Help Your Dog Live Longer
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016
The life expectancy of the average dog is about 12 years, with a typical range of 8-16 years.
However....your individual dog might not be average. If so, whether he will live to the lower end of the 8-16 range, or the higher end, depends on a number of factors:
- Has he inherited genes for a long life?
- Has he inherited genes for life-threatening health problems?
- How "inbred" is he? A high degree of inbreeding (many of the same relatives on both sides of his family tree) can shorten a dog's lifespan.
If you already have your dog, obviously you can't do anything about the three things in the list above. But there is a fourth factor that you DO have control over:
- How he is raised and cared for.
So let's talk about that fourth factor. Tell me a few things about your dog and about how you are currently caring for him.
Then I will tell you whether you're doing absolutely everything you can do to help him live the longest life possible..... or whether there are some things you might do differently that could make a big difference in how long your dog lives and also how healthy he remains for the rest of his life.
Remember, no one can predict the future of any living creature. But just as you can do things in your own life that affect your health and lifespan (for better or for worse), you can also do things in your dog's life that can make a similar difference.
Let's try to make a difference in the right direction for him!