Vets Help Peggy Back Onto Her Four Paws After Op

Peggy with Veterinary Nurse Sarah Pitts & Veterinary Surgeon Sophie Baker (L to R.)

Peggy with Veterinary Nurse Sarah Pitts & Veterinary Surgeon Sophie Baker (L to R.)

Vets at The Vet Liverpool have given a young dog her mobility back after she suffered a potentially catastrophic injury.

Peggy, a 4-month old Cockapoo, was brought in to The Vet (www.thevet.co.uk in Norris Green, Liverpool after injuring one of her back legs while playing with another dog. Brave Peggy was unable to put her foot down and was in severe pain; vets at the clinic suspected a major fracture.

Peggy immediately had a series of X-rays which showed up a severe fracture to the right tibia, the bone below her knee. Peggy needed an urgent operation.

Peggy’s X-rays showing the extent of the injury.

Peggy’s X-rays showing the extent of the injury.

Vet Rory Paton, who is a specialist orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery. Using a metal plate and screws, he was able to stabilise the bone to allow it to heal in the correct position.

Peggy recovered well from the operation and the next day she had started to use her broken leg again. The Vet Liverpool saw her for another checkup nine days after the operation, and she was back to her old self, according to her owners, the Newsham family.

Helen Hawken, Veterinary Business Manager at The Vet Liverpool, said: “The period immediately after the operation was crucial to Peggy’s recovery. Strict rest after a fracture repair surgery is essential in order to prevent the metal implants from moving or the bone fragments from becoming dislodged.

“Peggy was only allowed to go out on the lead in the garden for the first two weeks before slowly building up her exercise levels over the next month. She was not allowed to go up and down the stairs or to jump onto the sofa or into the car in the weeks following the operation.

“Her owners did a fantastic job of keeping her quiet, calm and well-rested, allowing the bones to heal nicely. Hopefully, Peggy won’t be so unlucky next time she’s playing in the park with other dogs!”

Peggy’s owner Mr Newsham, said: “We are delighted with the service and treatment we have received for Peggy. We bring all of our animals, five in total, to The Vet as we are always so well looked after.

“The whole team are so friendly and little things like remembering names really does make a difference. Taking your beloved pet to a Vet can be incredibly stressful, but The Vet makes it easy, they are fantastic!”

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Star-studded ‘Collars & Coats’ Ball Returns For Eighth Year

Supermodel David Gandy. Photo by David Baird

Supermodel David Gandy. Photo by David Baird

 

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball, proudly supported by Vitabiotics SuperDog, returns for its eighth year on Thursday 3rd November 2016.

Taking place at Evolution, an exclusive venue set in the grounds of Battersea Park, this night of entertainment and glamour brings together the biggest names from stage, screen, sport, and fashion to celebrate and support the animal charity’s vital work caring for lost and abandoned dogs and cats.

For one very special night each year, guests experience one of the best red carpet events in the world, welcomed by dozens of the charity’s rescue dogs in Battersea’s world-famous Doggy ‘Guard of Honour’.

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This year’s stellar star line-up will see much-loved entertainers, acting greats, and global fashion icons treading the red carpet, which boasts the Guard of Honour comprising some of the Home’s 400 rescued canine residents.

Amanda Holden and Paul O'Grady. Photo by David Baird

Amanda Holden and Paul O’Grady. Photo by David Baird

Iconic music group, Sister Sledge, are to headline the Collars & Coats Gala Ball, bringing their legendary hits – Lost In Music, He’s The Greatest Dancer, We Are Family, Rise and Shine, as well as performing to their new single Woman are the Music of the World which has become an anthem for women and girl empowerment – to the event. The fabulous trio of Debbie, Kim, and Joni Sledge will lead a dazzling line up of entertainment.

Other stars attending include David Gandy, Paul O’Grady, Danielle Bux, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Craig Revel Horwood, Dr Christian Jessen, Hilary Alexander, Chris Packham, Guy Henry, and many more.

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‘Super-premium’ £9,000 A Year Cat Food Goes On Sale

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A luxury cat food for the “insanely rich” has gone on sale – for an eye-watering £9,000!

