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Dog Age…

A popular old wives’ tale claims that one year of a dog’s life is equal to seven human years. This has been proven to be false. For example, dogs are capable of reproducing at around one year of age, but a seven-year-old child is far from sexually mature. Veterinarians have now come up with a much more realistic comparison between human and dog years.  This new chart has been updated from pet age charts created just a couple years back.

The chart below is an average for a small to middle-sized dog in good health, but there are many factors… breed, health, living conditions, etc. 

Generally speaking the larger the dog, the shorter their lifespan, but there are always exceptions and each breed as well as each dog is different.  One of the shortest living breeds are Great Danes, who live between 7 and 12 years.  The oldest dogs living now are a 32-year-old Chihuahua and two Dachshunds at 26 and 28-years old.

The differences in dog age compared to human age begin at around age 6.  Example… at age 6 small dog is equivalent to 40 in human years, a medium sized dog is more like 42 in human age and a large dog is closer to age 45 and the gaps become wider each year.

Dog Years Chart

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November 2, 2013 Posted by | Animal Related Education, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , | 3 Comments

Pet Age

How Old is My Pet? Correctly Calculate Your Dog or Cat’s Age!

Most people think that calculating the age of dogs and cats in "human years" is quite simple: multiply their age by seven. For example, a 4-year-old dog or cat would actually be 28 years old in human years. But when you really begin weighing out the arithmetic, this method doesn’t add up. Say a 1-year-old dog is the equivalent of a 7-year-old human — get out of here! How many 7-year-old humans are sexually active and capable of reproducing? Dogs and cats are much more likely to have babies at 1 year old or even at 10 years old, than any person who is 7 or 70.

Many veterinarians now agree that a pretty good guess on the age of pets can be made using the following formulas for dogs and cats.

DOGS
Aging is much faster during a dog’s first two years but varies among breeds. Large breeds, while they mature quicker, tend to live shorter lives. By the time they reach 5 they are considered "senior" dogs. Medium-sized breeds take around seven years to reach the senior stage, while small and toy breeds do not become seniors until around 10  or older. 

But with all the vitamins, probiotics, stomach enzymes, better food (raw or home-cooked) or at least natural and organic pet foods that pets are now eating plus the fact that many live inside out of the elements and are pampered, pet age is increasing. So while many veterinarians agree that a pretty good guess on the age of pets can be made using the following formulas for dogs (and cats), the average is changing daily.

So, A Dog’s Life Can be Longer Than You Think…

Bella and her owner David Richardson

Pictured: Two of the oldest dogs on record – #1 Bramble at age 27 (Died at age 27, 211 days) and #2 Bella at age 26 (Died at age 29, 193 days)

Although still simple, it is much more accurate than the seven-year method. (Use these as a guestimate and guide.  More and more pampered dogs are living an additional 3 to 5 years over the top averages, or even longer)

Assume that a 1-year-old dog is equal to a 12-year-old human and a 2-year-old dog is equal to a 24-year old human. Then add four years for every year after that. (Example: A 4-year-old dog would be 32 in human years.) Since this method takes into consideration the maturity rate at the beginning of a dog’s life and also the slowing of the aging process in his later years, Martha Smith, director of veterinary services at Boston’s Animal Rescue League, feels that this is the more accurate calculation formula.

Here is a chart, for easy reference:

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A dog’s average lifespan is around 12 or 13 years, but again, this varies widely by breed. The larger your dog is, the less time it will live. Female dogs tend to live a little longer. (Great Danes only live between 7 and 12 years.)

Wikipedia: List of Oldest (Known) Dogs

CATS
Now let’s take a glimpse at a simple formula for calculating feline age in human years. Assume that a 1-year-old cat is equal to a 15-year-old human and a 2-year-old cat is equal to a 24-year-old human. Then add four years for every year after that. (Example: A 4-year-old cat would be 32 in human years.)

The following chart shows this formula of calculation:

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Check out this and more great stuff from PetsAdviser.com and WebVet.com:

lucy old cat

Pictured:  Lucy at age 39 (still alive)  -  Oldest Living Cat on Record

What’s her secret? It must be something in the Fancy Feast.

Lucy, from Llanelli, South Wales, is a proud Gen X’er – in her time, she’s lived through eight prime ministers, a handful of wars, and the rise of the technological generation. But the years take a toll, and at 39-years-old, Lucy’s gone deaf and probably has a bit of trouble getting up in the morning. But that’s all excusable when you consider Lucy is a feline.

The only other cat who comes close to her age was Creme Puff, a Texas cat who died at 38 years and three days.

And when you see 29-year-old dogs and 39-year-old cats, you realize that the charts are really only guestimates.

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h/t to Gayle Hickman  -  Yahoo.com – h/t to MJ

March 16, 2012 Posted by | Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pets, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

   

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