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March 18, 2013
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News for the Pet Industry

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  • Boomers fuel spending on pets
    Americans' affection for their animals continues to fuel a booming pet products industry. Owners are on track to spend $55.5 billion on their furry friends this year. Growing spending on pets has its roots in the 1950s and '60s, when baby boomers became the first generation to routinely grow up with animals kept in the home, experts say. Today, boomers are filling their empty nests with companion animals. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Owners beware: Poisoning from this rodenticide is tough to treat
    Pet owners using rodenticides should be aware that cats and dogs are susceptible to the products' poison, and veterinarians fear an increase in bromethalin toxicity in pets because of a ban on brodifacoum. Bromethalin is the active ingredient in Assault, Fastrac, Gladiator, Rampage, Talpirid and Vengeance, and it causes brain and spinal cord swelling characterized by weakness, incoordination, seizures, paralysis and death. There is no definitive diagnostic test and no antidote, note veterinarians Lee Pickett and Jennifer Coates. Supportive treatments are available but they are intensive, and animals that survive are often left with neurological deficits. Vetted blog (3/12), (Reading, Pa.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pets are masters of deceit
    More than 80% of pets over 8 years old have an illness their owners aren't aware of, writes veterinarian Donna Solomon, who says it's not because owners aren't looking. Rather, pets are masters of deceit, deftly hiding symptoms or exhibiting only barely noticeable changes in behavior because that's what their wild ancestors had to do to stay alive. Regular veterinary examinations are the best way to ensure covert illnesses may be detected in time for intervention. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dierbergs cooking class supports pet rescue
    Dierbergs Markets chef Marianne Moore hosted an interactive cooking class that gave 20% of proceeds to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. The family-owned supermarket has been supporting the organization with donations at checkout since 2008. In 2012, customers contributed nearly $45,000 for animal-care expenses. Progressive Grocer (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Purina and Harris Teeter plan dog festival and photo contest
    Harris Teeter and Purina are preparing for the Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival, including a photo contest, to celebrate dog parks in Mecklenburg County, N.C. Dog owners can submit a photo through March 24, and the image deemed most clever and original will be crowned the winner April 27 at the festival. Progressive Grocer (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Government Issues 
  • Affordable Care Act means higher costs for veterinarians
    A 2.3% excise tax on medical equipment imposed by the Affordable Care Act will have the unintended consequence of raising costs for veterinarians who utilize "dual use" devices -- those that can be used to treat humans and animals -- in their clinical practice. Veterinarians worry that as a result of higher costs, pet owners may as a result delay needed, money-saving preventive care. "Congress never intended for this tax to impact veterinary medicine and unfortunately it has, and I think that's very unfortunate that veterinary medicine now is subsidizing human health care," said Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director of the AVMA's governmental relations division. Dale's Pet World blog (3/13), WFOR-TV (Miami-Fort Lauderdale) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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