A giant asteroid over 3,500 feet wide is flying through space towards the Earth. Don’t worry, though, it isn’t going to hit us, but it will pass close by on January 18, 2022. Astronomers named it Asteroid 7498 (1994 PC1). The asteroid is roughly 2.5 times the height of New York’s Empire State Building. NASA considers it a potentially hazardous asteroid because of its size, and how close it flies close to the planet.
While massive, Asteroid 7498 (1994 PC1) isn’t an impact concern right now. That means we shouldn’t have to worry about its path changing and bringing it any closer to the Earth. In fact, 7498 is only expected to pass within 1.2 million miles of the Earth. That’s over five times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. It is also the closest that it will come for the next 200 years.
Because it will pass so far from the Earth, the chance of seeing this giant asteroid with the naked eye is slim. Viewers will need a small telescope, at the least. They’ll also need to have that telescope pointed at the exact place the asteroid will pass at the exact time that it passes.
Those interested in seeing the asteroid will want to make use of a telescope in their backyard. Try to set up in darker areas, as the speed of the asteroid makes it difficult to see. You'll be able to see it best on January 18, after it starts making its closest approach.
PBS series All Creatures Great and Small has been renewed for seasons three and four. Season two premiered January 9.
The Masterpiece series is based on the James Herriot book. Playground produces the show.
Set in the ‘30s, season two follows Scottish veterinarian Herriot, working in the Yorkshire Dales.
Season three will shoot in Yorkshire in the spring.
The cast includes Nicholas Ralph as vet James Herriot, Samuel West as his mentor Siegfried Farnon, Anna Madeley as the matriarch of Skeldale House, Mrs. Hall, Callum Woodhouse as Siegfried’s brother Tristan, and Rachel Shenton as farmer Helen Alderson.
New York state has prohibited homeowners insurance providers from refusing coverage to applicants based on the dog breed they own.
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the legislation in October, the Times Union reports. Companies previously had the right to decline coverage to homeowners based on their ownership of breeds such as pit bulls, Doberman pinschers and German shepherds.
Animal advocates were quoted praising the legislation. They said the breeds had previously been unfairly singled out.
“Removing this arbitrary and discriminatory impediment for thousands of responsible New York dog owners is simply the right thing to do,” said Bill Ketzer, senior director of state legislation for the ASPCA: Eastern Division.
Libby Post, executive director of the NYS Animal Protection Federation, said rejecting homeowners based on the breed they own is “not fair to the animals and not fair to the homeowners who want to give their pets loving homes,” according to the Times Union.
A medical team at the University of Maryland Medical Center announced Monday that it had accomplished a world-first: Its surgeons had transplanted a heart from a genetically engineered pig into a human. The doctors performed the eight-hour procedure Friday evening. As of Monday night, the man, 57-year-old David Bennett, is awake and breathing on his own, and his new heart is pumping away, according to his doctors.
Bennett had terminal heart failure and was too sick to qualify for a human heart transplant or a mechanical assist device, the lead surgeon said. The pig heart, from an animal created by a Virginia biotech company, was the only option to try to prolong his life. “It was either die or do this transplant,” Bennett said in a hospital news release. “I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice.”
The groundbreaking procedure raises hopes that animal organs might one day be routinely used for human transplants, which would shorten waiting lists — where thousands of seriously ill people languish and die every year. But it’s also raising a few eyebrows and a lot of questions from bioethicists.
“There’s still relatively little known about how safe this is to try in humans, so I’m viewing this with a little apprehension,” said Arthur Caplan, the founding director of New York University School of Medicine’s Division of Medical Ethics.
Preying on pet owners' empathy for their aging pets can lead to overblown claims for products that sound like cure-alls for joint pain — but be wary of "quick fixes." Osteoarthritis is a complex, progressive disease. Treatment should consider multiple factors, such as patient weight and breed predispositions. Your veterinarian should be the first stop for information and to develop a management plan.
The earlier osteoarthritis is diagnosed, the sooner a pet owner can act to help slow the progression of the disease. Most veterinarians agree that the best ways to help manage osteoarthritis include:
- Weight management, which can reduce strain on joints and may slow progression of osteoarthritis.
