festivities and the age-old favourite Easter egg hunt. As a pet parent, it can be very tempting to sneak our furry family members some chocolate eggs or even a hot cross bun,” he says.

“Although delicious to humans, chocolate, along with a variety of food and drinks popular at Easter, can be extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening to animals.”

Dr. Sharpin warns the cacao found in chocolate eggs and bunnies contain a compound called theobromine that is highly toxic to cats and dogs, even in small quantities.

“Symptoms of toxicity, which range from vomiting and diarrhoea to rapid breathing and seizures, will usually occur within a few hours, but the effects can last days or longer, depending on the amount of chocolate that has been eaten.

So if you suspect your buddy has been scavenging for a chocolate hit, it’s important that you call your local vet immediately for further diagnosis or treatment.”

In addition to chocolate, there are many other food items and drinks including fruits, caffeine and alcohol that can have a potentially deadly effect on the health of your animal.

“Grapes (and the raisins found in hot cross buns) are toxic to dogs and cats, with the potential to cause kidney failure. Onions, leeks and garlic also contain toxins that can make your dog or cat seriously ill,” says Sharpin.
PETstock offers a huge range of pet-friendly products to keep your pet safe this Easter.

Easter pet Tips from Dr. Sharpin
• Do not feed your pets toxic foods and drinks including chocolate, caffeine or alcohol. Don’t forget to remind your children and guests.
• Keep chocolate out of reach and avoid hiding Easter eggs close to the ground if your dog or cat is on the prowl!
• Keep your pet, especially cats, away from Easter lilies, which are highly poisonous and can even cause severe kidney failure.
• Keep your pet away from Easter grass – the fake grass that often accompanies Easter baskets – as when ingested it can become anchored around the base of the tongue or stomach, often requiring expensive abdominal surgery.
• Easter ornaments, while they aren't technically a food, can also pose a health hazard. Always keep an eye on your pets around the Easter decorations and try placing pet-alluring décor in high places, safely out of reach.
  • Carrot sticks, de-seeded watermelons, green beans, cucumber, pumpkin and zucchini are a SAFE snack options for pets this Easter.

News from USA

FDA’s fixation on raw pet food ratchets up again

Sadly, there have been a rash of pet food recalls in the US recently, and it’s probably not lost on anyone that, aside from J.M. Smucker’s Gravy Train dog food, most of the products recalled have been raw pet foods. This is certainly not a new phenomenon; it’s happened in previous years since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made no secret of its view on the safety of raw pet foods, issuing several documents and warning statements over the years.

In fact, FDA posted another warning on its website on February 22 of this year: “Avoid the dangers of raw pet food.” Nothing ambiguous about that!

Raw pet food is a small but quickly growing category, and even FDA concedes its popularity among a segment of pet owners. So why does the agency focus so much concern and scrutiny on these products?

Recent history of FDA and pet food recalls

Actually, FDA’s policies make you wonder if they think any pet food is safe, though raw pet food gets special attention. Let’s review: shortly after passage of FSMA, FDA declared a zero-tolerance policy for Salmonella in all pet foods, citing mainly the risk to human health, especially for immune-compromised people who might handle contaminated pet food. And indeed, some Salmonella outbreaks in humans from handling pet food have occurred, including rather significant ones in 2008 and 2012.

Yet it’s important to remember that neither FDA nor the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees meat-based food products, has a zero-tolerance policy for Salmonella in human foods, even though people often handle raw meat, produce and other food items that can (and sometimes are) contaminated. Not to mention that zero Salmonella is virtually impossible; there are more than 2,200 serotypes of the pathogen, and it’s essentially everywhere in the environment. And, finally, that the number and frequency of pet food recalls is very low compared to those in human foods.

Nonetheless, FDA followed up in 2013 with a formal “Compliance Policy Guide for Salmonella in Food for Animals,” affirming the zero-tolerance policy. That has led to higher numbers of recalls of all types of pet food products out of an abundance of caution on the part of manufacturers.

