i have heard some relatives say that bigger dogs live longer, i thought it was the other way around. I just want to know, becuase Angel is sick and all and i have never known the exact life span for her breed. Please let me know what it is, mypoodlerocks and angel!
On average, smaller breeds liver longer. But there is no way to predict how long an individual dog will live. Smaller breeds usually live 12+ years. My in-laws' Cairn terrier was 17 when he died.
At her age, Angel would be considered a "senior."
However I see no reason to believe that she won't live a while longer if you can figure out her medical issue and it turns out to be a correctable problem. The best thing you can do now is to work with your vet to find a diet or medication that works for her, and get second opinions from other vets or specialists if need be.
As an example, our dog had a very large mast cell tumor removed in July 2005 when he was 8 years old. Since then he has been a happy, active guy. We appreciate every day.
Thanks you for your replys, i definatley hope Angel is one of those lucky dogs that can make it with no problems to age 17! angel's in the vet right now hooked up to i.v's, and we get to bring her home at 5:00 today to spend the night at our house, so she does not have to be left alone at the vet with other pets, thats just to scary for her. We are going to take her home with hr I.V thing still hooked up, i can't wait to see her. What sucks is that i have horsebackriding the exact hour she gets home, so i won't get to see her until 7:30ish. I thought angel had kidney disease, but it's called reduced kidney function, they just have to all her levels up and working again before she can officaly come home. It all depends on how bad her kidneys were damaged, but Angel was running around playing soccer with me yesterday, so hopefully it's not badly hurt. We'll thanks for the help, and i was thinking about putting angel on eagle pack as her strict diet, for her kidney problems, but i have to see what the vet says and people on this forum.