THE REAL COST OF OWNING A PET

May 21, 2018

  New study reveals just how much Britons are spending on their pet each month – including £240 on average for a dog and £100 for a cat   New study from MORE TH>N reveals that in spite of these high costs, the majority of pet owners – 58% of dog owners and 83% of cat owners – did no research into their prospective pet and associated costs ahead of owning it Survey also reveals that 60% of dog owners have insurance for their canine, in comparison to a paltry 30% of cat owners, which can mean expensive repercussions for many in the event their pet does fall ill New research released as part of the launch of the MORE TH>N Future of Pet Ownership Report – a comprehensive new study that looks at the state of the nation’s pets based on a survey of 10,000 owners across the UK   The financial burden of owning a pet in Britain has been revealed today in a new report from MORE... ...

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New Study by Merck Animal Health Reveals Many Pet Parents Unprepared for the Dangers Posed by Fleas and Ticks

May 14, 2018

Survey Coincides with Reports of Rising Human Illnesses from Flea, Tick and Mosquito Bites in the U.S. Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced the results of a large consumer study that exposes knowledge gaps among U.S. pet owners related to the identification, prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks. Conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Merck Animal Health, the new online study of more than 1,300 pet parents (defined as those who own a dog and/or cat) found that despite the dangers of flea infestations, ticks, and Lyme disease, many pet parents may not be as knowledgeable – or as prepared – as they think. In fact, one third (33%) say that they do not give their pets regular flea/tick medication and nearly half (48%) don’t bring their pets in for routine exams to protect against these parasites. Overall, the study found that when it comes to avoiding and treating for these dangerous pests, pet parents tend to... ...

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A PET-ICULARLY SPECIAL KIND OF BOND

Apr 16, 2018

Over half of pet owners see their cats and dogs as more beneficial to their wellbeing than other humans   New study from MORE TH>N reveals full extent of nation’s love of their pets, with 54% of Britons saying their cats and dogs bring more benefit to their lives than other humans As a result owners tend to over-humanise their pet which can have negative repercussions for their long-term health As part of this, study finds that 18% of cats and 30% of dogs are overweight as a result of being over-indulged by their owner Research released as part of the launch of the MORE TH>N Future of Pet Ownership Report – a comprehensive new study that looks at the state of the nation’s cats and dogs based on a survey of 10,000 owners across the UK   We may have long been a nation of cat and dog lovers, but the extent to which we’ve become besotted by our pets has never been more pronounced than it is at... ...

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Vets urge responsible antibiotic use by pet owners

Apr 9, 2018

British Veterinary Association has joined Defra, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) in launching the Trust Your Vet campaign today, urging pet owners to follow veterinary advice and trust their vets on the use of antibiotics. Findings from BVA’s latest Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey reveal that nearly two-thirds of vets (66%) feel their clients are not aware of the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Also, almost 90% of vets say that clients come to appointments, at least sometimes, with an expectation they will provide antibiotics for their pets. AMR poses a global threat to human and animal health and requires concerted efforts across the medical and veterinary professions to steward responsible use, as recognised in the UK Government-commission global Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, chaired by Lord O’Neill (May 2016). BVA is a member of RUMA and has been working closely with stakeholders in government and industry to develop appropriate and evidence-based targets across the livestock sector. These concerted efforts have led to... ...

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Global Ingredient Leader Acquires Canadian Company

Jan 17, 2018

Kemin Industries has announced the creation of a Canadian division and will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony this Thursday, January 18, 2018, at its new location in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada. Kemin has acquired the assets of its long-time distributor Agri-Marketing Corp. Agri-Marketing was founded in 1973 in Mont-Saint-Hilaire and has provided exclusive distribution and manufacturing services for Kemin products in Canada. “With this new location in Canada, we are increasing our efforts to better serve our current customers as well as explore new opportunities for our product and services to improve the quality of life for people and animals in Canada,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO of Kemin. “Kemin continues to grow, and having a larger presence in Canada is a logical next step for our global expansion.” Agri-Marketing has been distributing Kemin products since its inception more than 35 years ago. Kemin expects a seamless transition for customers as Agri-Marketing sales employees become Kemin employees. The new Kemin location will focus on serving the... ...

