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Chock Full o' Nuts

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Posted: 08/10/19 02:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've had our little Bichon-poodle, Tiki, for 6 years. We rescued him from a kill shelter and almost literally raised him from the dead. Some intensive nursing on our part brought him back to life. At the time, the vet estimated that he was about 5yrs old, based on his teeth.

Now, my DH is questioning whether he is indeed an 11yr old dog. Tiki doesn't have the "look" of an elderly dog at all.He's not frail, has all of his teeth, is very healthy. But then again, Bichons look like teddy bears until they are well into their teens. I tend to agree with the vet, that he was probably about 5 when we got him and 6 years later he would be 11. DH thinks his birthdate is off by 4-5 years (yes, I realize that would make Tiki a newborn when we got him, but there's no reasoning with this man!)

Sooo, how does a vet determine a dog's age?


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It's pretty easy to tell up to about 1-2 years. Permanent Teeth have a pretty "fixed" eruption date, though it does vary a little. Adult teeth are all in and fully grown by a year. Wear starts at that point and varies greatly by diet and chewing habits. General health, diet genetics and habits cause so much variation that any guess at that point is just that - a guess.

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Posted: 08/10/19 05:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If he were under two when you got him, the vet would have known. After that, it's more guesswork than anything. So, he could be anywhere from 8 years on up.

His "youthfulness" may just be a reaction to six years of a good home.


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Several years ago we rescued a mixed poodle that was living on the street. I guessed he was about two years old.
Eight years later we moved and I told his new vet he was a rescue and I didn't know his age.
The vet, 30+ years experience, checked the dog and looked at his teeth.
He told me the dog was no more than four years old. I told him we had him eight years.
The vet shook his head and said, 'it was just a guess.'
Dr. Doug was correct.

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Regardless of his age, kudos to you for adopting a sick dog and nursing him back to health. Indeed his longevity has to be tied to the love and good care he has had since then.

God bless all rescuers.

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Aren't poodles and Bichons breeds that tend to live longer? My Aussiepoo is 11 and still silly and playful in spite of losing his sight to diabetes (he still insists on playing fetch!) And having a white muzzle - you don't see the graying that tends to give away some dogs' ages.

Clearly, you've done a great job of rehabbing your dog!!

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We had two black Standard Poodles. Sadie lived to almost seventeen and her boy almost fifteen. They never turned gray and looked like they did when they were five right up to about a year or two before they died. They age quickly and start losing weight when it’s time.


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Posted: 08/11/19 10:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I picked up a stray and took it to a Vet. The dog had a chip in him and he said the dog was 15 years. Find a vet who can check if the dog is chipped.


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Posted: 08/11/19 12:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Big Katuna wrote:

We had two black Standard Poodles. Sadie lived to almost seventeen and her boy almost fifteen. They never turned gray and looked like they did when they were five right up to about a year or two before they died. They age quickly and start losing weight when it’s time.


Our last dog was an 80-lb black Standard Poodle. Smartest dog in the world, so regal and stately. Sadly, he only lived to 11yrs old. As you said, when they start aging it can escalate quickly. He was frail for about a year and had multiple injuries due to arthritic joints. And then one day, he just started failing. We propped him up with meds and IV fluids a couple times, but within the week it was clear his time was up.

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VoodooMedicineMan wrote:

I picked up a stray and took it to a Vet. The dog had a chip in him and he said the dog was 15 years. Find a vet who can check if the dog is chipped.


No, no chip other than the one I had placed.

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