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Half of Pet Owners Are Making This Mistake — and Most Vets Aren’t Helping

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It leads to environmental problems.

CORVALLIS, OR – Many pet owners have no idea of the correct ways to get rid of leftover heartworm pills, bottles of flea shampoo and other care products they longer need – and more than half of veterinarians aren’t helping, a study has found.

Researchers at Oregon State University discovered that more than 60 percent of veterinary care professionals do not counsel clients on the environmental stewardship aspect of medicine disposal. The findings represent an opportunity to dramatically reduce watershed contaminants, according to a press release from the university.

“People are just starting to understand the impact that discarded pharmaceuticals and personal care products have on the environment,” said Jennifer Lam, the study’s corresponding author. Lam worked on the research while a graduate student in marine resource management.

“This study opens the door and shows a communication gap, shows where there’s an opportunity to help educate people,” she said. “There’s not much communication going on between veterinary care professionals and their clients on how to dispose of expired pet medicines, meaning there’s a lot of potential for those professionals to help their clients learn what to do.”

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Lam, now a senior analyst for Blue Earth Consultants, and other researchers at OSU surveyed 191 pet owners. They found that nearly half discarded unneeded care products and medicine in the garbage.

Researchers surveyed 88 environmental educators and 103 veterinary care professionals. The survey found that 61 percent of the veterinary professionals did not share information about proper disposal with their clients. And the 39 percent who reported sharing that information did so only 19 percent of the time.

Lam said barriers to communication include lack of knowledge about proper disposal, time, cost and lack of concern on the part of both client and care provider.

The national Sea Grant program is partnering with the American Veterinary Medical Association to promote proper disposal of pharmaceutical and personal care products: dropping them off at a take-back event or bringing them to a depository such as those in place at some police stations and college campuses.

This research was funded in part by Oregon Sea Grant. Findings were published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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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.

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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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