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I’ve been meaning to ask this for some time now....

I was wondering what method vets used when determining the age of a dog – when they have absolutely no background info on the animal.

I’m asking because my parents adopted a cocker spaniel about 4 years ago. He was a stray picked up off the streets. The “pound” told my mom the dog was about 4-5 years old. That would make him 8-9 years old now. However, he does seem older than that to me. He is very gray around the face area and his teeth are in poor shape (I’m working on the teeth). He tires pretty easily and likes to sleep a lot (which is fine, of course). :)

Since my mom died, Buddy has pretty much moved in with us. He and Miikka get a long very well but she really tires him out. This makes me wonder if he is older than we think.

Buddy goes to a vet my dad insists on using. He pays Buddy’s vet bills so I don’t feel I can argue about changing vets. I don’t particularly like this vet, though. I’ve asked about his age in the past and she just smiles and says something like “ He’s older. What difference does it really make?” :thinking: Dumb!
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