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Pet Industry Spending Hits All-Time High

By Pet Product News Staff<p>Published: 2017.03.30 10:47 AM<p>Overall spending in the pet industry has surpassed previous spending by more than $6 billion, …

Pets

40% of Pet Owners Purchase Pet Products From Online Retailers

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internet is the new "pet parent," as a dramatic force reshaping the market landscape, according to …

Fun From the USA

Like their feline toy manufacturing counterparts, the list of companies now producing dog toys in the U.S. is growing, and their home-based …

Pets

U.S Pet Food Market Size & Share is Expected to Reach USD 30.01 billion in 2022

Sarasota, FL, May 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zion Market Research has published a new report titled <b>“Pet Food Market (Wet Food, Dry Food, Nutrition,</b> …

Pet Industry Market Size & Ownership Statistics

U.S. Pet Industry Spending Figures & Future Outlook<p>The following spending statistics are gathered by APPA from various market reseach sources and are …

Pets

For Pet's Sake: Identifying the Global Pet Food Potential

There’s very little that pet owners won’t do for their furry friends. In fact, our pets are often just as much a part of our families as our human …

When It Comes to Pet Food, Americans Look For Best in Class

In the U.S., 95% of pet owners currently consider their pets to be part of the family—up 7 points from 2007, according to a survey by Harris Poll. …

Pets

5 Tips for Staying Safe and Sane While Traveling With Your Pet

Our pets aren’t just <i>pets</i>, they’re our friends and family members, too. So sometimes, a family vacation isn't complete without them. Whether you're …

Pets And Owners Form A Mutually Beneficial Bond

A growing field of medical research aims to pinpoint exactly why pets can make us happier and healthier. Some studies show that animal interaction can increase a person's level of oxytocin, a hormone associated with love and trust. And the animals also benefit from positive human interaction.<p><b>Julie</b> …

If Dogs Feel Jealousy, It May Run Deeper In Us Than We'd Thought

Dr. Christine Harris co-authored a study that examined whether dogs exhibit jealous behavior, hoping to see if jealousy is an emotion unique to humans. Audie Cornish asks Harris: Does it take complex cognitions to trigger the emotion?<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>Earlier this week, we saw a small …

Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other

Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. But a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier.<p>That helps explain the increasing use of animals — dogs and cats mostly, but also birds, fish and even horses — in settings ranging from …

Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

Gazing into your dog's eyes apparently triggers happy feelings in both parties - suggesting that dogs really may love us back. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on April 16, 2015.)<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>If you're a dog owner, this question may have crossed your mind. Does she …

Scientists Probe Puppy Love

It's a question that bedevils dog owners the world over: "Is she staring at me because she loves me? Or because she wants another biscuit?"<p>Research published Thursday in the journal <i>Science</i> suggests that love (or something close) could be behind that stare. The work shows that when dogs and their …

Pets

So, You Think You Can Dance?

Humans dance. And we love to talk. If Aniruddh D. Patel, a neuroscientist at Tufts university, is right, there is a deep link between dancing and speech.<p>Humans are the only primate who can dance. Even our nearest relatives — monkeys, chimps, bonobos — can't manage to synchronize their movements to …

When 'Whole-Family' Cemeteries Include Our Pets

At Bonn-Oberkassel in Germany's Rhineland, two people were buried together with a dog 14,000 years ago.<p>At Lake Baikal in Siberia, such human-dog graves date to between 8,000 and 5,000 years ago; some of the dogs were buried wearing decorative collars.<p>Cats factor into this anthrozoological …

Pets

Yawning May Promote Social Bonding Even Between Dogs And Humans

Bears do it; bats do it. So do guinea pigs, dogs and humans. They all yawn. It's a common animal behavior, but one that is something of a mystery.<p>There's still no consensus on the purpose of a yawn, says Robert Provine, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Maryland, …

Neurology

How Guinea Pigs Could Help Autistic Children

Feeling a little awkward? Consider skipping the alcohol and grabbing a pet instead.<p>As any dog walker knows, it's easy — unavoidable, even — to strike up conversations with strangers when accompanied by a canine friend. Smaller animals like rabbits and turtles can also lubricate social …

How The Wild Hamster Was Tamed

In the spring of 1930, a biologist named Israel Aharoni ventured into Syria on a mission. He was searching for a rare golden mammal.<p>Its name in Arabic translates roughly as "Mr. Saddlebags." Thanks to Aharoni, the little rodent with the big cheeks can now be found in many grade-school classrooms, …

Don't Feed Parrots Chocolate, Despite What Happens In Minecraft

In the game Minecraft, a chocolate chip cookie will tame a parrot, but they're poisonous to the birds in real life. Minecraft has promised to update the game.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Polly want a cracker? How about a chocolate chip cookie? Players in the "Minecraft" video game can befriend a …

Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness

Any pet owner will tell you that their animal companions comfort and sustain them when life gets rough. This may be especially true for people with serious mental illness, a study finds. When people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder were asked who or what helped them manage the condition, many …

Mental Health

Pet-Directed Speech May Convey Intentions In Subtle Ways

You know that voice we tend to use when speaking to babies?<p>It's a sing-song voice, one with higher pitch, shorter phrases with simpler grammar, slower speech rate, more repetitions, and greater contrast in our vowels. It's called "motherese" or, more accurately, IDS (for infant-directed speech).<p>We …

Psychology

Pet Rat In Vancouver Overdoses On Heroin, Saved By Narcan

Volunteers at an overdose prevention site in Vancouver, Canada, say they saved the life of a rat named Snuggles after the little rodent overdosed on heroin.<p>Sarah Blyth, who co-founded the organization behind the prevention site, wrote about the rescue on Twitter. While Snuggles was initially …