US Pet Industry Sales Reach $86 Billion

The U.S. pet industry continues along a healthy growth trajectory, with overall sales of pet products and services rising almost 5 percent last year. Burgeoning online sales and strong numbers in veterinary services and pet food contributed to the advancement of the market, which Packaged Facts estimates at $86 billion in the brand new report U.S. Pet Market Outlook, 2018-2019.

Sales of retail channel pet food made it the largest pet category with 39 percent of the market. The 5 percent growth experienced by pet food in 2017 matches that of 2016, with online sales as the foremost growth channel. Growing even faster were veterinary services, which now represents 31 percent of the market. Retail channel pet supplies came in third. Meanwhile, the industry’s smallest category, non-medical pet services, grew 5 percent in 2017.

Continuing the trend of channel migration, the pet food and pet supply retail channels are experiencing much of their growth outside of the core mass-market and pet specialty channels, namely online, where annual percentage sales gains have been in the mid double digits. Both channels are feeling the e-commerce heat, with big-box pet specialty especially hard hit even as mass appears poised to gain from the transfer of the premiumization trend, driven in large part by Blue Buffalo’s cross-over and acquisition by General Mills.

Also seeing a great deal of activity is the veterinary category, including ongoing consolidation and the increasing involvement of major marketers (Mars buys VCA) and pet specialty big boxes (Petco launches Thrive complete veterinary services). Non-medical pet services also continue to expand, benefitting both from the increased involvement of pet specialty big boxes looking to fortify against online incursion and from the rapid advancement of Uber-like pet sitting services.

Combining Packaged Facts’ extensive monitoring of the pet market with a proprietary Pet Owner Survey conducted in January and February 2018, U.S. Pet Market Outlook, 2018-2019 helps give a complete understanding of the U.S. pet industry. The report evaluates current trends and future directions for marketing and retailing, along with consumer patterns across the full spectrum of the market, including veterinary services, pet food, nonfood pet supplies, and non-medical pet services (grooming, boarding, training, etc.).

U.S. Pet Market Outlook, 2018-2019 forecasts market size and growth for each category (2018-2022); examines new product activity; surveys retail channel trends including cross-channel shopping vs. shopper loyalty; and analyzes trends and shifts in the needs of today’s pet parents. The report tabulates pet product sales channel by channel and projects channel shares through 2022. Supplementing Packaged Facts’ exclusive Pet Owner Survey is an extensive analysis of Simmons’ National Consumer Study, which is based on approximately 25,000 adult respondents surveyed annually. The report contains dozens of numerical tables and charts, as well as numerous photographs of new products, advertising, screen shots, and other images across key channels.

To find out more about the present and future of the U.S. pet market visit Packaged Facts’ website to purchase the report.

Learn From the Experts: How to Navigate Global Pet Expo Like a Pet Pro

Pet Business Professor did the math.

If you don’t attend any seminars, visit the New Product Showcase, stop to chat with anyone in the aisles or for food, a drink or to go to the bathroom and maintain a walking speed of 2.5 mph, you can spend about 1 minute and 13 seconds with each exhibitor.

Clearly, simply planning to stop by every booth at the show isn't going to work well for you. At the same time, you don't want to miss out on an opportunity that could take your pet business to the next level.

That's why it's crucial to go into the show prepared to navigate it with maximum efficiency. But what does that actually mean? What kind of plan do you need to have? What goals should you set for yourself at the show and how can you make sure you've seen them through?

We talked to the experts to see how they navigate the show floor. Whether you're a pet specialty retail store buyer, an exhibitor, or simply an attendee looking to see what's new in the pet industry, here are a few tips on navigating the trade show like a pet professional.

Setting Goals

Going into such a large event without any goals in place is like walking into a grocery store without a list. You're there for something, but you're not quite sure what, and you could end up walking out with just about anything.

Valerie Rezente, Vendor Manager at Pet Food Express, sets her primary goal to enhance her current product assortments. "I usually have a target category or two that I am working on and am looking to discover the latest and greatest items to offer our customers. I am always looking for the diamond in the rough that is just starting out that I feel is the perfect fit for our company."

