Longevity is a affected by many factors; included are a mix of ingredients…
- The breed
- The luck of the DNA draw
- Care or quality of life
- The unforeseen
How long will my Weimaraner live?
A few Weimaraners will live to see sixteen years. The sixteen-year scenario is always the hope. Unfortunately, that is a bit unrealistic. Most Weimaraners live between ten and twelve years. As with humans, some are snatched away earlier than expected by an accident, or an early-onset health issue.
Frustration, tears, and fear of loss
Expectations set the stage for a huge emotional tumble when our Weimaraner begins to decline (–this is never truer if we receive bad news). However, we caution that our mailbox sees a lot of roller-coaster rides that end up going nowhere. In the end, the Weim didn’t have cancer, nor were they on their death bed. The Veterinary studies to look for problems, and sometimes that focus can lead to unnecessary testing (and too much medication). Too many folks receive choices that lead them to spend money for services that produce nothing positive. More often than not, the best thing a person can do for the Weimaraner that is experiencing a problem, is to buy some time. Very often, during the time-buying phase the mysterious issue will disappear. This is not always the case, but more often than not it works out this way.
Avoid unnecessary tests and medications
Treatment choices should be as holistic as possible. For example, avoid Rimadyl, in particular (and as many drugs as feasible). The Weimaraner will do better with fewer chemicals. Find a diet that is Weim-appropriate and stick with it. No one diet works best for every dog, or every Weimaraner. Some have a sensitive stomach.
OwyheeStar On-going Support and Assistance
Even as a breeder when we have done everything possible to ensure the health of the pups, something will eventually affect the Weim’s health. Having been on this side of the fence our best advice is not to over react. For our OwyheeStar clients, Cliff is willing to help in any way he possibly can. He has an ear (and can offer a wealth of experience) to those facing health issues. He is a very calm and collected problem solver. We realize that issues will surface. These issues may be related to health, training, or behaviors. There is a wealth of information on this blog, but for the OwyheeStar client (or our extended OwyheeStar family as we like to call them), they can write to Cliff. (email@example.com) He will give his best advice. If it is something we don’t know much about, Cliff has some professional support where he can get a second opinion.
As you might guess, our mailbox is filled with inquiries from people who lost their beloved Weimaraner. The vast majority of these folks are new to us. Regardless, we feel their loss. We cannot replace their previous beloved family member.
There is no typical grieving period. Some take a couple of months, while others require years. Some look for a similar Weimaraner, and others switch to a different color or sex. Often people consider switching breeds only to return to the Weimaraner, because it is the only breed for them.
Our best advice to you…
Be safe, be vigilant, be matter-of-fact, be holistic, and count each day as a gift.
~Cliff and Shela (OwyheeStar Weimaraners)