Rising life expectancy means more older pets

by AnnB on November 7, 2007 · 15 comments

in Scottish Terrier health and safety, Scottish Terrier videos

The Colorado Springs Gazette looks at the challenges of living with aging dogs:

“Pets are living a lot longer. They get better nutrition, better medical care and aren’t out wandering neighborhoods having accidents,” says Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, coordinator for community practice at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

The average life expectancy of a cat has nearly doubled since 1930, with indoor cats living an average of 8 to 16 years, according to the Peoria (Ill.) Humane Society. The average life expectancy of a dog is 12.8 years, but the number varies widely depending on breed and size.

Here’s a 15-year old Scottish Terrier who’s kept in great shape:

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