For retail buyers, this is a common theme. After all, the whole point of spending the time and money to go to a show is to find out what's new, what's big, and what could take sales to the next level. Michelle Petrich of Life's Organics, Inc. explains that her goals are "finding new products, negotiating promotions for the year and keeping up with industry trends and news."

From another point of view, Denver Oates, Regional Manager for All Points Marketing explains what he's seen his best customers do at the show. He explains that best practice is to "first establish a plan to visit current vendors to see what new products may be available and/or introduced at GPE."

While visiting these vendors, he says it's a good time to "discuss any issues/challenges we are facing or are apt to face in 2018 and beyond." Then, it's time to seek out new vendors who have products that fit well in your store. And, just so you don't get lost, he suggests to "literally map out the locations at the show so you can find them easily."

Discovering new products isn't the only part of the show that thrills attendees. It's also a great way to get excited about the pet products currently collecting dust on your shelves. You may even take away inspiration for new ways to merchandise them once you get home.

Source - World Pet Association
Don't miss the opportunity to secure your exhibition space at AusPet 2018 with a 20% discount. This offer will conclude on March 31.

In 2018 with the addition of two public days, we feel we are offering our exhibitors the exposure to both trade & consumer buyers. Even if you are a business that sells to trade only, do not discount the branding opportunity this event will offer you.

The event will be extensively promoted through our media partners the Nine Network, Hot Tomato and The Gold Coast Bulletin along with our ambassadors and social media.

Why should you exhibit at PIAA presents AusPet 2018?
  • The power of face-to-face marketing
  • Generate new business
  • Access to key markets
  • Meet decision makers
  • Drive sales & grown brand awareness
  • We anticipate between 8,000-10,000 through the doors on Saturday & Sunday
Is Olive Oil a Good Addition to Your Dog’s Diet?

We always are looking for healthy ways to improve our dog’s diet.  Even if your dog is eating a high-protein, low carbohydrate diet, there are many benefits from adding a small amount of olive oil to your dog’s diet.  It not only adds flavor to their food, but is a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids (which are considered a healthy fat). We know that it’s great for humans, but is olive oil good for dogs?

Olive oil is great for your dog’s immune system

Olive oil is a great boost to your dog’s immune system. Olive oil is rich in polyphenols and carotenoids which help your dog’s immunity to ward off infection if your dog is exposed to harmful pathogens. Having a healthy immune system is also helps your dog to transition from one season to the next.

Olive Oil can help a dog’s flaky, dry skin and promote a healthy coat

If your dog has dry, flaky skin, the solution may be as simple as adding some olive oil to your dog’s diet. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants including vitamin E, and it is a good source of phytonutrients as well. When added to your dog’s diet, olive oil can help repair dry, flaky skin in as little as three days. The omega-3 fatty acids in olive oil help to moisturize your dog’s skin and can prevent the flaky skin from returning.

Olive oil is linked to strong brain health which can be helpful to senior dogs

A number of studies have confirmed a link between olive oil and brain health. In one study oleocanthal, a type of polyphenol found in olives (and extra-virgin olive oil), was linked to a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Several human studies have linked Mediterranean-style diets that are rich in olive oil to lowered risk for dementia.  Just like humans, adding olive oil to your dog’s diet can help protect his brain from cognitive decline. This is especially important for senior dogs (as well as interactive puzzles)

Olive oil can promote a healthy heart and reduce the risk of cancer

Olive oil is great for your dog’s overall health.  Olive oil contains healthy monounsaturated fats which can reduce your dog’s risk for heart disease and diabetes. It’s also rich in oleic acid, a compound that has been shown to reduce the risk for cancer.

Dogs can also get an energy boost from olive oil

Circulation improves and breathing comes more easily with a daily dose of olive oil — it helps increase blood flow and can therefore lessens the effects of asthma.  It can be a relief for brachycephalic breeds who sometimes struggle to breathe.

Extra virgin olive is oil is the most preferred as it tends be the least acidic and most pure.  Keep your olive oil stored in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and effective.  If you add olive oil to your dog’s meal, use a teaspoon a day for a 30 to 40 lb. dog, or up to a tablespoon for a large 90 lb. dog.

