2020 Pet Census to reveal insights into U.S. pet population

There are censuses for people, and now, there are censuses for dogs and cats.

Wisdom Health announced this month its plans for a 2020 United States Pet Census, coinciding with the U.S. government’s census for the same year.

What kind of demographic data does a pet census seek out? Anything that can be used […]

Scientists sequence the genome of Lil Bub, celebrity cat

Photo by Joyful Noise | CC BY-SA 4.0

With a couple of extra toes, a case of dwarfism, no teeth and a tongue that perpetually hangs out of her mouth, Lil Bub is one of the Internet’s most beloved animals. She (and her owner) have spent years as advocates for animal shelters, inspiring tens […]

Good dogs: Study tracks 3,000 Golden Retrievers to understand canine cancer

Who’s a good dog? The 3,044 Golden Retrievers whose lives have been dedicated to a major research project that could improve canine life quality, that’s who.

The dogs are part of a study, which stretches across the U.S., that scientists hope will reveal the mysteries behind why dogs get cancer. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, […]

Is your pet overweight?

Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of letting those pleading, puppy-dog eyes get the better of us and sneaking a second or third treat to the dog or cat. They’ve already finished the bowl of dried food that looks cruel and unappetizing, so you let them lick up the scraps of chicken from your dinner […]

How pets can make you healthier

When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Many of my toys were of the animal variety, and I’ve always cooed over every dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig or any other animal I’ve ever seen. Animals are fantastic, and I love having them around me to pick up my spirits and to make […]

Start off your week with the Monday Links

Each week, we like to bring you the Monday Links — your go-to source for everything in the food and animal industry and beyond. At Neogen, we work to bring you the biggest and breaking news stories from around the world. What’s happening this week? Read on to find out.

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Study shows average pet life span increased

Pets are living longer than they used to.

Nationally, the average lifespan for dogs is about 11 years while cats live for about 12.1 years. Overall, the average lifespan for dogs is up about 4 percent (or about half a year) since 2002. For cats, the average lifespan has increased an entire year, or about […]