Thanks to advances in veterinary technology, improved diets, and the love and care of their owners, today's pets enjoy longer lives than those in earlier generations did. They still age at the same rate, with the most rapid aging taking place during the first year of life. A one-year old dog or cat is equivalent to a teenaged person. After the second year of life, they are the same as a young adult. For every year after that, both dogs and cats age the equivalent of four human years.
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Some pet owners are so excited for summer that they overlook the dangers of heatstroke for their dog, cat, or exotic pet. Because they don't possess the ability to sweat, animals develop this condition faster and more often than people do. It's also fatal in up to 50 percent of the cases. By taking a few minutes to learn about heatstroke prevention and symptoms, you could literally save your pet's life.
Getting a new pet is exciting, but unfortunately many people don’t do their homework ahead of time. While life expectancies vary considerably by breed, potential pet parents should consider that the new animal will be part of their family for at least the next 15 years. You must weigh several important factors before you make a final decision on adoption.
How Well Does the Pet Fit Your Family’s Lifestyle?
A family with several small children and a single older adult each have something different to offer a dog, cat, or other type of pet. Before you start researching breeds or looking at animal adoption websites, take some time to consider your day-to-day lifestyle.