Dec
15
2016
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Nov
23
2016
For pet lovers and practice staff, shopping the day after Thanksgiving will invariably include pet-related gifts. And for friends and family who, by choice or circumstance, don’t have a pet, there are some furry alternatives. The toy company Hasbro’s Joy for All brand launched a new, life-like robotic dog on Oct. 3, reported Business Wire. And Paro, an interactive therapeutic robotic seal developed by Japan’s National institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, is being used across the United States in hospitals and senior living facilities, reported CNN Wire on Oct. 4....more
Nov
16
2016
No doubt, your favorite furry friend helped relieve some of the post-election stress. Luckily, the folks on Capitol Hill were able to do the same. The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative, Pet Partners, the Pet Leadership Council, and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council teamed up to bring therapy dogs to help Capitol Hill staffers on Nov. 9. The dogs helped staffers relieve stress, cheer up, and find comfort, reported Roll Call, a news source on Capitol Hill. ...more
Oct
27
2016
If you plan to include your pet in the Halloween festivities, you’re not alone. In fact, 16 percent of consumers plan to dress their pets in costumes this year, and 86 percent already know what that costume will be, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). The NRF conducted its 2016 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey on Sept. 6-13, and 6,791 consumers responded, sharing their Halloween costume plans for their pets. The pumpkin, hot dog, and bumble bee topped the list.
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Sep
29
2016
Hunting season began this month and prehistoric canine graves suggest that dogs, like many human hunters, have an ancient hunting legacy. A researcher from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany studied 110 dog burials in prehistoric Japan and concluded that dogs were valued as ideal hunting companions and may have been critical to human survival, reported Science Magazine. The study was published online in Antiquity, a journal of Cambridge University Press, on Sept. 15. ...more
Sep
21
2016
Backyard chicken raising continues to grow. Owners love these chickens, too. In fact, they may love them too much. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that an emerging public health trend in the form of increased outbreaks of salmonella. Source: The Washington Post ...more
Sep
15
2016
As fall approaches and thoughts turn to sponsoring a community event, you might consider stealing an idea from a recent canine art exhibit. MORE TH>N, a pet insurance company, commissioned British artist Dominic Wilcox to develop an art exhibit geared to a canine viewing audience. The result was Play More, a dog-specific exhibit that ran in London from Aug. 19-20. ...more
Jul
28
2016
Pets that have amassed 30,000 followers on social media are finding a celebrity status that draws marketers to them, reported Priceonomics, a content marketing company. And it’s becoming big business. “People are much lonelier than they used to be,” Kurt Gray, PhD, at the University of North Carolina, told Priceonomics. “So what do they do? They get a pet, or if they can’t, maybe because of their landlord, they spend all their time on YouTube looking at other people’s pets acting human.”...more
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