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As 2013 comes to a close, WPA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the WPA Pet Industry Briefs a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.


Why are jerky treats killing pets? FDA asks for help
USA Today
From Oct. 23: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking pet owners and veterinarians to help solve a mystery: Why have jerky treats sickened more than 3,600 dogs and cats and killed at least 580 of them since 2007? The agency needs details on more cases and more blood, tissue and urine samples from affected pets, according to a posted update. The FDA has sent letters to U.S. veterinarians outlining the needed testing.
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Why are PetSmart's insiders selling big?
The Motley Fool
From April 4: Purveyor of all things pet, PetSmart delivered a quarterly earnings release last month that evidenced continued expansion, though with a sales forecast slightly lower than hungry analysts demanded. But while near-term prospects may not be up to the Street's expectations, pet spending in general is forecast to continue growing at a nice clip in coming years.
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USDA cracks down on Internet pet sales
Pet Product News
From Sept. 11: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has narrowed the definition of a retail pet store in a move that brings more Internet animal sellers under federal oversight. The government issued a final rule that is expected to affect up to 4,640 dog breeders, 325 cat breeders and 75 rabbit breeders nationwide.
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Natura Pet Foods expands salmonella recall
Food Safety News
From April 21: Natura Pet Products, which issued a recall of select lots of four brands of pet food last month, has expanded its recall to include all of the company's dry pet food and treat products with expiration dates through March 24, 2014.
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SuperZoo displays latest, greatest pet products
KTNV-TV
From July 24: It's one of the biggest events of the year for the pet industry, and it happened in Las Vegas.
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Pet perspectives: Pet-ownership now a $52 billion industry
WBZ-AM
From June 10: "Pet-nation" is not far off the mark when you look at animal statistics in the United States. We have the world’s largest dog and cat populations, and pets outnumber people by 28 million. Pet ownership is booming, and Deborah Kochevar, dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, says the numbers only begin to tell the story.
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Pet businesses will prosper: Industry trends for 2014 and beyond
By Clarice Brough
From Sept. 10: Is your pet business stoked for the industry trends of 2014 and beyond? If you own a pet store or another pet-related enterprise, chances are your business concerns are similar to those of most pet operations across the United States. Here's a brief overview of the past trends, where we are now and the future outlook. As a pet industry player you will quickly learn how you and your business can prosper.
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Selling pet supplies is a dog-eat-dog industry
News & Observer
From Nov. 4: Frank Papa lost everything in 2002 after he decided to trade in his six-figure programming gig to open a 1,200-square-foot pet food supply shop he called Phydeaux. Over the first year, he separated from his wife, gave away his pets and sold his home and cars. For nearly two years, Papa slept on friends' couches, in the store, and places he didn't want to talk about. Over time, however, Papa transformed his small shop that centered on quality pet food and "old-timey" customer service into two nearly 15,000-square-foot stores. He expects Phydeaux's revenue to be more than $7 million this year.
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