“Sit, good boy, now stay forever.” In an article published by Reuters, it was reported that Americans are willing to pay top dollar to keep their old dogs alive. In the United States, nearly half of the nation’s 77 million pet dogs are aged six years and older, a 15 percent increase since 1987 according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
With a life span averaging 10 to 13 years, larger breed dogs are considered geriatric at age 6 whereas smaller breeds at 7 years old. Moreover, according to the Reuters article, some Americans go to great lengths to keep their old dogs alive – even shelling out up to USD 3,000 to USD 7,000.
“Dogs are like a person, a family member,” states Dr. Anna Gelzer, a cardiology professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia. Aging dogs can have the same ailments as humans, this includes heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
“There is never a doubt that what we do is meaningful. You have to enjoy working with animals and with the owners. I like both – very much,” adds Gelzer. Read the full story here: Americans willing to pay top dollar to keep old dogs alive.