An online search of comments and opinions declares that owning a dog in 1960 was very different than today. A quarter of dogs at the time were strays, whether owned or not. The ownership rules were much less defined. Although there were commercial dog foods available and the Milk Bone treat company, the dog food industry only appealed to some dog owners. Regular dogs survived off the table and pouring sauce on your dog’s food was a huge trend!

Dog trends from the 1960s

Ladies of the 1960s popularized smaller breed dogs that were easily carried around. A new trend in dog ownership began when owners started dressing small dogs in sweaters. The 1960s initiated major societal changes in dog care, health and even animal ethics.

Vets were few. In the 1960s, the science of veterinary medicine was an established degree that required a few “short” years of university education, at a time when most people got by with high school or less. It was not a very popular profession and took too long compared to many other job opportunities. There were few applicants and few graduates for the programme. Pet care was only provided on request. Very sick and injured dogs were usually euthanized, as the system did not have the technology or resources to prolong life as we enjoy it today.

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

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

In the 1990s, radical changes took place in veterinary science. First, a university degree is becoming more widely recognized as the standard education for the workforce. Well, not mandatory for job acquisition in many fields, applicants with degrees are generally seen as having more job opportunities and better pay with more social benefits. In the 1990s, more female students also enter medical and natural science programs, even in veterinary science. However, the majority of students and professors remain male.

Veterinary clinics have sprung up all over the country to serve domesticated farm animals that get sick or have an accident or need relief. The medical approach is still largely about treating the problem, illness or disease. New ideas for disease prevention and health education are just beginning to cause another shift in veterinary focus. From on-demand vaccinations to spaying and neutering for population control, leading themes show a broader shift in practice as veterinary medicine expands to meet the early needs of globalization.

Having a dog today, or any pet for that matter, really shows how our animals have become a part of our family. Now a days most vets suggest veterinary insurance, expensive state of the art technology runs to diagnose any condition you take your dog to the vet for. Many vets are now women, with female enrollments higher than male enrollments in universities. Many program professors are now also women. Veterinary programs take several years to complete as they cover a wide range of animal diseases and health-promoting animal husbandry and animal care practices. Universities now offer highly specialized study programmes. The shift towards health promotion and prevention continues and is in full swing! Veterinary medicine today is proactive! Vaccines are recommended from puppyhood throughout the dog’s life to prevent disease. Spaying and neutering is done routinely, dogs live longer and veterinary medicine is prepared to care for them with medications, advice and therapeutic healers that offer a range of symptom control and promote longevity.

Owning a Dog in 2020: How Modern Dogs Live

We have a great advantage of living in this age of technology and indulgence. There are so many choices of dog food and treats that are just as home grown and healthy as our human grade food. Adding to the pile of challenging but fun decisions is which brand to choose for your dog.

Mass globalization has even provided more choices for customization than ever before! Do you want a pet shop puppy? A breeder’s high-end show dog? Adopt a dog from a shelter? Adopt an old dog to enhance the last phase of their life and provide relief and love? Today, there are so many resources available to help you make the right decision.

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

Mass globalization has even provided more choices for customization than ever before! Do you want a pet shop puppy? A breeder’s high-end show dog? Adopt a dog from a shelter? Adopt an old dog to enhance the last phase of their life and provide relief and love? Today, there are so many resources available to help you make the right decision.

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

Dogs have truly become part of our families. In some cases, they even experience separation and divorce from their human owners. Dogs have been known to split time between each human’s new home at regular intervals after separation.

In some families they are the children. As more people chose to remain single, or have relationships and chose not to have children, or cannot have children, getting a dog or dogs is becoming a more popular option. Dogs in these situations get all the love and the owners also get emotional satisfaction. 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 $1,000 a year per dog. Dog ownership has a shorter timeline. Instead of lifelong ownership – with dogs you get a shorter journey with lasting memories and can choose to continue or not at another time. Make dogs a more flexible and affordable investment anytime!

Looking to the future

Over the past 80 years, the world has seen great advances in dog ownership, training, supplies and healthcare. There are 89.7 million dog owners in the US in 2017, driving market demand and defining trends in dog grooming. Even the way vets are trained and run their practice has gone through radical transitions. Technology, innovation and best practice research are the driving force in the animal health care we have today. But still over all this time, a dog’s unconditional love has not changed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.