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What we believe

The Pet Industry Association is the only industry association in Australia created to represent all businesses in the pet industry. Formed in 1979 as the PIJAC, we have evolved into a peak organisation which aims to create an environment of best practice principles and ongoing learning for improved technology and systems in the pet industry. The Pet Industry Association is run by members for its members and offers a voice for all who join by liaising with governments, animal welfare agencies, as well as pet and animal groups nationally and internationally. We are represented on government steering committees, consultation and advisory groups on pet ownership and industry issues around Australia.

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.

The PIAA National Code of Practice and Code of Ethics are quality standards for the operation of businesses in the pet industry supply chain. The Code sets standards that exceed current regulatory requirements. Compliance with the code is a mandatory requirement for membership of the PIAA. An Ethics and Complaints Committee adjudicates any complaints against activity deemed in contravention of the code.
PIAA is a member of the Australian Companion Animal Council and is represented on and works with Aquatic committees nationally, including OFMJG and the NSW Ornamental Fish Reference Group, Animal Welfare Advisory Committees in QLD, NSW, NT and the ACT, the Domestic Animal Management Implementation Committee in Victoria and the Dog & Cat Management Board in South Australia. We’ve also worked closely with the governments in QLD, NSW and SA on pet shop codes of practice. PIAA also holds a seat on the NSW Government’s Companion Animals Taskforce.

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Scientists develop flu vaccine for dogs

In an important discovery that could lead to improved health in our furry friends, scientists have developed two new vaccines for canine influenza.

Today, veterinarians use vaccines that include inactivated or killed flu virus, but experts say they provide short-term, limited protection.

In this latest research, published in December’s Journal of Virology, a team led by Luis Martinez-Sobrido, associate professor in the department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York, created two ‘live-attenuated’ vaccines against H3N8 canine influenza virus, which is currently circulating in dogs in the US. Past research shows that live-attenuated vaccines, made from live flu virus that is dampened down so that it doesn’t cause the flu, provide better immune responses and longer periods of protection.

The team used a genetic engineering technique called reserve genetics to create a live vaccine that replicates in the nose, but not in the lungs. The nose is where the virus first enters a dog’s body, so generating an immune response there could stop the virus in its tracks. If the vaccine were to get into the lungs, the concern is it could create unwanted inflammation in response to the live virus.

They found the live vaccine was safe and able to induce better immune protection against H3N8 canine influenza virus in mice and dog tracheal cells than a commercially available inactivated vaccine.

The team also used reserve genetics to remove a protein called NS1 from H3N8 canine influenza virus. Previous studies have shown that deleting the NS1 viral protein significantly weakens flu viruses so that they elicit an immune response but don’t cause illness.

The next step is to test both live-attenuated vaccine approaches in clinical trials with dogs, the aim being to come up with new options to stem the spread of flu in shelters and kennels, and to avoid the transmission of a dog flu virus to people. Given many dog owners are in regular close contact with their animals, Dr Martinez-Sobrido said he believes it is best to prevent dogs from getting the flu in the first place.


Pets at the Pub

Australia has the third highest level of pet dog ownership in the world and, as the puppy love spreads, so has the push to include them in all aspects of life.

A new event in Adelaide called Pets at the Pub has been drawing hundreds of dog owners and their pooches to pet-friendly venues around the city.  It brought 300 people to the National Wine Centre in Adelaide on Sunday.  According to RSPCA event organiser Josie Sullivan, the event is not just about unleashing the fun and having a wag. It is also about promoting pet-friendly places in Adelaide and surrounding suburbs.  She hoped the event would encourage the community to include dogs in more public spaces.

“In other countries, European countries, dogs are really part of people’s lives and we would love to see that being promoted more in Adelaide and Australia-wide as well,” she said.

The charity is not lobbying for more dog-friendly venues but Ms Sullivan said the potential economic benefits had businesses wagging their tails.  “I’ve probably had about 20 to 30 venues approach us about having a Pets at the Pub,” she said.  “I think when people start to see what a beautiful experience it is — to get out there on the weekend with your dog — I think other states will pick it up as well.”  A recent survey on pet ownership by the Australian Institute of Medical Science found a “significant lift” in the number of dog owners who saw their pooches as family.  George Thomson said his dog Archie should not be confined to the dog parks and the backyard but should be free to tag along with him to the café.  “He’s a big part of our family and he goes everywhere with us,” he said.  “We just go out everywhere to restaurants.  “We won’t go anywhere if we can’t take the dog.”

The National Wine Centre did not always allow dogs but sales manager Chelsea Hopper was attracted to the idea of hosting more pet-friendly events on an annual or biannual frequency.  “We haven’t really decided yet but we’d definitely like to incorporate this in our gardens again,” she said.

Dog-friendly business Little Bang Brewing Co was the first venue to host Pets at the Pub, which attracted about 300 people and 80 dogs.  “There was certainly enough hair for 70 or 80 dogs the next day because we had sort of tumble weeds of hair blowing through the place afterwards,” owner Ryan Davidson said.  He said he would be barking mad not to host another event.  “There’s definitely been a considerable amount of people who’ve been attracted to this place purely because they can bring their dog,” he said.

Companion dogs are allowed in outdoor dining areas under Australian food safety standards but it is up to shop owners to decide whether or not their venue was pet friendly.  Urban planner Fiona De Rosa said the hospitality industry had “welcomed dogs into bars, cafes and pubs in Adelaide” over the past five years but more planning was necessary to better incorporate them into businesses and the community.  “We can design buildings that cater for dogs,” she said.  “It might be putting water bowls out the front of the shop. It might be having different entrances, back entrances.  “Some cafes … will have the open window which faces onto the street so that you can still get your coffee but you can still remain with your dog as opposed to leaving your dog tied up and going in.”

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