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A Guide to Help Your Dog Live Longer

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A Guide to Help Your Dog Live Longer

Almost all of us want to keep our pets with us for as long as possible, which is why we must take exceptional care of them. Depending on the breed, canines can live for ten to fifteen years if they are mentally and physically fit.

Here are a few things to think and consider to help you and your dog live a longer and more satisfying life.

Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean

Tooth decay is a common but deadly health problem in dogs. This is because tooth decay causes dental problems and can also cause infections throughout the body, notably in the heart and kidneys. Most dogs will not have beautiful teeth or breath like people, but their teeth and gums should be clean. 

To brush a dog’s teeth, you can buy a kit that includes a little brush and toothpaste. Use a double-headed brush with the brushes at a 45-degree angle to clean below the gum line. Clean canine teeth twice a week and prevent using conventional toothpaste, which is toxic to dogs. In case your dog has a significant buildup of plaque, you should get it removed by a veterinarian.

Maintain a Healthy Weight for Your Ddog

Sadly, obesity has touched not only humans but also animals. Dogs might get fat if they consume too many greasy human meals or consume much more pet food and do not get enough physical activity. Though overweight dogs are adorable, they are not very healthy and do not have very long lives.

Your pet’s weight should be kept at a healthy level at any time. This approach allows them to live longer. Take account of how often food you feed your dog daily and adhere to a constant feeding schedule. Fresh vegetables are OK to feed your dog on occasion, or you may purchase organic pet food.

It is critical to maintain your dog lean if you want him/her to live a long time. Being obese or overweight exposes their puppy at risk for various diseases, including joint problems, heart disease and diabetes. 

Exercise Your Dog Regularly

Dogs, like humans, require physical activity. To boost its performance and increase its weight in check, our pooch should have had at least one thing of activity per day that can last around two hours. The exercise does not have to be planned, but they should go outside for a quick run or explore for a while, along with the daily walks you take them on.

During exercise time, you can also make your dog mingle with other dogs. Dogs are social animals, and they love everyone in their company, no breed or size preference in this, it also helps them promote healthy weight. It may also help them maintain their emotional well-being. 

Get Frequent Examinations and Vaccinations

As the oldy but goody saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment. Regular checkups with your veterinarian can help spot infections and health issues early, allowing them to be addressed. Also, if you notice unusual behaviour like your dog throwing up blood clots, it is highly advised to visit your vet immediately.

Vaccinations, which have the potential to save lives, are the same. According to experts, dogs should see a veterinarian at least once a year when they are fully grown and twice to four times a year when they are puppies.

Allow Your Dog to Relax

Everyone, including your dog, needs time to relax. Stress can be damaging to dogs if they are always nervous. There should be a balance where your dog may get some exercise while still having time to be independent of the family and rest. They require time to sleep independently since running around with the family and keeping up with the excitement requires much energy. Allow your dog to relax for at least an hour every day, and don’t force them to do anything they don’t want to do. 

Bring Your Dog on Vacation

Most dogs like a good car ride, so going on a trip with your dog is an excellent way for the both of you to bond. You can go camping or hiking with your dog. Just like humans, these types of trips boost your dog’s enjoyment, and campground and walking may even provide your companion with some extra exercise.

Any puppy that manages to go on enjoyable and safe activities with his owner is more likely to be living a long and happy life.

Assist Your Dog in Living a Stress-Free Existence

Stress, as it does in humans, can drastically reduce your dog’s life. Though you can’t order everyone in the neighbourhood not to let off rockets on the Thanksgiving holiday, you can do your bit to support your pet happy and stress-free the rest of the year.

Maintaining a healthy weight, daily exercise, relaxation and frequent checkups are vital aspects of ensuring that dogs live a long and healthy life. Consider your pet’s well-being in the same manner that you would consider the well-being of a family member. Dogs can tell the difference between what you do for them and what you don’t do for them, and they appreciate all of your love and support.

Supplements to Support Your Dogs

Although the studies on canine appropriate dietary supplements are limited, there is some evidence sporting the facts that it can provide positive effects to a dog’s health. But keep in mind to consult your veterinarian before incorporating any supplement in your dog’s diet. Here are some:

Cannabidiol

CBD is a popular cannabinoid from hemp plants. Many people primarily use it to help them manage different health problems. CBD is said to have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties; hence many dog owners use this cannabinoid to reduce neuropathic pain and inflammation in their dogs. CBD is also reported to have anxiolytic, antiemetic and appetite boosting benefits.   

Omega-3

This fatty acid is polyunsaturated fat and is popular in humans due to the wide variety of its benefits. This oil is usually found in cold-water fish, shellfish, plants, and nut oils that you can incorporate into your dog’s dietary routine. Omega-3 is good for the joints, heart, immune system, coats and skin of dogs. 

Moringa

This superfood is widely known for its high amounts of minerals, nutrients, proteins, and vitamins. This plant is said to improve not only the physical wellness of dogs and other animals but also their mental health. Some of the benefits of moringa include antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and immune system boosting properties. 

As part of maintaining your dog’s overall wellness, avoid giving them food that is not suitable for them, such as:

  • Chocolates;

  • Grapes and raisins;

  • Candies (with xylitol);

  • Garlic;

  • Onion;

  • Chives;

  • Avocado;

  • Coffee;

  • Salt;

  • Walnuts;

  • Fruit pits and seeds.



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