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August 28, 2009

PetScoop: American Pet Products Association 2009-2010 Survey of Pet Owners

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The 2009-2010 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey has just been released with some interesting tidbits via Steve Dale in Survey Offers Some Surprises on Pet Ownership:

Pet population continues to rise. The number of dogs increased to 77.5 million up from 75 million in 2007-2008. Cats number over 93 million up from 89 million two years ago.
Pet ownership. Twice as many families have a pet, as compared to those with at least one child under 18 by a margin of 62.4 percent to 31 percent. The number of pets has increased, but the number of homes with pets has not.
Sleep. Nearly half of all dogs (46 percent) and more than three-quarters (79 percent) of cats at least sometimes sleep on a family member's bed.
Flea & Tick Meds. 66 percent of dogs receive flea and/or tick preventatives, but only 41 percent of cats.
Treats. 68 percent of cats receive treats regularly, and 88 percent of dogs.
Veterinary care--dogs. 10 percent of dogs never saw a vet in the past year (up from 8 percent); 29 percent saw the veterinarian once (the same as two years ago); 25 percent visited the vet twice (down from 30 percent in the past survey); and 33 percent wentthree times or more (up from 30 percent).
Veterinary care--cats. Over a quarter of all cats (27 percent) never saw a vet in the past year; 38 percent visited a veterinarian once; 16 percent went twice, and 17 percent three times or more. These figures for cats and dogs have basically not changed in two years.
Pet birds. Cockatiels are the favorite bird at 35 percent of pet birds, parakeets (budgies) fell from first place to 32 percent, with a three-way tie for African Grey parrots, conures and lovebirds, all at 8 percent.

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August 18, 2009

How Much is Your Pet Worth to You? State of VA Wrongful Pet Death Case May Redefine Compensation

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How much is your pet worth to you? Many (most?) of us would say "priceless", or at very least, more than our pets' current worth in the eyes of the law. In the event of the death of a pet, tort law in many states provides that the owner receives the replacement value only of their pet.

According to Ashby Jones at WSJ Law Blog, "a lawsuit slated to go to trial next week down in Virginia could help redefine the theory -- at least in that state -- on what how a pet-owner should be compensated if a pet is wrongfully killed."

This is a legal issue near and dear to many pet owners. Read the entire article at Washington Post Arlington Court to Hear Suit Seeking Damages in '07 Death of Dog

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July 21, 2009

PetScoop: South Korea Customs Agency Clones a Six Pack of Sniffer Dogs

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South Korean customs authorities have reportedly cloned a pack of six Labrador retriever sniffer dogs.

To create the ideal customs dogs, a team of Seoul National University scientists, led by researcher Lee Byung-Chun, cloned a successful Canadian sniffer dog in 2007. Lee was a former colleague of Hwang Woo-Suk, the scientist who was disgraced when his claims about his work with human stem cells were proved false. But Lee severed ties with Hwang in 2006, according to the Agence France-Presse.

Seven cloned puppies were born, and six completed the 16-month training program to become sniffer dogs. (The seventh had to drop out of the training program due to injury.) Three of the six Labradors that completed the training program have now reported for duty at South Korea's main airport, Incheon International Airport. The other three are assigned to customs checkpoints in Incheon and two other cities.

In keeping with humanity's never-ending quest to have us all march in step, all six dogs are have the same name, Toppy, a combination of "tomorrow" and "puppy."

via LA Unleashed

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July 8, 2009

Where Were You at 4:05 and 6 Seconds This Morning?

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DogMoon.jpgInteresting tidbit found at Maluna, Joie de Vivre. Admittedly, totally un pet-related, unless your dog was out barking at the full moon early this morning.

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July 2, 2009

PetScoop: New Oral Meds for Dog Flu, Fleas And Ticks In Dogs And Cats

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Fleas and Ticks
- New Jersey scientists are reporting the discovery and successful tests of the first once-a-month pill, N-tert-Butyl Nodulisporamide, a purportedly safe and effective means of controlling both fleas and ticks in domestic dogs and cats. From Science Daily:

In tests on fleas and ticks in dogs and cats, a single dose of the new pill was 100 percent effective in protecting against both fleas and ticks for a month. There were no signs of toxic effects on the animals. Scientists obtained the flea and tick fighter from a substance first found in a fungus that "has the potential to usher in a new era in the treatment of ecoparasitic [ticks and fleas, for instance] infestations in companion animals."

