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I have 2 labs, one is just an year old. The other is almost 8 years old. My vet says that an average life of a lab is 9 years, which means he has just an year left(which is very upsetting).
I cant believe how animals have a bonding amongst them selves. One of my labs(who(i dont call him "which")) is just an year remains disturbed these days, i sense a difference in his behavior, its like something bad is going to happen.
eventually following links i found out that my first lab who was in a bomb detection squad smelled at least 2 kgs of RDX few months back may be has developed some kind of a disease. When i ask my parents they dont tell me and somehow there is no cure.
So i asked many of my friends, they say their labs lived for 10-15 years. All of a sudden there is loss in apetite, sense of smell etc etc. He doesnt like the smell of his favourite shampoo, he doesnt like his favourite chicken sausages and biscuits.
I asked my Vet he tells me its just temporary illness due to heat. I dont know whats there to hide. However i posted this here because i could come to know from your experiences.
The average lifespan of a Labrador can vary depending upon the country in which you live. For example in the USA it is 10-14 years, in the UK it is 13-15 years. In India this may be less. For all dogs their lifespan can be greatly affected by their environment and whether they are in indoor or outdoor dog. Statistically, the more time a dog is outside during non-temperate weather conditions, ie. when it is quite hot or quite cold, the shorter its lifespan tends to be. So if your dog has spent a lot of time out in extreme heat, regardless of how many bombs it has been in contact with, it may have a seriously reduced lifespan - perhaps as little as 9 years as your vet says.
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