With proper care, huskies become champions among the long-livers of the canine world. This is a healthy breed that does not require special attention in terms of hygienic care. True, how long huskies live depends largely on physical activity and dietary habits.
Bad faith in breeding, committed by some breeders, has led to the appearance of genetic abnormalities in the breed. Therefore, it is important not only to correctly raise a puppy but also to choose it correctly from the beginning.
Life span of a husky
Husky dogs live for about 15 years. The life span measured by the pet is influenced by various factors: hygiene, nutrition, physical activity, etc.
Cases have been recorded when these dogs, under favorable conditions, lived up to 25 years.
Both males and females Husky are susceptible to diseases of the genitourinary system, which shortens the life of the Husky. However, in older males, hypertension is more common.
Important! If the owner is not interested in breeding, it makes sense to neuter the pet.
Another natural feature of the husky: these dogs are created for life in the harsh northern conditions, as well as for working in sleds. Therefore, it is preferable to keep representatives of this breed in an aviary, where they can run around to their fullest, unlike a house or apartment.
How to determine the age of a dog
The age of the dog is determined by the teeth. This is a completely reliable technique that allows an error of 2 years.
The number of years lived is determined as follows:
- 1-2 years of life. The molars are white and sharp. There are trident-shaped projections along the edges.
- 2 years. The sharp edges are starting to wear off.
- 4 years. The teeth become grayish and less shiny.
- 5 years. Molars turn yellow, canines become dull.
- 6-8 years old. The incisors become concave. The fangs become dull even more. Stone formation is likely.
- 8-10 years old. Canines are made shorter. The incisors are shaped into ovals. The enamel color turns yellow.
- 12 years. Molars can wobble and fall out.
When establishing age, indirect signs can also help:
- Coat. In young individuals, the cover is thick and shiny. In the elderly, it is coarser and more brittle.
- Eyes. With age, they become cloudy and lose their luster. Often, older pets are prone to cataracts and other eye diseases.
- Mobility. Young dogs are livelier and more energetic than older ones.
Important! With age, huskies lose muscle tone and become prone to obesity.
How to extend the life of a husky
A pet will live for many years if you follow the basic rules of keeping: a balanced diet, sufficient physical activity, timely treatment, and care.
Huskies are unpretentious about food. They can be fed with natural food and industrial mixes.
When fed with natural food, the dog should receive a sufficient amount of meat. Also included in the diet:
- sour milk.
On the recommendation of a veterinarian, natural food is enriched with vitamin supplements.
For animals that are kept on ready-made mixtures, the amount of servings is selected in accordance with the age of the pet, as well as its physical activity.
The manufacturer indicates all feeding recommendations on the packaging.
The quality of life of huskies is ensured, among other things, by sufficient physical activity. They need to run and play. Therefore, it is better to keep the dog in a spacious enclosure, as well as take it out for long walks. However, this may not be enough.
It is optimal when the dog is busy with sports disciplines: agility, dog sled racing, and others.
Keeping track of your pet’s health is the key to its long life. It is necessary to vaccinate and deworm the dog in time, as well as treat diseases in the early stages.
Even if the husky is healthy, you should not neglect the preventive examinations at the veterinarian. This is especially true for older dogs.
In older huskies, obesity may develop with insufficient physical activity of the pet and improper feeding. And this can shorten the dog’s life.
Important! The husky can have genetic disorders: dysplasia and retinal atrophy. These diseases are not cured. But the owner can arrange supportive therapy, thereby making life easier for the dog.
Taking care of your husky is easy. It is enough to comb them a couple of times a week and bathe them 2-3 times a year. More frequent brushing is required during the moulting period – the dog must be combed every day.
Eye and ear care includes daily checkups and brushing as needed. For the eyes, special solutions are suitable, sold in veterinary pharmacies, or bases on strong tea leaves. For ears – hydrogen peroxide and cotton swabs.
You don’t need to trim your husky’s claws. Usually, they grind them down due to high physical activity.
For the prevention of dental calculus, you can give special “gnaws”, sold in any pet store.
Causes for Husky’s premature death
Husky’s premature death can be caused by a number of reasons:
- diseases (myelopathy, epilepsy, diseases of the genitourinary system, portosystemic shunt);
- accidents (a dog chased a cat – and he was hit by a car, ate poison, and others).
It may seem that huskies that live at home are able to outrun their “free” counterparts in terms of the number of years. However, this is not true. Locking up a pet in order to protect it from an accident and save its life is a failure.
It is better to give the dog the necessary physical activity and at the same time train him carefully. Obedience is the key to the safety of your pet.
Signs of aging
If the dog has become less active, its coat and eyes have faded, he is more likely to get sick – these are sure signs of old age.
In this case, it is necessary to provide the pet with proper care:
- do not overload physically;
- keep chronic diseases under control;
- take to the veterinarian for checkups 2 times a year, even if the dog is relatively healthy;
- give vitamins and minerals (as recommended by a veterinarian);
- do not overfeed.
With proper care, huskies can live for over 15 years. Physical activity, hygiene, nutrition – everything in moderation, as well as veterinary control, can extend the life span of the pet. But the main condition is the love and care of the owner.