If you have a hard time coming to grips with your mortality as you age -- just be glad you're not a dog or cat. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats and small dogs are labeled geriatric at age 7, and for large dogs, it's age 6.
However these labels are widely contested, as a new method of calculating pet age shows that seven-year-old dogs and cats are the equivalent of a 44-year-old human.
Dr. Emily Pointer, the medical coordinator at the ASPCA to Animals' Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York, noted that our pets are also living much longer with improvements in food, vaccinations and the popularity of spaying and neutering. Technology also allows owners to provide advanced treatment for their pets as they age. "In the past, if your cat was diagnosed with diabetes, the recommendation was probably to euthanize the cat. Now, a lot fewer people are willing to do that because it's a treatable disease," Pointer said.
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2320081016155032dogstar Are you somehow shocked you didn't hit the $640 million lottery jackpot? Bummed that you won't be retiring and buying that private jet you'd already picked out? Hope you didn't put down any deposits or quit your job.
If you need something to make you feel better, we have it for you. As Wilson the terrier taught us in a 2010 New Zealand commercial; karma does exist when it comes to winning millions -- and even though you didn't wake up a winner, the ticket might still be coming your way.
In the lottery spot, Wilson dives overboard during a storm at sea to save his owner's winning ticket. He travels the globe to reunite his master with the key to his great fortune -- only to discover that he's been replaced . . . with a cat.
Dejected, the pup gives the ticket to a homeless man and they walk off together as (wealthy) friends for life.
See? There's still a chance for you. So if you see a dog on the street clutching something in his mouth, be sure to treat him well -- and
By Steve Dale for WebVet.comRead More »from Help! My Dog Eats Poop
Q: My dog has a nasty habit of eating other dogs' poop when we're out on walks. It's gross and I yank him away and tell him no every time, but he still goes after it. How do I stop him from doing this?
A: The problem even has a fancy name: coprophagia. No one knows for sure why some dogs begin to sample. Once tasted, some dogs decide it's a delicacy. Some dogs even have preferences, such as frozen poopsicles in winter.
There are several products on the market that you can sprinkle on food, such as Forbid or Deter, or Lowry's seasoned salt (don't overdo it); the results are mixed at best.
Some veterinarians suggest the problem in some dogs is lack of proper nutritional absorption, and recommend a nutritional supplement called ProZyme. Sometimes this works; mostly it doesn't do a thing.
One website, www.dogpoopdiet.com, offers a supplement guaranteed to work or buyers receive 120 percent of their money back. Bet you might be better off in Vegas.
By WebVet.comRead More »from Can You Change Your Dog's Name?
When Tim Tebow adopted a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy in 2010, he famously named the dog Bronco -- after the NFL team that drafted him, the Denver Broncos.
Bronco made quite an impression on Tebow, with friends saying he "lights up" when talking about the pup. Likewise, Tebow made quite an impression on Bronco -- and the Broncos -- leading the team to the playoffs during the 2011-2012 season. Alas, one Bronco has been let go and it's certainly not the dog.
Tebow's trade to the Jets made us wonder: is Tim considering a name change for his dog? There can't be too many fond memories of a team that booted you the moment Peyton Manning signed on the dotted line. It's easy enough for Tebow to transition from a Bronco to a Jet, but can his dog follow suit?
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How to change a dog's name is a common question posed by owners -- but it usually follows an adoption, not an NFL trade. In any case, a moniker swap certainly
By WebVetRead More »from Amazing Dog Saves His Own Life by Dialing 911!
A dog incredibly managed to save his own life by dialing 911. George, a two-year-old Basset Hound in England, became tangled in the cord after knocking his family's phone to the ground.
As the pup panicked, he somehow managed to call for help -- dialing the British equivalent of 911 -- as he frantically tried to free himself.
The emergency operator alerted police, who rushed to the residence. They were preparing to knock down the door when a neighbor with a key arrived on the scene to let them in. The neighbor, Paul Walker, recalled, "The police split up and ran through the house thinking someone had either been attacked or was desperately ill. I went to look round as well and walked into this room and saw George choking. He was absolutely terrified and could not free himself. I knew I had to get him free quickly so I just ripped the wire out."
