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Features August 2015 Issue

Canine Healthy Aging Versus Illness

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Canine Healthy Aging Versus Illness

How to make sure ‘old’ does not become ‘sick.’

If you go strictly by the numbers, “geriatric” is the point at which 75 percent of one’s anticipated lifespan has passed. So for a dog expected to live to age 14, that would be 10.5 years.

But thanks to advances in veterinary care, old does not have to mean “feeble” or “frail.” Just as white-haired people in their 70s and 80s now go on hiking treks all around the globe and lead full, active lives (something…

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