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Pet Health Council Responds to the 'Killer Bugs' Stories

Following recent reports of ‘killer bugs’ in our pet cats and dogs in some national newspapers, it seems a shame that this could have an impact on the positive and highly beneficial aspects of owning a pet.


Pet Health Council is an organisation which informs on matters related to pet and human health and we would like to emphasise that the benefits of pet ownership, both physical and psychological, far outweigh any very small risk of contracting infection.

Furthermore, by following routine, common sense household and human hygiene practices, any risk of infection can be avoided.  For instance, pet owners should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling. Hand hygiene gels, which are commonly available, are a useful addition to any pet owning household as part of a robust hygiene routine.  Dogs and cats should have their own beds in a quiet, draught free place.

The benefits of pet ownership are significant, research has shown that pets in the home can help reduce blood pressure and perceived levels of stress, boost the immune system, aid recovery from illness and provide an important source of companionship.

 For more information on pet health and best hygiene and handling practice, please visit:

 John Foster BVSC, CertVOphthal, MRCVS (vet with 40 years experience), Pet Health Council Chairman 


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The pet food industry: Playing a part in sustainability and reducing carbon emissions

The pet food industry is very mindful of the role it plays in the responsible use of resources, including minimising wherever possible the environmental impact of pet food production. Pets are part of the family and bring numerous benefits to society. Pets instil responsibility,
encourage social awareness, and contribute to wellbeing. As an industry, we have a responsibility to balance the needs of the population (pets and people) with protecting the environment for future generations.

The pet food industry: Preparing for Brexit since the referendum

With previous experience from a number of trade associations, including some time in Brussels, Michael Bellingham, chief executive
of the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, is perfectly placed to lead the industry through these challenging times. Here he discusses
the impact and implications of the UK’s exit from the EU.