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Merrick Pet Care, Zuke’s Pet Nutrition Announce Merger

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Both are part of Nestlé Purina PetCare.

Zuke’s Pet Nutrition and Merrick Pet Care announced that they are merging.

The companies said in a media statement that they’re “joining together to build one organization to better serve pet specialty and to realize Zuke’s growth potential among pet parents and their active, healthy dogs.”

Zuke’s, a maker of dog treats and supplements, is currently based in Durango, CO, and will continue to have a presence there as an innovation hub. Other business functions will be consolidated within Merrick Pet Care, which is based in Amarillo, TX, and makes natural and organic pet food, according to the statement.

Both Zuke’s and Merrick are part of the Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. Merrick continues to operate independently from Purina. The integration is expected to be completed in the spring.

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“When you take our strong legacy and deep expertise in natural treats plus Merrick Pet Care’s premium, fast-growing brands, you have a terrific recipe for success in pet specialty,” said Brent Gleckler, general manager for Zuke’s. “We’re looking forward to this next phase of our growth.”

Greg Shearson, CEO of Merrick Pet Care, said his company is “excited to have the Zuke’s business join our portfolio.”

“This is a great fit as both Merrick and Zuke’s were built by passionate founders determined to provide optimal nutrition for pets,” Shearson said. “Together, we can better meet the growing demand for the highest quality pet food and treats.”

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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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