A pending merger will put a number of the nation’s biggest veterinary care chains — VCA Inc., Banfield Pet Hospital, and BluePearl Veterinary Partners — under the ownership umbrella of candy and packaged foods giant Mars Inc. This deal will add VCA’s nearly 800 hospitals into what some critics say is a one-size-fits-all medical assembly line. [More]
Why Pet Owners Should Care About Banfield & VCA Animal Hospitals Coming Under Same Corporate Umbrella
Retailers are constantly attempting to one-up each other in services offered to customers. Recently that has meant introducing the quick delivery of products. Joining the likes of Amazon Now, Google Express, Best Buy, and Staples is PetSmart, you know, because you never know when you’ll unexpectedly run out of dog food. [More]
The mascot of Cesar brand dog food is a small, white, fluffy dog, but you are not supposed to find small, white, emphatically non-fluffy pieces of plastic in your dog’s wet food. Mars Petcare, the company behind the Cesar brand, has recalled dog food containers in the Cesar Classics filet mignon flavor, and multipacks that include that flavor. [More]
You may remember Diggy, the Michigan dog who appeared in an adorable selfie with his new owner, only to be threatened with losing his new home when the photo caught the attention of local police. They accused his new owner of violating a local ordinance, because Diggy appeared to be a pit bull. Now the town and owner have settled their dispute, and Diggy gets to stay in his home. [More]
When it comes to food, humans aren’t the only ones trending toward a slightly more premium product: J.M. Smucker Co. said today that its pet food sales in the U.S. fell more than 6% because picky pet owners just aren’t choosing Kibbles ’n Bits as much. [More]
As the proud pop of a pup, of course I want him to live as long and happy a life as possible. At the same time, I’d hope that any product claiming to be able to extend my dog’s years has the evidence to back up this boast. [More]
The internet of things provides convenience in basically any area of your life, but that technology can also become quite inconvenient when technical issues arise. For pet owners who used an auto-feeding system controlled by an app, that meant their furry friends might’ve missed a few meals when the app’s servers suffered an outage. [More]
What difference does it make if your dog is one breed or another? In cities that have breed-specific legislation on the books, it can mean the difference between keeping your pet and saying goodbye to a beloved pal.
Now that the weather is heating up and you’re ready to head outdoors for a cookout or dine al fresco at sidewalk cafe, you might want to bring your canine companion with you. But although it might be tempting to let Rover snap up any errant scraps you drop or feed Fido your leftover barbecue, you should make sure your pet stays away from some very common kinds of people food. [More]
The Food & Drug Administration is issuing a stricter warning for dog owners against xylitol, a common sweetener that’s found in many gum products as well as some nut butters, because it can “can have devastating effects on your pet.” [More]
A few years ago, we brought you a story about a pet store thief removing two puppies from a pet store by shoving them down his pants. Last week in Portland, OR, a pet store’s surveillance cameras caught a man on camera who used this method to conceal a pricey python and walk out of the store unnoticed. [More]
There are dog watchers, dog walkers, dog hotels, and dog salons, but when you just need to keep your pooch pal outside of a store for a couple of minutes while you run an errand, do you resort to the old “tie the leash to the parking meter” technique? A startup in NYC is betting that you’ll be willing to pay for the convenience of stashing your dog in a “curbside kennel” while you shop. [More]
There aren’t many things that Mississippi and Hawaii have in common, so it might be hard to fathom how an airline would mistakenly send a dog to one place instead of the other. But that’s exactly what happened over the weekend, when Bethany the Corgi took an unplanned trip to the island state. [More]
When a pet goes missing, the owners might post “Lost” fliers, call their local animal shelters, or simply look up the animal’s microchip in hopes of finding them. While the last option is used more and more, some owners say the way in which the microchip system works is flawed, leaving people with little hope of finding their pets. [More]
Keep your pooch away from your gum stash: experts are pointing the finger at xylitol, an ingredient used in sugarless gum, as the culprit behind a recent uptick in accidental dog poisonings.