Older dogs have special needs. Their bodies are beginning to slow down, and the wear and tear of life has started to take its toll.
The life span of dogs can vary considerably, and partly depends on the individual breed, although many other factors are also involved. A good start in life–through proper care and nutrition as a puppy and young adult–goes a long way in supporting your dog’s active life and seeing him through to old age.
Because you’re with him every day, you may not notice the gradual onset of old age in your dog. By the time he’s about six or seven years old, he’ll likely start to age. Giant breeds may be considered old by the time they’re about 8 years old, or even younger. Terriers and many mixed breed dogs can live 15 years or more.