If you have adopted a puppy or a dog but you don’t know where he comes from, you can
calculate how old he is. Even if you don ́t know the date when he was born, the veterinarian will
be able to indicate an accurate age based on some evidence.

Teeth can indicate approximately a dog’s age: how fast they grow, how wear away they are or its tartar are clues to calculate the age of an adult dog. Of course, there are differences between the dogs, also the previous dental care that the dog has had will affect the dental health.

These are the general guidelines:

At 8 weeks of life: all the baby teeth have grown.At At 7 months of life: it will have all the permanent teeth and they will be white and clean.
From 1-2 years old: teeth have a poorer color and some of the back ones might be a yellowing.
From 3-5 year old: all teeth can accumulate a bit of tartar and wear.
From 5-10 years of life: teeth are worn and with some signs of sickness.
From 10-15: teeth are worn and with a lot of tartar. They might miss some teeth.

The veterinarian can also calculate the dog’s age by doing a complete physical exam and
checking the bones, joints, muscles and internal organs. In adult dogs, aging signs can appear
in different ways, like:

– A cloudy look in their eyes.
– Turning grey hair, especially around its snout, spreading to other face, head and body areas.
– Less skin elasticity.
– Stiffness.

In any case, these are guiding approaches and, as always, the veterinarian is the best to tell
you the age of your puppy or dog, and how to treat him depending on this.

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