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Ohio bill would prohibit euthanized dogs, cats in pet food

A bill introduced in the Ohio state legislature would ban pet food from containing ingredients derived from cats and dogs.

A bill introduced in the Ohio state legislature would ban pet food from containing ingredients derived from cats and dogs, as well as animals euthanized with drugs, such as pentobarbital, reported Cleveland-based Fox 8.

Ohio House Bill 560 would, “prohibit pet food from containing remains from an animal that was euthanized by the use of any drug injected intravenously or through another nonvascular route or remains from any dog or cat.”

News reports of dogs and cats in pet food

Ohio State Representative Laura Lanese introduced the bill after seeing a story on Fox 8 in early February. That story covered how another piece of Ohio legislation allows for dead or euthanized animals to be used as raw materials for rendering plants. An attorney quoted in the article claimed that this could include dogs and cats from animal shelters. However, an Ohio Department of Agriculture representative stated that their testing had not revealed the presence of dogs and cats in pet food.

Other media outlets have reported that pet foods may contain euthanized cats and dogs, despite no evidence of this as well as federal regulations prohibiting it. For example, Newsweek stated that, “the body of a stray dog killed in a shelter may be ground up into dog food.”

Causes of consumer focus on pentobarbital in pet food

In a little more than a year, numerous pet food products were recalled after testing found pentobarbital in dog or cat foods.

On March 2, the United States Food and Drug Administration informed J.M. Smucker that the company’s February withdrawal of pet food products, including Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol' Roy and Skippy, from the marketplace is now considered a recall. The FDA based this decision on a test paid for by Smucker that confirmed the presence of pentobarbital in the tallow ingredient used in the affected products.

In February 2017, Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food of Wheeling, Illinois, USA recalled specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of potential contamination with pentobarbital, then expanded that recall in March. Party Animal recalled dog food in April 2017 for the same reason.
Source: Pet Food

‘Carp’ Diem at Lake Keepit’s Fishing Competition this Easter Long Weekend

Grab a hook, make it sharp, pitch a tent, catch a carp!  That’s what hundreds of environmentally-conscious anglers will be doing at Lake Keepit this Easter long weekend, with the annual Carp We Don’t Keepit fishing competition set to take place.

As a fishing competition with a sustainable twist, the weekend will improve Keepit Dam for native fish through targeting invasive Carp.  With the incentive of thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways, the competition is the perfect way to break up your Easter Egg Feast.

The competition features seven different categories and attracts professional and amateur anglers, with prizes going to the longest carp, heaviest carp, smallest carp, mystery weight, most carp caught and both junior boy and girl divisions.

Reflections Holiday Parks Lake Keepit Manager Paul Irwin called the competition a great asset to both local tourism and the long term sustainability of Keepit Dam with just under 600 of the pest species weighing more than 550kg fished from the dam last year.

“We can’t wait to dive into some Easter Chocolate and enjoy a great weekend of fishing for an even greater cause of thinning out carp numbers and reducing the damage they cause to the native population,” Paul said.

“The Easter Weekend is one of our busiest times at the park and the Carp We Don’t Keepit competition is a fantastic community event for fishing enthusiasts and spectators alike.”

Reflections Holiday Parks  CEO Steve Edmonds thanked event organisers, including Anne Michie and the Lake Keepit Family Fishing Club for ensuring the future of Keepit Dam.

“The annual Carp Comp is a major event for the New England Region and it will be great to see the transformative effect it has on Keepit Dam in the years to come,” Mr Edmonds said.

“Fishing is a major drawcard to all of our parks within the Reflections Group and we are proud to support this sport through hosting events such as, Carp We Don’t Keepit.

Head to to book your Easter Fishing Adventure today!

Northwestern University Takes Action
to Make Buildings Bird-Friendly

Efforts with Bird Groups Will Reduce Collisions on Campus

Working with the local community and experts from American Bird Conservancy, Northwestern University is using state-of-the-art solutions to keep birds from dying in collisions with glass walls and windows.

Tennessee Warbler, one of dozens of species found by monitors as a window collisions casualty on campus. The University's efforts to reduce glass collisions will benefit this and many other birds. Photo by Owen Deutsch

 The measures put Northwestern in the vanguard of a growing movement among U.S. colleges and universities to implement practical, effective, and cost-efficient strategies to reduce bird strikes, which kill up to 1 billion birds a year in the U.S. alone.

Unlike humans, birds do not understand the concept of glass as a transparent barrier. They take glass reflections as open landscapes and, thinking they have a clear path, crash into a solid surface instead.

