The New World’s Oldest Dog: Max

The next “world’s oldest dog” could come from right here in our neck of the woods.

Janelle Derouen of New Iberia, LA, has submitted her dog, Max, to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Max’s entry is in the company of hundreds of other submissions. Until recently, Chanel, a dachshund who passed away at age 21, had been certified as “world’s oldest. Read about Chanel and the all-time oldest dog on our site.

A common misconception is that dogs age at a linear rate seven times faster than humans. In fact, the relationship is non-linear and varies according to the adult weight of the pet. You can see a chart on our site that shows you the correct aging relationship. Max, for example, at age 26 and weighing sixteen pounds has a human-equivalence age of 122 years.

Max’s diet consists of good old kibble. He did, however, during his August 9 birthday party enjoy a “cake” of cream cheese and peanut butter. Of course, MyPetsDoctor.com doesn’t recommend people food for pets, but once every 26 years what can it hurt?

See you Monday, Dr. Randolph.

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