Life Expectancy Of Dogs: How Long Will My Dog Live?

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Larger animals tend to live longer than smaller ones (most of the time). Think about it. Humans live longer than cats, which live longer than a rat, which lives longer than a fly. But why isn’t this true when it comes to animals within their species? A person who weighs 150 pounds will most likely live longer than a person who weighs 300 pounds. They live longer because of increased health risks for the person who weighs 300 pounds. When it comes to dogs’ life expectancy, how can you compare a Great Dane to a Chihuahua? Their anatomic builds are completely different, and their lifespans reflect this. Beyond size, is there an average age of a dog based on breed or other factors? Yes. Let us explore this subject further.

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Arthritis In Dogs: Symptoms, Signs, Treatment, Medicine, Natural Remedies & More

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Just like humans, dogs are prone to developing arthritis as they get older. In fact, osteoarthritis affects one in five dogs, which makes it one the most common diagnoses for chronic pain in our pets. What are the signs? And how do you treat this painful and potentially debilitating condition?

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Laying Your Pet To Rest: Dog Cremation Or Burial?

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After your pet passes on, taking care of their remains is the last thing you’ll want to think about. So it’s best to prepare yourself by knowing your options, and maybe even making your choice, beforehand. This article discusses the two main options for taking care of your pet’s remains: cremation and burial…

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Dog Euthanasia: When Is It Time To Say Goodbye?

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Euthanasia of a pet is one of the toughest things — if not the toughest thing — a pet owner may ever have to do. Yet this is a decision everyone must be prepared to make when they commit to taking on the responsibility of giving a pet a forever home. This article discusses the unfortunate process of dog euthanasia; when it’s the right time, and how to cope when your friend is gone…

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How To Deal With The Death Of Your Dog

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Your pets are a part of your family and losing them can be emotionally devastating. If you or someone you know recently lost a canine companion, we offer you our most sincere condolences. We’ve been there and understand the pain you’re feeling right now. Here are some strategies and insights to help you work through this difficult time…

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7 Tips For Caring For Your Elderly Dogs

Emmie and Elderly Dogs

As a 27-year-old mother of two seniors, I have slowly begun to accept the unavoidable truth that my babies are all grown up. When we first switched our boys to senior dog food, I was emotional (well, I cried) and as a social worker my first instinct was, Pet stores really should have support staff on hand for this kind of thing! I know I’m not the only one who has underestimated how emotional this transition would be…

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When It’s Time To Say Goodbye To Your Best Friend: Look For Signs

Kid Loves Old Lab

Unfortunately, it’s a common part of everyday vet practice that we need to say goodbye to our patients and friends. As difficult as it can be on me, the veterinary technicians and other staff in the hospital, it is always more difficult for that pet’s owner. Making the decision to humanely euthanize your pet can be hard. We all want to minimize or eliminate any pain or discomfort our pet may be experiencing, but when is it time to say goodbye?…

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House Training An Older Dog

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Bringing home an adult dog is an unusually large undertaking for any family. Whether this is your first or fiftieth dog coming into your home, there are a few things that you should always keep in mind. A unique and unexpected challenge that we often see in rescue cases is the necessity of house training an older dog…

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