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How old is your dog?

skickad 1 dec. 2012 10:28 av Mikaela Novotny   [ uppdaterad 4 dec. 2012 11:59 ]

Is it true that a dog year is equal to 6-7 human years?


Well, not really.


First of all, a dog's life span varies largely based on breeds. Different breeds come with different genetic dispositions and while the average lifespan of a Great Dane or Bernese Mountain Dog is under 10 years, many smaller breeds such as the Chihuahua and Papillion often reach well over 15. Also, keeping your aging pooch busy with mental stimulation such as training as well as physical activities like walks and play dates tends to have a positive impact on a dog’s wellbeing and slow the aging process.


The best way to interpret your dog's age is probable to pay close attention to common signs of aging such as stiff joints, decreased energy, changes in hearing, smell and sight, sleeping patterns and behavioral changes. Many of these problems can be addressed and eased. Make sure you know your dog so you notice if and when something changes. Not only will this help address age related issues in a timely manner but it is your best chance of catching an injury or illness in time. Talk to your veterinarian if you notice anything out of the ordinary