Pet Care Trends
How old is your cat or dog, really?
When people start talking about their pets, the topic usually gets around to deciding how old your pet is based upon your age. Inevitably someone will come up with the age old answer,”Well they say that a dog ages about 7 years for every one of people years.” Then everybody begins to calculate how old “Fido” is by multiplying his real years by seven. Read more:
Then somebody will want to calculate the age of his cat the same way. “Well, I guess “Socks” was born about 5 years ago so that would make her about 35. This kind of idle “guesstimation” of your pet’s age is just that-a guess. However it is helpful to know the real age of your pet, for health related reasons.
Science clarifies the animal to human age ratio
Researchers have begun to use science to test out the theory of the 7:1 ratio and have discovered that the theory is just that–only a theory. The idea that a year of a dog’s life matches seven in human years is just not accurate, according to a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.
Researchers are starting to put some real science behind the myth to see how accurate it is and they are finding that it is commonly linked to life span statistics that are now considered outdated. But the good news is that they have gained some insight into how a pet’s life span can be calculated.
Researchers have found that the breed of a dog or cat can impact aging. Larger breeds tend to have shorter life spans, while cats and smaller dogs are considered “senior” after seven years.
Age itself is not a disease, but so called senior pets can develop age-related problems. And in order for Pet Parents to provide the proper care for their pet, it’s important to have a rough estimate of their pet’s age.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, (AVMA), and the latest research, these are comparisons of cat and dog years to human years:
Pet age ratio to human age:
Age 7 : 44 = small dogs Age 7 : 56 = large dogs Age 7 : 54 =cats
Age 10 : 56 to 78= dogs Age 10 : 63 – cats
Age 15 : 76 to 115 = dogs Age 15 :73 = cats
Age 20 : 96 to 120 = dogs Age 15 : 97 =cats
A brief explanation of the above chart : a seven year old small dog is approximately the same age as a 44 year old human. A seven year old large dog is equivalent to a 56 year old human. A seven year old cat is about the same age as a 54 year old human.
Senior pets and age related problems
Even though senior pets can develop age related problems, good care can help them live happy, healthy and active lives. According to the AMVA, older pets are likely to develop conditions such as kidney and liver disease, heart. cancer, or arthritis.
Almost half of the deaths of pets over the age of 10 is attributed to cancer. Dogs will develop cancer at approximately the same rate as humans, while cats develop cancer at a lower rate.
It’s normal for pets to lose some of their sight and hearing as they age. Older pets can develop cataracts and may not respond to voice commands.
You will notice when your pet cannot hear as well as he used to, but poor eyesight is a little harder to detect. If you look at your pet square in the face, you will notice that your pet’s eyes are full open in order to let more light in. Also, if you look close, your pet’s eyes appear blank.
Even though your cat or dog has failing eyesight, they can still get around well in familiar surroundings.Try not to rearrange the furniture or add new pieces that could become hazardous for them.
Regular exams detect problems early
According to the AVMA, pets are living longer now than ever before, thanks to better care. Our pets need extra care and attention as they get older and educating the pet parent also contributes to our them living longer lives.
Regular veterinary care can detect problems before they become advanced or life threatening, and can improve the chances of a longer and healthier life for our fur babies. They bring so much love and joy into our lives that it behooves us to give them a healthy, long, happy life. Pet Care Trends
Why you should spay or neuter your Pet(s)
“Well I’d like to give my pet a chance to experience sex(love) just once before I have her (him) “fixed.” People who use that idea as an excuse not to spay or neuter their pets are being irresponsible and downright foolish.
To dogs and cats procreation is just that -continuing the species. Pets know nothing about overpopulation and all the horrors of being in the world with no prospects for food, shelter and protection.
Unless you have a pure bred animal that you intend to breed for show and to sell the offspring, there is no reason to not spay or neuter your new- found furry companion.
Thanks to the ASPCA(American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals),a national organization with many local branches, awareness of the necessity for local spay/neuter programs has been brought to the attention of local communities and individuals.
The ideal vision is to have a community where all dogs and cats can have a safe and loving home.The reality is that there are only so many households adopting pets in any given community. Spring is an ideal time remind pet parents why spaying or neutering pets is so important.
Five reasons to spay or neuter your Pet
1. Spaying or neutering can reduce the homeless pet population. Controlling the number of animals being born helps to control the number of homeless cats and dogs. Some homeless animals come from homeless strays on the street. Others can come from a beloved family pet who just happened to get out of the yard. It doesn’t matter whether residents adopt a pet from a shelter or already have a family pet, spaying or neutering is still the best way to control the pet population.
2 .Spaying or neutering helps to reduce infections and decreases the chances of cancer and other diseases. Pets overall are healthier and can live longer.
3. Animals who are not spayed or neutered can develop some bad habits. Cats are notorious for marking their territory by spraying urine. Dogs can bark excessively and mount other dogs or inanimate objects or a guest’s leg –if you are having a party. Your pet’s activities can be very embarrassing.Your pet will have much better behavior after spaying or neutering.
4.The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is much less than the cost of caring for a litter of kittens or puppies, and it is a one time expense.
5. These procedures can be low cost.Some veterinarians will offer low cost spay/neuter programs for low income owners. Some communities also offer spay/neuter clinics periodically. Contact your local Humane Society or a local ASPCA group for help in finding a low/cost Spay/Neuter program.
There are more abandoned pets than there are adopting households so, be a responsible Pet Parent. Have your dog or cat spayed or neutered. You will have a healthier and much more loving and well behaved pet. Encourage your neighbors to do the right thing for their pets and the community, too.
If you have the room, the heart and the income to support more than one pet, consider adopting more than one. Two cats from the same litter will cohabit quite easily and will enjoy the company while you are away at work all day or all night. https://My-Pet-Toys-and-Stuff.com/What-are-the-differences-between-feral-and -domesticated -cats
Dogs usually learn fairly easily to get along together. And just think of all the exercise you will be getting. Pet Care Trends Based on material courtesy Google alerts.
Would love to hear from my readers. These articles touch on some very important issues for our furry four-legged friends. Hope you think so too.