Keeping Your Mature Pet’s Brain Sharp

John Hockenberry interviews Janet Jackson (photo courtesy of Purina)

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At the Purina Better With Pets Summit in New York, host John Hockenberry conducted a fascinating interview with Janet Jackson (“the real Janet Jackson,” as he called her) that revealed the latest advancements in canine cognitive health. Janet is a leading member of Purina’s Research and Development group, a global team of 400 scientists, nutritionists, and veterinarians who are engineering innovations for pet care.

“We’ve been working in cognition and brain health for the past 13 years,” she said. But Janet’s belief that pets actually think originated when she was three years old, with her dog, Lassie. “She was older, and she taught me.” Janet took those assumptions into her life’s work. When asked for evidence that pets have cognition, she said, “there is research out there [that suggests] they have the same ‘cuddle hormones’ as humans.”

John Hockenberry interviews Janet Jackson (photo courtesy of Purina)

The conversation moved to the challenges that dogs and cats face when they age. “28 percent of the dogs between the ages of 10 and 12 have one sign of cognitive decline,” said Janet. “After age 15, over 68 percent have one —> Read More Here


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