Silver Star Brands is recalling eight homeopathic products for people and pets due to potential microbial contamination. Recalled products include PetAlive Plump-Up Pet oral spray appetite booster and PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease oral spray for itchy skin.
Pet owners are spending more and more heavily on health care for their loved ones, and the bulk of the expense remains out of pocket. Although average lifetime costs can exceed $13,000 by one estimate, only about 10% of dogs and 5% of cats are covered by medical insurance, according to an APPA survey.
The maker of Folgers coffee and Jif peanut butter is adding four treats to its largest division by sales, pet foods. J.M. Smucker Co. is banking on pet products to compensate for consumers trending away from packaged human foods.
Chronic bad breath in dogs can be due to periodontal disease, plaque, cavities, loose or broken teeth, oral infections or an ongoing lack of dental care, says AVMA President Dr. John de Jong. Dog owners should brush their dog's teeth with a canine toothpaste at least every other day; refrain from giving their dog antlers, hooves and other very hard chew toys; take their dog to a veterinarian for regular dental care; and talk with a veterinarian about a good diet for oral health.
Taking pets for practice car rides and letting them wander in and out of open carriers at home can make a trip to the veterinarian less stressful, writes veterinarian Shana Bohac. Pets might be more responsive to treats if food is withheld on the day of a veterinary visit, and veterinarians can prescribe anti-anxiety medications for pets whose anxiety remains high despite other efforts, Bohac writes.
Dogs with food sensitivities are targets of a line of products from Champion Petfoods that includes two new flavors and three revised formulas. The five ACANA Singles varieties are derived from single-animal proteins, drawn from regionally sourced ingredients and contain 60% meat.
Small-business owners Megan and Steve Long have launched a line of beers for canines, building off the success of their bar Henderson Heights. With three different flavors of beer, the duo were unaware how fast the concept would take off, and you can purchase the specially made beer at 15 different bars in Houston.
Pets and their owners are promised round-the-clock connection by the makers of the Wagz Explore Smart Collar, which features geofence zones and an invisible leash along with GPS tracking and food monitoring. Coming from Wagz: a smart water bowl and a device to keep pets away from certain areas and pieces of furniture.
Dog groomer Carrie Rowley has served a wide variety of animals in her decade of bringing pet sitting to homes in Elko and Spring Creek, Nev. "You have to be responsible and reliable and willing to work long days in all kinds of weather," says the proprietor of Carrie's Critter Care.
Two legislative proposals aimed at protecting pets are being pushed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. A House bill would make it illegal to leave a cat or dog unattended in a vehicle if it endangers the pet's health, and a Senate measure would require pet stores to provide information about possible problems with animals being purchased.
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