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March 4, 2013
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News for the Pet Industry

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  • Consumer pet spending projected to increase
    Pet owners are projected to spend 4% more on supplies for their pets this year than they did last year, according to the market research firm Packaged Facts. "We are certainly seeing more health-related and preventive health products on the market that help pets maintain healthy lifestyles," said Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association. Hot items include products geared toward aging pets, pet dental care items and natural and organic pet food. Drug Store News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The moral dilemma of neutering
    Neutering pets has helped lower the number of unwanted pets in the U.S. by 20 million per year since the 1970s, but the practice does introduce a moral dilemma in light of recent studies that show removing pets' testicles or ovaries can increase their chances of cancer, joint disease and dementia, writes Hal Herzog, an author and professor of psychology. The Huffington Post (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthy Weight Protocol: A new tool to help fight pet obesity
    The University of Tennessee and Hill's Pet Nutrition have created the Healthy Weight Protocol, a method veterinarians can use to quantify a pet's excess weight and develop a plan to address it, according to veterinarian Jennifer Coates. The combination of expanding pet waistlines and owner misunderstanding contributes to the challenge of addressing this important pet health concern, Dr. Coates writes. Even though the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports that 53% of dogs and 55% of cats are deemed overweight or obese by a veterinarian, 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners think their rotund pet is at a healthy weight. PetMD.com/Fully Vetted blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exotic pets can harbor salmonella
    More than 12 million U.S. homes have exotic pets, according to data from the American Veterinary Medical Association's 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, and some species are known to carry salmonella. Chickens, ducks, frogs, snakes and other species can transmit the bacteria, and turtles and hedgehogs were recently implicated in zoonotic outbreaks in the U.S., according to the CDC. Recommendations for safe handling of pets and their food are included in this article. USA Today (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Top Trends and Product News 
  • Mars Petcare to launch products using only sustainable fish
    Mars Petcare will, by 2020, offer Sheba products that use only fish that are farmed or caught in environmentally sustainable ways, the company said last week. "By using responsibly sourced fish for our Sheba Entrees, we have made it easy for pet owners to shop with confidence and to reward the most environmentally responsible fishing practices," said Tina Garcia, Mars Petcare's U.S. marketing services director. Drug Store News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret."
--Henri Frédéric Amiel,
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