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A veterinarian explains what dog and cat years really mean

Understanding your pet's real age can be vital to keeping them healthy.
dog with a birthday hat on

There’s some truth to the old myth that one regular year is akin to seven years for your furry companions.


“Just how old do you think my dog is in dog years?” is a question I hear on a regular basis. People love to anthropomorphize pets, attributing human characteristics to them. And most of us want to extend our animal friends’ healthy lives for as long as possible.

It may seem like sort between them. But determining a pet’s “real” age is actually important because it helps veterinarians like me recommend life-stage specific healthcare for our animal patients.

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