‘British Banquet’ contains Arenkha caviar, line-caught Scottish salmon, hand-caught Norfolk lobster, and locally-sourced Devon crab.

Each gourmet pack also includes organic asparagus, quinoa, and saffron for that “extra touch of luxury and refinement”.

The “super-premium” fodder, which contains no preservatives, additives or artificial colours, is also GM-free.

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It is not only fit for human consumption but tastes “absolutely wonderful” should owners feel tempted to try it, manufacturer Green Pantry claims.

A month’s supply costs nearly £750, which equates to a staggering £9,000 per year, £12.50 per serving or about £1.25 per mouthful.

There’s some good news: UK orders will be delivered free.

But customers from outside of the UK can expect to pay up to £150 more – a total of £900 – for a four-week supply to cover postage and packaging, and administration costs.

Simon Booth, of Green Pantry, said the limited-edition product has been created to satisfy demand from celebrities and other VIPs who are financially capable of “treating their cats to the finer things in life”.

“We offer a wide range of highly affordable and delicious holistic pet foods for cats and dogs, but British Banquet is for those few insanely rich pet owners to whom money is no object,” he said.

“We see it appealing to celebrities, managing directors and CEOs, ambassadors and other VIPs who wish to give their cats the finest things in life.

“We’ve based British Banquet around seafood as this is excellent for cats’ nutritional needs well-being and, with the exception of the caviar, have chosen only the best British produce.”

The food, which took Green Pantry more than two years to develop, will cost £249.99 for a 2kg bag – more than 30 times the price of standard kitty fodder.

Based upon a normal serving, it will take the average cat just 10 days to consumer it at a cost of almost £25 per day, or £12.50 per bowl.

It means a single month’s supply of British Banquet, which like all Green Pantry cat food is grain-free, will cost a wallet-busting £749.97.

But Booth, of Green Pantry, said the cost is worth every penny given the nutritional benefits it offers.

These include the company’s unique Pura-Pel herbal pre-mix to aid natural control of intestinal and external hygiene.

Green Pantry products are already stocked by pet shops across the UK and in stores such as Pets at Home, Barkers and Waitrose.

But British Banquet will only be available by special prior request via the Green Pantry website – www.greenpantry.co.uk – and will only come to market if there enough takers.

“Given the remarkably high cost of the ingredients, we can’t mass-produce a product of this quality,” Booth said.

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Average-sized Hen Lays UK’s Biggest Egg

Alison Savidge from Peterborough and the huge egg she found. See Masons copy MNEGG: An "ordinary" hen has laid what is believed to be Britain's largest egg. BB, a three-year-old black maran, produced the monster egg, which is four times larger than a standard egg, last week. It measures nearly 8 inches in circumference, is 3.75 inches tall and weighs 200g. It was discovered by owner Alison Savidge, 51, who couldn't believe what she saw. The bookmaker and mother-of-two said: "I own three chickens and last week was shocked to find this egg had been laid by one of them.

Alison Savidge from Peterborough and the huge egg she found.

A normal-sized hen has laid what is believed to be Britain’s largest egg.

BB, a three-year-old black maran, produced the monster egg, which is four times larger than a standard egg, last week.

It measures nearly eight inches in circumference, is 3.75 inches tall and weighs 200g.

It was discovered by owner Alison Savidge, 51, who couldn’t believe what she saw.

The bookmaker and mother-of-two said: “I own three chickens and last week was shocked to find this egg had been laid by one of them.

“I originally thought it must have been a goose or duck egg it was that large.

“I definitely think it must be a contender for one of the largest eggs laid in the UK.”

Alison lives in her three-bed detached home in Peterborough, Cambs with her husband Andy, 48, and two daughters Hayley, 24, and Charlotte, 21.

The family have had chickens for around five years and revealed that BB is a “temperamental” layer.

In the weeks before producing the massive egg she’d only been fed her usual diet of corn and acted normally, they revealed.

Describing the day she found the egg, Hayley, also a bookmaker, said: “My mum was a little bit confused and ended up coming up to the house and getting me to come and see it because she was a little bit shocked.

