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Welcome to the Freedom to Move website, your guide to canine joint health

Whatever the age of your dog, there are plenty of things you can do to promote healthy joints. Providing proper nutrition, the right kind of exercise and any necessary medication are a few basic things you can do to help your dog stay active and happy for longer.

How old is your dog feeling?

How old is your dog feeling?

Everyone knows the old “seven dog years to one human year” saying, but it doesn’t really tell you how old your dog might be feeling. Life expectancy in dogs varies greatly by breed, with some breeds naturally living longer than others.

The chart below shows approximate life spans of different breeds by size:

Just because a dog is getting older doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be feeling like a spring chicken. You know your dog best, so keep an eye out for signs such as reluctance to exercise, limping or being unable to exercise for as long as he used to. They might be symptoms of a treatable, age-related condition – such as arthritis.

Whatever the age of your dog, give him the freedom to move by caring for his joints, so he can enjoy a better quality of life now and in the future.