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More Pet Poisoning Cases Reported Amid Marijuana Legalization Trend

There were 1,800 marijuana-related emergency calls in 2018.

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As more states legalize marijuana, veterinarians are seeing more reports of marijuana poisoning among pets.

In Massachusetts, for example, numerous edible marijuana products hit the market when the drug was legalized, and in some cases pets have consumed them, Wicked Local reports.

One veterinarian, Dr. Kiko Bracker, said it’s typical to see several such cases a week. Recreational marijuana use became legal in Massachusetts in 2016.

The increase in Massachusetts reflects a trend that’s also occurring elsewhere, especially in other states that have legalized marijuana.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that there were 1,800 marijuana-related emergency calls in 2018. Ten years earlier, there were only 208.

Pets that ingest marijuana can experience symptoms such as sleepiness, vomiting and depression, Wicked Local reports. Death is possible, but rare.

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Bracker explained that the symptoms are similar to what a human experiences, but that in many cases the pet is ingesting a relatively higher dose given its lower body weight.

Read more at the Wicked Local

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Founder of Pet-Products Brand Dies At Age 70

Lance Reyniers launched the Python Products brand in 1984.

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Lance A. Reyniers, founder of Python Products in Milwaukee, has died.

He was 70. Reyniers passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, according to his obituary.

Python Products offers products for aquariums and ponds.

Reyniers launched the Python Products brand in 1984.

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Reyniers also served on the board of directors of World Wide Pet Suppliers based in Monrovia, CA. He chaired the Trade Show Committee.

Reyniers was a disabled Vietnam Era veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.

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Petco Bets Big On Same-Day Delivery

The deal gives nearly 70 million households access to Petco delivery.

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — Shipt, an online grocery marketplace, announced that it is launching same-day delivery of food, grooming and health products and supplies for pets from nearly 1,300 Petco stores across the country.

The service was set to begin April 18. The partnership gives nearly 70 million households access to Petco delivery in as soon as one hour across more than 200 total markets.

“At Shipt, we make shopping more convenient for our members by providing access to all their household and grocery needs, when they need it,” said Kelly Caruso, CEO of Shipt. “We’re thrilled to now offer the same convenient service for every member of the family, including pets. Our partnership with Petco demonstrates Shipt’s continued commitment to expand into new categories, make life easier for our members, and bring the store to their doors.”

Shipt’s marketplace gives members the ability to browse, search and shop the in-store assortment of products online. Members can note preferences, choose a one-hour delivery window and pay for their order, all within the app. Shipt’s expert team of shoppers takes care of selecting, bagging and delivering the items. The annual membership, which costs $99, grants access to free, unlimited delivery on orders of more than $35.

“We strive to provide a connected, seamless shopping experience that meets the needs of modern pet parents – no matter when, where or how they want to shop with us,” said Karime Benaissa, vice president and general manager of eCommerce for Petco. “We’re thrilled to add Shipt same-day delivery as another option and a new way for pet lovers to shop our highly curated selection of high-quality pet products, including our own WholeHearted food for dogs and cats, and other Petco exclusive products that can’t be found anywhere else.”

Shipt members can determine if delivery is available in their area by visiting shipt.com/petco.

RetailWire notes that Petco also has a same-day delivery arrangement with Instacart.

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State Bill Would Ban Pet Leasing

A few other states already have similar laws.

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A proposed law in Connecticut would ban the practice of pet leasing.

The legislation seeks to outlaw leases in which the new pet owners accept high interest rates and believe they are agreeing to a payment plan, the Connecticut Post reports.

Such agreements open the possibility of the pet being repossessed at a later date, according to the publication.

The state Senate approved the ban last week. The proposed legislation will now be considered in the state House.

Bob Duff, a Democrat serving as Senate majority leader, said: “As a pet owner myself, I could never imagine leasing a pet and then after six or nine months or whatever it is, giving it back. They might actually think they own the pet instead of leasing the pet.”

According to the Post, pet leasing has already been banned in Nevada, California and New York.

The Connecticut proposal would still allow for certain types of pet leases, including “those for breeding purebred dogs, renting show animals or obtaining guide or law enforcement dogs,” according to the Post.

Find out more at the Connecticut Post 

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