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Veterinary Chain Expanding in 3 States

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It just opened a new location — and more are planned.

DALLAS, TX – CityVet, a group of veterinary practices headquartered in Dallas, is opening a new location in Plano, TX — and it’s also planning other locations.

The Plano location is in partnership with Dr. Douglas Tucker, DVM, who has practiced in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for more than 20 years. CityVet-Preston Park, located at 4701 W. Park Blvd., will hold a grand opening event on July 15.

The Plano location is the first of several expansions planned by CityVet in Texas, Colorado and Georgia, according to a press release.

That includes two locations in Houston and two in Denver, all to open this year, the Dallas Morning News reports. The company plans to expand its footprint to Atlanta next year.

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According to the newspaper, a private equity agreement that CityVet signed with Leon Capital Group is helping drive the expansion. Leon acquires properties in various cities and leases them to the veterinary chain.

CityVet’s website currently lists eight location, including the new one in Plano. All are in Texas.

The firm’s business model includes veterinary care, full-service boarding and grooming and a healthy pet products retail store. The company describes itself as a “veterinarian-owned and veterinarian-led group of practices.”

According to the release: “CityVet’s ‘vet-led complete pet care’ provides support to veterinarians by building the business, systems, products, marketing and operational efficiencies, while the doctor has complete liberty to make day-to-day medical and business decisions and have equity as a partner.”

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US Pet Food Spending Falls to $28.9B

The segment accounts for 37% of total US pet spending.

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Pet food spending in the U.S. fell by 7.3 percent in 2018 to $28.85 billion, according to the Pet Business Professor blog.

The $2.27 billion decrease stood in contrast to 2017, when food spending grew by $4.6 billion “due to a deeper market penetration of super premium foods,” the blog’s John Gibbons writes.

A small increase in pet food spending had been anticipated in 2018. The unexpected decrease “was likely due to the reaction to the FDA warning on grain free dog food,” Gibbons explained, noting: “A pattern of over 20 years was broken by 1 statement.”

Pet food spending has been choppy since 1997, with the general pattern being “2 years up then spending goes flat or turns downward for a year,” according to the blog.

Total pet spending in the U.S. climbed by 1.9 percent in 2018 to reach $78.6 billion, according to the blog. The pet food segment accounts for 37 percent of total U.S. pet spending.

 

 

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Video: Brave Housecat Fends Off 3 Coyotes

This feline showed moxie.

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A cat in the Highland Park neighborhood could have been in serious trouble when three coyotes came along.

But Max, who belongs to Maya Gurrin, showed amazing courage, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Max was surrounded, and the coyotes were nipping at him. But Max showed no fear. He even caused one of the coyotes to back away and jump onto a nearby wall.

“He’s always been crazy,” Gurrin said. “Like, if this were to happen with any cat, it would be him.”

The entire scene was captured on security camera.

As tough as Max may be, his owners have nonetheless decided not to let him roam outdoors anymore.

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Dogs May Be More Perceptive Than We Ever Realized, Study Finds

Even untrained strays can read human gestures.

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Dogs seem to be able to interpret human gestures even when they’ve had no training, a new study has found.

As any dog owner knows, pet canines understand commands and gestures with ease. A group of researchers set out to determine whether these capabilities are innate or require training, according to a report from Frontiers Science News.

The researchers looked specifically at pointing, with Dr. Anindita Bhadra of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India, and colleagues studing stray dogs in several Indian cities.

“The researchers approached solitary stray dogs and placed two covered bowls on the ground near them,” Frontieers Science News reports. “A researcher then pointed to one of the two bowls, either momentarily or repeatedly, and recorded whether the dog approached the indicated bowl.”

About 80 percent of participating dogs successfully followed pointing gestures.

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“We thought it was quite amazing that the dogs could follow a gesture as abstract as momentary pointing,” Bhadra was quoted saying. “This means that they closely observe the human, whom they are meeting for the first time, and they use their understanding of humans to make a decision. This shows their intelligence and adaptability.”

The research was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

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