“I went down and we didn’t know what to make of it. When my dad came home he was just as amazed.

“We don’t know what do with it. We don’t want to break it because it’s so rare but we’re all convinced it’s a double yoke. I guess we’ll never know.”

The family are planning on doubling the size of their current brood by adding another three chickens in the coming weeks.

The Savidge family’s egg beats previous contenders for the prestigious crown including a hen which laid 194g egg in York in March 2013.

The lay coincides with National Egg Week which ran from Monday to Monday October 17.

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The Vet Appoints New CEO and Chair As It Gears Up For Growth

  • Jessica Frame, incoming CEO, has previously held senior leadership roles at Tesco, BCG and NutriCentre
  • Sally Bailey, incoming Chair, was the CEO responsible for transforming White Stuff into one of the UK’s leading outdoor lifestyle brands
  • The Vet now has six sites across the UK, with new clinics due to launch in the year ahead

The Vet, which provides affordable, accessible veterinary healthcare for pets, announces the appointment of Jessica Frame as chief executive and Sally Bailey as chair.

Jessica Frame, new Chief Executive of The Vet

Jessica Frame, new Chief Executive of The Vet

Jessica joins from NutriCentre, a specialist health food retailer, where as managing director she delivered step-changes in the company’s digital offering, commercial terms, supply chain and team culture, and gained a strong grounding in running expertise-led B2C businesses. She had previously been Customer Strategy & Foresight Director at Tesco, focusing on proposition development, innovation and customer-led strategies; and before that she spent a number of years at Boston Consulting Group, where she specialised in retail, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

Sally is an experienced CEO and non-executive director with over 25 years’ experience in multi-channel retailing. From 2004 to 2013, she was the CEO and part-owner of White Stuff: under her leadership, the business grew from a £13m turnover outdoor brand into a £113m lifestyle retailer, and was listed in the Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For on six consecutive occasions. She now works as a non-executive director and currently chairs Kin&Co, a strategic communications agency, and Braintree Clothing, an ethical clothing brand.

Jessica Frame, Chief Executive of The Vet, said: “The Vet has the potential to be a true disruptive challenger brand in the market. Our unique proposition is designed for pet owners, based on a real understanding of their lives, and our clinical teams combine expertise and empathy to provide a differentiated service. Initial customer feedback has been loud and clear: they love what we’re doing. I’m really excited to join the team to lead the business to the next phase of innovation and rapid growth.”

Sally Bailey, incoming Chair of The Vet, said: “I am delighted to be working with Bridges on this exciting venture. I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience of building successful customer-focused multisite businesses to support the growth of The Vet.”

The Vet was launched in 2013 by Bridges Ventures, the specialist sustainable and impact investor. It aims to provide a low-cost full-suite veterinary service for domestic pet owners, primarily operating in underserved areas of the UK where affordability of veterinary care is a significant barrier. The Vet offers consultations from as little as £14.99, and healthcare plans starting at £4.99 per month – plus ample parking space, no need for appointments, experienced clinical staff and longer opening hours. The Vet opened its first site in Bristol in 2013 and has since expanded to five other locations.

Garret Turley, partner at Bridges Ventures said: “We’re delighted to bring Jessica and Sally on board; we think it’s testament to The Vet’s huge potential that we’ve been able to attract such high-calibre people. We launched the Vet because we saw a gap in the market for better, cheaper and more flexible veterinary services right across the UK – and the success of the six sites we’ve opened to date has provided ample evidence of this. We’re confident that under Jessica’s leadership, and with Sally’s support, we can continue and even accelerate this growth to build a national consumer champion.”

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Mounting Evidence Shows Flat-faced Cats Are Suffering

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Evidence is mounting that flat-faced or brachycephalic cats (pictured), including most modern Persians or Exotic Shorthairs, are suffering.

Flat-faced cat breeds, like their canine counterparts, are suffereing from a number of health problems, leading to lifelong health problems as a direct result of being ‘designed’ to have a very flat face. This includes breathing problems, eye inflammation, skin infections and difficulty eating.

