Many parents choose to adopt a dog to keep their children company. Unfortunately, the pain of the latter is often enormous when the animal gives up.
For animal lovers, separation from their peers and the grief it brings is inevitable. Actuallyman has a longer life expectancy than a pet. This is especially the case with cats and dogs. Nevertheless, if separation is mandatory, it is possible to prepare for it. In this article, we will focus on the case of dogs. Among other things, we will talk about what the master can do for promote better longevity to his animal.
Man and dog: a fleeting friendship
As mentioned earlier, a human has a longer lifespan than a pet. On worldwide, a man can hope to live about 70 years. In the EU, people can expect 10 more years.
On the contrary, a dog lives an average of 11 years. It must be said that the life expectancy of the dog is about seven times lower than that of a human. Around Remember toit lives on average two years longer than its canine competitor.
However, this average lifespan has improved significantly over time. ONE Royal Canin study, published in 2012, confirms this. Royal Canin claimed one 20% increase in life expectancy for dogs and cats. This finding benchmarks the life expectancy of these animals ten years earlier.
A significant improvement which is the result of a better diet and to a healthier lifestyle. However, it is primarily thanks in the veterinary field which is constantly evolving.
If these criteria are external to the dog, other variables specific to dogs such as size and race are also very important. Usually a dog big size will live much shorter than another of small size. However, there are exceptions to this rule.
The size of the dog means a lot
In Japanperformed researchers work on almost 300,000 dogs. It showed the results of their study the bigger this dog is, the more it suffers its longevity. In addition, mixes would also live on average one year more compared to purebred dogs. This last observation, of course, concerns those of roughly equal size.
Why does a large dog have a shorter lifespan?
According to a study published in 2017, everything happens in the dog’s childhood. During this period, the puppies that will be impressive Garden a particular metabolism. Specifically, their body will consume a lot of energy to grows rapidly and reaches their adult size.
Unfortunately, this process results in a large amount free radicals. These can have negative effects on the animal’s aging. Therefore, a diet rich in antioxidants from a dog’s childhood can potentially increase its life expectancy. However, nothing is certain about this yet.
The exception confirms the rule?
Size is therefore of great importance when it comes to the dog’s lifespan. However, there are many breeds that are exceptions to this rule. that English bulldog and Shar Peiliving, for example, on average six years despite their small size. On the other hand, the golden retriever (large size) has a fairly good lifespan, 12 years.
What can the master do to improve the life of his dog?
If the breed of the dog means a lot, it is not the only factor to be considered. In fact, his genetic heritage, his lifestyle and especially the veterinary follow-ups are just as important.
The genetic inheritance
A human being that a dog can transmit hereditary diseases Where of genes “defaulters” to their offspring. Therefore, it can be helpful to know the health status of the parents. On the other hand, it should be known that one dog says “mixes” have greater resistance to certain hereditary problems. Which could be the reason for its longer lifespan.
Sometimes dog breeds have predispositions for certain quite visible diseases. The dogs, if the muzzle is flat has, for example, a lower life expectancy. The fact is that they have tendency to breathing problems. However, the problems are not always so obvious.
Healthy lifestyle, the foundation of your health
A dog is like other animals, it needs a healthy lifestyle. Thereby, his diet should be brought on the field. In fact one balanced diet and quality increases your chances of living longer. This should fit its nutrition and energy needs. He must too stay hydrated. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the cleanliness of his bowl. In fact, the animal may refuse to drink if it feels that its water is not good.
A dog, like its master, needs regular physical exercise. He must therefore go regularly and do various activities. In addition, the pet must also have social interactions with peers. These good habits especially allow him to do so develop mentally and to maintain their mental health. The handler will thus be able to avoid the risk of his dog developing behavioral problems.
Finally a good one respectful and consistent education is not to be neglected. This will, among other things, help him to avoid endangering himself.
Visit to the vet
As mentioned above, the average lifespan of today’s dog is much better than two decades ago. Specifically, these are advances in veterinary medicine who are responsible for this development. In addition medical tools as treatments It does not matter more efficiently.
It is therefore recommended to take your dog with you a trusted veterinarian, once or twice a year. This will help identify any health issues earlier. The professional can also check if he has an appropriate diet. He will also see if the animal is properly vaccinated, ormekur and sterilized. It should be noted that these preventions make it possible to promote a long life for the dog.
Which dog breed to choose?
Generally, when a person chooses a dog, it is based on its appearance or breed. Nevertheless, one factor must also be taken into account before adoption: life expectancy. This is all the more important if the dog is intended for a child. The latter will actually have it harder to deal with the loss of his best dog friend. Yet it is inevitable.
Here are examples of breeds that live long:
– lhasa apso;
– the Australian Cattle Dog;
– shih tzu;
– the dachshund;
– yorkshire terriers;
– jack russell terriers.
Among this list, chihuahuaen considered to be the smallest dog. He is also known for being the one with longer service life.
On the contrary, the following races have a shorter lifespan:
– Sankt Bernard;
– The great Danish.
How do you know if your dog is getting old?
Although aging does not happen overnight, it is best to detect it early. The dog also feels the weight of the years. Therefore, his lord will have to customize your habits to changes that take place in the dog.
However, the master must already know that his companion is getting old. As a general rule changes initially turn out to be subtle, but traceable. The basis is to know the animal and its habits well. Especially since the changes are usually physical and mental.
On the physical level, his hair is dull and becomes slightly gray. The animal can too put on or lose weight and become slower as you walk. Moreover, he gets tired faster than before and maybe even have difficulty moving.
Psychologically, he becomes i.a. smaller taps and less desire to go.
When this happens it is no reason to force it to do what he did before. The only thing to do is adapt to your new rhythm as well as to his new needs. In case of doubt, it is even better to consult a professional. A veterinarian will know how to react.
Here’s what you need to know globally about a dog’s longevity. Note that adoption of a dog is a great responsibility. As previously mentioned, the animal actually has need special carebut mainly time. Therefore, the future master must prepare, both mentally, emotionally and materially, to welcome the newcomer.