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There's a genetic component there as well that you can't do a lot about. Brutus is only 10, but has cancer and will likely not be around come Christmas time. I don't think that any ammount of food/exercise/stimulation would've prevented that.
 

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There's a genetic component there as well that you can't do a lot about. Brutus is only 10, but has cancer and will likely not be around come Christmas time. I don't think that any ammount of food/exercise/stimulation would've prevented that.
Nope it's just how lucky the dog got with the gene pool.

Sorry about your dog.
 

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unfortunately the downside to having a pet is out living them.

fortunately, there are more upsides to having a pet.
 

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We have a husky-border collie mix who is almost 11 and very healthy. The vet said at his last appointment that he would have mistaken him for a dog half his age.

So it all depends!

He eats cheap food. We use Pedigree.
But he does get plenty of exercise and very good veterinary care. Regarding stimulation... he really seemed to be going downhill over the winter. Moping around, hardly moving. Then we got a younger dog and he's perked up incredibly! Now he chases the ball, races the new dog, etc.
 
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