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How legalization of marijuana impacts the veterinary world
Kate Hessong
Recreational marijuana is now legal in four states and Washington, D.C., and 19 more states have legal medical access. The use of the drug is rising in the United States, and the states who have legalized it for recreational use have seen a huge amount of money come in through taxes. It is estimated that if all 50 states were to legalize, they could be making more than $3 billion a year in taxes alone. While this money may be a motivator for some industries, others are starting to see the effects of the day-to-day use of this drug, causing them to think about the benefits versus the damage it could cause.
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Latest in training and behavior products
Pet Product News
Training and behavior products are an important segment — not just for retailers, but for pet owners, as well. Larry Cobb, vice president of sales, marketing and operations for The Company of Animals in Bridgeport, Connecticut, said head collars, harnesses and behavior products are on the rise across the world as people look for kind and comfortable solutions to problems they might have with their pets.
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Reducing employee turnover: 4 strategies that work
By Bianca Gibson
By the time your top talent is in an exit interview, it's too late to determine what could have been done differently. But, how you react to the situation can make all the difference. A new survey discovered that 40 percent of human resource professionals cite employee turnover/retention as their top organizational challenge. Employee retention does not rely solely on recognition and engagement, but requires an assortment of key elements.
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FTC pushes for more competition in pet medications market
The Federal Trade Commission released a report in May finding that veterinarians will continue to face increasing competition from nonveterinary retailers for pet medication sales — and recommending ways to make the pet medications market even more competitive. The FTC began exploring the subject of pet medications largely in light of introduction of the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, which would require veterinarians to provide pet owners with written prescriptions in every instance.
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Three Dog Bakery receives new certification
Pet Age
Three Dog Bakery recently earned BRC certification, a management scheme recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative board. The designation indicates that the company's manufacturing meets internationally recognized food safety standards. This important achievement has propelled Three Dog Bakery to new growth and opened doors for further business expansion.
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How Obama's new proposed overtime rule affects your business
By Jessica Taylor
An important change in the American workplace is occurring — and it could affect you and your business. A proposed new rule regarding overtime pay would mean increased paychecks for up to 5 million workers, according to the Obama administration. A proposed adjustment to the Fair Labor Standards Act — establishing the 40-hour workweek and rules for working overtime — would raise the salary threshold for overtime for the first time since 1975.
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Massachusetts lawmakers consider bill to allow owners be buried with their pet
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow pet owners to be with man's best friend even in the afterlife. A new bill to allow cemeteries to bury deceased pets with their former owners was discussed during a Joint Committee on Public Health hearing June 23. Massachusetts law currently prohibits cemeteries from letting humans and animals be buried together.
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Teeth Treat is now made in the USA
Pet Product News
Ilio Dentals Teeth Treat is now made in the USA. The company will showcase the product at SuperZoo in Las Vegas, held July 21-23. Teeth Treat is a dental dog treat that freshens breath and assists in reducing tartar buildup and the chance of gum disease, the company reported. Teeth Treat is made of quality, easy-to-digest ingredients.
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Ohio House OKs bill to make serious pet abuse a felony crime (The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle)
Supplements sales add up (Pet Product News)
Pet-centric inventors create useful tools to catch slobber, tame fur and cook food (Albuquerque Journal)
10 tips for managing the 'talent' in the fish room (Kevin Plazak)

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