Activity monitors for pets might yield useful data | Fish fanciers warm to frozen foods | Salmonella risk prompts recall of 2 pet food products
February 12, 2018
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Activity monitors for pets might yield useful data
Wearable activity monitors for pets can track body temperature, respiration and heart rates, activity levels and sleep patterns, and the data can be shared with a veterinarian, says Jeff Werber, a veterinarian who outfitted his own dog with a biometric collar. For example, data from a monitor can tell a veterinarian whether an animal's fast heart rate is normal or due simply to anxiety in the office, Werber says.
KABC-TV (Los Angeles) (2/8) 
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Fish fanciers warm to frozen foods
Frozen foods are gaining ground in the marine pet market, and they fetch premium prices. Demand for flake and pellet varieties remains strong, and new diets are steadily joining the inventory.
Pet Product News (2/5) 
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Salmonella risk prompts recall of 2 pet food products
Smokehouse Pet Products recalled its Beefy Munchies pet food product, which was sold in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina and Washington, over possible salmonella contamination. Pet food company Raws for Paws also recalled about 4,000 pounds of Ground Turkey Pet Food, distributed directly to consumers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin and through online mail order, for the same reason, with two illnesses connected to the pet food.
Food Poisoning Bulletin (2/9) 
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Pets need regular dental care to prevent health problems
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and many veterinarians are offering specials on examinations, blood tests and dental procedures, writes veterinarian Joseph D'Abbraccio. Oral health care is vitally important to animals' overall health, but few people brush their pets' teeth every day, and routine dental care is often the only way to reduce dental tartar and plaque accumulation and prevent periodontal disease, Dr. D'Abbraccio writes.
The River Reporter (Narrowsburg, N.Y.) (2/7) 
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Top Trends and Product News
Pet lovers seek more animal-friendly car accessories, Google study shows
Pet-friendly features are among the most frequent searches Americans make when seeking vehicle accessories, according to Google's 2018 Auto Trends Report. Research from two years of Google and YouTube data found pet searches in the US occur 36 times more often than the average in Germany and 10 times more frequently than the average in Japan.
The Verge (2/9) 
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Dog ownership reflects real estate shifts in NYC
Poodles have long been a common sight on the Upper East Side streets of New York City, and their numbers have grown in Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen and other neighborhoods where real estate prices are rising. Rescue has become a bit of a status symbol in the city, and as a result, pit bulls and mixed breeds remain popular in Brooklyn and other gentrified neighborhoods.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/10) 
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Employee leave for pet care, mourning is catching on
An emerging perk among companies is allowance of leave for employees to bond with new pets, care for sick pets or grieve over lost ones. While new and still mostly informal in the US, the trend is well established in the UK.
North Bay Business Journal (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (2/7) 
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Regulatory & Government Issues
Ariz. bill would set harsher penalty for animal cruelty
An Arizona Senate committee approved a bill that would expand the definition of animal abuse, impose harsher penalties on people convicted of abusing animals and allow a judge to order that abusers undergo mental health counseling in an effort to prevent further violent crime. "Animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people than non-abusers, and 70% of those charged with cruelty to animals were known to police for other violent behavior, including homicide," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
Arizona Capitol Times (2/8) 
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