Pet owners are progressively seeking pet foods and treats that were made in the US, even if it means paying more for the products. "Safety, point of origin and the difference between being assembled in the USA versus made in USA are common [questions customers have]," says Mandi Lenhard of CountryMax.
Dog walking is a factor in less than 1% of bone fracture cases in the US overall, but that rate appears to be higher in adults older than 65, and especially in older women, whose bones tend to be more fragile than men's, according to a research letter in JAMA Surgery. Veterinarians say fracture risk can be managed through good training, appropriate equipment and selecting dogs with lower energy levels.
Veterinarian Ian Kupkee has treated pets that have gotten into unsecured human medicines as well as pets that have been given human medicines deliberately by owners who think the drugs are safe for animals. Human drugs are designed to work with human -- not animal -- biochemistry, and giving them to pets is both dangerous and "frankly a lot more expensive than seeing the vet for the complaint that inspired you to look at Tylenol in the first place," Dr. Kupkee said.
Essential oils are toxic to cats, which lack a liver enzyme that would enable them to process essential oils, as well as birds, says veterinarian Beth Malinich. Passive diffusers may be used in homes with birds or cats as long as the diffuser cannot be knocked over, but active diffusers expel microdroplets of oil into the air and should not be used in homes with pets, Malinich says.
Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and can be read by veterinarians and shelter staff to reunite lost pets with their owners, but the process is only effective if the contact information is kept up to date, says veterinarian Jaimie Ronchetto. Though collars with tags are also important, they can fall off a pet, so an up-to-date microchip is the best way to identify a lost pet.
Four-legged companions won't merely be welcome at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar set to open this fall in Houston: They'll have their own menu. Along with a festive variety of human fare, the first Houston-area outlet for the California-based chain treats dogs to items such as grilled hamburger patties and chicken breasts.
Eco-minded California biotech startup Wild Earth is trying to develop a laboratory-grown mouse treat for cats as an alternative to the heavy use of livestock and other resources in conventional food production. CEO Ryan Bethencourt is also co-founder of Indiebio, venture capital provider for a company experimenting with "cell-based" meat and poultry.
Taste of the Wild is the most popular grain-free dog food and Blue Buffalo the favorite meaty variety among users of the pet products clearinghouse Chewy.com. Anti-itch medication, heart tablets and cat litter are also on the top 25 list for the massive consumer destination.
American Airlines has updated its rules for service and emotional support animals, effective April 1. The airline will limit passengers to one animal more than four months of age, and the animal must be a dog or a cat.
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