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Pets live longer thanks to improved nutrition

Improved nutrition and healthcare has led to dogs and cats living longer, according to new research from Euromonitor International.

Cats reach geriatric life stage at the age of 15 years, but it is not unusual for them to live until their late teens, whereas dogs tend to have a shorter lifespan, with their rate of ageing very strongly positively correlated with size – a Great Dane can be geriatric by age seven, while the lifespan of a Chihuahua could be almost as long as that of a cat.

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