|The truth is that the earth is actually an elipsoid, women have a way better friend than diamonds and the relationship between dog years and human years is a tad more complex than a simple 1 to 7 ratio.
The basics A more accurate way to calculate your dog's age is to add 10.5 dog years per human year for the first 2 years, then 4 dog years per year for each year after that. (Or you can scroll down and use our handy calculator)
Of course even this is a simplistic approach as age varies according to breed, size and heath. For most dogs the end of their first year will see the majority of their growth completed and their sexual maturity reached. It's true that like human teenagers they will continue to mature in both musculature and intelligence but they are to all intense and purposes adults. The second year will add the equivalent of 3 to 8 years of maturity to a dog and each year after that will be the equivalent of 4 to 5 human years.
The longest living breed
What can I do to help prolong my dog's life?
Diet: there is some disagreement over the ideal diet for dogs although high quality unrefined protein seems to be essential. With that said it should be noted that one of the oldest dogs on record was a border collie who lived to 27 years and ate a completely vegetarian diet.
Spaying and neutering: according to a study by the British Veterinary Association (author AR Michell is the president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons), "Neutered bitches lived longest of dogs dying of all causes, though entire bitches lived longest of dogs dying of natural causes, with neutered males having the shortest lifespan in each category." Neutering reduces the risk of some life threatening diseases (primarily pyometra in females, and testicular cancer in males)
Oral Hygiene: Recent studies have indicated that good oral hygiene can increase a dog's longevity. The American Veterinary Dental Society found that 80 percent of dogs have periodontal disease before the age of 3… and that condition carries a lot of serious health risks.Without brushing, plaque builds up on your dog's teeth. It breaks off and is absorbed into the bloodstream. That can lead to blocked arteries, which causes heart disease and kidney problems.
If you'd like to see a table of longevity by breed click here
How old is your dog in human years?
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Probiotic Anti Plaque SprayThis probiotic anti-plaque spray keeps your dog's mouth balanced and healthy by reducing plaque-causing bacteria, which can cause bad breath, gum disease, multiple infections and heart disease. This spray contains over 14 strains of probiotics that replenish the good bacteria in your pet's mouth to reduce plaque and tarter. Liquid probiotics are superior as they allow for faster and better absorption into the body. The probiotics are produced through a natural fermentation process using only natural substances, free from added fluoride, detergents, synthetic flavors, colors or preservatives. A mixture of herbs and botanics provides long lasting freshness. The spray is not chemically synthesized or genetically engineered or modified (Non-GMO). [more]
Dental WipesAll natural herbal-infused dental wipes are great for dogs that won't let you brush with a toothbrush. They promote excellent oral hygiene while refreshing your dog's breath. These textured wipes contain baking soda which provides gentle abrasion to help remove unwanted build up. They also combine the gentleness of aloe with the antioxidant power of pomegranate. Aloe works like a toothpaste to eliminate disease causing bacteria in the mouth and the latest research on pomegranate shows that it is beneficial in reducing dental plaque accumulation and gum disease. The Wipes Also contain grape seed extract, rosemary, lavender and parsley, which help to promote good oral hygiene. [more]
Dog Smog RemedyWhether it’s coming from your hound or your husband, nothing clears the room faster than those inappropriate gaseous emissions (IGE). Now there's help (at least for one of those offenders).
Older dogs tend to produce a little more gas than younger dogs (oh alright, alot more gas) This is because their digestive systems are not as effecient at processing food as they once were. Dog Smog Remedy is no ordinary breath spray the formula contains Bromelain and Papain, two digestive enzymes which help to get to the guts of the problem; Improving digestion and reducing both bad breath and bad gas...and yes it may be used on husbamds. [more]