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December 10, 2012
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  • Survey: Pet owners skip wellness visits
    A survey from the American Veterinary Medical Association finds that 9.6% of cat owners and 3.5% of dog owners never take their pets to a vet, and 27.1% of cat owners and 10.8% of dog owners go to a vet only when the pet is ill. "What is most perplexing is that so many dog and cat owners understand that routine checkups and preventive health care are important for their pets," said AVMA President Doug Aspros, DVM. PetProductNews.com (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stop and think before giving a pet as a holiday gift, experts say
    While a puppy or kitten under the Christmas tree may seem like the quintessential holiday gift, experts warn that pets given as gifts don't always have a happy ending. Veterinarian Mollie Hurley advises against surprising people with animals as gifts, as they may not be prepared for the commitment. Animal shelter educator Deeann Schaefer notes that recipients of pets may not be financially or emotionally prepared for the responsibilities and often end up surrendering those animals to already overburdened shelters. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FDA issues jerky-treat notification
    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers about the potential for salmonella contamination in Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats, although the manufacturer has not recalled the production lot covered by the warning. The FDA says this product is not linked to the probe into pet illnesses from chicken jerky treats. The Seattle Times/Tails of Seattle blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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