How to Estimate Your Dog’s Age

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How to Estimate Your Dog’s Age

If you have ever adopted a dog from a shelter, you will agree that it’s hard to tell the age of such canines. This is because such dogs are picked up by catchers as they roam around our neighborhoods. If you can’t estimate the age of your dog, you may not know when it should be vaccinated. The good thing is that there are signs that can be used in determining the age of a dog. The teeth can be used in estimating the age of a dog. If the teeth are cracked, loose or painful, the canine is definitely in its sunset years. The absence of cracks and firm teeth indicate that the dog is still young.

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Loss of Cognitive Function

The most obvious sign is poor sight and hearing ability. An old dog may not be responsive to certain kinds of sound. If the dog doesn’t look at you when you make something, it’s probably old. You can also wave your hands to see whether the eyes will roll or blink. If the eyes don’t move at all, there are chances that the dog has lost its sight. Besides that, old dogs are less mobile when compared to young dogs.

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ability. An old dog may not be responsive to certain kinds of sound. If the dog doesn’t look at you when you make something, it’s probably old. You can also wave your hands to see whether the eyes will roll or blink. If the eyes don’t move at all, there are chances that the dog has lost its sight. Besides that, old dogs are less mobile when compared to young dogs.

Gray Hair

Dogs and humans have one thing in common; their hair turns gray as they age. Old dogs have gray hair on their muzzle. However, gray hair can not be used to determine the exact age of a dog. This is because different dogs get gray hair at different ages. Even humans get gray hair at different ages. There are those of us who have gray hair at an early age say 40 years while others retain the original hair color until they turn 70.

Observe Canine Behavior

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The behavior of a dog can be used as an indicator of its age. Dogs that are between the ages of 1 and 2 tend to be very playful. On the other hand, old dogs spend most of their time sleeping. Their movements are also minimal. If you realize that the dog has low mobility, you should have it examined by a vet to ensure that it doesn’t have any injuries on the legs.

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