Just released is a scientific paper from the University of Edinburgh1 which concludes that flatter-faced cats were more likely to have breathing problems and that the breathing difficulties were also associated with increased tear staining and a more sedentary lifestyle. This comes on top of a recent successful prosecution in Switzerland under the Animal Protection Act, brought against two people who bred extreme bracycephalic cats. The revised animal protection law in Switzerland has strengthened regulations against intentional breeding to produce specific traits that compromise the health and wellbeing of an animal.

Brachycephalic animals have a shortened muzzle which constricts nasal passages and can result in respiratory and feeding problems. In addition, the tear fluid cannot drain normally from the eyes, explaining why such cats have permanent eye discharge and tear staining of the face. The eye and facial abnormalities can result in chronic inflammation of the eyes and problems with skin infections in the folds around the flattened nose and across the face. Many affected cats also have difficulty in picking up food, as the jaw is also malformed, with teeth and jaw being misaligned.

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In extreme cases, brachycephalic animals will have serious respiratory disease, causing significant suffering. Shamefully, this is a man-made condition. In pursuit of a look or fashion, breeders of some cats and dogs are selecting ever-shorter muzzles that inevitably result in serious welfare issues. Impaired breathing in these animals – part of a condition called brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) – can lead to health problems throughout animals’ lives and is often life limiting. This has been a common problem in many brachycephalic breeds of dog such as the pug and bulldog, but there have been increasing calls from veterinary and welfare organisations to recognise the suffering this causes in both dogs and cats.

The University of Edinburgh study, published in the journal PLOS ONE – saw hundreds of owners submitting photographs of their cats and completing a detailed health survey so that researchers could measure the facial features of the cats and assess breathing abnormalities (noisy breathing or difficulty breathing after exercise). The research confirmed that flatter-faced cats (of breeds such as the Persian or Exotic Shorthair), were more likely to have breathing problems and that the breathing difficulties were also associated with increased tear staining and a more sedentary lifestyle.

A previous paper, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS)2 showed dramatically, and graphically, how the skulls of brachycephalic cats are actually deformed, especially the nose and jaw. These shocking images demonstrate the altered conformation and are a salutary reminder of how severely the normal skull structure has been changed.

Unfortunately breeds of cat and dog with flat faces are becoming more and more popular, and extremes (of an already abnormal anatomy) can become instant internet celebrities. These breeds and individuals often have large or prominent eyes which are considered by some to be ‘cute’ because they are baby-like, and the flattened face often has an up-turned or down-turned mouth, which gives it a human or cartoon characteristic of smiling or scowling, such as Grumpy Cat.

Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of International Cat Care said: “It is very depressing to see the life which has been deliberately dealt to some breeds of cats because of a human desire to develop a certain look. I urge cat lovers to speak out and help others to understand that this is not something we should be doing to cats, and not something we should be tolerating. One of the best and most beautifully naturally designed animals – the cat – would not normally have any of these problems; we have created them through selective breeding.

“We should not be encouraging people to breed these cats by calling them ‘cute’, by being amused at their facial characteristics, or by the fact that they snore – rather we need to understand that this is human intervention that is wholly detrimental to the welfare of the cats and is simply cruel. International Cat Care takes an ethical view of all cat breeds and our website outlines the problems that exist for some breeds, including very flat-faced cats in the Persians and Exotic breeds. Our stance is that we should never deliberately breed cats for any feature or characteristic that impairs their welfare.”

 

References:
1. Farnworth MJ, et al. Flat feline faces: is brachycephaly associated with respiratory abnormalities in the domestic cat (Felis catus)? PLoS One 2016; 11: e0161777. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161777
2. Schlueter C, Budras KD, Ludewig E, et al. Brachycephalic feline noses: CT and anatomical study of the relationship between head conformation and the nasolacrimal drainage system. J Feline Med Surg 2009; 11: 891–900. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfms.2009.09.010.

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Home Needed For Energetic Older Dog Who Wants To Be In Charge of Walkies!

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A dog charity is looking for a new home for an energetic old dog who would like to teach his next owner some new tricks – like exactly when he wants a walk.

Finding Furever Homes (FFH), which sponsors kennels and foster homes for rescue dogs throughout Powys, Shropshire and surrounding areas, is hoping to find a suitable new home for their dog Malik, an 11-year-old black Staffordshire bull terrier, who is being fostered near Shrewsbury.

