Pets are often among the most beloved members of our families. The bummer is that while we often like our dogs more than many of our human relatives (sorry Aunt Carol), they also have the shortest life span.
It’s not all bad news though, there are a few simple ways to increase your pet’s lifespan so that you have more time for cuddles and furball love.
Watch Your Pup’s Weight
Pudgy pugs look adorable waddling around, and who wants to tell your furry best friend that they have to cut back on how much they’re eating? We get it. But pet obesity is one of the biggest health threats to dogs, and it can shorten their lives in a serious way.
It goes without saying that everything you feed your dog should be nutrient dense, but you can take it a step further by giving them the correct food portions. Remember that portions are also affected by dog size, so what works for a Lab won’t work for a Westie. That’s why we customize your dog food plan based on your pet’s lifestage and weight.
Work It (Out)
The second step towards maintaining a healthy pup weight is to get out and exercise. Getting your pooch active on a regular basis will keep them living longer and living better. Like reminders to floss, you already know you should be walking your dog more than once a day— and you may or may not be doing it. We’re not here to judge, but we will say that maintaining a regular schedule of exercise is important for your dog’s joint health and their heart.
If going for a long walk down the sidewalk is never going to be something appealing to you, you can pour yourself a glass of wine, grab your dog’s favorite toy, and head outside for a game of fetch. And if you’re looking for a totally hands off approach to your pup’s cardio, take them to the dog park. That way they get to have fun running around with some pup pals while you chill.
Don’t Forget Their Smile
No one likes going to the dentist, but it’s just as important for your dog to get its teeth checked as it is for you. The bad news is that most dogs aren’t doing great in the dental hygiene department. According to PetMD, 70% of dogs over the age of three have some sort of dental disease.
Poor dental health can lead to more than just the obvious symptoms — stinky dog breath and yellow teeth. If left unchecked, bacteria in your dog’s mouth may go to the heart, kidneys, and liver. So, the next time you’re headed to the vet, schedule your dog for a dental check-up while they’re there.