Pet Bits N Pieces

November 11, 2013

Sometimes, little bits of information slip past us.  Check back to this page often, because we will  add items to his category frequently.  Our pets are important to us pet owners, and we all enjoy reading and learning new bits n pieces about them.

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Top Pet Owning States

Vermont                                             Washington
New Mexico                                       Arkansas
South Dakota                                     West Virginia
Oregon                                               Wyoming
Maine                                                 Idaho


Signs of Cognitive Changes In Older Cats

As cats age, little changes occur.  Sometimes, we have to be very observant to notice them, but others are very obvious.  Watch out for litter box issues; lack of grooming; appetite changes; mental confusion; excessive vocalization.


Only 15% of dogs get annual dental care from veterinarians.  Only 2% of dog owners brush their dogs’ teeth daily (2010 APPA National Pet Owners Survey)


After the good meat meant for human consumption is removed from the animal carcass, what is left goes for pet food.  This can be organs, feet, head, skin, or bone.


Dogs age at different rates, depending on body type.  Smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds.


Giant breed dogs (over 90 lb) are considered geriatric between 6-9 years.  My Harlequin Great Dane lived to age 14!  Who else had extra long-lived dogs?



Banfield Pet Hospital released a group of pet statistics as part of their 2013 State of Pet Health Report.  Following are a few highlights of interest to pet owners:

*Mississippi and Louisiana were in the top 5 states with the highest rate of heartworm infection in 2012.

*States with the longest lifespan for dogs are Montana, South Dakota, Oregon, New Mexico, and Colorado.

*States where dogs have the shortest lifespan are Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Delaware, and Massachusetts.

*The average lifespan of dogs in 2011 was 11 years;  up almost half a year from 2002.

*Toy and small breeds live 41% longer than large breeds.

*Neutered male dogs live 18% longer than unneutered males.

*Spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed females.

(found in “Pet Age Magazine,” July, 2013)


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