Best Ways to Boost Your Dog’s Lifespan

Best Ways to Boost Your Dog’s Lifespan

Best Ways to Boost Your Dog’s Lifespan

Our fur babies can’t live forever, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give them everything we’ve got! 


It’s natural to want a long, happy life together with your pup, and there are some easy steps you can take to help boost your dog’s lifespan. Here, we’re sharing our top ways to make our dogs live longer.

Be consistent

One thing you can do to help your dog live a long, healthy life, is be consistent. Make sure you’re going to the vet for check-ups, and stay on top of any changes to their body and personality that may indicate a problem.


If you’re not sure about something, it’s important to double-check with your vet. Most owners of obese pets (95%) don’t even know that their pets are overweight. Instead, they incorrectly identify them as being a normal weight. Because they’re not double-checking with their vet, they could be opening their pet up to the many cascading health problems that come with pet obesity.


Consistency is key to boosting your dog’s lifespan.

Healthy diet

To prevent obesity in your pup, make sure they’re on a healthy diet, with food that works well for their body, and with the right amount per day. Your vet can help you determine the ideal daily calorie count for your pup.


When setting your dog’s calorie count, make sure you take treats into account! Like human treats, they are often high-calorie, and can easily put your dog over the ideal calorie count if you’re not careful.

Exercise

Daily exercise is super important for your dog. It helps fight against obesity, strengthens their muscles, and gives them much-needed mental stimulation. As an added bonus, people who exercise their pets can often lose more weight themselves! 


In addition to daily walks, it’s good to shoot for exercise that really gets their heart pumping, whether it’s an hour at the dog park, or playing a cardio-centered game with them at home. Shoot for at least 3-5 days of exercise a week.

Mental stimulation

It’s just as important to exercise your pup’s mind as it is their body. Socializing your dog helps reduce anxiety and fear-related issues. Not only can stress be just as detrimental to a dog’s health as it is to human health, a fearful dog could lash out with protective behavior like biting that could put his life at risk.


Mental stimulation also helps keep their mind sharper as they get older. Start early to help your pup enjoy their golden years happy and healthy.

Be proactive

Don’t wait until your pup is showing signs of a health issue. Be proactive about your health. Just like in humans, the sooner your dog’s potential health problems are identified, the sooner they can be solved.

Regular vet and groomer’s visits

Even when nothing’s wrong, taking your pup to the vet for regular visits is critical to their health. Also, spaying or neutering your dog could help reduce the risk of cancer, not to mention helping dogs more easily overcome unwanted behavior.


Regular grooming visits can also help your dog’s health, because a groomer may notice a change between visits that you’ve become accustomed to. For example, your dog may have a lump on its side that’s growing so slowly and gradually, you don’t really notice. A good groomer will notice right away.

Dental care

The American Humane Society reports that of dogs over the age of 5, over 85% suffer from gum disease. Gum disease is not just a cause of bad breath or dental discomfort. Build-ups of oral bacteria can lead to infections that spread from the mouth to other parts of the body, causing serious health issues, including kidney infections and heart valvle problems.

Supplements

The smart use of supplements can help your pup live a longer, happier life. Using joint supplements early can help your dog avoid serious damage from arthritis, another common health issue in older dogs. When choosing a supplement, look for key ingredients that have good research behind them, like sulfonyl methane, MSM methyl, and glucosamine.


You can also look for supplements with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids for dogs may help reduce the risk of serious health issues like cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.


Probiotic supplements for dogs are also on the rise, and for good reason. They can help boost gut health, which helps boost lifespan. 

Be prepared

Just like in human health, it’s of the utmost importance to be prepared for anything with your pup. While we always hope that nothing will go wrong, we have to be prepared for anything to happen.

Stay Educated

In our ever-changing world, it’s impossible to know everything. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our very best to stay informed about issues that affect our precious pups!


Stay up-to-date on product news and recalls. You don’t want to miss hearing you’re using a faulty product with your canine companion!


You should also stay informed about new developments in canine health science. It’s an ever-evolving field, and you never know when we’ll learn something that will help our dogs live even better lives!

Disaster Emergency Plan

You never want to think about everything going wrong, but it’s better to be ready, than to scramble making decisions when the stakes are high.


Have a disaster emergency plan in place. Know where your emergency vets are. Stay financially prepared by putting aside an emergency fund or considering pet insurance to make sure that money is not an object when your pup needs your help.


You should also have a canine first-aid kit on hand, and do what you can to learn the basics of emergency dog care. This is especially important if you and your pup like to go on long outdoor adventures!


Pet-proof your home

Of course we all know that it’s important to puppy-proof your home when you frist get your new canine companion, but you should never make assumptions about your adult dog, either. Make sure that any changes you make to your home are safe for your dog.


Making sure your home is dog-proof is an ongoing process!

Be Protective

Most of all, be protective of your pup and their health.


Say No to Risky Situations

It can sometimes be hard to say no to people who are excited to bond with your dog, but it’s important to hold your dog’s boundaries for them. 


If your dog is fearful, don’t push her into interacting. If you see her getting uncomfortable in any situation, get her out as soon as possible.


Make sure you know what people are feeding your dog. Say no to unhealthy human food, and offer them some of your dog’s kibble or treats if you want to let your dog safely socialize.

Teach emergency cues, keep them fresh

Just like with children, you should teach your dog how to be safe in emergency situations. Have emergency cues ready, and make sure they’re kept fresh in your pup’s mind.


For example, if there’s a fire at your home, you need to be able to make your dog stay nearby, even when they’re scared and their every instinct is telling them to run away. Have an emergency cue that helps them stay close to you, and helps you gain control of the situation.

Know Your Dog

Most of all, it’s important to know your dog. Know how she acts when she’s happy, scared, hungry, and tired. Knowing your dog’s normal behavior, and her behavior in unusual situations, will better help you to keep a watchful eye on her, and make sure she’s feeling as relaxed and happy as possible.


You should also keep an eye on her physical appearance. Is her fur shiny and healthy? Are her eyes clear and responsive? Is her skin free of lumps and bumps? Knowing what’s normal for your dog will help you to course-correct when things are going wrong.


We love our pets more than anything– let’s show it by giving them the longest, happiest lives possible!

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