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Hi all

I was just wondering if any of you have or have had cockapoos that have reached an old age and if so do you think it was down to doing something in particular eg feeding natural food or no vaccinations etc.

I am a new cockapoo owner and want to do everything i can to try and make sure they live to a ripe old age.

Thanks in advance.:)
 

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Hi all

I was just wondering if any of you have or have had cockapoos that have reached an old age and if so do you think it was down to doing something in particular eg feeding natural food or no vaccinations etc.

I am a new cockapoo owner and want to do everything i can to try and make sure they live to a ripe old age.

Thanks in advance.:)
This is a great question and one I would like an answer to too. My previous dogs, beagle and lab cross made it to twelve and thirteen. I hope Rufus lives far longer than that. The oldest dog I ever knew was a mini poodle age seventeen. Her owner, a vet, fed her only healthy human food, chicken, rice, veg. They also had a twenty five year old goldfish who was fed raw hamburger I think.
 

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Molly is 12 at the moment but she is the most unhealthy dog I have ever had to be honest! She has luxating patella, one leg has been operated on and she has been taking painkillers for the last couple of years. She has also had pancreatitis for many years which has led to her being hospitalised several times and has now added IBD to her woes which means yet more daily medication. From my position I would say one of the best things you can do is insure your dog as all of this has cost many thousands of pounds!

Despite all of her woes she lives life to the full and when we saw her new internal medicine specialist just over a year ago she said she was amazed how fit she was for her age. We still go on daily walks (usually including off lead but her partner in crime is currently on lead walks only with a hurt leg so we are confined to street walks) and she enjoys using her brain and learning, we have been working on scent work and she started to attend a scent class last year which she very much enjoys.

I suspect poor genetics and long term medication will ultimately take their toll on her but keeping her fit physically and mentally gives her the best chance she can have.
 

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Hi all

I was just wondering if any of you have or have had cockapoos that have reached an old age and if so do you think it was down to doing something in particular eg feeding natural food or no vaccinations etc.

I am a new cockapoo owner and want to do everything i can to try and make sure they live to a ripe old age.

Thanks in advance.:)
I am a new Cockapoo owner
I feel they need vaccinations to protect against Parvo
 

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My Rocco will be turning 16 on Feb. 20th. I have had him since he was 8 weeks. Most of his life he was on Royal Canin Urinary S/O (he had a couple UTI/bladder infection) but was fine after the food switch. We walk him 3 times a day and he has a yard. Up until this past June he very little issues besides weakening of hind legs and diminished eyesight. In June we found out he has kidney disease/failure and was not giving a great prognosis, however we switched his food to Dr Harvey’s Canine Health, watermelon and freeze dried baby yogurt drops as treats (zero dog treats) and occasionally a snack of Royal Canin K/D in the can. Plus a medicine at each meal and subcutaneous fluids every 3 days. It’s now January and he’s gone from Stage 3/4 to Stage 1. Our vet said keep doing what your doing because he’s doing GREAT! We are hoping to celebrate a few more birthdays with him. Most people are surprised at his age when we tell them:) Have fun with your new pup, I believe Cockapoo’s are THE BEST! He also had all the vaccines recommended even Leptospirosis, and was groomed every 8 weeks until I took over recently so definitely needed bordatella as well. As he got older and stopped being boarded or groomed at groomer, we cut back to just rabies every 3 years.
 

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My Rocco will be turning 16 on Feb. 20th. I have had him since he was 8 weeks. Most of his life he was on Royal Canin Urinary S/O (he had a couple UTI/bladder infection) but was fine after the food switch. We walk him 3 times a day and he has a yard. Up until this past June he very little issues besides weakening of hind legs and diminished eyesight. In June we found out he has kidney disease/failure and was not giving a great prognosis, however we switched his food to Dr Harvey’s Canine Health, watermelon and freeze dried baby yogurt drops as treats (zero dog treats) and occasionally a snack of Royal Canin K/D in the can. Plus a medicine at each meal and subcutaneous fluids every 3 days. It’s now January and he’s gone from Stage 3/4 to Stage 1. Our vet said keep doing what your doing because he’s doing GREAT! We are hoping to celebrate a few more birthdays with him. Most people are surprised at his age when we tell them:) Have fun with your new pup, I believe Cockapoo’s are THE BEST! He also had all the vaccines recommended even Leptospirosis, and was groomed every 8 weeks until I took over recently so definitely needed bordatella as well. As he got older and stopped being boarded or groomed at groomer, we cut back to just rabies every 3 years.
Thanks, Holly,

That's great to hear 16 years old and going strong.
 
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