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Now your pets can poop at the airport like the civilized creatures they are
Now your pets can poop at the airport like the civilized creatures they are
Kennedy Airport may be in the toilet for fliers, but now it's No. 1 with their pets.
Caveman's best friends? Preserved Ice Age puppies awe scientists
Caveman's best friends? Preserved Ice Age puppies awe scientists
The hunters searching for mammoth tusks were drawn to the steep riverbank by a deposit of ancient bones. To their astonishment, they discovered an Ice Age puppy's snout peeking out from the permafrost.
Is the goat the new dog?
Is the goat the new dog?
Researchers suggest the domesticated dog could be trumped by the capra aegagrus hircus (the domesticated goat) which is said to be brighter than its reputation might suggest and capable of creating deep emotional bonds with owners.
Pets in U.S. addicted to chicken; Spanish pets prefer variety
Pets in U.S. addicted to chicken; Spanish pets prefer variety
Despite being one of the biggest pet food markets in the world by value, America's pet owners appear unimaginative in their choice of pet food flavors.
Why you should support your local aquarium hobby clubs
Why you should support your local aquarium hobby clubs
I often hear about how hobbyist clubs (especially online forums) can be detrimental to local fish shops. The common complaints seem to be that they've built their own community, trading and buying amongst themselves. They group buy, want cheap prices a...
Arizona dog shelter to remove breed labels on adoptable pets
Arizona dog shelter to remove breed labels on adoptable pets
Don't judge a pooch by the color of its fur. A Valley shelter is removing breed labels from adoptable dogs, following a study at Arizona State University.
Could 'pro-GMO' labeling come to pet food?
Could 'pro-GMO' labeling come to pet food?
Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry, shares her insights and opinions on all things pet food, addressing market trends as well as news and developments in pet nutrition, food safety and other hot topics for the industry.
Honest Kitchen revises minimum advertised pricing policy
Honest Kitchen revises minimum advertised pricing policy
The Honest Kitchen has published a revised Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) Policy, which will further support the businesses of independent pet specialty retailers that sell its products.
Blueprints for success
Blueprints for success
Starting up a pet retail venture from scratch has never been a simple process. Even under the best of circumstances, enterprising new storeowners face a wide variety of challenges in getting their business off the ground—from finding the right lo...
How to text your sales prospects to increase conversions
How to text your sales prospects to increase conversions
Unlike texting while driving, texting while selling is not dangerous; in fact, it can be invaluable in helping sales teams meet their numbers. But before you fire off texts to all your leads, keep these tips and tricks in mind.
A hedgehog cafe is opening in Tokyo
A hedgehog cafe is opening in Tokyo
Back in 2014, Japan spearheaded what would become a global trend—cat cafes, a place for patrons to drink coffee in the company of cats. Now, cat cafes are popping up across the United States from New York to Oakland. Japan, however, has moved on.
DNA order in animal abuse case sparks privacy debate
DNA order in animal abuse case sparks privacy debate
A southern Ontario man admits he bound a dog's snout, neck and legs with electrical tape and left it for dead behind a shopping centre in Windsor, Ont.
Why cats are picky eaters
Why cats are picky eaters
When Fluffy turns her nose up at the bowl of food you've placed in front of her, don't take it personally. Your seemingly high-maintenance cat has evolution to blame for her picky eating.
High-protein pet food is trending, according to new report
High-protein pet food is trending, according to new report
According to new surveys from Packaged Facts, more pet owners are seeking high-protein foods for their pets.
City staff warn pet store ban could reduce monitoring of animal sources
City staff warn pet store ban could reduce monitoring of animal sources
The city is asking the public for advice on changes to a bylaw that regulates the city's pet shops.
Global pet food trends: Sales and volume rose 4 per cent in 2015
Global pet food trends: Sales and volume rose 4 per cent in 2015
The pet food market saw overall positive news last week, delivered during two webinars. First, GfK's two leading pet analysts reported that global pet food retail sales grew four per cent in 2015, to a total of about US$70 billion. Then Alltech rel...
