Multiple brands of rawhide chew products for dogs were voluntarily recalled by United Pet Group after the company learned that manufacturing facilities in Colombia, Mexico and one supplier from Brazil were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture, which is not approved by the FDA, in the production of the dog chews. The recalled products include the brands American Beefhide, Digest-eeze and Healthy Hide in all package sizes and weights.
To help keep pets comfortably cool this summer, owners must remember a few simple tips, including: don't leave pets in parked cars; watch for signs of heatstroke and call a veterinarian for help if they occur; provide water and shade for animals outside; and keep walks short and off hot surfaces that can burn pets' feet.
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are studying owners' observations about cats' attitudes during weight loss programs. Veterinarians Megan Shepherd and Lauren Dodd hope to recruit 60 obese cats, put them on individualized weight loss plans, monitor their progress monthly and determine owners' perceptions of their pets' quality of life during the process. The study is sponsored by Purina.
Veterinarian Robert Hess says first-time pet owners should investigate species and breeds before choosing a pet to be sure the animal matches the owner's lifestyle and plan to train the animal early on -- a far better behavior-management tool than punishment.
A key driver of the surging pet-care industry is high-tech connectedness that enables owners to keep tabs on their animals while they are away. Startups and established firms are turning out activity trackers, automated feeders and other devices.
A mother and daughter in Bradenton, Fla., promote their dog-grooming salon as an alternative to the rushed, stressful experience they say can occur in the trade. Indoor fenced areas, outdoor potty-break spots and full water bowls allow pets to take their time at Yuppy Puppy Bed and Biscuit.
A 28,000-square-foot facility using an advanced vacuuming system for sanitation invites residents of the Midland, Texas, area to board their cats and dogs in comfort and style. Owners Dannielle and Erik Rickard developed Paws & Play Pet Resort in consultation with Midland College business professors, among others.
Seniors and others who have difficulty traveling to the veterinarian can get a lift from Cathy's Critter Cab, serving Rhode Island's East Bay and parts of Massachusetts. The business Cathy Calabrese founded in 2011 also offers dog-walking and pet-sitting.
A veterinarian in Clarksville, Tenn., makes house calls with a specially outfitted truck she touts as a full hospital on wheels. Red Door Veterinary Clinic was manufactured to Dr. Amanda Fant's specifications by Ohio-based LaBoit.
Pending legislation could make California the first state to bar pet stores from selling commercially produced animals. More than 230 municipalities across the country have outlawed store sales of pets from "puppy mills."
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