- Controlled exercise, which can help maintain joint health, muscle strength, and mobility — and can be more easily achieved if the pet is less painful.
- Medical management, which may involve prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Effective generics are now available that can help make medical management more financially feasible for pet owners.
- Nutritional management, which can include a reduced calorie intake, specialized diets, and/or supplements to support joint health.
Rather than clicking "Add to Cart," pet owners should first set an appointment with their veterinarian. A veterinary health assessment is the perfect time to discuss weight management, talk about effective choices for supplements and medications, and set realistic goals for the pet's care.
Proven products can include prescription medications and some over-the-counter joint supplements. Your veterinarian is the best resource to recommend trusted products that are worth the investment. Visit myhappypets.com for more information on joint health in dogs and cats.
- New York, NY - 145 dog parks or 1.65 per 100K people
- Portland, OR - 34 dog parks or 5.21 per 100K people
- Chicago, IL - 31 dog parks or 1.13 per 100K people
- San Francisco, CA -30 dog parks or 3.43 per 100K people
- San Diego, CA -16 dog parks or 1.15 per 100K people
- Tampa, FL - 16 dog parks or 4.16 per 100K people
- Seattle, WA -14 dog parks or 1.90 per 100K people
- Phoenix, AZ - 13 dog parks or 0.81 per 100K people
- Sacramento, CA - 13 dog parks or 2.48 per 100K people
- San Antonio, TX - 13 dog parks or 0.91 per 100K people
Check out the full study and the cities’ rankings at https://www.onevet.ai/dog-fitness/
Archeologists have extracted 30 titanosaur dinosaur eggs found in a two-ton rock in northern Spain and believe there could be as many as 70 more deeper inside the boulder.
The titanosaur was a long-necked sauropod that lived until the extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago. The eggs were found at a dig site in Loarre in the northeastern Spanish province of Huesca in September.
Preliminary tests indicate that the nests belonged to the titanosaur, a quadruped herbivore with a long tail and neck that could reach up to 66 feet in length.
An international team of paleontologists led by the Aragosaurus-IUCA Group of the University of Zaragoza did the work in collaboration with Nova University Lisbon in Portugal. Miguel Moreno-Azanz, Carmen Nunez-Lahuerta and Eduardo Puertolas are leading 25 paleontologists and students from Spanish, Portuguese and German institutions in the project.
Moreno-Azanza, who is affiliated with Nova University Lisbon, said in an interview that two nests were excavated in 2020, and about 30 eggs have been discovered in the rock.
"The main objective of the 2021 campaign was the extraction of a large nest that contains at least 12 eggs that were integrated into a block of rock weighing over two tons," he said. "In total, five people dedicated eight hours a day for 50 days to excavate the nest, which was finally removed with the help of a bulldozer."
Moreno-Azanza pointed out that it was unusual to extract such a large rock. He said it and 10 smaller rocks from the site were now in a warehouse in Loarre and will eventually be displayed at the future Laboratory-Museum.
"It is expected that next spring the space will open its doors to visitors, who will be able to follow the process of preparing and studying the fossils of this site in person," Moreno-Azanza said. "The museum has two exhibition rooms where the methodology of a complex paleontological excavation will be explained."
He said the exhibition would be a satellite room of the Museum of Natural Sciences of the University of Zaragoza and feature specimens from the Loarre site and replicas of dinosaur eggs from other parts of the world.
Moreno-Azanza also said the Loarre Dinosaur Eggs project has obtained funding for the next three years.
The excavation work is being funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the Spanish Ministry of Science.
The Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members make the vast majority of dog and cat food and treats in the United States, announces that Betsy Flores joined the association as the new senior vice president of public policy. Flores, a seasoned policy expert in U.S. agriculture, will guide PFI’s legislative, regulatory, trade and market access strategies, as well as manage the association’s government relations and regulatory staff.
“I am pleased to join PFI in a new capacity and play an active role in developing and executing the policy strategies that support U.S. pet food makers,” said Flores. “Pets are an important part of the household for families both across the country and around the world, and I look forward to leveraging my experience within agriculture to serve this important sector.”
