Thoughts on the Mars Purchase of VCA Inc.

IMPS was a bit under the weather the past few weeks, but is bouncing back now and ready for a productive 2017.

News came out two days ago that Mars (the candy people) are buying VCA Inc.  VCA (Veterinary Centres of America) is a chain of about 800 animal hospitals across the United States and Canada and began as one location in Los Angeles in 1987.  Is this a good thing?

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Cold Weather Hypothermia

Many pet parents only associate hypothermia with seasonal swimming in cool water, say a lake or the ocean.  Though that is the classic scenario, hypothermia can and does occur in the winter months and not necessarily in the water.  As we enter the winter months, IMPS would like all pet parents to pay close attention for the symptoms of hypothermia and to know what to do for their pet.

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Declawing Cats: Are Legislative Bans Appropriate?

Last week a bill passed through a NJ Assembly committee which would make it a crime to declaw a cat.  Criminal penalties sought are a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail in addition to a civil penalty starting at $500 and maxing out at $2,000.  This would be a first in the country were it enacted so IMPS decided to take a closer look.

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