• Dog

    Most Dog Breeds Highly Inbred

    Dog breeds are often recognized for distinctive traits — the short legs of a dachshund, wrinkled face of a pug, spotted coat of a Dalmatian. Unfortunately, the genetics that give various breeds their particular attributes are often the result of inbreeding. In a recent study published in Canine Medicine and Genetics, an international team of researchers led by University of California, Davis, veterinary geneticist Danika Bannasch show that the majority of canine breeds are highly inbred, contributing to an increase in disease and health care costs throughout their lifespan. “It’s amazing how inbreeding seems to matter to health,” Bannasch said. “While previous studies have shown that small dogs live longer…

  • Pets News

    Cat owners to be obliged by law to have pets microchipped

    Thousands of lost or stolen cats could be reunited with their owners every year under plans to make microchipping compulsory by law. Vets and animal-lovers welcomed the announcement but said the government should urgently tidy up the patchwork of pet databases that hinder animals being found. Critics have previously pointed out that government-approved databases are independent commercial enterprises with different processes and often rank highly on internet search engines. The government drew up its compulsory microchipping plan after a sharp rise in pet thefts and lobbying by heartbroken owners, as well as rescue centres being overwhelmed with lost or unwanted pets. Under the plan, keepers of the UK’s 10.8 million…

  • Animal nutrition

    The Latest in Small Animal Nutrition | Pets & Products

    Anna Bizon Small animals have long been the go-to choice for people who want a playful pet companion that doesn’t take up quite as much space as a cat or dog, as well as for parents with young children who strive to teach their kids responsibility, care and compassion. Whether first-time or lifelong small pet owners, consumers in this space are doing more online shopping and research than ever before, while also seeking guidance from traditional pet stores regarding care and behavioral needs, not to mention which small animal products will provide the most convenience, safety, and the highest quality of life for their furry little friends.    Maintaining Balanced…

  • Pet Food

    Wet pet food continues ascent, especially for cats

    Is dry pet food’s decades-long dominance on the wane? The popular, convenient product format is not going away anytime soon, but it’s taking on challengers, particularly wet pet food. In the U.S., dry pet food still enjoys a 60% market share, according to Packaged Facts’ latest report, “U.S. Pet Market Update: Pet Food Focus, 2021.” Yet wet pet food now accounts for 36% of the market, and a breakdown of usage rates among U.S. pet-owning households highlights the rise of that format, most notably among cat owners. Wet cat foods and treats on the march Packaged Facts has tracked usage data for dry dog and cat food, as well as…

  • Pet Supplement

    Worldwide Pet Supplement Industry to 2026

    DUBLIN, Dec. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The “Pet Supplement Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. Research and Markets Logo The global pet supplement market exhibited moderate growth during 2015-2020. Looking forward, the publisher expects the market to grow at a CAGR of around 6% during 2021-2026. Keeping in mind the uncertainties of COVID-19, we are continuously tracking and evaluating the direct as well as the indirect influence of the pandemic. These insights are included in the report as a major market contributor. Pet supplements assist in providing adequate nutrition to pets depending upon their size and breed. For…

  • Animal Care

    Berkeley County animal shelter accused of withholding animal care

    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Calling allegations in the case “completely ludicrous,” Berkeley County’s sheriff said there’s been progress to improve conditions at a county animal shelter that is coming under scrutiny after an animal welfare group filed a court action centered on the treatment of cats and dogs there. The animal welfare group, Bethesda-based Alley Cat Allies Inc., alleges in a Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia case that various animals at Berkeley County Animal Control at 700 S. Queen St. went days without necessary medical treatment. And the group alleges the actions are a pattern at the facility. The nonprofit organization filed a petition for a writ of mandamus against Berkeley…

  • Cat

    Beloved cat returned to Massachusetts owner after over 18 months

    A Kingston, Massachusetts, woman did all the usual things when her cat went missing, including distributing fliers and contacting animal control.But Lanie Hatch’s 4-year-old calico cat, Olivia, was nowhere to be found. The months stretched into more than a year and the indoor cat was still missing somewhere in the great outdoors. “We never thought we would see her again,” Hatch said.About 18 months after her beloved pet escaped, Hatch moved from Kingston to Cape Cod. From a distance, she tried one more time to send fliers to her old neighborhood.One Kingston resident who saw that plea was Amy Archer, who later spotted Olivia. “I saw a cat staring right…