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Brexit and the UK Pet Food Industry

Dec 21, 2017

The pet food industry holds a unique place within the food and feed sector. Whilst we are governed by the same high safety rules covering the feed industry, at the same time our consumers are those who shop in the general retail environment. In this article, Nicole Paley at PFMA discusses that although the future after the decision taken by the UK electorate in June 2016 to leave the EU is uncertain, the role of the PFMA is to ensure industry’s views are represented in all relevant negotiations and to support the members planning for what lies ahead. ...

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RVN creates ‘district nurse’ role to aid clients and clinics

Dec 18, 2017

A pioneering RVN has created the role of “veterinary district nurse” to help reduce pressure on patients, clients and clinicians. Carla Finzel felt compelled to develop the post after observing the difficulties clients had in assimilating information about their pets’ condition following diagnosis or surgery. The concept of continuing to care for their pets at home and administering medicines was also a daunting task for many. To address the problem, Ms Finzel launched her own business, Carla Finzel District Veterinary Nurse, that saw her conduct home visits and carry out a range of veterinary nursing services for dogs, cats and rabbits. In addition to managing clinical cases and conducting daily nursing duties, such as tending to wounds and drugs administration, Ms Finzel runs a series of specialist clinics, including diabetic blood glucose curves, Doppler blood pressure monitoring and weight management clinics. Carla Finzel with patient Russ. IMAGE: Carla Finzel RVN. Ms Finzel said she felt tremendous empathy for owners who often felt helpless and confused on arrival into a consulting... ...

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Brits to spend more than £750m on pets this Christmas

Dec 18, 2017

Whether they bark, meow or squawk, Brits are spending a whopping £750 million on their pets this Christmas. In a survey of 3,230 pet owners conducted by OnBuy.com, 87% said they will be buying their pet a Christmas present this year. Indeed, more than one quarter of respondents (27%) admitted to spending more on their furry friends than on their actual friends, with the majority (35%) saying they spend between £20 to £30 on their pets. Online marketplace OnBuy.com has assessed the rising popularity of purchasing presents for our pets through their survey. The responses revealed that the average amount spent on our animal companions was £16, and with 47 million pets being bought gifts, Brits will be spending over £750 million, which is certainly not a sum to be sniffed at. Most of the cash goes on treats (35%), toys (34%) and clothes (17%). 5% of pet-loving participants even admitted to spending more on their pet than on their own father! 1% stated they spent more money on their... ...

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The global pet wearables market expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.5% from 2017 to 2025 – Report

Dec 11, 2017

The global pet wearables market was valued at US$ 1,093.2 Mn in 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.5% during the forecast period from 2017 to 2025. Growing popularity of wearable technology for humans coupled with decreasing costs of various communication and sensor devices have paved the way for the rise of wearable technology for pets in the recent years. Numerous companies across the world have been engaged in leveraging existing technologies and applying the same in the pet’s domain. In addition to the technological advancements, factors such as growing concerns pertaining to pet health and rise in disposable incomes are expected to further fuel the demand for innovative pet wearables. Furthermore, changing consumer lifestyle and increasing need to remotely track and monitor pets have led to the growing popularity of pet wearables in the most of the developed markets especially in the North America and Europeregions. However, factors such as lack of technological awareness and initial costs have hampered the adoption of pet wearables in... ...

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Global Veterinary Ultrasound Scanners Market: Increase in Meat Consumption Aids Growth, observes TMR

Dec 11, 2017

Transparency Market Research (TMR) states that the competition in the global veterinary ultrasound scanners market is likely to intensify in the coming few years. Some of the leading players such as Samsung Medison Co., Ltd, Esaote SpA, Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd, and BCF Technology Ltd are expected to focus on emerging economies to expand their businesses in the near future. Furthermore, growing focus on developing better handheld devices is also projected to support the market’s growth in the near future. Companies are also projected to develop budget-friendly machines in order to appeal to a wider subscriber base in the foreseeable future. According to the research report, the global veterinary ultrasound scanners market is likely to be worth US$179.4 mn by the end of 2025 from US$ 103.0 mn in 2016. During the forecast period of 2017 and 2025, the global market is poised to surge at a CAGR of 6%. Out of the various products, the global market will be led by portable/handheld ultrasound scanners due to the... ...

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