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22 TulsaPets
March/April 2014
FromFunny,
To Sweet,
To Informational,
Here Are10 Of The Best
Studies Of TheYear.
Our world changes so fast these days. One thing that doesn’t
change is the constant advance of knowledge. Researchers gain new
information all the time, and that includes news about the animals
around us. With a myriad of studies out there, it would be hard to
consume all the information.
Thanks to Pawnation.com, we have
a handy list of the top 10 most
interesting animal studies of 2013. We
are happy to discover several of these
studies reveal even more incentives to
spay and neuter, and adopt rather
than buy.
Lethal Cats
A recent Smithsonian study found
domestic cats kill 3.7 billion birds and
as many as 20.7 billion mice and other
small mammals every year in the U.S.
alone. This is not an isolated problem
as other countries conducted similar
studies with similar results.
The PawNation report says the
result could be dire for the ecosystem.
This only furthers our belief at
TulsaPets that spaying and neutering
is crucial for even more reasons than
saving the lives of cats and dogs as the
problems of overpopulation spill over
to other areas.
Big Dogs, Shorter Lives
As a single species bred by humans
over centuries into countless sizes
and shapes, researchers have been
able to study how size affects life
expectancy. They have learned that
larger dogs age faster than their
smaller counterparts. In the PawNation
article, Cornelia Kraus, an evolu-
tionary biologist at the University of
Gottingen in Germany, says of larger
breeds, “Their lives seem to unwind in
fast motion.”
The supporting research shows that
about one month of life expectancy
is lost for every 4.4 pounds a dog
weighs. For example, “a 155-pound
Great Dane has a life expectancy of
about 7 years, while a 9-pound Poodle
can live up to about 14 years.
“In addition to faster aging, bigger
dogs also seem more susceptible to
developing cancer than small dogs.
This may correlate with size, because
cancer is a disease of cell growth.”
So should you factor this informa-
tion into your decision when adopting
a new dog? Can you handle knowing