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What is The Reason That Smaller Dogs Live Longer Than Larger Ones? How about Cats? Parrots?

Sunday, August 5, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

It is true if you have a Chihuahua and he is healthy you can expect him to live between 16 to 18 years.  Great Danes rarely live more than 8 years. Why such a big gap?  The answer to this is simple. There is much less strain on the organs (Heart, Lungs and Liver) of a small dog than there is on a large dog.  When we bring our cute little puppies home for the first time, we rarely think about how long they will live. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the dog, the shorter the life span.

The time passes by so fast. We want our little friends to be with us forever and losing a pet is one of the most stressful things in life.  Keep your dog well exercised, well fed and well loved and he’ll give you many wonderful years. Don’t forget to throw in some dog treats every once in awhile. If you own a cat and he stays indoors, you can expect it to live between 13 -18 years. My cat Molly was almost 19 when she passed. How about a MacCaw parrot. Well, you better have a will because they live up to 80 years!

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