Dog food recalled over worries about hormone levels | FDA veterinarian: Pet obesity is a growing problem | Moody teenager? Pets might help
March 20, 2017
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Dog food recalled over worries about hormone levels
Blue Buffalo recalled some of its dog food because the products may contain high beef thyroid hormone levels. The FDA reported one known case of a dog showing symptoms, which can include weight loss, restlessness, elevated thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea and breathing problems.
WKRN-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (3/19) 
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FDA veterinarian: Pet obesity is a growing problem
FDA veterinarian Carmela Stamper said obesity is a growing problem in America's pets, and it puts the animals at risk for health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and more. Dr. Stamper explains how owners can assess their animals' weight status and offers tips to help maintain a healthy weight.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch/HealthDay News (3/16) 
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Moody teenager? Pets might help
A Tufts University study found that teens who spend time caring for pets were more connected to their communities, and those in late adolescence who bonded with a pet were more likely to experience empathy and self-confidence. Pets are easy to snuggle with, listen without interrupting or judging, promote socialization and are loyal -- all qualities that teens may find comforting in an otherwise confusing and difficult period of life.
U.S. News & World Report (3/17) 
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The importance of cleaning a pet's food bowl
When did you last clean your pet's food bowl?
Cleaning pet bowls and toys is an important way owners can keep their homes clean and free of pathogens and allergens. Pet bowls should be cleaned daily; bedding and toys need regular washing; and broken items with exposed stuffing or other parts should be discarded. (3/15) 
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Top Trends and Product News
Minn. pet food retailer acquires Fetch
Minn. pet food retailer acquires Fetch
Mahtomedi, Minn.-based pet supply retailer Chuck & Don's has bought online retailer Fetch as part of a plan to expand into e-commerce. Chuck & Don's operates 36 stores in three states and Fetch, based in Minneapolis, boasts about 2,000 active customers.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/15) 
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Brits fill gap for pet owners denied cab rides
Two UK animal lovers operate a taxi service for those who risk missing vet appointments because conventional cabs refuse to carry pets. Business partners Jamie Agar and Jenny Thompson meet with customers beforehand to make sure all are comfortable with the process. (U.K.) (3/14) 
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Ky. proprietors cater to health of pets, owners
A health products store in Burlington, Ky., serves animals and humans side by side. California transplants Michelle and Mathew Petrich established Lulu's Pet Pantry and Bluegrass Health Shop.
WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (3/20) 
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Signaling gizmo would alert VR players to underfoot pets
An attachable tracking device under development aims to keep pets from being stepped on while their owners are using virtual reality headsets. A product of VR games company Triangular Pixels, the lightweight harness potentially could invite the pet into its human's experience. (U.K.) (3/15) 
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Ind. county establishes pet morgue to help owners find closure
Ind. county establishes pet morgue to help owners find closure.
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In an effort to help owners of lost pets, road crews in LaPorte County, Ind., will take the bodies of animals hit by cars to the county's shelter, where they will be kept frozen for a week to give owners an opportunity to learn what happened to their pets and make arrangements for the body. Shelter director and animal control officer Jane Bernard said the shelter will also scan the bodies for microchips and reach out to owners when contact information is found.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (3/17) 
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Regulatory & Government Issues
Roseville, Minn., outlaws dog, cat sales at pet stores
Roseville, Minn., City Council members have voted in favor of a ban on dog and cat sales at pet stores, after being pressured by citizens who said the practice was harmful to animals.
St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (3/14) 
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