In This Issue
From vet nurse to pet the driving force behind an exciting new business venture
Innovative dog toy hits UK market and is destined to be a bestseller
Record sales and multi-million pound deals for pet firm
Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2018 – winners announced!
The hidden pet killers in your medicine cabinet
Forthglade launches new sea bass recipe
Pets really DO make us happier according to research
A wholesale approach gives Butcher's the edge
Were you fooled by these April Fool's Day stories?
HayPigs! launches dog treat called Guinea Poop
New 'age-reduction pet food launched by Pooch & Mutt
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Controversial pet store re-issued with licence, allowing it to sell puppies
PFMA releases its Top Ten Pets Chart and New Pet Population Data 2018
Bestpets supports groomers with launch of new Product Guide
New advice for marine aquarists to prevent poisoning
Pet insurance premiums soar, survey reveals
Dog gone fishin’ treats range launched
Hokamix…the problem solver!
New consumer friendly packaging for Equitop Myoplast
The best of the previous Pet Trade Xtra
New dog food range launched exclusively in Pets at Home
Pet retailer Ken Burgess puts profitable store up for sale
More than 1,800 visitors attend PATS Sandown
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PFMA releases its Top Ten Pets Chart and New Pet Population Data 2018

The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has released its 2018 pet population data, based on interviews with 8000 households, confirming a 400,000 rise in the dog population, which now stands at 9 million.  26% of households now own a dog, representing an increase of around 300,000 households.

From the research, it is clear that a rise in dog ownership among families is the key driver.  The number of households with children owning a dog has grown by 11% to 2.3 million, 230,000 more than last year. However, dogs are not the only pets to have moved up the charts.  The cat population is at its highest for five years at 8 million. 18% of households own a cat, which equates to 140,000 more cats and 75,000 more households.

Key Findings:

  • 13 million households (45% of UK households) have a pet
  • 600,000 more households have a pet this year
  • 5 million households own a cat (75,000 more than last year)
  • 6.6 million households own a dog (300,000 more than last year)
  • 4.4 million (53%) households with children own a pet
  • 28% of UK households with children now own a dog, compared to 24% last year
  • 2.3 million families have a child and a dog compared to 2 million last year

Michael Bellingham PFMA Chief Executive adds: “I was not surprised to read about the growth of the dog population among households with children as personally I have recently joined this movement.  Tessa, a Schnoodle, is very much part of our family and I am delighted that 11% more families in the UK are benefitting from dog ownership.  Pets in varied shapes and sizes – from lizards and snakes to hamsters and cats – can bring so much joy to children.

With the demands of modern life and the pull of digital companions, we are so pleased that more children will benefits from the social, emotional and physical benefits of pet interaction.”

“Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, said: “We have long known that dogs are man’s best friend and it is positive to see an increase in the number of households with children also sharing their lives with dogs. Owning a dog can have so many benefits for families and our hugely successful Be Dog Smart campaign is packed full of advice and information to ensure this harmonious relationship continues.”

PFMA’s top ten pets for 2018 are:

9 million dogs
8 million cats           
900,000 rabbits
500,000 indoor birds           
500,000 domestic fowl
400,000 Guinea pigs            
300,000 hamsters
300,000 tortoises and turtles
200,000 lizards
200,000 snakes      

There are 3 million indoor fish tanks, proving that fish are a very popular pet.

This year our Top Ten Pets is published as part of a detailed ‘Pet Data Report’, which includes regional data, pets per household, first pets, pet nutrition research, UK market data and much more. The report can be viewed online:  

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