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June 25, 2012
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  • Pet industry defies general economic hardship, report suggests
    A national survey of pet owners found that 75% haven't reduced spending on their pets despite financial constraints, and 32% said they'd pay more for pet care than family member care. Some 25% put their pet's health needs ahead of their own. This survey echoes an American Pet Products Association report showing that Americans spent a record $50 billion-plus on pet services and products in 2011. The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (6/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumers want pets in nursing homes
    Nursing homes are increasingly adopting pets or allowing residents to have their own animals live with them, in part because it brings in business. "More and more, we have families indicating up front that [allowing pets] is a must-have criteria," said Tami Cummings, senior vice president of A Place for Mom, the largest senior living placement company in the U.S., which reports that 40% of people ask about residences' pet policies when calling for information. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (6/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How spaying and neutering benefit pets' health and behavior
    Veterinarians Charlie Meynier and Jim Stortz write that spaying female dogs and cats reduces the incidence of mammary cancer, eliminates uterine and ovarian cancer risk and prevents pyometra, a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus. Neutering male animals protects them from prostatic hypertrophy and infections, as well as testicular cancer and certain types of hernias. Drs. Meynier and Stortz also note that many less desirable animal behaviors are usually reduced by spaying or neutering, including roaming and territorial aggression. Vail Daily (Colo.) (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Top Trends and Product News 
  • Snack bars for busy dogs on the go
    All American Pet has launched Nutra Bars, an on-the-go snack bar for dogs. The heart-healthy bar is individually wrapped in 4-ounce portions and is compatible with the Chompions Multi-Meal kibble and meat-first Mutt food. Packaging Digest (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children who live with dogs may have fewer colds, study finds
    Living with dogs decreases the susceptibility to respiratory syncytial virus, which causes the common cold and bronchiolitis, as being around dogs "trains" children's immune systems to resist asthma, according to research from the University of California, San Francisco. Doctors have long recognized the decreased incidence of asthma in children with dogs, but this study is the first to identify a contributing factor. ABC News (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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