Whippet Lifespan, Health Problems, and Quality of Life
The Whippet is one of the most popular breeds in the world. They are known for their intelligence and loyalty. However, they have some health issues which need to be taken care of before they die young. A healthy whippet will live at least 15 years but it is not uncommon for them to live much longer than that!
There are several reasons why a healthy whippet may live so long:
They eat a diet consisting mainly of fish and other aquatic animals. These foods provide all the vitamins and minerals they require. Their digestive system works very well too, because they do not get enough food from land plants or vegetables.
Their bodies produce hormones which keep their blood pressure stable throughout the day and night.
They have good immune systems, since they are free living creatures. They never get sick and rarely suffer from diseases such as cancer or heart attacks.
In general, they are very resistant to infections and parasites. Some species even thrive under conditions where others would perish due to starvation.
A healthy whippet’s life span is probably around 20 – 25 years old. There are whippets that have lived up to be around 30, but this is extremely rare. Even so, some whippet owners are very happy if their pet reaches the age of 6. While some dogs may live longer than others, it is important to remember that a whippet’s quality of life is more important than how long their life is.
The whippet is prone to some health issues, from its bad breeding practices. These include:
Heart problems, due to having very powerful muscles for their body size, this can cause heart attacks and other heart-related illnesses.
Eye problems, due to inbreeding causing problems with the blood vessels of the eye. This can lead to conditions such as glaucoma and retinal detachment.
Skin conditions, caused by bad breeding which causes allergies to occur.
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