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Archive for August 2014

Pet Food Trends

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The vast majorities of pet owners considers their pet a member of the family, and thus are transitioning to healthier food options for their pets. In fact, nearly 80% of pet owners say the quality of their pet’s food is as important as theirs, and nearly 40% of US households now have a dog, which…

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Pet Obesity

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Obesity is not only an epidemic in humans, but also approximately half of America’s dogs and cats are overweight. According to Ernie Ward, DVM, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 44 percent of dogs are overweight and 10 percent are clinically obese. The results are even more startling when looking at felines, as…

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Pet Food Labeling

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Trying to decipher food labels on human food is hard enough, but understanding pet food label is even more difficult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set guidelines and standards for pet food and provides a summary of labeling rules. When a product advertises a particular meat in the name of the food, the…

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Pets Can Disturb Sleep

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A study by the Mayo Clinic, finds an increase in the number of people experiencing sleep disturbances because of their pets. 110 patients at the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Arizona provided information about pets at night as part of a comprehensive sleep survey. It was determined that whether it be because of…

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Male only Mosquitos

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British researchers claim to have figured out a way to eliminate biting mosquitoes. Since female mosquitoes drink blood when they are producing eggs, and male mosquitoes sip nectar, scientists discovered they could accomplish the goal of stopping mosquitoes from biting by eliminating the female offspring. Like humans, the sex of a mosquito is determined by…

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Bone Marrow Transplants for Dogs!

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Dr. Steven Suter, VMD, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology), a professor of oncology at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, is using Bone Marrow Transplants (BMT) to treat dogs with Lymphoma. This is the most high tech facility in the country performing this type of procedure. At NC State/CVM, they are performing both…

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Chihuahuas Need Homes

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Arizona’s most popular exports have long included the 4 C’s: Copper, Cattle, Citrus and Cotton. Lately, Chihuahuas could be added to that list! In Arizona, and much of the southwest, Chihuahuas are in excess, and there is overpopulation in animal shelters. The breed, which comes from Mexico, is so popular in some Phoenix neighborhoods that…

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Rodenticide – what’s new with Rat Poison?

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In 2008 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to prohibit the use of second-generation or long-acting anticoagulants in household rodenticides. Manufacturers were forced to be compliant with these regulations in 2011, and many now use bromethalin instead of anticoagulants in their products. Bromethalin is a neurotoxin that affects the part of the cell which…

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