“We’re taking an active, multi-tiered approach to bird collisions, looking at new construction, existing structures, and at the daily building-management level,” said Bonnie L. Humphrey, Director of Design in Northwestern’s Facilities Division.

The solutions Northwestern has adopted include applying patterned window film to problematic existing windows and choosing glass with patterns visible to birds in some new construction projects. “It’s part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” Humphrey said.

The university’s location on the shore of Lake Michigan makes this work especially important. Millions of migrating birds pass along the lakeshore and through the greater Chicago area every spring and fall. Northwestern’s campus sits squarely in the corridor “where birds want to move and rest during their migration,” said Annette Prince, Director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. “Obstacles are being put in their path that wouldn’t have existed before.”

Prince’s group picks up about 5,000 birds a year injured or killed by collisions in one square mile of downtown Chicago alone. The birds they find come from some 170 species, from Wood Thrush and many species of warbler to larger birds like bitterns. “The things we find sometimes are astounding,” Prince said. “We got a Painted Bunting one year. Even waterfowl can be impacted.”

Northwestern is one of several colleges and universities with campuses on or near the lakefront. “They all have similar styles, featuring glass walls, sky bridges, and walkways between buildings that can be deadly for birds,” Prince said. “Northwestern is setting a powerful example that we’d like to see other universities follow. Ideally you treat a whole building. If you can’t do that, you can at least treat the most dangerous areas.”

 The local bird-monitoring community has been concerned about glass buildings on the Northwestern campus since the Searle Building went up in 1972, according to Libby Hill of Bird-Friendly Evanston. The newest, the Kellogg Global Hub, home to the University’s Kellogg School of Management, opened in March 2017. It features a sleek, glass-rich design that reflects sky, trees and bushes, and the lake — creating a hazard for birds that can’t see the hard surfaces lurking behind the reflections.

Allison Sloan of Bird-Friendly Evanston monitored the Kellogg building for bird strikes in May 2017. Sloan and other local birders got in touch with Alan Anderson, Executive Director of Northwestern's Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations. Anderson facilitated an introduction to Shawn Graff, American Bird Conservancy’s Vice President for the Great Lakes Region, and Christine Sheppard, Director of ABC’s Glass Collisions Program, for expert advice.

“Having data from local bird monitors, plus Northwestern’s commitment, made our job easy,” Sheppard said. “We were given free rein to audit the campus, and Searle and Kellogg were the obvious priorities for phase I. There are now multiple options for remediating glass. For the Searle building, for instance, Northwestern’s team selected Solyx horizontal bird safety film, a solution with low visual impact for humans.”

Local bird monitors praised the University for taking quick action and for showing the way. “They realized the opportunity to be a model of how a university campus can mitigate bird collisions,” Hill said. “This is a huge advance toward bird safety on campus.”

The work will continue. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with the University and using our collision monitoring data to help locate problem areas and find effective solutions to protect the birds,” Hill said.

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WSAVA Launches Campaign to Secure Equitable Access to Veterinary Therapeutics for Veterinarians Globally

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has launched a campaign to secure equitable access to veterinary therapeutics for veterinarians. Several leading veterinary associations have already responded to its call to sign its Position Statement on the issue.  The WSAVA is also forming a Therapeutics Guidelines Group (TGG) to spearhead its efforts to improve access to veterinary therapeutics.

The WSAVA, which represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide through its 105 member associations, has launched the campaign to address long-standing problems experienced by companion animal veterinarians in some regions of the world in gaining access to the veterinary medicinal products they require to provide a high level of patient care.  It says that these inequalities stem from a variety of factors but are commonly the result of financial or regulatory issues.