Dog Flu - If your pup is distinguished by a cute snubbed nose, meaning a Pekingese, a pug or a Shi-Tzu, s/he may be susceptible to a flu virus, H3N8 dog flu, that jumped from horses to dogs a few years ago. This virus puts a strain on short-nosed dogs' ability to breathe.

According to NYTImes it has hit hard in Florida, New York City's northern suburbs, Philadelphia and Denver. They have the scoop on the new flu vaccine just approved by the US Department of Agriculture:


It has now been found in 30 states, but almost exclusively in settings where dogs live closely together: shelters, pet stores, kennels and dog schools. Because the owners of these establishments have learned to turn away sick dogs just as school principals facing swine flu send home sick children, the disease's progress has been slowed.

"Probably over 10,000 dogs have been infected," Dr. Crawford said, "but I can't say whether it's 20,000 or 30,000. In a population of 70 million, that's a drop in the bucket."

Dr. Edward J. Dubovi of the veterinary school at Cornell University, another discoverer of the virus, said it is "probably not as well adapted to dogs as it could be." It took five mutations to let it jump to dogs from horses, where it had circulated for 40 years.

Another mutation or two "could make it a very serious issue," he said, but at the moment, "it takes a certain density of dogs to keep it going."


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June 30, 2009

Good Dog Trixie Koontz Pet Products -- The Dog Bliss You Collection by Author Dean Koontz at PetSmart

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During July and August your local PetSmart will feature the exclusive Good Dog Trixie Koontz products. The Dog Bliss You product line by Dean Koontz, worldwide best-selling author and pet parent to the late Trixie, his beloved golden retriever, is based on the book Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life

The collection celebrates Trixie's "wit and wisdom" and includes 31 unique items:

* Butterfly toys, plush bones, disks and rope tugs to play with dogs.
* Food bowls and storage canisters.
* "Bliss You" and "Laugh 'til Your Face Hurts" tanks for a carefree style.
* Specialty gifts such as coffee mugs, photo frames, key chains, journals and pens.

All royalties are donated to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).

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June 22, 2009

Take Your Dog To Work Day Friday June 26th

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Every dog has his/her day! This Friday June 26, 2009 is "Take Your Dog to Work Day", sponsored by Pet Sitters International. Thousands of US businesses will open their doors to their employees' pets to celebrate our pets' contributions to our lives.
Take Your Dog to Work Day

Along with the leash. carrier, favorite toys and pet bed, don't forget your Traveler Bag and Bowl to keep your dog well-fed and watered. An Eco-Pick Up Dog Waste Kit would come in handy too.

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June 20, 2009

PetScoop: White House Releases Official Portrait and Baseball Card of Obama Family Dog "Bo"

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Above is the official portrait of the adorable Obama family dog, "Bo", on the South Lawn of the White House. Bo is a a Portuguese Water Dog.

The White House has also created a Bo baseball card, which features Bo's bio and fun facts.

via ABC News

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June 15, 2009

PetScoop -- USA Airports to Create Designated Pet Relief Areas

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It's a great thing to fly with your pet, but what to do at the airport when those big brown eyes look up at you beseechingly? No, they're not hungry...well, yes of course they are, but they need to "go outside".

Harriet Baskas, writer of Stuck at the Airport and contributor to USAToday.com and MSNBC.com, reports that as of May 13, 2009 the US Transportation Department has directed that all airlines must provide pet relief areas, as well as escorts to those relief areas, for any passenger traveling with a service animal.

Across the country airlines and airports are working together to create or upgrade pet relief areas that are open for public pet use.

photo: Phoenix Bone Yard via Stuck at the Airport

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June 13, 2009

PetScoop: Soft-Hearted Pillow -- An Alternative to the Pet Cremation Urn

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This is a pet product you are either going to love or, well...not so much.

The traditional method of preserving cremated pet remains has been the urn gathering dust on a shelf. Now, you may be comforted to know that you can keep what remains of your pet close to you, as they always were in life.

Your pet can be memorialized in a Soft-Hearted Pillow -- "a supple, huggable pillow that captures the love and tenderness that pet owners feel for their pets in a secure yet soft, embraceable, warm alternative."

The pillow is the brain-child of one Pati Moore, who operates (where else?) on the western coast of Florida in Naples.

The 14 inch square Soft-Hearted Pillow can accommodate any type of pet--dogs, cats , birds, ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, pet rats. It comes in a choice of three micro-fleece fabrics in neutral colors with matching braided trim and can be personalized.

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Sofa pillows will never be the same again. Soft-Hearted Pillows

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