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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published on January 11 2017 Categories: medical, news - Tags: VCA, Mars, Banfield, hospitals

On Sale But Is It Safe: petholiday Holiday Cookies


Petsmart has a number of holiday themed items on sale this week.  One that caught IMPS eye is the petholiday "Holiday Cookies Drizzled Bone Dog Treat," on sale at $3.14 reduced from $4.99

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published on December 5 2016 Categories: food, general, news - Tags: petsmart, treats

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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published on November 22 2016 Tags: declawing, Onychetomy - Categories: events, medical, news

Remember Military Service Dogs Too


November 11th is the annual Veteran's day observance.  Though people do try to remember the humans who have served, they often forget about the four legged soldiers.

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published on November 11 2016 Categories: medical, news

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