The American Veterinary Medical Association voted for a telemedicine policy that requires veterinarians to offer remote care only "within an existing Veterinarian-Patient-Client Relationship," although there is an exception allowing for remote advice in emergencies until the patient can be seen by a veterinarian. The discussion comes as New Jersey lawmakers debate a telemedicine bill and how it should apply to veterinarians.
America's heaviest dogs and cats by percentage don't reside in states with the highest proportion of overweight humans, a study by the national veterinary chain Banfield found. Minnesota topped the list for heavy pets, and fitness-conscious Colorado ranked high, but Deep South states placed at the bottom.
A Boston-based startup partners with owners of luxury apartment buildings to provide pet care ranging from $20 dog walks to grooming that can cost hundreds. Two-year-old Baroo's services are available in 220 buildings in Boston, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.
A 20-year-old Wisconsin pet lover who has Down syndrome is parlaying meat scraps from a local market into a family dog treat business. Gracie's Doggie Delights, headed by Grace Jagler and her father, John, markets to 48 states.
Inspired by her own headaches finding supervision for her beloved dog at her wedding, Veronica Silva of Malverne, N.Y., started a company specializing in pet-sitting for nuptials. "I love this, being able to go to couples' special events where they're already ecstatic and in a wonderful mood. Having their pet there elates them more," said Silva, the founder of Pawfect for You.
Canine-oriented art, a bone-shaped swimming pool and fashionable furnishings highlight a specially designed luxury hotel for dogs in Dallas. Local interior designer Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 converted a warehouse near Southern Methodist University into Barking Hound Village's newest Dallas boarding and care location.
An obscure New York City ban against pet-sitting for pay without a kennel license has irked residents who want to earn a few dollars informally. The Health Department recently warned against use of a pet-sitting app.
ProntoBev is an appliance designed to cool drinks to below freezing temperatures in less than half a minute. The cooling jug features a wine-grade stainless steel lining, and ProntoGel pulls the heat from the beverages placed into the jug.
Barbecue fans who live in an apartment and can't light up a charcoal grill due to city regulations can try the Kenyon City Grill, a tabletop electric alternative that delivers an almost smokeless grilling experience. The grill heats up to allow home cooks to produce a good sear on their steaks.