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March 19, 2012
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News for the Pet Industry

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  • U.S. pets face several major health challenges
    Veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus describes certain health issues that research shows are increasingly prevalent among cats and dogs in the U.S. Dr. Hohenhaus writes that while obesity, diabetes, cancer and dental problems are on the rise in dogs and cats, visits to the veterinarian's office are actually declining. WebMD/Tales from the Pet Clinic blog (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Doggie Dog World meets expanding market
    Michael Oliveri-Baker and Brian K. Jackson have opened Doggie Dog World, a pet-supply boutique and grooming salon in Voorhees, N.J. "We think we came at just the right time because the activity here is tremendous," said Oliveri-Baker. Americans are expected to spend $52.9 billion on pets this year, according to a American Pet Products Association survey, up from $17 billion in 1994. Courier-Post (Camden-Cherry Hill, N.J.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dogs play the piano, but do animals enjoy music?
    In a YouTube video, two golden retrievers flawlessly pound out a tune on an oversized piano as their owner cues them with an ocarina, but University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologist and zoologist Charles Snowdon says animals and humans have a different appreciation for music. According to Snowdon, who developed special music for tamarin monkeys, animals' varying vocal ranges and heartbeats make them interested in music and sounds that humans may not enjoy. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Directory established for gently used wheelchairs for pets
    Dogs with spinal cord injuries have decreased mobility, muscle loss and recurrent bladder infections, according to veterinarian Amber Parker, but dog wheelchairs help alleviate these problems by promoting physical movement. For Paws Hospice has created a database of gently used wheelchairs, returned by owners who no longer need them, that the organization matches with dogs, as well as cats and rabbits, in need. WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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