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How old is your dog, really?

Popular belief holds that a single year is roughly equivalent to 7 dog years. But it’s not that simple.

Recent research has suggested that dogs age up to 30 times faster than humans in their first year of life. Consider a puppy which is weaned, socialised and physically adept by 8 weeks old!  

Dogs continue to age at a rapid rate until the age of 4, with the rate slowing down after 7 years. This is variable depending on the breed, with large and giant breeds ageing faster than their smaller counterparts. 

Senior Citizens
Small and medium-sized dogs enter their senior years roughly from age 7, while large and giant breeds become seniors at a younger age. It’s important to keep this in mind when feeding and exercising your dog, as many dogs in this category can be prone to obesity and arthritis. 

Owning a dog is a big responsibility. A 10 or 15 year commitment is a long time after all! But as you no doubt know, it goes by in a flash. A dog’s life is simply never long enough. So spoil them senseless, love them endlessly and enjoy the great joy that is your dog.

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Our Charlie is thirteen, has a heart murmur—discovered whhen she was eight— and some endocrine problem. She is on heart tablets and diuretics, but she plays like she’s still a pup and loves to zoom around the home, play chasing and hide and seek and is usually the instigator. Sometimes I stop the play because she is panting too heavily and send her for a drink. Once she feels recovered it’s back for more. Although she is quite happy to play by herself too, throwing her bunny or kong into the air or over her back she will often hit them against my legs to encourage me to join in the fun.

By the way, Charlie is a Cavoodle; intelligent, stubborn, loving, playful and great company – you’re never alone with a Cavoodle.

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