Royal Canin, an international premium dog cat food manufacturer, conducted a study in France regarding one of the most asked questions: “What is the life expectancy of cats and dogs?” As pet owners we often ask the pet’s veterinarian about how long our dog or cat is expected to live. We are often concerned about losing our loved pet.

If you are a pet owner and you find yourself in the same situation then we have some good news for you. According to the study conducted by Royal Canin, cats and dogs have a longer life expectancy. Over the last ten years their life expectancy increased 20% or more for dogs and even more than that for cats.

Scientists say that now a large dog (24 to 45kg) can live up to 8 years, small dogs can live up to 12 years and cats usually live between 15 and 20 years. The increased lifespan is due to better nutrition and care. Genetics and the pet’s lifestyle also influence their aging process.

Royal Canin explains that as our pets age they become more vulnerable to chronic diseases because aging is often accompanied by inflamm-aging. The study concludes that although our pets live longer we can ensure they don’t end up having diseases such as chronic renal failure, arthritis or other cognitive dysfunctions by feeding them food with fatty acid Omega-3.