Scientists have developed a solution that allows pet owners to cryogenically hibernate their pets while they are away, eliminating the need to hire pet sitters or place their pets in kennels.

New Jersey-based CryoPets LLC has come up with a simple food additive that when combined with its patented “cold blanket” enables any pet — mammal, reptile or bird — to hibernate at home for up to 30 days without the need for food or water, or the need to go out.

“This is really revolutionary science,” said Klaus Digenschat, chief scientist at CryoPets. “The food additive works on a time-release formula that slowly expands and delivers the necessary nutrients and hydration to the animal. The cold blanket causes the body temperature to decrease and allows the heart rate to slow down to proper hibernation.”

Digenschat added that the process is very safe for animals, who don’t even notice they have been placed in hibernation.

“Animals don’t have a sense of time,” he said. “For all they know, three weeks could have been three minutes.”

The length of hibernation is adjusted through the blanket, which features a digital LCD display and also can be controlled through a mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. The app is free with the purchase of a CryoPets system, which includes one blanket and one food capsule that allows for up to one 30-day hibernation period. The systems range in price based on the animals they serve.

Small dogs, cats and ferrets can use CryoPet Compact, which retails for $19.99. Medium-size dogs can use CryoMediPet for $39.99, or CryoMediPet Deluxe, in which the blanket features a super soft Saskatchewan sealskin lining and Peruvian alpaca fur exterior, for $99.99.

While pet owners can use CryoPet Compact for cats, a specially designed CryoCat version made from Arabian field mouse fur helps cats dream of mice.

“It is remarkable to see these cats dreaming of chasing the mice,” Digenschat said. “We leave the scent glands on the fur, so the smell is very comforting to the cat and the active mind makes for a more enjoyable hibernation.”

Ironically, CryoPets recommends the CryoCat version for pet mice as well. “It is very interesting because for the mice, they feel like they are with their families, and it is very comforting for them as well,” Digenschat. “However, it is very important that this version not be used for hamsters, gerbils or other rodents, because they will feel like they are fighting with the mice and will not hibernate properly. I recommend CryoPet Compact for these animals.”

For reptiles and birds, CryoPets makes CryoScales and CryoFeathers, respectively, and a special version of CryoScales, called CryoSub, is being developed for fish.

“It’s very amusing to see the fish sleeping in their little CryoSub blankets,” Digenschat said. “It’s so cute.”  MF_Logo-Bxed20

In a new study to be published next week, doctors and scientists agree there is undeniable evidence that there is a hazard to young people who excessively text, play games or do any other mobile activity where they are overusing their thumbs.

Doctors are calling the phenomenon that deteriorates the nerve endings in thumbs, rendering them useless, Loose Thumb Syndrome. Say that three times: Loose Thumb Syndrome, Loose Thumb Syndrome, Loose Thumb Syndrome. 

“Yes, of course it is a tongue-twister, but it is a lot more than that,” said Dr. Julius Moskowitz of the Institute of Advanced Biotechnology and Biomechanics, a title that in itself is a mouthful. “We are predicting that today’s children, whose thumbs are still fragile and developing, will grow up to have thumbs they will no longer be able to use.”

Moskowitz said human thumbs did not evolve to be able to handle the rapid movements.

“All of the back and forth and back and forth so quickly with the thumbs, it is too much,” he said. “We are going to have the next generation of humans with un-evolved carpometacarpal joints and future humans with no thumbs at all. This is where we’re heading.”

Moskowitz said the study does not specifically offer a cure, other than to suggest that young people “alternate the use of the fingers on their hands when tapping quickly on a screen.”   MF_Logo-Bxed20