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March 11, 2013
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  • Study measures the life-expectancy cost of size among big dog breeds
    Large-breed dogs age faster than small-breed dogs, and larger breeds' risk of death increases more with age than it does for small breeds, according to a recent study of 56,000 dogs representing 74 breeds. The study found that a 4.4-pound increase in body weight is associated with lowered life expectancy by one month. The researchers plan to study the leading causes of death among large-breed dogs. LiveScience.com (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Map your cat: Interactive tool links felines around the world
    Feline lovers around the world are invited to add their cats to a new Cat Map. The Zoological Society of London is using the Cat Map to promote a new zoo exhibit featuring two endangered Sumatran tigers. The exhibit opens later this month, but the Cat Map is live now, allowing people to search, learn about and add to the collection of information about the world's cats. FastCoCreate (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green household products may not be entirely safe for animals
    Green cleaning products are gaining popularity, but owners should know that even environmentally friendly products may pose threats to pet health. "People expose their animals without even realizing the risk," said Karl Jandrey, an emergency and critical care veterinarian at the University of California, Davis' Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Veterinarian Camille DeClementi, a senior toxicologist with the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, said any product with a warning for children isn't appropriate for pets and recommended keeping animals away from any cleaning activity. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration)/The Associated Press (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Taxidermy helps owners deal with death of pets
    Some people who cannot bear parting with their dogs, cats, turtles and guinea pigs are turning to taxidermists to preserve their pets' bodies. Few taxidermists are willing to preserve pets because owners are quick to spot small imperfections, according to the National Taxidermists Association. Those who do often have long waiting lists and charge upward of $1,000 for the task. Psychology professor Allen McConnell sees the trend as an extension of humans' close ties to their animals. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.)/The Associated Press (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Veterinarian who launched Hill's Pet Nutrition to be honored
    The late veterinarian Mark Morris will be inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame later this year. Dr. Morris started practicing veterinary medicine in 1928 and later developed food designed to meet pets' specific needs. To help market his food, he collaborated with Hill Packing Co. in Topeka, Kan., forming the foundation of what's now known as Hill's Pet Nutrition. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Popular pet car restraints fail in safety test
    Subaru teamed up with the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety to test four popular brands of pet car restraints, finding that none conferred protection in a 30 mph crash that used crash dummy dogs, and the devices may actually cause serious harm or death to pets or drivers. Further testing is planned, and researchers are working to develop standards for the restraints. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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