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At What Age Does Your Pet Become 'Old'?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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    I don't agree with them that dogs are old at 6. I think that your dog or cat might be old when they start to slow down, not when a number as in age dictates. jmho.

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    1501 days ago
    Great article. My Callie was 15 yr when she passed a yr ago last October. She did slow down the last couple of years, but everyday with her was a pleasure. I would take another senior in a heartbeat.. My new rescue Dixie is 7 yr and she is a doll. She makes me laugh everyday. Come to think of it, my Honey is 6 yr and I think Ginger is about 7 yrs. I guess all my dogs would be seniors, don't tell them that, lol!!! They all run around like puppies. My vet also gives me a payment plan when something major comes up. I have no children or grandchildren, so they are my family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1501 days ago
    After losing our beloved OES Robin in January, at the age of almost 13, we have now taken in a 15 month OES puppy, a rescue, who we have called Beryl. We took 5-year old OES rescue Harley in last summer and rescue GSD x Rotti Sarah (our amputee) 3 years ago, aged roughly 3. After a lifetime 'in dogs' I think a huge amount depends on the breed and, just like people, their character/personality and their health. Only today hubby reminded me that, when he met me and my 4 OES's 26 years ago, I told him that the breed is notoriously youthful, that they often don't seem to have a middle age, they sped years bouncing around like puppies and then, at around 10, they start to slow up. 6 in an OES is definitely not old!

    Harley and Beryl are driving us insane with their constant playing - it's endless, they bark noisily as they do so, they race around the house, skid into the kitchen, tussle with toys and play wrestle. It's a joy to see, but it can also be exhausting to be around!!! Beryl is our 15th dog and she has proved that 5 ½ is still young in OES - Harley spent many years as a lonely single dog his left alone for hours and hours. Beryl has brought his lost puppyhood back to him, for sure.

    I am always watching my dogs closely for signs of ill health and age-related problems. Equally, too many people fail to realise that young puppies are not capable of doing long walks until they are much more mature. Soft bones in larger breeds need to stregthen and I never take my baby pups out for long walks until they are at least 9 months to a year - they have short walks and loads of play exercise, but it's heartbreaking to see pups being dragged around town or totally unsuitable long walks, just because they are dogs and have four legs. Much damage can be done to young pups by making them exercise too hard for too long. So, old or young, all need care and attention.

    I have a huge soft spot for the oldies - fortunately, DB and I can afford to cope with their age-related health issues if/when they occur and, having no children or grandchildren, there is no competition for our attention or their priority.

    Interesting article. Thank you.

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    1502 days ago
    I was interested in the ages - I would have not thought of 6 or 7 as old.
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  • JANET552
    I love old dogs!! But, I do have to agree about the vet bills.
    1502 days ago
    Great information. I appreciate it.


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  • LEW0213
    I would take in any "old" dog I could find in the shelters if I could afford the vet bills. That is the only thing that stops me, the vet care. It's very easy to say that they should have wellness exams more frequently but when that costs up to $200.00, I can't afford that. I can barely afford the vet bills with healthy dogs. And then that final visit. It cost me almost $100 and he didn't even have to come to the house.

    Ok, off my soapbox for now,
    1502 days ago
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