Losing a pet can be an extremely emotional experience, but it will happen to all animal lovers at some point in their lifetime.
“The human-animal bond is a pretty strong thing,” said Dr. Kerry Ryan, DVM, in a report from the American Veterinarian Association. “Our pets truly are a part of the family, and people want to have a piece of their pets around forever.”
The average human lifespan in the United States is 76.69 years. That’s more than six times that of the average dog (10-13 years) and more than four times that of the average cat (12-18 years).
The conundrum leads many people to wonder: could I clone my pet?
“This topic evokes a lot of questions,” Ryan said during her lecture on cloning in dogs and cats at the 2018 Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference. “We are actually doing this and it is working really well.”
According to the American Veterinary Association, ViaGen Pets works with owners to help them understand that cloned pets will not be the same as the original animal in every way.
If you had the means necessary, would you pay to clone your pet? Answer the poll below or CLICK HERE to vote from the WKRN app.
Here at News 2, we are all about pets — from cats to dogs to rabbits to gerbils — we love them all! That’s why we partner with Metro Animal Care and Control all the time to help fur babies find their forever families.
Whether it’s the latest information on pet food recalls and safety information or our weekly Pets of the Week or Pet Doc segments, News 2 is dedicated to providing coverage both you and your pets can count on.
Thursday is National Pet Day, and News 2 is marking the occasion with special reports all day Thursday, in every newscast. We’re calling it “Petpalooza,” and our coverage will take you inside cat cafes designed to enhance pet adoption, explore realistic ways to trim veterinary bills and dig deeper into the impact pets have on happiness and health for humans.
And don’t forget, News 2 is teaming up with Metro Animal Care and Control for $2-dollar adoption fees this week!