Pet Cloning: What Everyone Should Know About

22 Dec, 2020

Pet Cloning: What Everyone Should Know About

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As every pet owner knows have a pet is like having an additional member of the family. Caring for them from their infancy to their last days builds a remarkable bond. Pet cloning is becoming increasingly popular, as we all fear missing our favourite animals once they are gone. But here are some points to note before you embark on that pet cloning journey.

Pet Cloning – Consider this before you start

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Family pets are often much loved members of the family, So pet cloning is often a way that people choose to keep their pet personality alive.

Having a pet is a wonderful thing, it feels like having a friend for a lifetime. You can spend your time playing with them, cuddling them even, and you can truly feel their affection for you. However, just like humans, sadly, pets are not going to live forever. More importantly, their life span is much much shorter than a humans, meaning that you’ll most likely experience losing a pet.

Dealing with the grief of a pet that has died

The grief that comes with a pet’s death can be overwhelming. Some find it unbearable, especially if we’ve grown up alongside them.

Many people have thought, what would it be like if our pets could live forever and think up ways to try to make it happen. One of the possible ways we could make that happen is by cloning them. But what do we really know about cloning animals? And what are things that everyone should know?

History of pet cloning

Cloning was a popular topic for a long while, there were many experiments on different species, but up until 1996, most of them just weren’t successful, or they didn’t catch the public’s eye. But finally, in the year 1996, a sheep called Dolly was the first cloned mammal, this took the world by storm and cloning became a thing…in one way or another.

Which animals can undergo pet cloning?

Sure, cloning made history, it was a success, but not for every pet – truth be told, sheep, mice.

Rabbits and pigs are relatively easy to clone but there was one animal that’s particularly hard to clone and that was a dog! Unfortunately a lot of people were hoping for this to be a thing, and for a good reason – if someone can have their beloved pet for longer, they would choose that option!

Snuppy – The first pet cloning success an Afghan Hound cross

South Korean scientists created the first cloned dog. Snuppy, an Afghan hound, was born in April 2005. The cloning technique used is not efficient. It took nearly 2,000 eggs to make some 1,000 embryos — all of which produced just one healthy puppy. NPR

Snuppy the first successful pet cloning result, an Afghan Hound and Yellow Labrador cross.

The first dog cloning experiment was done in the 90s and it was a fail, but scientists did discover why that might be the case.

Save your pet first

Before you jump into cloning your dog, thankfully there are ways for you to prevent losing him too early. You can try to prolong his life as much as possible. There are different things you can do to ensure your dog is cared for properly, like giving your dog quality food and proper amounts of exercise.

Also, visiting the vet regularly is a must, even though your dog might not be a fan. But definitely, taking care of your dog’s safety should be your top priority. Dogs usually get hurt when their owners are not looking or paying attention.

What the experts say about pet cloning

Experts at My Dog Is A Robot state that You can ensure the safety of your pet more than ever before, using the latest technology! Start with a dog collar that has GPS tracking pre-installed, so your dog never gets lost or stolen. How about automatic feeders that make sure that your dog is well fed and happy when you are not at home.

There are many different options that are perfect for all kinds of dog owners, which can help ensure the health and safety of your dog, even if you aren’t with him at all times. 

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We all fear losing our favourite pets Pet cloning is one possibility

The process of starting pet cloning

If you think you can try pet cloning by just getting a bit of their genetic makeup, you are quite wrong. In all actuality, cloning is a complex process that takes a lot of precision.

There are two ways to start pet cloning an animal. One of them requires splitting an embryo in half. This is done so that the two animals that develop from them share the same genes. The other one is called a somatic cell nuclear transfer.

Which DNA?

This is where scientists transfer the DNA of a somatic cell, a cell that contains two full sets of chromosomes, into an egg that had both its nucleus and DNA removed.

The egg is then implanted into an adult female specimen’s uterus so it can grow. So technically, pet cloning not as easy as you may think – it’s still not magic tho – only pure science! This is a small step. But it’s still a giant discovery that will lead to a lot of great things in the future!

Need a dog sitter or pet sitter?

Find a dog sitter – Ideal at-home pet care

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Find a dog sitter from a reliable trusted source, then introduce them to your pets to ensure both are comfortable and relaxed

Holiday time arrives and every pet owner is nervously looking for dog minding solutions. Staying with familiar people or a dog sitter at home is a good way to keep your dogs calm and to minimise separation anxiety.

Where to find a dog sitter for pet minding at home?

While you may be tempted to searching online for ‘dog sitters that come to my home’, ‘petsitters’ ‘dog boarding’, ‘find a dog sitter near me’ and so on, think again.

Today there are new online networks of pet lovers, who will exchange their time and experience in pet care to look after your dog for free accommodation and a good online review. Yes indeed, there are. HousesitMatch.com is a great place to start for pet owners, learning about house and pet sitting.

Online house and petsitting communities

A house and petsit community where you know members are ID checked for security, and you can view the sitter profiles is a good place to start reviewing dog sitter or pet sitter profiles. Communities like Housesitmatch.com offer a safe environment to meet like minded members who are primarily pet lovers and experienced in pet and home care.

Join as a home and petowner to find a dog sitter

Joining HouseSit Match as a petowner is a straightforward process:

  1. Register as a homeowner pet owner on HouseSit Match.
  2. Complete the ID check for added credibility and trustworthiness.
  3. Build your profile to showcase your pets, and home.
  4. Offer your dog sits by posting a housesit advert and listing and connect with pet sitters.
  5. Embark on an exciting journey as a member of this community meeting and working with dog sitters and house sitters.

JOIN HOUSESIT MATCH AS A PET OWNER TO FIND A DOG SITTER

Starting as a pet sitter and house sitter

If you love pets and especially dogs (they are the most popular pets in this network) consider joining as a house and pet sitter. Becoming a house and pet sitter on this housesitting and petsitting platform is a straightforward process:

  • Register as a house sitter and pet sitter on HouseSit Match.
  • Complete the ID check for added credibility and trustworthiness.
  • Build your profile to showcase your experience and reliability.
  • Apply for dog sits across the housesit listings and connect with homeowners and pet owners.
  • Embark on an exciting journey as a trusted house sitter caring for pets and especially dogs.

Final words on pet cloning

At the end of the day, pet cloning isn’t as popular and vastly used in our society. Sure the technology and modern science has developed to accommodate this innovation. But it is still not a regular occurrence in our daily life. Truth be told, cloning will probably become a regular thing sometime in the future. Until then try to think of alternative ways to keep your pet healthy and happy!

Further reading about dog sitting and housesitters

At Housesitmatch.com we like to share useful blogs and practical advice about housesitters, housesitting and pet sitting. We hope you find this small selection of our blogs on house sitters useful.

Housesitters keep pets safe at home and save money

Top dogsitting tips for beginners

What is House Sitting?


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