Is it true that seven human
years equals one dog year?
It is generally believed that
a dog ages seven years to every one year of a human life.
While this can be used as a general guideline it is not
strictly accurate. Dogs age more quickly in the puppy stage
than they do in later life. Small dogs and large dogs also
age at a different rate. A nine year old small dog may still
be quite active however a large breed dog is becoming a
Diet is important for your dog
to have a long life
It is important to feed your large breed dog a nutritional
diet, low in fat and served in moderate portions. You must
guard against allowing your dog to become overweight. Just
as it is with humans many ailments and injuries are
attributed to your dog being overweight.
Click here for more details on diet and obesity in dogs.
Don't shorten your dogs lifespan by letting him get fat.
Overweight dogs may also suffer from joint problems and
arthritis which, while not a direct threat to life, may lead
to chronic pain, decreased activity and decreased quality of
life. In severe cases euthanasia is the kindest option.
Spaying and Neutering
Research has shown that a spayed or neutered dog will live
longer than a dog who has not been fixed. Spaying and
neutering reduces the dogs urge to roam thus reducing chance
of accidents. Female dogs can die giving birth. There is
also a reduced risk of some cancers.