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Indie Pet Stores Respond to FDA, CDC Advisory on Pig Ears and Salmonella

The announcement was met with pushback from some pet business owners.

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Just like with the FDA’s updates about pet foods named in reported cases of DCM, its statement Thursday with the CDC “advising consumers to avoid all pig ear pet treats and retailers to stop selling all pig ear treats at this time” due to salmonella contamination of certain brands met with pushback from independent pet business owners.

On Facebook, Felix & Oscar in Springfield, VA, said they “wholeheartedly disagree with the FDA on this subject.” They stood behind the pig ears they sell: “We only carry US made and sourced pig ears that have not been made part of any recall, and we instead like to focus on the education of all of our customers, instead of driving attention toward scary headlines and over the top claims.”

Lewis and Bark’s Outpost in Red Lodge, MT, also stood behind its products, providing context and sharing tips for handling any dog treat or food.

Treats On a Leash in Ames, IA, kept it short and sweet on Facebook after co-owner Barb Morris talked to their supplier.

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On Friday, she told PETS+:

“When we first heard of the recalls, we reached out to Artvark Pet and were reassured that all of their pig ears are tested for bacteria and were not part of the recall. Once we had that information in hand, we were able to reassure customers our product was fine.”

Morris focuses on customer education when the FDA releases a statement on a pet product.

“The advisories do result in customers coming in with questions. People often read a headline related to an advisory (which can be very misleading) and don’t take the time to read the articles themselves. We try to be proactive by posting about these on social media, however we still have people who come in with questions. We remind them that because we are a small business, we vet and know sourcing information on all of our products and are very careful about the products we carry in our store. Letting our customers know we are watching out for them and their pet is the only way to gain and retain our customers’ trust.”

Finally, Vital Essentials shared a link to its website and a blog post on the topic as it relates to the pig ears in its VE RAW BAR.

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The Grateful Dog Bakery Inc. in North Ridgeville, OH, shared a link to the Vital Essentials post.

Brown Dog Bakery in Ankeny, IA, also worked to ease panic among its customers.

Artemis at The Dog Store in Alexandria, VA, stands behind Vital Essentials pig ear chews.

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How are you handling the FDA advisory as it relates to customer communication? Comment here to have your post included in this story.

Pamela Mitchell is the senior editor at PETS+. She works from her home office in Houston, TX, with Spot the senior Boston Terrier as her assistant.

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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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