Research — dog DNA examined for genetic links to behaviour
Research — dog DNA examined for genetic links to behaviour
Regular folk may watch the dog chase its tail for mere entertainment. But researchers want to explore such behaviour to see if it might be driven by something in the doggie DNA.
Superfoods: Pet food tracks another food super trend
Superfoods: Pet food tracks another food super trend
The ingredients list on the cat food bag sitting in my kitchen reads like something out of a foodie’s dreams, with foods like peas, salmon, flaxseed, sweet potatoes, alfalfa, blueberries and cranberries. Often falling under the category of so-cal...
Dog aging project aims to help dogs live longer, healthier lives
Dog aging project aims to help dogs live longer, healthier lives
People tend to outlive pooches. Yup, one downside of owning a dog is that, typically, humans outlive them by many years.
Boarders talk about the evolution of pet lodging
Boarders talk about the evolution of pet lodging
You know the drill: You hop online to order tickets for the whole family to that great theme park you’ve been dying to visit.
Syrian refugee cat makes his way to family in Canada
Syrian refugee cat makes his way to family in Canada
Naeila El Shatir considers her cat Sherry to be part of the family. When the Syrian refugee was given the chance to make a new life in Canada, El Shatir was determined to find a way for her beloved cat to join her in Regina.
Cat person, dog person, or neither? What your pet says about your personality
Cat person, dog person, or neither? What your pet says about your personality
You can't talk about pet owners without mentioning two of the biggest rivals in the pet ownership kingdom: cat people and dog people. In the United States, a whopping 39 per cent of households own canines, while 33 per cent own cats.
Fat cats on a diet: Will they still love you?
Fat cats on a diet: Will they still love you?
Maya has had a tough time slimming down. After 16 months of dieting, she's dropped 10 pounds and 6 ounces.
Protecting your brand on the internet
Protecting your brand on the internet
While browsing Facebook recently I noticed a picture of a pet business storefront. The caption was something along the lines of, "I just visited this store and saw the employee hitting a puppy for escaping from its exercise pen. I've called the authori...
Pet food for thought
Pet food for thought
Big Food's growth prospects have gone to the dogs. Funnily enough, that may be right where the solution lies.
Veterinarians can now offer US-based genetic preservation services and cloning of beloved animal ...
Veterinarians can now offer US-based genetic preservation services and cloning of beloved animal ...
ViaGen Pets has delivered the first American-born cloned puppy, a spunky Jack Russell Terrier named Nubia, who is a genetically-identical twin of the owner's beloved pet.
The top 25 pet retailers in North America
The top 25 pet retailers in North America
The latest edition of Pet Business' Top 25 Retailers list is populated with powerhouse pet store chains that continue to grow by leaps and bounds.
Retailers experience success due to employee engagement
Retailers experience success due to employee engagement
Management consultant Oliver "O. Lee" Mincey, who focuses on employee engagement and the attributes of great management, has nearly 25 years of training and leadership development experience. He has developed training and learning programs positively i...
Are millennials generation pet?
Are millennials generation pet?
Phones in hand, swiping through online product reviews, invisible dollars paying while drones deliver next day: The newest generation of consumers sure doesn't shop like they used to. Like it or not, the millennial wave of consumers is here — and...
Millennials and the pet industry: By the numbers
Millennials and the pet industry: By the numbers
More people share their love with pets and care about their health, well-being and quality of life more than ever, if a record $60.28 billion in overall pet industry spending is a measure of love. It's mind-boggling, in the best kind of way, for th...
Study finds link between pet health and drinking water
Study finds link between pet health and drinking water
We commonly receive claims for conditions related to pet urinary health. The most common we see are urinary tract infections, cystitis, urinary obstruction, and crystalluria for cats and urinary tract infections, incontinence, cystitis, and crystalluri...
FDA releases jerky pet treat investigation update
FDA releases jerky pet treat investigation update
During the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) initial investigation of pet jerky treats, which began in 2007 and ran through Dec. 31, 2015, the agency received approximately 5,200 complaints of illness associated with consumption of chicken, duc...