Malik was signed over to FFH after the family who had him for 11 years had a change in circumstances. Despite his age he still has plenty of energy and enjoys a good walk and to make sure whoever is looking after him does not forget when it is time to take him out.

Andrea Newton, founder of the charity, explains: “Malik is a lovely older dog who has the energy levels of a young animal and really loves his walks. He is such a character that when he is ready for a walk he will sit down towards the door and then he will move closer and closer until you get the hint – if you still don’t get the clue he will sit right by it and have a little moan so there is no danger of you forgetting to take him out.”

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To make sure his next home is a lasting one, FFH want to find Malik a new home with experienced, committed owners, in a quiet house, preferably without young children so he can enjoy some quiet time.

Malik is well trained and friendly and knows all the basic commands. He is good with other dogs but as with all their animals FFH is happy to offer the services of a qualified behaviourist if it is needed to help him settle into a new home. In foster, Malik has proved he is well adjusted and sociable with other dogs and has shown no interest in chasing cats.

Although currently in foster in Shropshire, if the right person comes forward FFH are happy to rehome him anywhere in England and Wales.

Andrea added: “Malik is a lovely character who deserves a home of his own for the rest of his life and we would ask anyone interested in taking him on to visit our website and make sure they are ‘rescue ready’ and commit to him forever as he has had a lot of disruption in his life so far and he deserves a secure home.”

For more information about Malik, Finding Furever Homes, or any of the other dogs available for adoption please visit www.findingfureverhomes.org.uk.

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The Vet Warns About Dangers to Pets of Second-Hand Smoke

Cats are especially vulnerable to the dangers of passive smoking

Cats are especially vulnerable to the dangers of passive smoking

Smokers should not light up around their pets, as it can cause a host of serious health issues, warns The Vet.

The clinic has issued its stark warning as ‘Stoptober’, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, gets underway.

The Vet has seen cases of dogs and cats brought into the clinic with asthma -like breathing problems, which are either caused or exacerbated by passive smoking.

A study by the University of Glasgow has also established a direct link between the effects on pets living in a smoking environment and a higher risk of health problems including some animal cancers, cell damage and weight gain. Previous research, by Tufts University, near Boston, U.S., also found that cats that live with smokers are twice as likely to develop Feline Lymphoma, a serious cancer of the blood and immune system.

Hermann Heyl, Clinical Director at The Vet Waltham Forest, said: “We all know the dangers of smoking and the negative effects of second-hand smoke on those around us. However, many people are not so aware that pets in the household can be badly affected by passive smoking. It’s an issue that has largely been ignored and we felt there was a real need to let people know that pets’ health could be compromised.

“Cats, in particular, are at risk as they self-groom throughout the day, so will ingest dangerous amounts of carcinogens. Smaller animals also can be at great risk too.”

As well as quitting smoking altogether, there are alternative ways people can lessen the harm inflicted on pets and other members of the family by second-hand smoke.

To minimize the risks to pets, The Vet recommends the following measures:

  1. Smoke outside. Smoking only outdoors will prevent a large share of smoke particles from settling into your home or car.
  2. Use a high-quality air purifier in your home to help remove excess toxins.
  3. Change your clothes after smoking, and wash your clothing right away, or at the very least, air clothes outside.
  4. Wash your hands after smoking, and before you touch your pets
  5. Keep ashtrays clean – don’t leave them for your pets to find.

The Vet is a revolutionary new type of veterinary clinic. Currently with six practices in the UK (Bristol, Morden, Nottingham, Waltham Forest, Liverpool, Southampton), The Vet offers the flexibility of a walk-in no appointment service for consultations.

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Keep Your Pooch Safe During Firework Season

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The winter is fast approaching and soon enough we’ll be reluctantly swapping our sun hats for slipper socks.

But whilst we can wrap up warm and prepare ourselves for the cooler weather, how can we best look after our furry friends and ensure they are protected throughout the colder months?

From fireworks to ice, these top tips will help to keep your dog safe during the winter chill.