Flores brings more than 20 years of experience, including within the public and private sectors. She most recently served as the director of research and promotion programs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), where she was responsible for directing and managing the full range of activities for oversight of six checkoff programs for the Livestock and Poultry Program. She also worked as a deputy director in the office of agricultural affairs at the United States Trade Representative, where she was involved in issues such as biotechnology, new technologies, the WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement and technical barriers to trade. Prior to joining the public sector in 2014 at USDA, Flores served as the vice president of animal care at the National Milk Producers Federation, where she represented and advocated for dairy producers on regulatory issues impacting the U.S. dairy industry in front of federal and global officials.
“Betsy has a proven track record of leading successful teams, finding consensus on challenging issues and working with stakeholders across industries,” said Dana Brooks, president and CEO of PFI. “We are pleased she will bring her experience and leadership from both USDA, USTR and the private sector to lead PFI’s active policy team and promote a sound policy environment for U.S. pet food makers.”
Flores holds a master’s degree from John Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of West Georgia. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and dog. Beyond work, Flores and her husband foster dogs and kittens through the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue.
The African giant pouched rat found more than 100 landmines and other explosives during his service, according to APOPO, the mine-clearing non-governmental organization that trained him.
His work saw him win a gold medal from the British veterinary charity the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals in 2020.
Announcing the news on Tuesday, APOPO said: "It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that HeroRAT Magawa passed away peacefully this weekend. Magawa was in good health and spent most of last week playing with his usual enthusiasm, but towards the weekend he started to slow down, napping more and showing less interest in food in his last days. Magawa had recently celebrated his birthday in November, reaching the grand old age of 8."
The tribute said that Magawa had left a "lasting legacy in the lives that he saved," adding: "All of us at APOPO are feeling the loss of Magawa and we are grateful for the incredible work he's done."
Magawa, who retired last year, is APOPO's most successful "hero rat" to date, the organization said.
"His contribution allows communities in Cambodia to live, work, and play; without fear of losing life or limb," APOPO added.
African giant pouched rats are intelligent and easy to train -- Magawa began training from a young age.
He was born in November 2013 at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, where he learned how to find explosives using his amazing sense of smell, APOPO said. Three years later he moved to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where he began his career.
APOPO trains the rats to detect the scent of the explosive chemicals used in landmines and point them out to their handlers.
Magawa's work has helped the organization clear more than 225,000 square meters of land in Cambodia, where decades of conflict have left the landscape strewn with dangerous unexploded devices.
AGRI Developments today announced it has entered the global pork protein market with its latest venture in the Philippines. The venture, in partnership with one of the country's leading emerging pig farm operators, addresses the pork crisis that is ravaging across the Philippines due to African Swine Fever (ASF). AGRI Developments will be expanding the operators existing production capacity immediately in response to the pork supply crisis across the country. The already operational farm based in Luzon is a specialty breeder, that breeds and sells premium pure line pig varieties to other farms, pork producers and distributors.
"Our expansion into pork makes sense at a time like this. African Swine Fever has devastated the Philippines and has highlighted the importance of food security and sustainable means of production," stated Mr. van Egeraat, CEO of AGRI Developments. He added that "Strict biosecurity measures are in place on the farm for safety and it specializes on breeding genetically pure premium pork varieties ensuring high quality lean pork." He stressed that pork production is extremely underdeveloped in the Philippines and the crisis has indicated drastic change is needed.
The Philippines has been one of the most drastically impacted countries in the world due to ASF, with 40% of its total pig population dying since 2019. The crisis has been devastating resulting in production levels dropping to levels last seen 20 years ago. Supply shortages have resulted in domestic pork prices spiralling upwards and has impacted the daily life of all Filipinos. The Philippines is one of the largest consumers of pork in the world, and accounts for 60% of all domestic meat consumption.
AGRI Developments added that the situation in the Philippines has been further devastated due to its lack of agricultural import safety controls. It is one of the world's only countries of its size lacking such controls, which ensures agricultural imports are legal and safe.
