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What affects a dog's lifespan: scientists reveal the secret

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The environment and their genes influence a dog's longevity. Source: Pexels

Owners want their dogs to live as long as possible because they are part of the family. That's why owners often think about their pet's life expectancy.

Dogs typically live up to 15 years on average, and this is influenced by various social and physical factors. The scientific journal Evolution, Medicine & Public Health has published a study on this issue.

American scientists interviewed pet owners about how dogs usually spend their day, their living conditions, what they eat, and how often they visit the vet. 

Dogs' genes influence their life expectancy. Scientists have identified five key factors of the pet's social environment: neighborhood well-being, family income, time spent with children and other animals, and the owner's age.

It turned out that in families with financial and household difficulties, animals were healthier and more mobile, and communication with relatives and close family friends had a positive impact on their well-being.

One of the key factors affecting the longevity of a pet is the ability to communicate with other dogs. This is much more important to them than expensive food or toys.

The health of animals was better in families with no children or only one or two children, but in large families, the general condition of the pet was worse.

The researchers also found a link between family income and the incidence of disease in dogs. Wealthy owners can take their pets to the vet more often, while families with lower incomes pay little attention to the dog's health, so they get sick more often.

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