I was absolutely overwhelmed to read in the papers that dogs are living longer than they used to. Now that Rover has entered the 10th year of his life, there is always an unknown fear lurking at my heart. This news came as a welcome relief for me.
A renowned doctor from K Heart Veterinary Clinic in Great Falls has attributed this to the growing bond between the pet and his owner. He said that dogs have literally become a part our family. We treat them no less than our children. Moreover, access to more information has also changed the way we feed our pooches. Earlier, owners would hardly discriminate between pet food and human food. But now they have become very choosy when it comes to picking food items for their buddies.
Dr Manzer also emphasized the advancements in medical science that have contributed to prolonging their life span. He in fact revealed that arthritic treatment in dogs has become more advanced compared to that in humans.
The dog you choose to adopt can also play an instrumental role. It has been scientifically proven that small and medium sized dogs live longer than their bigger counterparts. Dr Manzer said that earlier people used to get an idea about a dog’s age in human years by multiplying it with 7.
But there is a new formula in vogue now. According to this, a 1 year old doggie is equivalent to a 12 year old child while a 2 year old pooch is equivalent to that of a 24 year old person. As the dog grows in years you have to keep adding 4 to its original age. This basically boils down to the number of years a dog has in hand, told the vet.
So, according to the new formula my Rover is only 56 years now. Hey that’s a great news!