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November 19, 2012
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  • Pet spending continues upward climb, even as ownership dips
    U.S. pet ownership dropped 2.4% between 2006 and 2011, according to an American Veterinary Medical Association report, but owners are apparently paying more for things for the pets they have, with the American Pet Products Association projecting a nearly 40% increase in spending on pets this year over 2007. The AVMA report also documented shifts in animal medical care: Dogs saw the veterinarian 9.2% more last year than in 2006, while cat visits declined by 4.4% during the same period. "There is a perception that cats don't need to receive as much health care as dogs," said AVMA spokesman Tom McPheron. MSN Money (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pet trends serve as indicator of economies and attitudes
    In a study of 53 countries including the U.S., Euromonitor International found that dog ownership and the amount spent on dogs indicated economic health and cultural attitudes toward pets. With one dog per four humans, the U.S. has the largest absolute and per capita canine population, but India's dog ownership rate is rising the fastest. The Philippines has the most pet dogs among East Asian countries, with Japan in second place. China has just over two pet dogs per 100 people, and people in predominantly Muslim countries, such as Indonesia and Middle Eastern nations, generally perceive dogs as unclean. The Atlantic online (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pet City started with a fetching idea
    Dave Ratner says his Pet City chain has been successful because people want "better food for their pets." His private-label Dave's Pet Food line is sold in retail locations along the East Coast, and Ratner will appear on the Home Shopping Network to promote the food to a wider audience. Boston Herald (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Holidays bring hidden dangers to pets
    The holidays are upon us, and that means increased threats to the health of our pets, veterinarians warn. Among the most common problems are gastrointestinal upset from eating human food and intestinal foreign body obstruction from eating holiday items such as tinsel and ribbon, said veterinarian Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. Seasonal plants such as Christmas rose and holly are toxic for pets. Stressed pets may be prone to running away, so make sure they have identification on them, and spend some quiet time with them during the holidays. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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