How dog ownership has changed in 80 years

An online search for comments and opinions explains that owning a dog in 1960 was very different from today. A quarter of dogs at the time were random strays, whether owned or not. Ownership rules were much less defined. Although commercial dog food was available and the Milk Bone treatment company, the dog food industry only appealed to a few dog owners. Regular dogs survived on table scraps and pouring gravy over your dog’s food was a huge trend!

Dog Trends of the 1960s

Ladies of the 1960s popularized smaller breed dogs that were easy to carry around. It started a new trend in dog keeping when the owners started putting sweaters on the little dogs. The 1960s brought major societal shifts in dog care, health, and even animal ethics.

There were few veterinarians. In the 1960s, veterinary science was an established degree that required a few “short” years of college education, at a time when most people got by with a high school diploma or less. It was not a very popular profession and it took too long compared to many other jobs available. There were few applicants and few graduates from the program. Pet care was provided on request only. Very sick and injured dogs were usually euthanized, because the system didn’t have the technology or resources to extend life the way we do today.

Successful graduates were mostly men and went to work on farms in remote areas of the country. Specializes in the treatment of diseases and disorders in large animals – cattle and horses. Veterinarians from the 1960s were also trained in poultry disease treatment, so their focus was really on promoting the viability of farm animals for sale and consumption to the human food industry.

Dog ownership in 1990: Veterinary medicine expands to accommodate urban families and their pets

The 1990s saw radical shifts in veterinary medicine. First, a university degree is increasingly recognized as standard training for the workforce. In many fields it is not mandatory to get a job, applicants with a degree are generally considered to have more job opportunities and better pay with more social benefits. In the 1990s, more female students are also entering medical and science programs, even in veterinary medicine. However, the majority of students and professors remain male.

Veterinary clinics are popping up all over the country to help domesticated pets who get sick or have an accident or need palliation. The medical approach is still largely focused on treating the problem, disease or condition. New ideas for disease prevention and health education are just beginning to spark another shift in veterinarians’ focus. From on-demand vaccinations to sterilization and neutering to control the population, guiding themes show a broader shift in practice as veterinary medicine expands to meet the early needs of globalization.

Being indebted to a dog today, or any pet for that matter, really shows how our animals have become a part of our family. These days, most vets prescribe vet insurance, use expensive top technology to diagnose any condition you take your dog to the vet for. Many veterinarians are now women, with more female than male enrollments in universities. Many professors of education are now also women. Veterinary programs take several years to complete as they cover a wide range of animal disease and health promotion practices for the care of domestic and live animals. Universities now offer highly specialized courses. The shift to health promotion and prevention continues and is in full swing! Veterinary medicine is proactive these days! Vaccines are recommended from puppyhood throughout your dog’s lifespan to prevent disease. Spaying and neutering is done routinely, dogs live longer and the vet is willing to care for them with medication, advice and therapeutic healers that provide a range of symptom relief and promote longevity.

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Owning a dog in 2020: how modern dogs live

We have a huge advantage living in this age of technology and indulgence. There is so much choice of dog food and treats that are just as healthy and wholesome as our human grade food. Among a lot of challenging but fun decisions is which brand to choose for your dog.

In fact, massive globalization has opened up more choices than ever before! Do you want a puppy from the pet store? A breeder’s high-end show dog? Adopt a dog from the shelter? Adopt an old dog to improve the last phase of their life and provide palliation and love? Today, there are so many resources available to help you make the right decision.

Today, the pet industry is overflowing with modern toys and supplies and gimmicks for your new puppy or adult dog. Senior dogs are being treated like never before – with advances in canine health and wellness and insurance coverage. Owning a dog has never presented such complex medical and ethical challenges as it does now.

In fact, massive globalization has opened up more choices than ever before! Do you want a puppy from the pet store? A breeder’s high-end show dog? Adopt a dog from the shelter? Adopt an old dog to improve the last phase of their life and provide palliation and love? Today, there are so many resources available to help you make the right decision.

Today, the pet industry is overflowing with modern toys and supplies and gimmicks for your new puppy or adult dog. And senior dogs are treated like never before – with advances in canine health and wellness and insurance coverage. Owning a dog has never presented such complex medical and ethical challenges as it does today.

Dogs have truly become a part of our families. In some cases, they even experience separation and divorce from their human owners. After the divorce, dogs are known to share regular time between each human’s new home.

In some families, they are the children. As more people choose to remain single, or get into relationships and choose not to have children, or are unable to have children, getting a dog or dogs is becoming an increasingly popular option. Dogs get all the love in these situations and the owners get emotional satisfaction too. Owning a dog is also cheaper than owning human children. Since the average child costs $14,000 a year until the age of 18. By comparison, dog ownership costs $1000 per year per dog. Dog ownership has a shorter timeline. Instead of lifetime ownership – with dogs you get a shorter journey of lasting memories and can choose to continue or not at another time. Making dogs a more flexible, affordable investment anytime!

Looking to the future

Over the past 80 years, the world has made great strides in dog ownership, training, supplies, and health care. There are 89.7 million dog owners in the US in 2017 driving market demand and setting trends in dog care. Even the way vets are trained and run their practice has undergone profound changes. Technology, innovation and best practice research are the driving force behind the current animal health system. But all this time, a dog’s unconditional love hasn’t changed.