SlimDoggy MythBuster #4 – Dog’s Aging
Today’s mythbusting is about dog’s aging. We all know dog’s life expectancy is much shorter than humans, so they age much faster. And we’ve probably all heard that one year in human aging is equivalent to 7 years in dog aging. That’s pretty fast and…not all that accurate. Think about it – that would mean our dog Sally, who lived to be 13, was really 91 and our Tino, who lived to almost 15 was 105! And Schoep – I think we’ve all heard (if not seen) Schoep would have been 140 when he passed this summer!
The truth is that dogs age much faster in their early years, but then the aging process slows down, so it’s not an absolute 7:1 ratio. A dog’s breed, size, diet & exercise also impact their longevity. We’ve written about dog’s life spans in the past and that’s one of the main drivers behind our PetsMove initiative! Get up and Get Moving with your Pet!
WebMD’s PetMD site has a good chart that provides a more accurate picture of dog’s aging:
|Age of dog||Small breed –age in human years||Medium breed –age in human years||Large breed –age in human years|
These provide a more accurate view of Sally & Tino’s age as being 82 and 93 respectively. Schoep isn’t on here, but he’s kind of an off the charts dog anyways. I hope this helps dispel this myth and provide you with a better sense of when your dog is really entering those senior years.
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