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Pet business is booming. More than £750m spent on pets this Christmas

Pet business is booming

Pet business is booming

Pet business is booming according to a recent survey.

Brits are spending £750 million on their pets this Christmas, according to a new survey.

In a survey of 3,230 pet owners conducted by, 87 percent said they will be buying their pet a Christmas present this year.

More than one quarter of respondents (27 percent) admitted to spending more on their furry friends than on their actual friends, with the majority (35 percent) saying they spend between £20 to £30 on their pets.

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 percent), toys (34 percent) and clothes (17 percent).

Five percent of pet-loving participants even admitted to spending more on their pet than on their own father.

One percent stated they spent more money on their animals than on their mother and over one in ten (12 percent) spent decidedly less on a sibling than on a pampered pooch.

83 percent stated they wrap up their pet’s gifts, 34 percent provide their companion with a stocking and seven percent even write a Christmas card.

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Bucktons Parrot Food and Bird Seeds Wholesale

Bucktons Parrot Food & Wild Bird Mixes Wholesale


Bucktons Wholesale Supplies

Pets TLC Ltd can now supply your business with the full range of Bucktons Parrot Food and Bird Seed Mixes.

The Bucktons brand was founded over 200 years ago when George Buckton started a general merchants company. From day one, the company slowly started their nutritional journey and along the way grew into a renowned parrot & bird feed supplier. They’re now known for their quality seed mixes for multiple species of birds.

Pets TLC Ltd stocks many seed mixes, pellets, and formulas from Bucktons, for both indoor parrots and wild birds. Here are just a few of our favorites that we carry:

No. 1 Parrot Food is suitable for multiple species of parrot. This food is formulated with an excellent mix of over 15 ingredients. Included in this list of ingredients are yellow biscuits, dried fruits, nuts, and more. These ingredients ensure that your customer’s parrot stays healthy and happy. We have 12.75kg bags available.

Budgie Food 50/50 is the perfect mix of food for a growing Budgie. Not only does it provide all the nutrients for a happy, healthy bird, but it features a simple, but delicious composition of seeds. This mix is made of white millet, canary seeds, and oil. Your customers (both in human and bird form) will not be disappointed! Budge Food 50/50 is available in 20kg bags.

Elite Parrot Food is a seed mix focusing on lowering sunflower content of the mix. By lowering sunflower content, Bucktons is providing parrots with optimum nutrition. Along with low sunflower, the Elite Parrot Food is filled with a variety of over 20 of the highest quality ingredients. Ingredients like; pineapple, hempseed, flaked peas, and more! Pets TLC Ltd has Bucktons Elite Parrot Food in 12.75kg bags.

Bucktons has many other food options. Just recently, in 2015 to be exact, the company introduced a new range of parrot and bird food containing Spiralife. Spiralife is found exclusively in their branded food and contains lots of important nutrients and vitamins to enhance plumage, aid in a bird’s immune and digestive systems, and help maintain a parrot’s eyesight.

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PFMA goes behind the scenes of the pet food industry

pet food industryThe Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) is celebrating a successful seminar. ‘Pet Food Exposed; Behind the Scenes of the Pet Food Industry’ was held on 23 September at the 21st Congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN), in Cirencester.

Over 70 veterinary professionals and animal nutrition experts, attended the event which featured five presentations, by members of the PFMA and the European Pet Food Industry (FEDIAF).

Topics included:

  • the nutritional needs of senior pets
  • new industry guidelines for manufacturing raw pet food
  • an overview of feedingstuffs for particular nutritional purposes, otherwise known as ‘PARNUTS’
  • the work to standardise the predictive equations to determine energy density in pet food

Andrew Miller, chairman of the PFMA Veterinary & Nutrition Group, chaired the event, and the lively Q&A session afterwards, which highlighted the breadth of PFMA and FEDIAF’s work.

Sarah Hormozi, PFMA science and education manager explained: “This special event gave us the opportunity to explain how the industry operates and contributes to the science behind pet nutrition.

“Our members produce complete and complementary pet food, in various formats such as dry, wet and raw products. All of these products are subject to the same strict legislation and made in line with industry guidelines. Production of prepared pet food benefits from a growing body of research and scientific evidence and the ESVCN Congress is a great example of this.”

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SureFlap launches new microchip reader

SureSense Microchip Reader

SureFlap® has launched a handy, pocket-sized microchip reader – the SureSenseä Microchip Reader.

The affordable new reader is compatible with all ISO 15-digit (FDX-B) identification microchips and is ideal for use by veterinary and pet care professionals.

It is lightweight and ergonomically designed,fits easily into the hand and is easy to operate with just the push of a button.

Its small size also ensures that it is not as intimidating for pets.

The reader features an integrated LCD screen that displays microchip numbers in a large, easy-to-read format and it also reports the temperature of temperature-sensing microchips, if they are present.

“The SureSense Microchip Reader was developed following feedback from veterinary and shelter staff that they often had to share microchip readers,” comments Dr Nick Hill, managing director of SureFlap.

“The reader is our first professional product, developed exclusively for veterinary professionals, shelters, breeders and pet care professionals.

“Its affordability and size will ensure that it is possible to have multiple readers in each veterinary practice and shelter.”

For further information, please contact your wholesaler