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Adopt a Senior Pet Month – How Your Pet Ages

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Would you believe if we told you that there’s a month dedicated to making the lives of older pets better by helping them find loving homes? Every year, November is celebrated as National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. During this period, people who are looking for pets are encouraged to consider adopting senior pets.

This is a great initiative, but how would you know when a pet is old enough to be called a senior pet? If you’re wondering how dogs and cats age and when exactly they become old, you’ve come to the right place!

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How Dogs Age

You may have heard numerous times that one dog year is equal to seven human years. This ‘seven-year rule’ implies that dogs usually live 1/7th as long as humans. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule. It varies with the breed of the dog. Let’s have a look at how a dog ages.

The age of the dog is more closely associated with the weight of the dog rather than its lifespan. A dog that is 5-year old and weighs 20 pounds is close to a 33-year-old human being. Similarly, a dog that weighs more than 90 pounds is said to be around 41 years old in human years. Smaller dogs age slowly as compared to their larger counterparts.

Whether a dog is in its puppy stage, the adult stage or senior stage depends on how big it is and how much it weighs. A dog that is fairly large in size may be classified under the label of a senior pet at the age of 5 or 6 years, whereas a smaller breed of dog may fall under the senior pet bracket at the age of 10 to 12 years.

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Age Is Just a Number

You can’t say for sure how pets age. Every pet ages in a different manner and follows a different criterion. Age is just a number when it comes to your pets. Senior pets that are well-cared for can have longer life spans. Although they might start looking old, with white hair and a slower walking pace, your pet can live longer if you take adequate care of it.

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