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December 17, 2012
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  • High-tech pet gifts gain popularity
    High-tech pet-related gifts -- including dog-biscuit makers, treadmills and doghouse air conditioners -- are gaining popularity. Owners can even purchase at-home diagnostic kits to test for illnesses, says Bob Vetere, president of APPA. The technologically savvy pet gift that no animal should be without is the microchip, notes Vetere, because it can be used in many species and reunites lost pets with their owners. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pet prescription errors on the rise, FDA warns
    Increasingly, errors in pet medication labeling, dosing and administration are leading to dangerous and sometimes lethal consequences for pets, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Several factors contribute to the problem, including labeling issues, owner error and mistakes made by human pharmacies filling pet prescriptions. Owners should verify the specifics of their pets' medications and ask pharmacists to talk with veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association says. WFOR-TV (Miami-Fort Lauderdale) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Top Trends and Product News 
  • Hound Cake dog treats recalled because of possible mold contamination
    After retailers reported mold in some pet cake treats, Claudia's Canine Cuisine recalled some lots of its DogCandy Holiday Hound Cake and Blueberry Hound Cake. The company discovered that some of the product had been sealed while still warm, promoting the growth of mold. No illnesses have been noted, and only 7.5-oz packages are included in the recall. AnnArbor.com (Mich.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Government Issues 
  • Ohio exotic-animal owners challenge law in court
    A group of exotic-animal owners is challenging Ohio's toughed ownership law in federal court, saying it violates property ownership rights and threatens the health of some animals. Much of the discussion has involved the law's microchipping requirement. Owners say the provision puts animal health in danger, but veterinarians who testified last week said the devices are safe and standard in zoo species except fish. Ohio instituted stringent exotic-animal ownership laws after a Zanesville man released dozens of dangerous exotics last year and then killed himself. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (12/12), The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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