Many dog owners like to try and figure out how old their dog is compared to people.
In general the larger the dog the shorter their life span, and the smaller dogs tend to live longer, but age is just a number and with good care throughout the stages of their lives, they can live past the dog age charts that many Veterinarians use from decades ago. There has been a lot of research into good nutrition, exercise and senior dog aids when needed that can give your dog happy golden years.
I found this video that can hopefully help you determine your dog in human years, but there are many variables, such as size, lifestyle and more.
How Old is My Dog?
Trying to figure out age in human years is a bit more complicated, but certain breeds age quicker than others, and you need to have a good idea of where you dog is in his or her life to change appropriate care.
A dog owner is usually in tune with their pet, and can tell when certain things need tweaking. I find no matter what age your dog is, being in tune with their different needs as they are aging are important to catch early. I have a larger dog and she stared entering her senior years around 8 years old is when I first noticed she wouldn't walk as far, or wanted to rest more often.
You need to keep in tune with your dog because forcing them to walk further or not rest as much can cause joint problems and pain and make their senior years difficult.
Just like people, if we take care of our bodies they will take care of us. Life gets hectic, but by keeping in tune with your dog, you can save on high Veterinarian bills later by catching something early. It might be as simple as using dog ramps, to get in and out of the car, or even in the house, or more supportive leashes and mobility harness to help them walk and not pull your arms out.
What if Your Dog is a Rescue? How Do You Know the Age?
I found another video that might help you figure out the dog's approximate age based on breed and teeth. Many shelters will help you age your dog, but if you found a dog or you have been given one this video might help you figure out where he or she is in her life and the type of care he will need or the type of food he should be eating.
Animal Shelters are Pretty Good at Age Estimates
It is so important for you as the rescue dog owner to have a ball park on age, so that they can get the right age appropriate care. The video above shows you just how they try and figure out a dogs age in the shelter.
Don't Be Afraid to Adopt a Senior Dog - They Can Bring You So Much Joy!
Some breeds are considered senior at 7. Most larger dogs age quicker, but this doesn't mean you can't still enjoy them! I found older dogs less bouncy around the house, calmer and don't pull on the leash the same way as puppies and younger dogs. Yes, your time will be limited, but they will bring such joy to your life, and you will give them an awesome retirement which is better than them finishing their lives off on the street or in a shelter.
The shelters are awesome, but a forever home is better.
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