After Quebec bans pet cosmetic surgery, Ottawa vet urges Ontario to follow suit
After Quebec bans pet cosmetic surgery, Ottawa vet urges Ontario to follow suit
An Ottawa veterinarian says Ontario should follow the lead of most other Canadian provinces and ban cosmetic surgery for pets.
Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket merge forming largest and fastest growing small format specialty pet...
Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket merge forming largest and fastest growing small format specialty pet...
Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket announced that they have merged to create the third largest pet specialty retailer and the largest small format, neighborhood, pet specialty retailer in North America.
Do dogs or cats love their owners more?
Do dogs or cats love their owners more?
Both dogs and cats are wonderful pets — for the right owners.
Zoomark launches 'Aqua Project' for focus on aquariums, fish and corals at pet industry trade fair
Zoomark launches 'Aqua Project' for focus on aquariums, fish and corals at pet industry trade fair
For the first time, Zoomark International, Europe's leading B2B pet industry trade fair, will be featuring Aqua Project, a new floor area dedicated to the aquarium industry. The fair will be held May 11 to 14, 2017, at the Bologna Exhibition Center in ...
Psychology: Pets can be doggone good for us
Psychology: Pets can be doggone good for us
Have you ever wondered why so many people have pets? Throughout history human beings have cherished their pets and studies even suggest that some people love their pets more than their own family members! Known in research as the "human-animal bond" th...
Low-income Edmontonians get veterinarian support to keep pets
Low-income Edmontonians get veterinarian support to keep pets
As people struggle in a tough economy, their pets can end up feeling the pinch. That’s where the Alberta Helping Animals Society comes in.
New evidence shows the illegal pet trade is wiping out Indonesia's birds
New evidence shows the illegal pet trade is wiping out Indonesia's birds
Indonesians on the island of Java have an old saying: A man is considered to be a real man if he has a house, a wife, a horse, a keris (dagger), and a bird.
True Leaf announces private placement
True Leaf announces private placement
True Leaf Medicine International is pleased to announce that it intends to complete a non-brokered private placement of up to 19,047,619 common shares at a price of $0.105 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of up to C$2,000,000 (the ...
Pooch protection and profit: South Korea to overhaul pet sector
Pooch protection and profit: South Korea to overhaul pet sector
South Korea aims to regulate the increasingly common ownership of pets in a bid to promote an unsupervised sector that the government sees as economic growth opportunity, and to crack down on animal abuse and neglect.
Young customers attracted by pets
Young customers attracted by pets
Animal cafes are a popular place for youngsters in Japan to visit, particularly as many of them don't have pets themselves. CCTV's Terrence Terashima visited one such cafe in Tokyo and met customers enjoying companionship with their part-time pets.
Study: Homeless youth with pets less likely to use hard drugs, suffer depression
Study: Homeless youth with pets less likely to use hard drugs, suffer depression
A new study suggests that homeless youth who keep pets have lower levels of depression than their counterparts who are without a dog, cat, or even rat by their side.
Ask these questions the next time you conduct an interview
Ask these questions the next time you conduct an interview
We all know finding talent to staff your independent aquatic store can be tedious and time consuming. We want happy, hard-working people with a passion for aquatic life. We look for individuals who want to serve and to help, and are polite and mature.
Despite breed ban, Toronto dog bites increase
Despite breed ban, Toronto dog bites increase
Despite a breed-based ban culminating in a dramatic drop in the number of pit bull type dogs in Ontario, reported cases of canine bites has increased.
UniSA study of 3000 cat personality tests have uncovered feline personality traits
UniSA study of 3000 cat personality tests have uncovered feline personality traits
Cat owners who think of their pets as people may be closer to the mark than the rest of us think, according to South Australian scientists who have defined the five feline personality traits that are remarkably similar to those of humans.
A new breed of standards
A new breed of standards
The Pet Express retail chain seeks to elevate standards in the live-animal sales sector of the industry by setting the example and collaborating with retailers and breeders to raise the bar.