The WSAVA’s Position Statement was drawn up following concerns raised by WSAVA member associations during discussions at WSAVA Member Forums during 2017.  The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations, the Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Associations, the Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations, the Federación Iberoamericana de Asociaciones Veterinarias de Animales de Compañía, the Commonwealth Veterinary Association and HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association, have already become co-signatories in view of their mutual concern over this issue.
The TGG is currently being formed and will comprise individuals with global expertise in the area. It will work towards goals including:
  • The development of minimum standards for a veterinary hospital pharmacy to ensure it can support a veterinarian’s ability to provide an appropriate standard of care
  • Monitoring issues relating to access to veterinary therapeutics and recommend solutions using an evidence-based approach
  • Engaging global stakeholders to raise awareness of the issue and build a collaborative approach to resolve the issues.
Commenting on the WSAVA’s campaign, its President Dr Walt Ingwersen said: “The ready access by veterinary professionals to diagnostics and therapeutic modalities is the foundation of proper patient care. The frequent frustration that many of our members experience in accessing the products they need is a real concern.  It has a significant impact on the quality of veterinary treatment that many of them can provide with the result that many thousands of animals do not receive optimum care.
“We’ve been working in this area for some time, for instance, through our Global Pain Council’s campaign against the international scheduling of ketamine. We have also developed a minimum analgesic position statement.  This campaign is the next step in tackling this serious global welfare issue and we will announce further activities, including a summit of key stakeholders to coincide with WSAVA World Congress in Singapore.”
Dr Wolfgang Dohne, President of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations, added: “We fully support this campaign. In Europe, too, there is much room for improvement and we need to raise awareness among decision makers, as adequate access to a broad veterinary therapeutic arsenal is essential for animal health and welfare.”
Dr S Abdul Rahman, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Veterinary Association, said: “The WSAVA’s campaign will greatly benefit veterinarians around the world, especially in the developing countries. We are very pleased to be associated with it.”

“The WSAVA’s new campaign will be a great step towards solving inequitable access to animal medicines,” added Mr Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, Executive Director of HealthforAnimals. “Companies are developing breakthrough treatments but it means nothing unless they can reach veterinarians. We’re proud to stand alongside WSAVA and support its call for action.”

Dr Ingwersen added: “Our TGG will provide evidence-based recommendations and guidelines concerning access to veterinary therapeutics.  We are delighted that some of our member associations have already signed our Position Statement and urge others and the wider veterinary community to join with us to help to bring about much needed change.”


Bright spot for pet food in US neighborhood pet shops

Pet retailers have been under pressure for some time now, mainly due to the rapid and continuing growth of pet food sales via e-commerce, but also from the rise of “mass premium” pet food brands that have combined the features and claims of natural and premium products with a price point that works in grocery stores and other mass retailers. This has led, at least in the US, to the growth rate of mass market pet food sales outstripping growth in pet specialty in 2017, according to Euromonitor.

But there is a bright spot for brick and mortar pet retailers: pet food brands focusing on small, independent pet shops — what GfK refers to as the neighborhood pet, or NHP, channel, which doesn’t include pet superstores — have seen sales growth of 75 percent over the past five years, compared to a 1.7 percent decline for other brands not focused on that channel. And of course, that means steady sales of those products for the independent pet shops stocking them on their shelves.

Premium, natural, grain free: path to next sweet spot for pet foods

Sean Simpson, client service manager for GfK’s POS (point of service) Pet Tracking team, provided this data in a recent article on And no surprise, he pointed out that pet food brands focused on the NHP channel are mainly premium ones. “For example, almost 100 percent of all dollar sales for NHP SKUs during 2017 were in the natural category, compared to just 65 percent for those that sell to a broader set of stores,” Simpson wrote. “Similarly, 71 percent of sales for NHP-exclusive brands were for products labeled grain-free — double the proportion for SKUs that are not NHP exclusive.”

In the same vein, pet owners who shop in neighborhood pet shops tend to better tolerate premium prices, Simpson said. “GfK’s POS data show that NHP-exclusive, full-meal SKUs average US$2.43 per pound, compared to US$2.15 for brands that do not focus on NHP. For treats, the contrast is US$13.87 in NHP versus US$10.65 in other brands.”

This data doesn’t just confirm where the sweet spot is for pet food; it also can help illuminate a path forward for manufacturers looking for the “next big thing” in pet food. “Tapping into emerging premium trends is key,” Simpson wrote. “Maybe the NHP success stories of tomorrow will revolve around air-dried or slow-baked brands; manufacturers need to watch the data closely and pounce.” Or perhaps they’re in the small but quickly growing freeze-dried and raw categories.

Neighborhood pet shops’ impact on pet food market

The NHP channel may be just one slice of the overall US pet food market, but it is growing in significance, according to data presented at Petfood Forum 2017 by Maria Lange, business group director for GfK’s POS Pet Tracking. In 2016, NHP-exclusive brands accounted for 17.8 percent of pet specialty’s US$8 billion in pet food sales. That was dwarfed by the 60.9 percent share for brands exclusive to pet specialty in general (including pet superstores) — but since 2011, the overall pet specialty brands declined by 1.8 points while the NHP-exclusive brands increased 6.1 points.

For further comparison, broadly distributed pet food brands, meaning those available in other channels in addition to pet specialty, accounted for 17.5 percent of sales in the pet specialty channel, representing a 6.4 point decrease since 2011. The only other growth from 2011 to 2016 was in private label brands, but they account for just 3.8 percent of pet specialty sales.

