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Elderly Pets Need Extra Care: Part 1 – Signs of Old Age

by Dr. Lance Weidenbaum and Dr. Michael Shaff

Elderly dog sleeping on dog bed.

Only a few decades ago, ten years was a long lifetime for most pets. Today our knowledge of veterinary medicine, understanding of animal care, and the excellent foods and medicines available allow pets to share our lives for many years. Many cats now live 15 or even 20 years. Large breed dogs that historically had short lifespans may live 10 - 12 years, and their smaller cousins like Chihuahuas and Pugs can expect to live 12 - 15 years, with a few even reaching their 20s.

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