Posts Tagged ‘Pet Owners’

Pets Can Improve Your Health and Aid in Recovery

June 19, 2008

There is now evidence showing that domestic animals not only provide great companionship, but they can also help prevent illness. A recent study conducted by the University of Minnesota has highlighted the importance of regular contact with pets. The study showed that having a cat for a pet can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by just under 50 percent.

The study included 4,500 adults between the ages of 30 and 75 years. The study participants were followed for 10 years. The conclusion was that cat owners had a 40 percent lower risk of a fatal heart attack.

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National Study Finds Your Pet’s Name Reveals Your Presidential Candidate Preferences

June 6, 2008

Based on a random national sample of 1,059 consumers, Strategic Name Development, Inc. discovered a significant correlation between the way we name our pets and the 2008 presidential candidates we prefer.

This new source of information has pinpointed some interesting associations between owners pet names and their preference for 2008 presidential candidates.

Highlights of the Study

  • Hillary Clinton may have more in common with John McCain than with Barack Obama: supporters of both candidates are more likely to give their pets derogatory nicknames.
  • McCain supporters frequently name their pets after past presidents and other notable political figures, including Jackson, Franklin, Garfield, Ike and, of course, McCain.
  • Clinton supporters have pets named Chelsea and Arianna. One assumes this is intended as a compliment. (See Graph: % of Pets Named After People)
  • Obama supporters are the most likely to use coined (or created) names for their pets: Bam-Bam, Gordo, Jinxie, Dog, Kitty Dawg and Puhduhduhduh.
  • Clinton supporters also favor suggestive names that describe their pets personality, including cuddly names like Dreamer and Cupcake. (See Graph: % of Pets With Suggestive Names)
  • Those who name their pets Rebel and Patriot are most likely to support John McCain.

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Keep your pets’ whistles wet

May 29, 2008

With forecasters predicting a hot summer (despite winter insisting on making curtain calls this year), keeping your pet well-watered is going to be, as important than ever.

And that goes for whether you’re at home, or taking your pet for a walk.

“Dogs, especially in the summer, will play past the point of exhaustion and they get into the danger of being dehydrated,” says Robert Church, owner of Petland Market Mall. “You want to make sure you’re always paying attention and not overworking your dogs.”

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Tainted pet food suit settled for $24 million

May 23, 2008
Menu Foods, other pet food makers and retailers involved in last year’s massive pet food recall will set up a $24 million cash fund to compensate pet owners, according to a proposed settlement filed Thursday in federal court.

The fund is expected to compensate thousands of pet owners in the U.S. and Canada who bought recalled pet foods made by Menu and 11 others. The products had a contaminated ingredient from China that sickened dogs and cats.

The $24 million is in addition to $8 million that pet food makers have already paid to pet owners. Legal fees and expenses, which haven’t been determined, will come out of the fund. The settlement, negotiated over the past seven months, would resolve more than 100 lawsuits by more than 250 plaintiffs brought in the U.S. and a dozen in Canada.

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Meetings with a Mutt? More Pets Share Office Space

May 21, 2008

Dogs and cats and fish, oh my! More than 63 percent of American households own a pet today, which equates to 71.1 million homes and a whopping 382.2 million pets, according to a recent American Pet Products Manufacturers Association survey of pet owners. So are Fluffy and Fido just hanging out at home, or are they going to work with their human companions?

Pets, it seems, are showing up in the workplace more than ever, with 30 percent of employers allowing workers to bring pets to the office, according to a recent consumer survey commissioned by The HON company, a leading designer and manufacturer of office furniture. Of those who actually bring their pets to work, the majority of Americans bring dogs (24 percent), followed by fish (12 percent) and cats (8 percent).

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How do you choose your pet?

May 6, 2008

Americans spent more than $41 billion last year on their pets, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. We spend more on our pets than movies, video games and music combined.

So, what does the type of pet you choose to pamper say about you? Many pet owners look for pets that reflect their own personalities, looks and lifestyle, experts say. But their expectations often are not in sync with their choices.

“People that like cats tend to be those that maybe are more reflective and appreciate the cat’s ability to be different and stand by himself and yet be affectionate on his own terms,” said Amy Shojai, a certified animal behavior consultant. “A lot of artists, a lot of writers and musicians, really enjoy having cats because they are not quite as demanding as dogs.”

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Dallas dog and cat owners object to proposal to curb pets

April 29, 2008

A plan to enact strict new rules for pet ownership in Dallas drew sharp opposition at City Hall on Monday, despite the City Council’s insistence that something must be done to address a massive and growing stray-dog problem.

Pet owners, breeders and dog show participants showed up in force to protest the proposed changes, which include mandatory spaying and neutering of pets and limiting Dallas households to a total of six cats and dogs.

“I do believe there is a stray-dog problem, but these particular changes won’t solve that,” said Sarah Hebler, owner of a Belgian Tervuren she doesn’t want to have fixed.

Many who attended the meeting said the plan will place new burdens on responsible pet owners and do nothing to stop people who don’t follow current regulations.

But city officials, including Animal Shelter Advisory Commission Chairman Robert “Skip” Trimble, said the city can’t stand by anymore while packs of dogs run wild in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

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