The SafetyPUP Weekly Walk returns, with articles and information to help keep you informed on how to keep your pet, and yourself, safe and happy during your favorite activities. It’s still a bit chilly in most parts of the country, with many states recording record low temperatures in recent weeks. If you’re concerned about keeping your dog warm and cozy during an evening walk or a romp through the forest, the SafetyPUP XD Dog Coat is an affordable and stylish accessory you and your dog will both love! https://www.amazon.com/SafetyPUP-XD-Dog-Coat-Protection/dp/B01MQCDC8K/
To the news: Does Having a Dog Make you Live Longer? A recent study from the Swedish Uppsala University says yes, dogs will help reduce the dangers of causes of early death in their owners relating to cardiovascular health. Part of the reason for this, of course, is that most dog owners are more active than their pet-less peers; dog owners are obliged to take more walks than most. But we like to think at least part of the reason is due to an acute empowerment of the heart caused by the love between dogs and owners! https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-16118-6
Are Dogs’ Mouths REALLY Cleaner? USNews recently published an article dispelling the antiquated rumor that dogs someone how much have cleaner mouths than humans. According to Dr. John H. de Jong, president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association, average oral hygiene is similar in both dogs and humans, and dogs don’t have any special characteristics that provide protection from the germs that inhabit mouths of all species. https://health.usnews.com/wellness/health-buzz/articles/2017-08-23/your-dogs-mouth-is-just-as-gross-as-yours-veterinarian-says Battling Canine Obesity Our final story for the week affects both dog and cat owners, since both canines and felines have been suffering from obesity at greater levels and in greater numbers over the last few years. One cause is that pet owners are more likely to use treats to provide rewards to their furry friends, but there are several other factors to consider as well. https://theconversation.com/why-are-so-many-of-our-pets-overweight-85958 See you again next week!