Dogs put a smile on your face, own a part of your heart and become irreplaceable furry family members. For their selfless dedication, we owe them the best. Providing appropriately for all of their needs not only extends lifespan but can keep them happy and healthy too. Below are 5 tips to make sure you do just that.
Keep Sparky Sporty
Exercise is one of the most important parts of a dog’s life. While some breeds need less than others, no dog should be without. Adequate exercise can provide many benefits including:
- Eliminating poor or destructive behavior caused by boredom
- Keeping your dog lean which naturally extends its lifespan
- Reduces risks of joint, heart and back problems associated with being overweight
Feed Your Pooch Premium
While you don't need to buy the most expensive, made by a chef food brand, higher quality food keeps your dog healthy inside and out. Treat your pets in moderation (Including yummy table scraps!) and look for dog food with real meat or poultry protein sources as the primary ingredients and little to no corn.
Veterinarians Are A Dog's Best Friend
Check-ups are an important part of your life, right? The same is true for your loving puppy or dog. A dog needs more than just the occasional vaccination to keep him healthy. Waiting until he or she genuinely has a problem can be too late in some circumstances. Your dog's veterinarian might be able to spot issues before they become health-impacting and can provide you with even more tips for extending your dog's life.
Control Stressful Situations
Stress is just as bad for dogs as it is for people. It shortens lifespans, results in high anxiety and can lead to unwanted behaviors. Try to prevent daily incidences of high stress such as being chained in a yard or barking at passerby all day, your dog will thank you for it.
Doggy Dental Care
Keeping your dog's mouth healthy can help prevent pain as well as oral, heart and kidney problems. Avoid leaving dental health up to "dental treats" alone, a good weekly tooth brushing goes a long way.
For a great video on caring for your pup's teeth check out this blog!
Both physical and mental health contribute greatly to the lifespan of your dog. Get the best out of your pet's life by fulfilling their activity, diet, and mental needs. The benefits are not only a happier, healthier dog but often one that is much more well behaved.