White House dogs will be wearing Canadian made boots
White House dogs will be wearing Canadian made boots
Esteemed etiquette expert Emily Post encouraged guests to come prepared with a gift when dining at someone else's home, and a visit to the White House is no different.
Nothing to sneeze at
Nothing to sneeze at
Food allergies and sensitivities are at the forefront of pet-owning consumer awareness these days, and when symptoms such as itching, scratching, poor coat quality or frequent ear infections are present, food ingredients often are looked to as the culp...
10 need-to-know Instagram facts
10 need-to-know Instagram facts
Instagram advertising has officially surpassed Twitter ads, according to a recent report from MarketingLand, and it’s a reminder that the golden age of Instagram for selfies and #TBT is still here. And it’s time for your brand to get on board.
Understanding canine social hierarchies
Understanding canine social hierarchies
The canine relationships in my house are friendly but complex. My young Collie mix, Jenny, regularly commandeers food and toys from my elderly Golden, Jack, taking them directly out of his mouth. He tolerates this with characteristic patience. This one...
Smile pretty: A groomer's role in pet dental health
Smile pretty: A groomer's role in pet dental health
I consider one of the most important aspects of a nose to tail assessment during check-in for each pet is noting the condition of the pet's teeth. Mind you, I do not just willy-nilly open up a pet's mouth. I exercise caution and approach with care as a...
Avoiding animal bites
Avoiding animal bites
Whenever I sell a new pet to a family, be it snake, hamster or water turtle, I always offer these parting words of wisdom: "Assume that at some point you will get bitten." If I sold puppies and kitties, I would say the same thing—and the conseque...
Egan: Pet shops without pets, and animals owning us
Egan: Pet shops without pets, and animals owning us
People and animals are in this constant tug of war. Is it not obvious the animals, save the odd unlucky lion, are winning?
New guidance for pets exposed to rabies
New guidance for pets exposed to rabies
New guidance in this issue of the JAVMA advises that cats and dogs that are exposed to rabies and are overdue for a vaccine can have a booster shot followed by an observation period rather than be subject to quarantine or euthanasia.
'Pet bereavement days' now offered by some U.S. companies
'Pet bereavement days' now offered by some U.S. companies
When Ava Myjak's nine-year-old wheaten terrier Mimi developed bone cancer, her pet's playful gait slowly lost its lightness. The heartbreaking sight of Mimi having trouble walking signalled to Myjak that it was time to do what she feared most.
Will pet food fall under new U.S. GMO labelling bill?
Will pet food fall under new U.S. GMO labelling bill?
Pet food shoppers increasingly say they look for non-GMO claims on labels and are even willing to pay more for pet foods with such claims.
B.C. government passes law to better protect cats and dogs at commercial breeders
B.C. government passes law to better protect cats and dogs at commercial breeders
The B.C. government says it has officially taken steps to improve the quality of care, management and the humane treatment of cats and dogs in commercial breeding establishments.
6 tips for smart budgeting
6 tips for smart budgeting
As a small business owner, you know that a good budget is essential to success. But it's easy to make some fundamental mistakes, experts say. Nicole Fallon Taylor, with BusinessNewsDaily.com, offers six tips for getting the budget right.
'Paw-ternity' leave for new pet owners a rising trend in U.K. business
'Paw-ternity' leave for new pet owners a rising trend in U.K. business
An increasing number of U.K. businesses are reportedly offering "paw-ternity" leave for new pet owners.
Your store layout is just as important as the products you sell
Your store layout is just as important as the products you sell
Retail business owners know that a handful of factors play into the success or failure of their store.
Who are millennial pet owners?
Who are millennial pet owners?
UltraPet is debuting Neon Litter this year, while pet food company Zoic cropped up last year. What do the two have in common? They're targeting millennials. UltraPet advertises its brightly hued litter as being perfect for millennials who want fun, fun...
So 1 dog year equals 7 people years? Not so fast...
So 1 dog year equals 7 people years? Not so fast...
Everyone says it: One year for a dog equals seven years for a human. But like a lot of things everyone says, it's wrong.