If you have a dog at home you need to prepare for the fact that one day he/she will grow old, and with the onset of age, things change naturally. For example, they become slower and feel colder.

When dogs begin to age they tend to become quieter and less active, although this change is common, it is important to be alert to the signs so that you give your dog the best care at this stage of his/her life.

The age when dogs begin to get old varies according to their size, therefore, it is important to pay attention to the size of your furry friend since this factor will influence when he/she will need special care.

The list below shows the average life expectancy according to the different sizes of dogs, preventative and medical care can be influential factors, extending the life expectancy by years.

  • Small size: They are those that weigh up to 10 kilos, can be considered elderly from the age of 8 years. These dogs can live up to between 13 and 16 years of life.
  • Average size: They are those who weigh between 11 and 25 kilos, normally have a life expectancy of 13 years. They are considered elderly from the age of 7 years.
  • Big size: they are those that weigh between 26 and 40 kilos. These furry have an average life expectancy of 10 years. They are considered to have entered the elderly stage at 6 years of age.
  • Giant: They are those that weigh more than 41 kilos. The approximate life expectancy is 9 years of age and they are considered elderly from the age of 5 years.

Factors such as breed, care during growth, nutrition and physical activity will also affect how your dog will be in the senior stage of their life.

Ensure you make regular visits to the vet when your dog nears to their senior stage of their life or if you have any concerns about him/her.

For further information please contact Modern Veterinary Clinic on 04 395 3131.

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