March 11, 2013 |
The business People love their pets. VCA Antech Inc. has been banking on that for more than 25 years. The company owns or manages more than 600 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada, with more than 3,000 veterinarians on staff. It also owns a network of diagnostic laboratories and sells radiography and ultrasound imaging equipment to veterinarians. Launched in 1986, VCA has grown through a series of acquisitions, helping to boost revenue even as visits to existing hospitals fell.
March 11, 2013 |
A four-year survey of a strange salmonella outbreak in children found that the culprits appear to be pet African dwarf frogs, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study released Monday in the journal Pediatrics is the first to link a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium to an amphibian species. Salmonella is typically a food-borne disease: Nontyphoidal salmonella sickens an estimated 1.2 million people per year, hospitalizing 23,000 and resulting in 450 deaths.
February 28, 2013 |
Kids with autism spectrum disorder could have a new ally in the classroom: animals. Autistic children who played with guinea pigs rather than toys were more talkative, made more eye contact and displayed a more positive attitude, according to a study in the journal PLoS ONE. The experiment, which tested 99 children in 15 classrooms with guinea pigs, found that animals could help students with autism improve relationships with their peers and teachers,...
February 23, 2013 |
The pipe-wielding man who broke into an exotic pet store, emptied the cash register and smashed some aquariums probably thought he left no witnesses. But he wasn't counting on Big Blue, a -- you guessed it -- big, blue tropical fish which survived six hours without water after the attacker fled. On Saturday, three days after the incident at Animal Instincts Aquarium and Pet Center in Fall River, Mass., Big Blue was back in a suitably large tank, and the reward money raised by locals to find his would-be killer had grown to $800.
February 22, 2013 |
This winter, NBC has learned the hard way just how fleeting victory can be. The network had its best fall in years. The new prime-time lineup got a welcome push from the Summer Olympics in London. The post-apocalyptic drama "Revolution" was a surprise hit after "The Voice," the singing contest that has turned into NBC's main entertainment draw. NFL games reigned supreme on Sundays. Mired in fourth place for years, NBC suddenly found itself No. 1 - a position it hadn't regularly seen in nearly a decade.
February 14, 2013 |
If your significant other grew up in the '90s, then unfortunately your Valentine's Day gift may be toppled this year by Bandai -- which has re-released its Tamagotchi pets for smartphones. The Japanese company revived Tamagotchi on Thursday with a new app for Google Play called Tamagotchi L.I.F.E., which among its feature has a "TOY mode" that lets users play with Tamagotchi pets just like they first did 16 years ago. Tamagotchi pets were popular in the 1990s. They were digital pets that users had to take care of on small, egg-shaped devices.
January 27, 2013 |
"Suspect," Robert Crais' 19th crime novel, which hit bookstores last week, introduces two new characters (and one new species) to the award-winning L.A. author's repertoire - LAPD cop Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie. The former TV writer, born in Louisiana, is perhaps best known for his 15 books featuring unorthodox detective Elvis Cole and his stone-faced partner, Joe Pike. "Suspect" is about an LAPD officer and an ex-military dog who both have PTSD, which makes them suspect.
January 19, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - She was just an ordinary brown mutt, a stray, but Pvt. Conrad Lewis loved her. Lewis, a British paratrooper in Afghanistan's Helmand province, adopted the dog and named her Pegasus. Everyone called her Peg. In his letters home, Lewis described Peg as a member of his military family: "I have taught her to sit and give me her paw.... She patrols with us, she is not afraid of the Taliban or their bullets. " When Lewis was on Christmas leave in Britain in 2010, he told his father, Tony, that Peg was so important to him that he wanted to bring her home when he returned from his deployment.
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January 14, 2013 |
LA MESA, Calif. - To Pat Wright, his beloved Fausto, Bailey and Tiger are smart, impish and endlessly entertaining, a counterbalance to the dreariness of modern life. To the state of California, the three domestic ferrets are outlaws, and Wright is a criminal for harboring them. California is one of only two states - Hawaii is the other - that ban the ownership of domestic ferrets. The California Fish and Wildlife Department fears that pet ferrets, a nonnative species, could escape, go feral and prey on native species and out-compete them for food.
January 9, 2013 |
Your elderly parents, living alone, haven't cracked open the fridge in days. Or they left the front door open late at night. Maybe they've fallen and can't get to a phone. Lowe's tapped into the fears of children living apart from their aging kin with its CES display of its new Iris Care system, which among other tasks can send an email to family members when an older relative doesn't get out of bed at the normal time. Elderly users can also carry a $30 pendant that they can use to trip an alarm and reach emergency contacts in times of distress.