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Wrap up Warm

We may not realise it but there are certain dog breeds where even a layer of fur isn’t enough to keep them warm.

The breeds most likely to struggle in cooler conditions are short-coated dogs, such as chihuahuas and greyhounds. Ensure your short-coated friends wear a jumper or coat when you take to the outdoors.

 

Firework Safety

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Most people love fireworks, but whilst they generate many “oohs” and “aahs” amongst the crowds, for our furry friends, firework season can be a scary time.

Follow these top tips to keep your pet safe during firework season:

  • Enjoy walkies during daylight hours to prevent your dog being out amongst the loud fireworks.
  • Make sure your dog is in a secure environment that they won’t be able to escape from should they begin to feel scared when the fireworks kick in.
  • Provide a quiet area for your dog before the firework season gets underway – perhaps one of the quietest rooms in your home. Leave toys in this area so your pooch learns to associate this environment with safety and happiness. This may well become the safe place your dog returns to when the fireworks begin.

Foot Care for your canine friend

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The winter months are home to many things that look nice on Christmas cards, but can be harmful to our pooches.

The salt and grit found on salted pavements can cause irritation in dog’s footpads. Be sure to give your dog’s paws a good wash after they’ve been out for a walk to avoid irritation.

The colder weather is also home to ice. Ice balls can form between the pads and toes of the feet and can be really painful if left to build up. Avoid this by trimming the hair around your dog’s feet regularly throughout the winter months.

It is also important to keep a close eye on your pooch while you are out and about in the cold weather. If you spot your dog lifting up their paws, stopping more often while you are walking or whining it could be because their feet are too cold and they are struggling. Dog boots may be a solution to help your dog during wintertime.

Protect Your Pooch Today!

Whilst these top tips can’t stop the cold snap from coming, they will help to prepare and protect your beloved best friend and keep them safe this impending winter season.

This post was created by Time for Paws, the UK’s leading online pet supplies store.

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Company Sends Its Premium Treats To Dogs Worldwide To Enjoy

dreamstime_xs_45832728 One of the core messages coming from the prestigious pet trade PATS show this week is that the UK’s premium pet food sector is in good form and leading from the front.

For some years now the UK’s artisan food and drink scene has being seizing the attention of health conscious humans, banging the drum for flavour innovation, ingredient provenance, nutritional depth and label clarity; bold, unwavering messages that don’t simply resonate with the UK’s  increasingly vocal, health conscious consumer, but with a growing chatter of overseas pet lovers looking to embrace British-based goods.

The Dog Treat Company (DTC) is one such family-owned operation enjoying the euphoria of being British, loud and proud.

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DTC’s founder Joe Halliwell explained: “In the same we put our trust in Japanese innovation and Germany’s precision engineering, the UK is establishing an unrivalled reputation for ingredient integrity.  Whether its companionship – completing the family, post-divorce camaraderie, or ‘empty nester’ rapport – a willing jogging buddy or the last piece in the family jigsaw, dogs are being pampered and appreciated like never before.”

With overseas orders and enquiries now accounting for a significant number of DTC’s sales: Australia, Norway, Italy, The United States, South Korea, Germany and Holland (to name but a few), there’s now a fantastic opportunity for the UK’s peerless pet food fraternity to truly make its mark in a post Brexit world.

It seems that different markets embrace our Dog Treats for a variety of distinct reasons – for some it’s the quirkiness of our tongue-in-cheek tone of voice and packaging, whilst for others it’s our uncompromising insistence on only using free-range chicken, eggs and beneficial herbs.

In the United States and Norway they are ahead of the curve regarding why pet food must include health assisting ingredients like turmeric and black pepper, whilst elsewhere in Italy, Germany and Holland (like Britain before) many family units no longer seem complete without the presence of a four legged friend.  Further afield, pet pampering sits at the very heart of South Korea’s blossoming fascination with small, low maintenance, urban dogs.

Whatever the individual market reasons for DTC’s growing overseas appeal, the underlining message is unquestionably that of a proud British pet food pioneer that has taken the trouble to understand its diverse yet flourishing customer base.

More info: www.thedogtreatcompany.co.uk

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