(Note that Simpson’s and Lange’s colleague, Natasha Davis, also a client service manager for GfK, will be sharing this type of data and trends during a session at Petfood Forum 2018.)

Bringing small pet food brands to the dance

Focused, smaller premium and natural pet food brands have always enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with NHP stores. One recent sign of this relationship occurred last year when family-owned companies like Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Champion Petfoods and Fromm Family Foods pulled their products from after its acquisition by PetSmart.

Independent pet retailers have noticed, and even expect, such moves. “Companies like Champion and Fromm who have pledged their support to the independent stores and pulled from big online giants have taken a bold step — and they should,” said Pattie Boden, owner of a store called Animal Connection in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, and recently quoted in Pet Product News magazine. “The small stores took a chance on them when they were building their brand. They owe it to us to be loyal to the people who brought them to the dance in the first place.”

With the type of sales growth such brands are enjoying, this area seems ripe for further pet food development and expansion.

Source: Debbie Phillips-Donaldson  PetFood

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There are an estimated 4,000 [1] reported dog attacks per year in Australia; making it a more common occurrence than drownings (291 [2] ) or even road incidents (1,249 [3] ). Therefore it is imperative that we remind ourselves how to approach a dog, and understand the signs of aggression.

Be Educated, Be Aware and Be Prepared is an awareness campaign created by pet brand PetSafe® Brand Australia and theInstaPetVet Dr. Claire Stevens developed to help lower aggressive interactions with dogs and humans.

“It is not generally in a dog’s nature to attack humans,” comments Dr. Claire Stevens, “Dogs usually tend to get aggressive should they feel intimidated or threatened”.

“It seems we are reading about attacks almost weekly which is why it is so important to remind ourselves and our children on the correct way to approach dogs we don’t know, and how to spot if a dog is getting frustrated or angry with us”, continues Dr. Stevens.

Be Educated

“At the end of the day dogs are animals that are protective of their territory, their owners, their puppies and even their toys and food”, says Dr. Stevens, “They need to be treated and approached with respect, especially if you don’t know the animal”.

There are three basic rules when approaching a dog, especially one you have never met, that will ensure the dog will be happy and calm during your interaction.

Ask! If the animal is with the owner you must ask the owner for permission before touching or interacting with the dog. Never just reach out and pat or grab at a dog. They dog could see this as aggressive behavior from you.

Stay Calm. Don’t run up excitedly or animatedly to a dog. If a dog doesn’t know you then this behavior could be perceived as aggression from you and they will try to protect themselves from you.

Don’t Touch. A dog is not a toy. The dog must decide if they want you to pat them. You don’t decide that for them. When approaching a new dog walk calmly towards them, squat (don’t lean over) down and leave your palms closed and at your side. If the dog wants to interact it will let you know by walking over, sniffing you and rubbing you with its head or body. This is your sign to slowly put your hand out, palm closed and up and let it sniff you. If the dog ignores you or walks away they don’t want you to touch them. Never force a dog to interact with you.

Be Aware

Being aware of a dogs warning signs will help to avoid any aggressive interactions with the animal. Dogs will usually warn you before they attack. Giving you time to remove yourself from the situation. Signs can include growling, snapping, lip licking, rigid tail wagging, raised fur, cowering, and tail tucking or showing the withes of their eyes or teeth.

These are warning signs and if you walk away calmly you should be able to avoid any further aggressive behaviour.

Be Prepared

If you feel that you are cornered by a dog and an attack is likely, the fastest and safest protection is a citronella spray.

“Citronella spray can work to deter an angry dog and give you an opportunity to get away” continues Dr. Stevens, “it is harmless to the dog and very easy for you to keep on hand.”

PetSafe® Brand Australia has released a citronella spray that can be easily carried when jogging or walking and is the fastest and easiest way to interrupt a dog attack. The SprayShield® Animal Deterrent Spray will distract the dog with a powerful citronella scent giving you time to escape and with no side effects to the dog.

“By being educated, aware and prepared you are giving yourself the best chance at avoiding any potential situation with an animal” says Dr. Stevens, “and the most important thing to remember is to always stay calm when around animals. Don’t panic, lash out or run. And most importantly always treat animals with respect. They are not toys, they have feelings and can feel pain and fear and will protect themselves if they have to”.

PetSafe® Brand is the world’s leader in pet containment, training and lifestyle solutions to give pet owners more great moments with their dogs and cats. Dr. Claire Stevens is an AVA approved trainer, has owned and managed three veterinary clinics and is currently most recognized as the theInstaPetVet helping pet lovers online with free tips and advice.

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