Carnival of the Capitalists - Pet-Related Small Business Trends

Long_or_short_capital_header_3 If any of you aren't familiar with Carnival of the Capitalists, it's a weekly blog entry that summarizes some of the more interesting blog entries related to business and economics that week but it's hosted by a different blog every time. It's a cool way to see what's going on in the blogosphere and to maybe find some blogs you hadn't come across before.

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What to do when a friend's pet dies?

Dog_face_1 A friend of mine asked me recently what she should do for a family friend whose dog had just passed away. She isn't a pet parent but she could tell her friend was absolutely distraught at the death of his dog and wanted to do something for him.

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My biggest fan

Anne_bennett_head_and_shoulders My mum, Anne Bennett, died on Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, just 2 weeks short of her 65th birthday. She got a very serious bout of pneumonia that got the better of her in the end.

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Pet-Related Small Business Trends 2007

Small_business_trends_logo Once again, Anita Campbell at Small Business Trends kindly posted my predictions for pet-related small business trends 2007 on her blog.

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Genetic Conditions: Labrador Retrievers

This is a first in a series about the genetic conditions a particular breed might be more prone to than a comparable mixed breed dogs or cat.

Labrador Retriever

  • Sapowi_1 Arthritis: disease that causes inflammation and pain in the joints
  • Hip dysplasia: painful condition where the leg bones and hip sockets do not fit well together, causing pain and lameness
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy: degeneration of the retina in the eye which progresses to blindness
  • Neuronal Ceroid-lipofuscinosis: a degenerative brain disease
  • Tricuspid dysplasia: malformed heart valves
  • Developmental Bone and Joint Disease
  • Retinal dysplasia: abnormal development of the retina in the eye
  • Allergic Dermatitis: skin allergies
  • Otitis Externa: ear infections
  • Hepatitis: inflammation of the liver
  • Laryngeal Paralysis: narrowing of the larynx, constricting the ability to breath

Because a breed is more prone to a disease does not mean that any particular dog will get the disease but is more prone overall than a mixed breed dog.

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