While other countries have been able to replenish pork supply through imports the Philippines has been unable to do so as it is incapable of testing to see if ASF is present in imports. The government in response has begun work on the construction of its first Agricultural Commodity Examination Area (ACEA), however it will take years to build.
Although ASF does not spread to humans it is fully lethal in pigs and easily transmitted through water and feed. Since no ASF vaccine exists, the only way to prevent transmission once a case is detected is mass slaughter.
The existing ASF outbreak was first detected in China in late 2018 and has been one of the most devastating in human history. The Asian Development Bank estimates that ASF cost the industry as much $130 USD billion last year alone. Unlike China who has recovered from the outbreak rapidly, limited financial resources and imports restrictions hinder the ability of the Philippines to quickly recover.
The lifetime cost of caring for a pet can reach $55,000, according to a new study from Synchrony.
And many pet parents are not prepared for the expenses, despite the fact that 7 out of 10 consider their pets to be members of the family.
The lifetime cost for dogs ranges from $20,000 to $55,000, according to the study, titled “Lifetime of Care.” It’s $15,000 to $45,000 for cats.
About half of all pet owners who thought they were financially ready for unexpected pet expenses actually were not, and would consider a financial solution dedicated to financing care for their pet, according to Synchrony (NYSE: SYF).
To celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane FundSM is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Nominations are open now through July 1st and winners will be announced in late 2022. Winners will be highlighted in a made-for-tv special created by AKC productions.
Each year, the AKC Humane Fund honors five dedicated, hardworking dogs for making significant contributions to an individual or entire community. Since its creation in 2000, 110 ACE awards have been presented. Former ACE recipients have included a Golden Retriever who surfs to raise money for charities and a Dalmatian who doubles as a family pet and fire safety dog, among dozens of other incredible dogs.
“There are so many extraordinary dogs that better the lives of their human counterparts each day,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund. “The annual ACE Awards give us the opportunity to share the stories of these canine heroes in recognition of their contributions.”
One award is given in each of the following five categories:
Uniformed Service K-9
Eligibility: Full-time working K-9s in the realms of city, county, state, or federal law enforcement; the military; firefighting; customs and border patrol; emergency services.
Eligibility: Dogs without formal training or certification that have nonetheless distinguished themselves in some way and have made a meaningful contribution to their owners or communities.
Search and Rescue
Eligibility: Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people.
Eligibility: Certified therapy dogs working in hospitals, schools, disaster sites, war zones, and wherever else the affection of a good dog can provide comfort.
Eligibility: Service dogs who enrich the lives of physically or mentally disabled owners, including, but not limited to, guide dogs for the blind, seizure-alert dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs.
**(Note: Nominees doing therapy work without certification are considered in the Exemplary Companion category.)
The 2022 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence are proudly sponsored by Eukanuba™. Honorees of the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) will receive $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of their choice, a one-year supply of Eukanuba premium dog nutrition, and an engraved sterling silver medallion.
Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination. Past nominations are eligible for resubmission for these awards. Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2022 must include:
- A digital photograph of the dog. Files must be larger than 1MB in size and a minimum of 300 dpi. The photo should feature solely the nominated dog.
- A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
- Dog’s call name, breed, age and sex.
- Owner’s/Nominator's name(s), address, phone number and e-mail address.
For more information about the ACE awards or to nominate a dog, visit the AKC Humane Fund Awards For Canine Excellence (ACE) page.
Mountain Climber Injured After Falling 150m—But His Dog Lays on Him to Keep Him Warm Waiting for Rescuers
And it wasn’t a Saint Bernard.
Croatian rescuers are praising a dog who protected his injured owner from freezing high on a snowy mountain, keeping him warm for 13 hours in the dark until he could get medical attention.
“Friendship and love between man and dog know no boundaries,” the county’s mountain rescue service wrote on Twitter on Jan. 4, with a photo of the dog lying on top of his master on a stretcher.
The accident occurred late on Jan. 1, more than 1,700 meters (5,600 feet) up Mount Velebit, which stretches along Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast. Rescuers say both man and dog—an Alaskan malamute called North—slipped and fell about 150 meters (500 feet).
The hiker seriously hurt his leg but the dog was uninjured, and used its body heat to keep him warm as temperatures dropped after nightfall and rescuers strove to locate them.
