Tuesday, October 19, 2021

How Much is that Doggie in the Window? 

Pet Talk: News & Notes

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Have you ever wondered what the most expensive dog sold for? My research found that a golden-haired Tibetan Mastiff puppy is the world’s most expensive dog sold. It was reported to have been sold for 12 million yuan which about $1.95 million.  

The puppy was 31 inches tall and weighed almost 200 pounds. The breeder said, “They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs”. 

The Tibetan Mastiff is a very large Tibetan breed of dog whose name in Tibetan is “Drog-Khyi.” The name means “Nomadic Dog” and was given because of their origins with the nomadic tribes of Tibet, China, and Mongolia. The Tibetan Mastiff’s primary use was to protect the tribe’s sheep from dangerous wild animals, such as wolves. Mastiffs are fiercely loyal and protective. 

No one knows for sure the history of the Tibetan Mastiff. The breed is so ancient and Tibet has always been so isolated, that it’s impossible to say when the breed came to be. A 2008 study concluded that the Tibetan Mastiff had a lineage that went back as far as 58,000 years ago!  

We know that for millennia they were mighty guardians of the Himalayas, and it’s thought that they’re the progenitor for all modern mastiffs. Evidence suggests that early travelers to Tibet were sometimes given these giants as gifts, which were used to create the mastiff breeds of the Middle East and Europe. 

The Tibetan Mastiff often prefers to be outdoors where he can view and patrol his territory. However, despite his bulk, this breed is remarkably agile, skilled at climbing and jumping, and requires a six-foot-high fence. Tibetan Mastiffs also have a deep, impressive bark which they tend to use freely, especially at night when they are most attentive.  

The first Tibetan Mastiff to be brought to England was given as a gift to Queen Victoria. This breed first became popular in England in the 1900s, with King George V being particularly interested in them. In the US, two Tibetan Mastiffs were brought over in the 1950s and given to President Eisenhower by the Dalai Lama, but nothing much was heard of them after their arrival. Eventually, more were imported in the 1970s when the breed took off. 

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Health TipFeeding Your Senior Dog 

Dogs begin to show visible age-related changes at about seven to 12 years of age.  

Your Pet’s Size Will Determine When to Begin a Senior Diet 

  • Small breeds and dogs weighing less than 20 pounds—7 years of age 
  • Medium breeds and dogs weighing 21 to 50 pounds—7 years of age 
  • Large breeds and dogs weighing 51 to 90 pounds—6 years of age 
  • Giant breeds and dogs weighing 91 pounds or more—5 years of age 

Avoid “Senior Diets that have reduced levels of protein. Studies have shown that the protein requirement for older dogs does not decrease with age. Older dog’s diets should contain optimum levels of highly digestible protein to help maintain muscle mass. 

Older dogs have been shown to progressively put on body fat. This change in body composition is inevitable and it might be partly due to reduced energy expenditure or a change in metabolic rate. It is important to feed a diet with a lower caloric density to avoid weight gain, but with a normal protein level to help maintain muscle mass. 

Talk to your veterinarian about increasing your senior dog’s GLA and FOS intake. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid that plays a role in the maintenance of healthy skin and coat. It is normally produced in a dog’s liver and levels may diminish in older dogs. Aging can affect a dog’s intestinal bacteria, which can result in symptoms of gastrointestinal disease. Senior diets for dogs should contain FOS to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. 

Look for foods with High Levels of Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene.  These antioxidants help eliminate free radical particles that can damage body tissues and cause signs of aging as well as increase the effectiveness of the immune system. 

What is the answer to this question 

  • What building has the most stories? 

Send me your stores, I would love to hear them.  

Michael M. Neal is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Biological Sciences. He is an avid pet owner and nature lover. He is the owner of The Critter Café pet salon that offers grooming, boarding, daycare, obedience training and pet supplies on Marco Island. 

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