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SPCA says more dog owners are giving up on their Chihuahuas
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The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has seen a jump in the number of Chihuahuas in its care recently due to tough economic times and an increase in the dogs' popularity, a spokeswoman said. The organization has seen about a 4 percent increase in the number of Chihuahuas it has received since July, SF/SPCA spokeswoman Tina Ahn said. More


Bill to ban imported large snakes advances
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A bill approved Thursday by a U.S. Senate committee would ban the importing of large constrictors like the Burmese pythons that have invaded South Florida. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. In addition to Burmese pythons, it lists reticulated pythons, two types of African pythons, boa constrictors and three species of anaconda, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. More


FDA launches pet-health and -safety widget
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched a widget last week that can help distribute user-friendly public-health information. For the non-techies among you, a widget is a small cluster of computer code that can be copied onto Web pages. Widgets come in many shapes and with many functions, but this one will basically allow bloggers or pet stores to feature constantly up-to-date information supplied by the FDA on their own site. More




H1N1 Test for Cats and Dogs Now Available
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Idexx Reference Laboratories of Westbrook, Maine, reports that it has introduced a canine and feline H1N1 Influenza Virus RealPCR Test. The test, which is in response to concern about the spread of the virus, is designed to help veterinarians diagnose and manage patients with suspected respiratory infection. More


Operation Green
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A pet boarding facility isn't a venture typically positioned at the cutting edge of green business models, but Pet Camp, a dog daycare and cat and dog boarding facility based in San Francisco, is leading the way. Owned by Mark Klaiman and his wife and business partner Virginia Donohue, Pet Camp successfully marries environmental stewardship with business savvy, resulting in a pet care service company that caters to pets, serves the community and benefits the planet - while making a profit. More


Snif Labs reinvents as General Sensing, drops RFID pet tracker
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Better just get Fido a bone this Christmas: Snif Labs has discontinued the RFID-enabled collar accessory it launched last November, designed to track pets' exercise and social activity. Snif Labs founders, who spun the company out of MIT's Media Lab in 2005, are abandoning their Snif Tag and just over a year after they brought the product to market. More
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