“[North] curled beside him and warmed him with his body,” the rescue service’s post said. “His loyalty didn’t stop even when the rescuers came, he was one of us, guarding his man for 13 hours.”
Rescuers said the overnight operation was particularly difficult because of snow, ice, and broken tree boughs that blocked access to the spot. A team of 27 took part in the rescue, reaching the pair around midnight and handing over the hiker to medics about 8 a.m. on Jan. 4.
“This example could teach us all how to care about each other,” the rescuers said.
One Health Company, a bio company bridging the gap between canine and human cancer precision medicine, today announced a collaboration with IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., a global leader in pet healthcare innovation. IDEXX Reference Laboratories will offer the FidoCure Next Generation DNA Sequencing Test to its veterinary customers in the United States and Canada later this month.
The collaboration, which expands IDEXX's cancer care management portfolio, further enables veterinarians to deliver personalized care to their cancer patients by expanding access to FidoCure's precision medicine platform.
Cancer care in dogs is a vast unmet need. There are roughly six million new cancer diagnoses in dogs each year, and approximately one in three dogs will develop cancer during their lifetime. Humans and dogs are both vulnerable to genetic mutations that can cause cancer to grow and spread and identifying these mutations through genetic sequencing enables personalized treatment and care. As with human Cancer Centers of Excellence, the One Health Company is addressing unmet cancer needs for dogs by offering streamlined access to genetic sequencing and targeted therapy.
Over 2,000 dogs diagnosed with cancer have used the FidoCure Next Generation DNA Sequencing Test. Based on the results, eligible dogs were offered individualized treatment options using targeted therapies approved by the FDA to treat humans. This collaboration will enable FidoCure, which already holds the largest proprietary canine cancer dataset in the world, to significantly expand this dataset and uncover new discoveries for the benefit of dogs and humans with cancer.
"We are tremendously excited to collaborate with a global leader in veterinary diagnostics to help bring our novel FidoCure Next Generation DNA Sequencing Test to even more veterinary clinics across the U.S. and Canada," said Christina Lopes, co-founder and CEO of One Health Company. "IDEXX's customer- and innovation-centric approach to veterinary diagnostics is an ideal complement to FidoCure's precision medicine platform."
High-profile music acts Metallica and the Black Keys have had an insurance policy for their recent tours — canines trained to sniff out COVID-19 in their crew, entourage, and anyone else with backstage access.
Rolling Stone reported the bands employed the dogs to make sure the virus did not prematurely shut down their shows.
And while rock outfit Tool and country music singer Eric Church have followed suit for their tours getting underway in the United States, event producer and creator of the Big Day Out festival, Ken West, has warned against doing the same in Australia.
“The problem with all of that is a sniffer dog around anybody at a festival or concert is not going to be automatically considered a COVID-sniffing dog," Mr West said.
"For instance, dealing with the Big Day Out and the 2000 Olympics, we didn't have sniffer dogs really before then — there might have been one or two — and all of a sudden there was a truckload of bomb sniffer dogs that were, from what I understood, retrained within a year to become drug sniffer dogs." He believes it could set a dangerous precedent and be a slippery slope.
There is some activity on the local front when it comes to training dogs to detect COVID-19 in humans, however. Anne-Lise Chaber from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide said in terms of effectiveness, PCR testing would come out on top, then Labradors, followed by rapid antigen tests.
"In clinical settings … they (the dogs) were 97 per cent effective," Dr Chaber said.
"We are currently determining how effective they are in a deployment setting on people, which might not be as good as in clinical settings on samples, but they are more effective than the rapid antigen tests, that's for sure."
The University of Adelaide's research and trials are leading the push in Australia to identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19 with detector dogs.
The aim of the program is to provide an efficient and reliable screening method as part of future biosecurity strategies in Australia, with Australian Border Force one of the participating bodies.
Dr Chaber said one dog could screen up to 200 people in an hour.
"A concert setting would mean that we need a lot of dogs," she said.
"So what Metallica is doing is they're not actually using the dogs to screen people that are coming to the concert. "They're using the dogs to screen the people who are working with them. That is more like to screen the crew on a daily basis, as far as I understand it.