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His relieved owner said afterwards, "By the time I got back the police had gone and
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By WebVetRead More »from Blind Rescue Dog Found in Trash Gets Her Sight Back
An abandoned dog -- found sick, blind and flea-infested -- has gotten her sight back. Eldad Hargar and his wife, Audrey, the founders of Hope For Paws, a Los Angeles-based animal rescue organization that takes in abused and neglected animals, took in the pup, Fiona, last year and launched a fundraising campaign on her behalf.
"She was just so defeated," said Eldad. "Blind, filthy, everything was going against her. There seemed to be no hope there."
The couple filmed her rescue, which has since gone viral -- prompting over $4,000 in donations that allowed her to have eye surgery which has partially restored her vision.
"We're so happy that people are watching this and learning," Eldad Hagar said. "We want people to react to this. Next time you see an animal on the street, call someone or do something. If you can't help, then get help."
Check out Fiona's amazing video!
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2320080507104837dogwithmoneyinbowl You probably already know how great it is to own a dog - but did you know that having one can actually earn you money? Sure, dog costs can range anywhere from $400 to $700 per year (including dog supplies and veterinary care bills). But think of it as an investment - one that over the years could theoretically return it's weight in gold (well, depending on the size of your dog).
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Here are four benefits of owning a dog:
1. Improved Health
Dog owners often live a healthier lifestyle than those who do not own a dog. You exercise more, and a dog's natural enthusiasm is great motivation to get moving. In fact, studies show that dog ownership significantly increases your chances of surviving a heart attack. And it's practically common knowledge that petting and caring for your furry friend reduces stress.
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All this translates to fewer medical issues and bills, which means more
- Webvet | Animal Nation – Mon, Mar 26, 2012 10:19 AM EDT
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1920080621162437disabledblacklabinwheelchair A Georgia puppy, bred to be a service dog, faced an unexpected challenge after he was born without a foot. The puppies at Alpharetta, Georgia's Canine Assistants are groomed for a life helping the disabled to have independence, confidence and happiness -- yet the pup was himself disabled.
"If we were to say 'no, we reject this puppy based on a physical issue,' we would be horrible hypocrites," said founder Jennifer Arnold. So the puppy, now three-months-old, is getting help of his own: a new foot.
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Arnold and the other folks at Canine Assistants have named the puppy Pirelli -- after the tires -- because, "He needs a retread." As for what went wrong in the womb? "What we think happened is the umbilical cord got wrapped around his foot and caused that foot to not have a normal blood supply," explained Canine Assistants veterinarian Dr. Kent Bruner.
Pirelli must wait until he's seven-months-old to get his new foot, and will wear a
- Webvet | Pets – Sun, Mar 25, 2012 12:22 PM EDT
By WebVet.comRead More »from Planet of the Apes, Colbert Report Honored at Humane Society Genesis Awards
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Colbert Report" were among the big winners at the 26th Genesis Awards on Saturday night presented by the Humane Society of the United States in recognition of media presentations that raise awareness of animal issues.
"Planet of the Apes" was honored as the best feature film of 2011 "for examining the ethics of using chimpanzees in medical research." Colbert took the comedy award for the second straight year for what the Humane Society described as "a satirical twist on the whaling issue and a Utah legislator's proposal to kill feral dogs and cats."
Other winners included CBS' "Hawaii Five-0," PBS' "Sid the Science Kid," Nickelodeon's "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee," ABC's "20/20," NBC's "Today" and "The Ellen Degeneres Show."
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Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder was honored with the prestigious Wyler Award for his work in animal advocacy through the Ian
March 23rd is National Puppy Day! Celebrate the holiday by spending time with your little one -- or reminiscing if your pup's younger years are behind him.
Or, of course, it might be the perfect time to welcome a new bundle of joy into your home. If that's the case, here are five things to expect when you're expecting:
#1: Puppies call for patience, the buddy system, and cleanser.
Especially on your first day together.
Case in point: When Maria brought her 12-week-old boxer home from the breeder, it threw up twice in her car and pooped three times on her oriental carpet. Typical, say experts, who recommend preventing this and other first-day calamities by:
- Bringing somebody with you to hold the puppy for the ride home from the breeder or shelter. It's dangerous for a new puppy to roam loose in the car. Also, puppies almost always get sick on their first few rides, so bring a couple of old towels as well.
- Introducing the dog to each room at home on leash. The