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December 24, 2012
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News for the Pet Industry

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  • Owners splurge on pets' gifts for Christmas
    PetSmart estimates that 76% of pet owners will purchase gifts for their furry friends this holiday season. Almost everything imaginable is available for pets, including clothes and do-it-yourself gourmet pet treat makers, as well as fish bowls that mount on a wall and gerbil and hamster playpens. One Texas business even sells a pet wedding dress for $3,000. KTVT-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Foot-and-mouth outbreak inevitable, veterinarian says
    Veterinarian Paul Sundberg of the National Pork Board sees an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the U.S. as inevitable. FMD last broke out in the U.S. in 1929, but because the virus is known to be present in more than 100 nations, it is very likely that it will wreak havoc in the U.S. again. Vaccination against the disease is challenging because the virus has seven distinct serotypes and 60 subtypes, but vaccines are in development. Farm & Ranch Guide (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • China declines to halt production of chicken jerky treats
    Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., requested that the Chinese government consider stopping production of the chicken jerky treats that have been linked to illness and death in U.S. dogs, but the Chinese government responded with criticism of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's investigation. Chinese officials suggested that the FDA probe was inadequate and warnings about the treats were unfounded. KGO-TV (San Francisco) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Government Issues 
  • USDA issues final traceability rules
    The Department of Agriculture issued its final traceability rules Thursday, revamping them in response to roughly 1,600 comments received from across the country. The rules require that animals being moved over state lines have official identification and a veterinary certificate of inspection as well as other paperwork, with some exclusions. "It's going to help us move quickly to identify where diseased and at-risk animals are, as well as which animals do not need to be held or tested during a disease investigation," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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