Because we love our pets, we want them to live fully and to have longer lives. If you are looking for ways to extend the lives of your pets, then you are on the right page.
In this article, we offer several helpful tips you can follow to help your dog live longer.
Follow proper diet
The head of Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals, Deborah E. Linder, DVM said that one way to give your dogs more years is to keep them trim. She believes that overweight dogs are prone to health conditions that can affect a dog’s quality of life which would eventually lead to his death.
So what can you do as your dog’s personal health coach and mama?
- What should a ‘healthy-weight dog’ look like?
In most cases, once we see the words ‘healthy-weight dog’, what comes to mind are the fat, cute puppies tumbling after one another. It should not be the case. Joseph J. Wakshlag, DVM, Ph.D., of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, says, a healthy-weight dog should allow you to easily feel your dog’s ribs when touching them.
- Find out your dog’s calorie needs.
This means you need to check everything your dog is eating. Write down the treats and snacks you’ve given your pooch so that you will have an idea as to how much your pet is eating. Based on this food journal, you can make a plan to slowly limit his caloric intake.
If you need help in finding out how many calories your dog needs based on his physical built, the best person to ask is your vet.
- Find the best feeding plan.
The ingredients in every dog feed differ from one to the other. It means one brand may claim they have enough calories but if compared to other brands, they may have more. Hence, always refer to an expert when it comes to looking for the best food for your pooch.
Follow a strict exercise routine
We, humans, follow a strict exercise plan to shed pounds. The same goes for our dogs. Nicholas Dodman, BVMS of Tuft University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine believes that dogs that are strong stay young. Hence exercise is essential to keep your dogs healthy and younger looking.
Many veterinarians believe that even adult dogs love to play. So get them their toys. It’s not that dogs don’t want to play – it’s we who stop playing with them. But do everything in moderation. Refer to your vet for safe activities your dog can take.
Don’t forget his checkups and follow treatment plans
If your pet is not feeling well, give him the rest he needs. If you think he needs medical help or if it’s an emergency situation, your vet can help. If your dog is in excellent form, don’t forego his regular vet visits. See to it that all his vaccinations and other meds are up-to-date and preventive treatments are followed.
Have fun with your pooch
Dogs are a fun-loving, active and highly social mammal. Taking him to walks, and signing him up in doggie daycare should give more quality to his life and not just more years.