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May 15, 2013

PetScoop: New Puppy? For Optimum Bone Development, Choose the Right Diet

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Have a puppy? If you do, or plan to down the road, stock up on food targeted for puppies, especially if you choose a large or giant breed puppy. Pet lovers tend to have strong opinions on pet care so it's easy for us to reflexively pooh-pooh feeding advice, especially when we are counting our pennies and have lived with many dogs.

However, new guidelines help us avoid debilitating bone diseases that cause suffering and even cut precious years off our pets' lives. Large and giant breed puppies should be fed a quality puppy formula until the end of their growth period when you transition to adult formula.

Get the scoop at Feeding the Large and Giant Breed Puppy | Dr. Ken Tudor | PetMD and as always, check with your vet.

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March 25, 2013

PetScoop: Pet Food Safety Recalls and Alerts -- March 2013

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A good way to train and bond with your dog is to reward them with treats. But occasionally they may not be healthy and safe. The latest recall involves certain batches of Iams Shakeables turkey and lamb treats.

Recalls and alerts regarding pet foods, treats and animal feeds are readily available at Pet Food Safety Recalls and Alerts | AVMA. This information is based on reports and alerts received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the manufacturers. Spread the word and keep our pets safe!

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February 28, 2013

Pet Scoop: U.S. Spending on Pets Up More than 7% in 2012

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The U.S. economy may still be in a recession, but as a country we don't scrimp when it comes to our pets. In 2012 Americans spent around $53 billion on pet food, veterinary care, kennels and other pet services, according to Puppy love: Over $53 billion spent on pets in U.S. last year | Detroit Free Press. Most of that money went to necessities:

At about $34.3 billion, food and vet care represented about two-thirds of total spending, with money spent on supplies and over-the-counter medications rising by more than 7%. Spending on the growing market of alternative vet care, such as acupuncture, totaled about $12.5 billion.

This year another 4% gain in spending on pet supplies is predicted.

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February 20, 2013

PetScoop: Westminster's Best of Breed Photos at NYTimes.com

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Fred R. Conrad, a New York Times photographer, took some excellent posed photographs of the Best of Breed winners at the recent Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

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The photos are sorted by group--Herding, Hound, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy, Working. You can browse them in either list or grid format here Westminster's Best of Breed | New York Times.

Click for more information on Dog Breeds.

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February 7, 2013

PetScoop: The Cat Won -- Hasbro Announces New Monopoly Token

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Pawtucket, RI based Hasbro has announced that the new Monopoly token will be--of course, the cat. The iron token will be permanently removed from the box.

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Monopoly fans all over the world participated in the contest on Facebook. New versions of Monopoly with the new cat token will be released later this year.

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June 18, 2012

PetScoop: Pet "Parent" or Pet "Owner" -- These Terms Have Real Legal Ramifications

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People who live with pets often refer to themselves as pet "parents", rather than "owners". The state of "owning" another being objectifies him or her and seems to turn the pet into a "thing", or even a "slave". This makes us uncomfortable since we love our pets to pieces, and many of us don't think of them as possessions, but as members of our families.

However, these terms have real-life legal ramifications that may come as a surprise. This mind-blowing Pet Parents or Pet Owners: What's in a Name | Dogs Naturally Magazine points out that changing the word from "owner" to "guardian," "custodian," "keeper" (as has happened in the entire state of RI and 40 cities) may just strip us of our constitutional rights towards our pets.


It boils down to our founding document, the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution gives citizens the right to "own" property, and not be deprived of that property without Due Process of Law. "Guardians" have no such rights. If you think that no one cares enough to want to deprive you of your rights of "guardianship," look no further than the Animal Rights organizations, with PETA at the helm."

Attorney Genny Wall adds, "If we are 'Guardians' rather than owners, then ultimately it will be the State, and not the individual, who has the power to say who will care for the animal, how it will be cared for, where it will reside, what medical treatments it will or will not undergo, and who will make all the other decisions regarding the health, welfare, life and death, or destruction, of that animal.

Read Pet Parents or Pet Owners: What's in a Name | Dogs Naturally Magazine.

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May 22, 2012

PetScoop -- Gentle Leader Quick Release Head Collar May Have a Defect

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There is news about the popular Gentle Leader Headcollars. The collars sold from August, 2011 through this May 10, 2012 may have a defect in the quick-release neck strap buckle. The defect causes an unintended release.

Mistakes happen, but none of us want to unexpectedly be dealing with a pet on the loose. The issue has since been corrected, and the company recommends inspection for all Gentle Leader Headcollars purchased during and prior to this period. They promise to replace any that contain the defect.

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For more info, click here for Premier Pet's site where they say they "take this matter seriously and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation." At Gentle Leader Headcollars.

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May 9, 2012

PetScoop: Kmart Begins New Market Program Selling Prescription Pet Meds

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Now pet owners can buy for the whole family at Kmart Pharmacy. Kmart is introducing prescription pet medications at its stores and online at CPI, url: http://pets.kmart.com/.

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Sounds easy and convenient, but where is proof of the Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites Accreditation? The customer needs to know they are purchasing drugs and devices from an online pharmacy that is properly licensed and complying with state and federal laws and regulations. We couldn't find the above seal on their site.

Two sites that do have the accreditation are PetCareRx and 1-800-PetMeds where you can save $5 off your order using code WEBC5 and save 5% on your order using code W5PER.

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May 7, 2012

PetScoop: Recalled Diamond Dry Pet Foods Now LInked to Human Salmonella Infections

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Looks like much of the Diamond Pet Food is a diamond in the rough. Since April 6, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods voluntarily recalled three dry dog food products. More information on these recalls, including the products subject to recall, can be found on the FDA website.

Now these multiple brands of dry pet food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a single manufacturing facility in South Carolina have been linked to some of the human Salmonella infections. Read the CDC's Advice to Consumers.

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May 4, 2012

PetScoop -- The Shops at Target Online and Retail Featuring Polka Dot Bakery for Pets Launches This Sunday

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Next time you are over at Target, you will be able to splurge on gourmet treats for your best buddy. The Shops at Target will launch this Sunday, May 6 at all retail locations and online, lasting for six weeks only, with prices ranging from $1 to $160. The shops include Polka Dog Bakery Pet Items, a Boston, MA treat and pet product boutique for dogs.

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The other boutiques are The Webster House (clothing store, Miami, FL), Privet House (home accessories shop, Warren, CT), The Candy Store (San Francisco, CA), and The Cos Bar (cosmetic shop, Aspen, CO).

24850_The Shops at Target + Spend $50 Get Free Shipping on Select Items - Opens 5/6
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