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Animal Nutrition Product Maker Announces Acquisition

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It bought a maker of oral care products for pets.

CHESTERFIELD, MO — Manna Pro Products LLC, a Missouri-based manufacturer and marketer of animal nutrition and care products, has acquired PetzLife Products Inc., a provider of all-natural oral care products for dogs and cats.

PetzLife will become a part of Manna Pro’s Pet Care/Companion Animal business. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Spring Park, MN, PetzLife has been selling its Complete Oral Care dental products to the pet health market for more than 15 years. The products are sold in more than 7,000 veterinarian offices.

In addition to its Complete Oral Care product line, PetzLife also markets dental chews, tooth and finger brushes, tick and ear mite repellents, wound care products and waterless shampoos and conditioners.

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“Dental health and hygiene are major concerns for pets and their owners,” said Manna Pro Vice President of Marketing Beth Rogers. “According to data published by the research firm Packaged Facts, U.S. retail sales of pet oral care products are estimated to grow at an annual rate of approximately 5 percent to nearly $1 billion by 2020. PetzLife all-natural products have won the trust and confidence of pet owners, veterinarians, groomers and pet storeowners. They are a great fit for Manna Pro’s growing portfolio of well-respected companion care animal brands.”

“We are excited to be a part of Manna Pro, a company with excellent product lines and a robust sales and marketing infrastructure that will help us to expand our customer base and achieve further success in improving pets’ health and lives,” said PetzLife’s owner and President/CEO Bud Groth.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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