The Pet Industry Association demands exacting standards from our members to ensure the welfare of animals and promote responsible pet ownership.
Supporting the industry through advocacy
Building better business
AusPet 2018 - Friday October 19 - Trade PLUS Saturday October 20 & Sunday October 21 - Public
AusBoard 2018 - August 20-22 - Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens Resort
AusGroom 2018 - Saturday June 16 & Sunday June 17 (Competitions) PLUS Monday June 18 & Tuesday June 18 (Seminars & Workshops)
What we believe
To promote, support and represent a sustainable pet industry because we recognise that pets and their welfare are essential for a healthy society.
This ensures our members thrive and our Association continues to represent the majority of the industry.
PIAA sees little welfare benefit in the Victorian Minister’s revised proposals to limit the number of breeding dogs and remove the sale of puppies from pet stores
PIAA sees little welfare benefit in the Victorian Minister’s revised
proposals to limit the number of breeding dogs and remove the sale of puppies from pet stores.
The key changes announced this week include:
•Pet shops are only able to sell dogs and cats sourced from shelters, pounds or enrolled foster carers
•Pet shops will only be able to sell dogs over six months of age and cats over eight weeks of age.
•Breeders who wish to keep more than 10 fertile female dogs can apply to the Minister for a Commercial Dog Breeder licence.
•Approved Commercial Breeders can be granted approval to have up to 50 fertile female dogs following an audit and•
recommendation by Victoria’s Chief Veterinary Officer.
•Breeders with over 50 fertile female dogs must reduce numbers to 10 or less (or up to 50, if an Aproved Commercial
Breeder) through not replacing retiring dogs by 10 April 2020.
1. There should be no limit on breeder numbers, the focus should be on standards. Numbers have no bearing on welfare.
2. The proposed commercial dog breeder permit only last 3 years. If a breeder is maintaining standards, why do they need to re-apply every 3 years? With such a short time period there is too much uncertainty which will reduce incentive to invest in infrastructure to provide the best facility possible.
3. Currenty the Bill will come into effect in April 2020. The minister must allow 5 years for implementation from the date this bill takes effect, not the date from when they came into Government. Breeders will need time to rehome their dogs and help staff get new jobs. The Bill states that a breeder cannot also own a pet shop or shelter. If there are to be no puppies in pet shops then it is unclear as to the reasoning for this prohibition.
1. This removes the choice to purchase a pet that is suited to the owner. Not all shelter dogs are suitable for all families.
2. Pet shops are not suitable to house adult dogs (older than 6 months of age). If pet shops aren’t considered suitable to sell puppies, then on what basis are they suitable to sell dogs that require much more exercise/ training/socialisation and space. Staff will need to be retrained to handle older dogs.
3. If online classifieds can advertise puppies as long as they advertise the microchip number and breeder number, then why can’t the same apply to pet stores?
4. With the elimination of pet shops, online sales will increase. This is already an unregulated and risky means of purchasing a puppy.
5. Under these amendments, even if the pet shop doesn’t sell puppies, the pet shop is also unable to advertise or promote an ethical breeder, even if the breeder is the point of purchase.
6. PIAA would like to see the PIAA Companion Animal Centre concept considered as an alternative to shutting down pet stores, or exempt from the puppy and kitten sale restrictions to be imposed on pet shops. The PCAC is a destination centre that is transparent and focused on animal welfare, education, staff training, socialisation of pets, rehoming, desexing and after purchase advice. It is the new face of pet shops and should be allowed to sell puppies and kittens from breeders as well as rescue pets.
During National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, biotech company PharmAust puts the call out for canines to help evaluate a new anti-cancer drug shown to be safe and effective in preliminary trials. The compassionate use program is a prelude to a multi-institutional canine cancer trial to start next year.
Leading veterinary cancer specialist Dr Angela Frimberger and her team at Veterinary Oncology Consultants are evaluating a drug called monepantel (MPL) in dogs that have been newly diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma and have not started any treatment. MPL is already approved for veterinary use for a different indication and species. PharmAust is aiming to repurpose MPL as safe and effective cancer treatment.
“Four dogs have already been treated for lymphoma and the results have been very promising,” said Dr Frimberger. “So far, we have shown that MPL is safe, and three out of three dogs with B-cell lymphoma have had stabilisation of disease on the drug without significant side effects!”
PharmAust is inviting more dogs with lymphoma to complete the last phase of the program.
“PharmAust’s long term strategy is to develop MPL to treat cancers in both dogs and humans,” said Richard Hopkins, CEO of PharmAust. “A ‘Phase I’ trial in human cancer patients at the Royal Adelaide Hospital showed that cancer markers in patients are significantly suppressed. Treatments that work effectively in canines are recognised as being highly predictive of the way drugs behave in human clinical trials. Trials undertaken using MPL in dogs will inform and accelerate parallel efforts to develop MPL as a human cancer therapy.”
Program entry criteria
The canine entry criteria for the present compassionate use program are:
- Stage 1 to 3 lymphoma (based on physical exam)
- Substage a
- Immunophenotype can be pending but must be submitted, and needs to be B-cell based on clinical characteristics
- No previous treatment, including corticosteroids (prednisolone)
- No other significant concurrent medical problems
- Good quality of life.
“The treatment currently involves a relatively large number of capsules, so dogs that are difficult to orally medicate wouldn’t be great candidates,” said Dr Frimberger. “But we are working on reformulating the drug to make it better tasting and easier to administer to dogs before the full trials commence next year.”
The MPL program involves two consultations/treatments at the Animal Referral Hospital (ARH) in Homebush, NSW. Owners would have to transport their dogs to and from Homebush for the two treatments. PharmAust will cover all compassionate use program costs, including travel expenses to and from the ARH, as well as costs for the initial conventional chemotherapy treatment upon program completion.
For more information or to enrol, please contact Dr Angela Frimberger on firstname.lastname@example.org
What is canine lymphoma?
Cancer is the number one cause of death in dogs over the age of 2, with 25 per cent of deaths attributed to cancer¹. “Approximately one in four dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer in their lifetime. But thanks to more pet cancer awareness, improved preventative care and early diagnosis, we are better able to fight pet cancer,” said Dr Frimberger.
Lymphoma, the most common cancer in dogs, occurs in the white blood cells of the immune system. Symptoms can include tumours, lethargy, weight loss and loss of appetite. “The key to a good prognosis with canine lymphoma is early diagnosis and this particular form of cancer is very rapidly progressive, so it’s important to act quickly,” she said.
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month is a reminder to pet owners to regularly inspect your pet for any lumps or bumps, and pay attention to sudden changes in appearance and behaviour. “I always recommend keeping pet insurance so that if you do need to make any major treatment decisions, you can focus solely on your pet’s best interest rather than having to worry about costs. And, if you are concerned about anything, contact your veterinarian for an assessment,” said Dr Frimberger.
Become a member!
As a member of the nationally recognised industry body for the Australian pet industry, you can make a difference for your business, for your customers and for your industry.
PIAA Events Sponsorship Opportunities
PIAA General Sponsorship Opportunities
Find a PIAA member near you
Is your local pet shop, grooming salon, boarding establishment, wholesaler, dog walker, pet minder or service provider a member of the Pet Industry Association of Australia? All of our members must comply with a code of practice to ensure high standards and ethical practices.
Pet Industry Association members can advertise pet industry job vacancies and place classified adverts on this website, as well as getting discounted rates in the Pet Trade Talk newsletter, and a free listing in the Pet Industry Association directory of members. » More reasons to become a member
Special deals for members
Members get great discounts on a variety of products and services as part of the PIAA Member Benefits program.