M4.3: Pet Foods and Other Needs: ANSC 215 Summer 2018 (WC).pdf

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will affect what the insurance covers. Most policies cover catastrophic illness or injury, while some will also cover routine vaccinations and check-ups. Interestingly, many large corporations are starting to offer pet insurance as one of the benefits to their employees, just as they offer human health care, vision and dental insurance. Pet Products Another huge segment of the pet industry is pet product sales. This can include everything from “needs” such as leashes and collars to extras such as jewelry and clothes. A number of companies still control the majority of pet product sales, including Hartz Mountain, Petco and PetsMart, but many specialty stores and boutiques fill niche markets, particularly in larger cities. Catalog and internet sales are becoming the largest players in the pet product industry. Credit: " Petco ( ) " by Mike Mozart ( ) and is licensed under CC BY 2.0 ( ) .
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6/12/18, 9)00 PM M4.3: Pet Foods and Other Needs: ANSC 215 Summer 2018 (WC) Page 9 of 9 ( ) . Commercial licensing of pet products is also growing. People view their pets as an extension of their family, personality and style. Licensed products such as SpongeBob fish tanks, Omaha Steak dog treats and Eddie Bauer pet beds are becoming very popular. Pet Services Another place where Americans spend their pet dollars is on pet services. This is also a growing segment as busy people spend more money to have people take care of their pets for them. Doggy Day Care centers for dogs whose owners work long hours are growing in popularity. In addition, boarding kennels or pet resorts or spas provide a home-like atmosphere while we are traveling. Are these types of service excessive? I think it can be argued both ways. One of the social needs that we identified for dogs and cats is companionship. Is it fair to leave a young dog home all day alone? If they get lots of exercise and attention when the owner is home, and have adequate toys to play with while the owner is away, many dogs will sleep most of the day. For some dogs with behavioral issues like separation anxiety, however, being left home alone cause them to literally panic. A pet sitter or doggy day care may be an absolute necessity for them. Publishing A less recognized element of the pet industry is the publishing field. One just needs to stroll through a book store to see the number of books and magazines that relate to pets and animals. Internet sites specifically targeted towards pet owners are also rampant. If one is interested in writing or publishing, this is certainly a career opportunity that may be available.
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