Good news, pet lovers â€“ your furry friends are living longer.
Veterinarians say theyâ€™re seeing more and more dogs and cats reach the age of 15 years or more, MSNBC reports.
â€œJust as the average life expectancy for people keeps reaching closer to the century mark, weâ€™ll continue to see the same parallels in our pet population,â€ said Martha Smith, director of veterinary services at Bostonâ€™s Animal Rescue League.
How long your pet lives can vary with breed though. Small to medium-sized pooches live longer than larger dogs. Toy dogs stick around for the longest time, while giant breeds like Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Great Danes and Irish wolfhounds have the shortest life span.
In general, cats outlive dogs, with many indoor ones living long enough to celebrate their 20th birthday. Siamese and Abyssinians live the longest.
Owners hoping to keep their pets around for as long as possible should avoid overfeeding them. Studies show that slightly underweight dogs live an average of two years longer than pudgy pups, according to MSNBC.