As with any new addition to your dog’s diet, if you see any gastric upset or any other side effect, stop the Olive Oil to see if that was the cause.  And while Olive Oil is a good fat, it can be fattening if over-used so one teaspoon a day for a small dog is plenty!

Source: PetPav

Chemical attraction gives rattlesnake peptide the bite on superbugs

Researchers have shown why a fragment of a protein from the venom gland of rattlesnakes could be the basis for an alternative to conventional antibiotics.

The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) was part of an international study that investigated how a part of the crotalidicin peptide kills bacteria, without impacting healthy cells.

IMB’s Dr Sónia Troeira Henriques said the research was significant due to the increase in drug-resistant strains of bacteria, and the scarcity of conventional antibiotics in development.

“This is an example of taking what nature has given us and trying to understand how it works, so we can modify it to be more potent, more stable or more drug-like, to use as an alternative to what we have in our pharmacy now.”

The research showed the peptide fragment targets the surface of the bacteria through electrostatic attractions, caused by differences in membrane properties.

“The peptide is positive while the bacteria is negative, allowing it to kill the bacteria by inserting and disrupting the membrane,” Dr Henriques said.

“Because the cells in the body hosting the infection are neutral, they are not disrupted.”

The project was led by Professor David Andreu from Pompeu Fabra University in Spain, who previously found the fragment retained the antimicrobial potency of the full peptide, but was less toxic to other cells. 

Dr Henriques said the research was conducted on bacteria strains including those causing serious hospital-acquired infections.

“These are usually difficult to target because they have an extra membrane and are often camouflaged by a capsule or slime layer.”

IMB scientists joined counterparts from Spain, Portugal and Brazil on a Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) program funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework.

The program enabled mobility and knowledge transfer between institutions, with Professor David Andreu spending six months with Dr Henriques and Professor David Craik at IMB in Brisbane.

Dr Henriques is now exploring other peptides produced by nature for potential use as antimicrobial or cancer targeting drugs, with a particular focus on melanoma and breast cancer.

The study is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Don’t forget about your furry friends on this International Day of Happiness
The positive effects of pet ownership have been well-researched, and we know that pets play an important role in the health and wellbeing of individuals and the wider community.
On this International Day of Happiness (20 March), the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is reminding pet owners that while pets bring a lot of joy to our lives, it’s also important to remember their needs.
“There’s no question that pets add a lot of value to our lives. The human-animal bond is a strong one, and as a pet owner myself and as a practising veterinarian, that bond is certainly evident every day.
“We need to remember that while pets play a role in our everyday happiness, as their owners, we also have a responsibility to ensure we provide for their health and welfare.
“Before making the decision to introduce a pet into your life, it’s important to first consider their physical, social and mental needs and to choose a pet that suits your lifestyle.
“The key for pet owners will be to develop a preventive healthcare plan from the beginning in consultation with their veterinarian. Following through with annual veterinary check-ups will also help to identify and treat any problems early on,” Dr Parker said.
When it comes to dogs, Dr Parker also warns that some dogs need more than unconditional love.
“Some of our most popular breeds – including French Bulldogs, Pugs, British Bulldogs – are suffering serious health issues because they’ve been bred to look a certain way, with flat faces.


“Working in emergency practice, I see a lot of these dogs at the point of crisis. During the hotter months, it’s not uncommon to have an ICU full of flat-faced dogs that need urgent medical attention because they can’t breathe and it’s a devastating situation for both the dogs and the owners.
“Through our Love is Blind campaign our hope is to encourage the community to work together to address these welfare concerns in affected breeds so that breeding standards will change to promote the health and welfare of these dogs, over their looks,” Dr Parker said.
Other important factors to consider regarding overall pet health and welfare include feeding a quality pet food, as well as providing appropriate amounts of exercise, socialisation and mental stimulation, which are all areas of pet care that owners should discuss with their veterinarian.
For more information about Love is Blind visit:

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