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Petco Buys Pet Insurance Marketplace

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The site offers insurance plan descriptions and comparisons.

Petco has acquired pet insurance marketplace PetInsuranceQuotes.com.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The site provides detailed insurance plan descriptions and comparisons for both dogs and cats, as well as facts on how the pet insurance industry operates, according to a press release. The platform features companies such as Trupanion, Healthy Paws, Petplan, Pets Best, Embrace, Pethealth and Nationwide.

“By helping pet parents find the perfect policy to protect their four-legged family member, we hope to ease the stress and panic pet parents face when their beloved pets run into health issues,” said PetInsuranceQuotes.com founder Nick Braun. “We’re excited to bring awareness to the pet insurance market and share the simplicity of our purchasing process with Petco’s strong and loyal customer base.”

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As part of the acquisition, Braun will join Petco as general manager, pet insurance.

PetInsuranceQuotes.com, which was founded in 2011, joins Petco’s suite of pet wellness offerings, including online pet advice service PetCoach, life stage-focused subscription service PupBox and in-store grooming, training and veterinary services, the release notes. Petco’s new Pet Insurance Center at petco.com/petinsurancequotes includes articles, advice, feedback, testimonials and how-to guides on pet insurance.

“At Petco, we never want to see a pet parent make difficult decisions or hesitate to make the very best choices for their pet’s health purely because of cost,” said Brock Weatherup, executive vice president, strategic innovation and digital experience, at Petco. “We believe all pet parents should have pet insurance, but we know that understanding and navigating pet insurance choices can be confusing and overwhelming. By bringing PetInsuranceQuotes.com’s easy-to-use healthcare system to our customers, we’re making the choice as simple as possible and further expanding our ability to offer personalized solutions for complete pet health, serving every pet parent’s needs, at every step of their journey.”

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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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