November 30, 2020
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Chewy and Amazon are tied for low-price leaders when it comes to pet products, according to the 4th Annual Price Wars study, which evaluates prices at 14 online retailers. The report found an average price difference of 8% between Amazon and Chewy and other retailers including Kroger, Walmart, Home Depot and Target.
Full Story: Pet Product News (11/25) 
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Only one study showing dogs can detect SARS-CoV-2 infections in people has been published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the authors of that study said more research is needed. However, other studies are underway, and some researchers have said preliminary results are promising.
Full Story: Nature (free content) (11/23) 
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It's highly unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 is spreading among pets in the US and causing clinical signs like coughing or labored breathing, and a company that tests veterinary samples has found no evidence that the novel coronavirus is prevalent in pets, says veterinarian Jennifer Jones Shults, president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. Other viruses as well as pathogenic bacteria can be spread from pet to pet, which is why dogs that frequent dog parks or boarding facilities are more likely to develop kennel cough, Dr. Shults says.
Full Story: The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (11/23) 
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Blocking gene might prevent tooth resorption in cats
Inhibiting expression of the MMP9 gene might prevent tooth resorption in cats, a painful condition that affects a majority of mature cats, according to a study in Scientific Reports. The MMP9 protein appears to be involved in tooth resorption as well as bone cancer, and blocking gene activity prevented biological processes linked to tooth resorption, researchers reported.
Full Story: Vet Times (UK) (11/23) 
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Frozen and freeze-dried pet food maker Carnivore Meat Company said it will reduce shipping costs and cut cardboard and electricity usage as part of new sustainability initiatives. Savings via sustainability efforts help the company offset cost increases in other areas including manufacturing and wages, the company said.
Full Story: Pet Product News (11/30) 
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Purina said it has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial help and millions in pet food and litter donations to pet-centric nonprofits this holiday season. The beneficiaries of Purina's philanthropy are CARE, Greater Good, RedRover, Petfinder Foundation, and Take the Lead, and the company will promote the organizations to encourage customers to donate as well.
Full Story: Pet Product News (11/26) 
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President-elect Joe Biden will expand his family on entering the White House with the addition of a cat to join his two German Shepherds, Champ and Major. The last feline in the White House was George W. Bush's black cat, India.
Full Story: USA Today (11/29) 
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