(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Many dog parents–especially those who adopted their furry friends–often wonder: how old is my dog?

Determining your dog’s age is an important part of understanding your pet’s needs. This includes choosing the best dog food, accurately interpreting your pet’s behavior, observing medical symptoms more effectively, and knowing when it’s time to visit the vet for a check-up.

Multiplying your dog’s age six times will give you his/her equivalent human age, but their physiological development is far from parallel to humans. Dogs–especially larger dog breeds–grow very quickly at the beginning of their lives. And as they enter their senior years, the rate of aging begins to accelerate again.

But since every dog is an individual, you should also be aware of your dog’s breed specificities. Not all dog breeds are equal in terms of lifespan and susceptibility to life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, or heart- and joint-related diseases, so it’s important to be aware of the associated risks.

The infographic below, provided by Animal Patient, will help you dig deeper to gain a better understanding of your dog’s life and future.

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