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Pet insurance bill aims to regulate industry in California
California could soon start regulating the small but growing market for pet insurance under proposed legislation. A bill by Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D-Los Angeles, would set guidelines for the largely unregulated pet insurance industry, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Pets as partners: Growing number of young singles treat cats and dogs like replacement girlfriends and boyfriends
Alfredo Petrone says there's "something special" about his female companion Lucy. Shes good-looking, "chill" and she makes the stress melt away at the end of a long day. But Lucy isn't Petrone's girlfriend. She's his dog.
Andis introduces the convenient, cordless ProClip Pulse Ion clipper. With a rechargeable lithium ion battery that enables up to two hours of clipping, and an adjustable detachable blade, it’s the ultimate tool for grooming on the go. Now also available in pink & purple. To get more information visit our website at www.andis.com.
FDA seeks ideas for nanotech use in livestock feed
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is opening the door for livestock feed manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies to roll out nanotechnology products that could make animals gain weight faster or absorb medications more quickly.
Sweet suites for pets a rising trend for homebuilders
The Associated Press via Winston-Salem Journal
These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs. Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling these homes in 27 of its 190 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the WPA Pet Industry Briefs, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WPA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
The importance of plush toys
Every dog needs a toy box filled with action, distraction and lots of plush comfort toys. Plush toys do double duty in a dog's life. They are essentially soft, cuddly comfort toys, ideal to curl up with at snooze time. But, they also make great prey toys, ideal for carrying and shaking around as part of the innate canine prey drive to attack and kill them. They also fit into the action category because many of them are also great for playing fetch.
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