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February 11, 2013
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News for the Pet Industry

  Industry Watch 
  • Don't forget pets when it comes to matters of the heart
    This is American Heart Month, and dogs and cats don't want to be left out, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus, who discusses a canine cardiac patient. A dachshund named Chad suffers from a rare heart wall tumor, leaky valves and heart failure. Dr. Hohenhaus suggests owners get any coughing dog evaluated by a veterinarian. Chad is doing well on his veterinarian-directed treatment. WebMD/Tales from the Pet Clinic blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y., Colo. are canine influenza hotbeds
    According to a Colorado State University study, canine influenza is especially problematic in Colorado and New York. Veterinarian Wendy Hauser says infections can be serious, in part because the virus is relatively new and few dogs have immunity. Dr. Hauser reminds owners that vaccinating dogs is the best prevention. KUSA-TV (Denver) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wanted: Sweet, calm, patient dogs to comfort humans
    Ninety-five percent of therapy animals with one group that oversees 11,000 teams in 14 countries are dogs, but not all dogs are right for the job. Animals that comfort people in times of illness or trauma must be calm amid sometimes chaotic situations. Desensitization, training and certification are important steps for the owner and animal in the process of becoming a therapy team. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Top Trends and Product News 
  • Colgate weans its pet foods off artificial ingredients
    Colgate-Palmolive's Science Diet dog foods are doing poorly in the market because of a shift in consumer preference away from scientific, lab-created branding to products with flavors and ingredients more fit for humans. So the company's pet food division, Hill's, is putting out a line called Ideal Balance, cutting out corn, wheat and soy in favor of chicken, salmon and vegetables. It has also removed some of Science Diet's artificial flavorings and is more prominently displaying the brand's natural ingredients. The Wall Street Journal (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sergeant's launches healthy-pet campaign
    Sergeant's Pet Care Products has debuted a campaign urging pet owners to pledge that they will meet the health needs of their pets. With each pledge, the emBARK on Pet Health campaign, with actress and animal advocate Tiffani Thiessen as spokeswoman, gives a Sergeant's Pet Health Kit to animal shelters to accompany newly adopted pets. Drug Store News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Government Issues 
  • Laws divide food-animal industry, activists
    Five states have enacted laws meant to block people from entering livestock production facilities under false pretenses to record undercover video documenting the treatment of animals. Other states are considering similar legislation. Proponents of the laws say people who enter livestock production sites using lies and deception are violating the operators' rights. Opponents say the laws infringe upon their right to free speech and are meant to cloak questionable practices. ABC News/The Blotter blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. ... The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
--George Bernard Shaw,
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