Many dogs generally live longer than their counterparts as a result of difference in breeds and genes, but there are also things that a dog owner can do to increase the longevity of their dogs.The choices you make on your pet’s behalf can either prolong or decrease their lifespan. Below you can find a cheat sheet with tips on how to increase your dog’s health and add four years to your dog’s life.
A Cheat Sheet to add 2-4 years to your dog’s life:
1. Healthy Food:
Like people, dogs also require clean, healthy, and nutrient-rich foods. And even though educating yourself heavily in the subject of pet nutrition, or even nutrition in general, would be extremely beneficial for any dog owner, not all of you will have the time to do that. In that case, stick with the basics: purchase only natural and organic dog food that comes from proven sources. Always remember to follow caloric guidelines, because pets can become obese even on healthy food.
2. Good Oral Hygiene:
Veterinarians report that maintaining a good oral hygiene of your dog will add an additional 4 years to your dog’s life. Combine that with healthy home cooked food and your dog will likely live even longer than that.
Tartar and plaque being formed on your dog’s teeth when you don’t brush them is made up of harmful bacteria. When out of control, this bacteria can potentially turn into multiple diseases. To avoid that, buy a good dog toothbrush and some dog toothpaste, and try to clean your pet’s teeth at least once a day. Or you can opt for long lasting treats, which have similar benefits.
3. Take care of your dog’s joints:
In dogs, just as in humans, joints wear out with time, and with canines, a lot of it depends on the breed. Hip dysplasia and arthritis are one of the most common issues pets have. It’s a gradual and natural process of a living body, but there are things you can do to extremely minimize the decline of your dog’s joints’ health.
1. A healthy and lean diet, and focus on dog food with more calcium
2. After consulting with a vet, find some good dog joint supplements. Healthy joints alone can prolong your pet’s life up to 2 years.
4. Regular visits to a vet:
Prevention would cost you significantly less than treatment. Keeping a healthy dog can sometimes be a challenge, but you should never ignore even the most minor hints of health decrease in your pet, whatever it may be. It’s better to be safe than sorry.Catch any kind of diseases and infections before they permanently affect your dog’s health. Keeping track of your dog’s health, whether it’s increasing or decreasing is very important.Remember to carry out regular checkups and act upon any kinds of symptoms.
There’s a realization that most dog owners come to: maintaining a healthy pet can cost you a pretty penny. But think about the time, far in the future, when you still get to see your pet healthy on their 20th birthday, we doubt that anyone who loves their dog dearly will ever regret spending all that cash.
So here’s to healthy dogs and longer lives