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January 21, 2013
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  • Vt. tops U.S. for pet ownership, report says
    Vermont is the state with the highest percentage of pet owners, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association's recently released U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. Nearly 71% of homes in the state include a pet. The report also notes that visits to veterinarians are down since 2006 for dogs and cats. Bennington Banner (Vt.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technology keeps stray pets on the radar
    Sales of technology to track and find pets are expected to grow, APPA President Bob Vetere says. "We are helicopter parents and we hover over our kids all the time and now we are hovering over our dogs and cats," he said. Tracking devices that typically cost $100 to $150 can be attached to a pet's collar, allowing the owner to track the pet's location on a computer or mobile device. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dog treats are recalled on antibiotics concerns
    Nestle Purina PetCare is recalling its Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats, and Del Monte is pulling its Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers dog treats from retail shelves. The Food and Drug Administration says the treats, made in China, contain poultry antibiotics that are not approved in the U.S. Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ice-melting products pose potential hazard to pets
    A number of ice-melting products can be harmful to pets, irritating their paws and potentially causing problems if ingested in large enough quantities, according to veterinarian Millie Armstrong. Wiping pets' paws, or even bathing animals if necessary, to remove the de-icing materials will help prevent problems, but owners should also look for signs of irritation including redness, Dr. Armstrong says. WCAX-TV (Burlington, Vt.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Government Issues 
  • U.S., Canada to adopt more measured responses to disease outbreaks
    The U.S. and Canada have settled on a new livestock and meat trade agreement that allows for the countries to halt trade from a specific region, rather than the entire country, in the event of a disease outbreak. In 2003, all Canadian beef imports into the U.S. were stopped after bovine spongiform encephalopathy was found on a farm in western Canada. Under the new system -- which isn't yet in effect -- imports from that region would have been stopped, sparing the rest of Canada's livestock industry from substantial economic losses. Yahoo/Reuters (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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