Thursday, March 17, 2011

US Pet Ownership Statistics - Pet Ownership on the Rise

According to the 2009/2010 National Pet Owners Survey by the APPA, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 71.4 millions homes.


In 1988, the first year the survey was conducted, 56% of U.S. households owned a pet as compared to 62% in 2008

The 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey gives the following breakdowns:

Number of U.S. Households that Own a Pet   
  • Birds - 6 Million
  • Cats - 38.2 Million
  • Dogs - 45.6 Million
  • Horses -  3.9 Million
  • Freshwater Fish - 13.3 Million
  • Saltwater Fish - 700,000
  • Reptiles - 4.7 Million
  • Small Animals-  5.3 Million
Total Number of Pets Owned in the U.S.

  •  Birds - 15 Million
  •  Cats - 93.6 Million
  •  Dogs -  77.5Million
  •  Equine - 13.3Million
  •  Freshwater Fish - 171.7 Million
  •  Saltwater Fish  - 11.2 Million
  •  Reptile - 13.6 Million
  •  Small Animals - 15.9 Million
* Ownership statistics are gathered from APPA’s 2009/2010 National Pet Owners Survey





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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Keep Those Irish Eyes Smiling - St Patrick's Day


Irish Wolfhounds date back to Roman times
(c) Jan Tik
Soon it will be St Patrick's day, and many millions of Canadians and Americans who proudly trace their roots back to Ireland have cause to celebrate. No, we don't mean people, we mean dogs!
We're all probably familiar with the Irish Wolfhound breed, but did you know that the American Kennel Club officially reckognises 8 "Irish" Dog Breeds?

"The rich and vibrant culture of the Emerald Isle extends beyond art and literature and touches the very foundation of some of our most devoted and fun-loving dog breeds," says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Many of these breeds have been warming our hearts and souls for much of AKC’s long history."


The breeds the AKC recognise as "Irish" are:

Glen of Imaal Terrier – named after a valley in the Wicklow mountains in Ireland. A hardy working terrier, who has the agility, freedom of movement and endurance to do the work for which it was developed. The Glen of Imaal Terrier makes a great docile companion for families with older children.

Irish Setters Renowned for their personalities
(c) schneemann2007
The Irish Setter – The Irish Setter was among the original breeds recognized by AKC at its inception in 1884. Irish Setters have rollicking personalities and require a good amount of exercise They are also loving companion dogs who enjoy the company of children.

Irish Terrier – Renowned for their loyalty and friendliness, Irish Terriers serve as mascots for the Notre Dame Football team.

Irish Water Spaniel – Another of the original 9 breeds recognized by AKC in 1884and also known at times as the "Shannon Spaniel," the "Whip-Tail Spaniel," and the "Rat-Tail Spaniel.", the Irish Water Spaniels, distinguishing features  are a topknot of long, loose curls and a body covered with a dense, crisply curled liver colored coat, contrasted by a smooth face and a smooth "rat" tail.

Irish Wolfhound – Irish Wolfhounds were documented in Rome as far back as the year 391 A.D. Irish Wolfhounds possess an extraordinary social temperament, as well as the intelligence to separate friend, family and foe.

Kerry Blue Terrier – The "Kerry Blue" from the Irish county of Kerryis known for his superior working and small game hunting skills. Kerry Blue Terriers make an excellent watch dog and herder of flock. 

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier – The name of this breed describes the characteristics of the coat–soft, silky, with a gentle wave, and of warm wheaten color. The "Wheaten" is  a quick learner and loves to travel with his owners. 

Irish Red & White Setter –The Irish Red & White Setter became an official AKC breed in 2009. Having  emerged at the end of the 17th Century in Ireland, the history of the breed is  mysterious.  Its original purpose was as a versatile hunting companion, providing food for the table. The make loving, loyal companians and best suited for a very active family.

Of course, as many of us know, there is a little bit of Irish in all of us, especially on St Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Take Action Early To Avoid Flea Plagues!

Avoid The Itch
As the temperature begins to slowly warm back up it is important for all pet owners to make sure that they are using flea control. Pet owners who don't take action will find they are simply setting themselves up for a flea plague.

Fleas and their eggs can survive indoors throughout the winter especially in a heated home as well as in the carpets, under furniture and in the pet’s bedding, etc. It is these fleas that are laying the eggs in the environment. As soon as the weather warms up, these eggs hatch all at the same time, causing a flea problem in plague proportions.

To avoid this happening to your pets, act early and get one step ahead of any flea problem that may arise. You will be rewarded by happier and healthier pets and not have the need to battle a massive flea plague all summer!

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Only days until the 2011 Annual CanadaVet Pet Photo Contest Begins!

There is now only a few days until our 2011 CanadaVet photo contest begins. If you haven't already got your photos ready now is definitely the time for some last minute camera action.

There are lots of chances for your pet to be this year's winner with all of the following categories set to receive a prize:

Best Pet Photo
(Open to all pets)

-1st prize
: Voucher worth $250 and a pet goodies gift basket full of great accessories and toys valued at $250. Total prize value: $500
     Best Dog Photo
    (Open to dogs only)

    -1st prize
    : Voucher worth $125 and a pet goodies gift basket full of great accessories and toys valued at $125. Total prize value: $250
    -Runner up: Voucher worth $50 and a pet goodies gift basket full of great accessories and toys valued at $50. Total prize value: $100
      Best Cat Photo
      (Open to cats only)

      -1st prize
      : Voucher worth $125 and a pet goodies gift basket full of great accessories and toys valued at $125. Total prize value: $250

      -Runner-up:
      Voucher worth $50 and a pet goodies gift basket full of great accessories and toys valued at $50
          Best Pet Costume/Outfit Photo
          (Awarded to the pet wearing the best outfit or costume)

          -1st prize
          : Voucher worth $50 and a pet goodies gift basket full of great accessories and toys valued at $50. Total prize value: $100
            Best BFFs Photo
            (Awarded to the best photo of two or more pets together)

            -1st prize
            : Voucher worth $50 and a pet goodies gift basket full of great accessories and toys valued at $50. Total prize value: $100
               Most Popular Pet Photo
              (Awarded to the pet photo with the most 'likes' on Facebook)

              -1st prize
              : Voucher worth $50 and a pet goodies gift basket full of great accessories and toys valued at $50. Total prize value $100
                Total Prize Pool =$1,500

                The contest starts on Monday, March 7, 2011 and closes at Midnight, April 7, 2011. So now is the time to start choosing which photos of your pet you will be submitting and be ready to enter them on Monday either on the CanadaVet Facebook Page or by filling in the submission form.

                Only five entries are allowed per person and all entries will then be moved into a special photo album on Facebook after submission for ease of viewing and voting.

                We wish everyone the best of luck and are looking forward to seeing some great pictures of all your pets!

                Click here to view our last years pet photo contest winners

                Click here to view a video of our last year's pet photo contest entrants on YouTube