More Accurate Way Of Telling The Age Of Your Dog

August 1, 2018

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To find out a dog's age, you add 7 years to every one human year, right?  WRONG! This method is both overgeneralized and largely inaccurate. The speed with which a dog ages can vary significantly depending on its breed and, perhaps most importantly, its size. Knowing a pet's "human" age is important, however, and not just because it's amusing to imagine our furry family members aging along with us. Luckily, there's a more accurate way of translating dog years into human years. Rather than years, it takes into account the life stage of a dog. A puppy stage is from birth to 6 months, Junior, where your dog is reproductively nature but still growing is from 6 months to 9 months. Your puppy is all grown up, finished growing and considered an adult from 9 months to 6 1/2 years. The next stage is mature from 6 1/2 years to 9 years and 9 months, which is from midlife to the last quarter of life expectancy. A senior is from 9 years and 9 months to 13 years and geriatric is anything over 13 years. Veterinarians can then take into consideration things like the size of your dog to further refine the translation into human years as smaller dog tend to live longer than larger ones. The life stage method more accurately helps in keeping your dog healthy as you can provide them with age-appropriate foods and activities, and helps vets monitor their health and development. And don't fret if your dog seems to be entering its geriatric years. If you've taken the effort to monitor your dog's development over the years and provided it with the care and attention it needs as it ages, chances are you've also given your dog its best chance to beat the odds and stretch those dog years out as far as possible.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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