Staff members at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium bid a final farewell to the beloved Winter the Dolphin on Thursday as they released her ashes into the Gulf of Mexico.
“Winter the Dolphin made her return to the sea,” aquarium staff said in a news release. The Tampa Bay icon and star of the movie “Dolphin Tail” died in November after battling intestinal issues. She was 16 years old.
Winter’s care staff boarded a 45-foot U.S. Coast Guard response boat Thursday to release the dolphin’s ashes into the Gulf. They were in a Himalayan sea salt urn.
“Being able to return Winter to her natural home was the best feeling in the world,” Zoological Care VP Kelly Martin said. “Our goal at Clearwater Marine Aquarium is always to rehabilitate rescued marine life so they can return to the wild. In Winter’s case, as is the case with all non-releasable animals, she unfortunately could not complete her return to the wild in life. But today, we were able to give her that final step – a return home.”
The emotional ceremony for the aquarium’s beloved dolphin that was loved by millions included a Coast Guard C-130 flyover and poems. Rose and orchid petals were released into the Gulf along with Winter’s ashes. Staff members also blew bubbles in honor of one of Winter’s favorite enrichment activities.
Winter spent most of her life at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium after being rescued at just two months old. The bottlenose was found tangled in a crab trap line in Mosquito Lagoon and eventually lost her tail. She later received a prosthetic replacement.
Her story inspired the 2011 film “Dolphin Tale” starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman.
One day, a Serbian man, who often takes it upon himself to feed stray dogs in his hometown, found a tiny abandoned puppy that tugged at his heartstrings. The pup, starving and alone, was using a shoe for shelter, and the man simply couldn’t leave her behind.
It was cold outside when Goran Marinkovic, 48, found the little dog, now named Coco, on the streets of Kraljevo two years ago.
Walking along a narrow path littered with trash, Goran heard cries and followed them to a sorry sight. Next to a single black sneaker, all alone, sat a tiny puppy with yellow and black fur. Goran guessed that the puppy was using the footwear as protection in the absence of her mother.
She was “hungry, cold, and wet,” he said. Goran gave her some salami, and after she gobbled that down, she rolled over beside the shoe, showing her belly submissively.
Goran snapped a few photos of the heartrending scene and later shared them on Facebook, captioning: “The shoe can be useful to her to hide from the rain and the sun. This [puppy] was thrown into the garbage, I found it by accident. It would be nice if we found her someone who could, and would want to, take care of her.”
Unable to leave her behind, Goran picked up Coco and whisked her off to a veterinarian for assessment. He wasn’t sure if she was strong enough to survive.
But the puppy’s will to live was still strong.
Goran shared photos of Coco’s rescue and subsequent recovery on Facebook in a bid to find her the perfect forever home. He sifted through applicants to find a potential owner, but having formed a special bond with her, he reached out to his friends working in international rescue to help him find the ideal family.
He struck gold. After getting her shots, Coco was sent to Germany. Today, she’s a happy, lively pup living her best life in a loving home, thanks to Goran’s big heart and kind actions.
“She has a beautiful home to enjoy,” Goran said. “Every rescued dog from the street who finds a home is a victory for me.”
Coco’s rescuer continues to feed between 90 and 110 stray or abandoned dogs every day, and he hopes sharing Coco’s story will encourage others to help where they can.
“Do not throw animals out on the street, because they are living beings,” he added. “I just want to awaken the conscience of people so that there are no more such cases.”
Does it feel like you’re seeing more goldendoodles, labradoodles and other poodle-cross dogs these days?
It’s not your imagination.
Not only are the various poodle-cross dogs increasingly popular, but they’re also far less likely to have claims for cancer than the breeds used to create them, according to analyses of policy and claims for 1.61 million dogs by Nationwide, the nation’s largest provider of pet health insurance.
The research also found that doodle popularity has apparently come at the expense of purebreds. From 2013 to 2021, goldendoodles alone have more than tripled their percentage among Nationwide’s policies, while the percentage of poodles and labrador retrievers dropped by nearly a third.