Dog aging varies widely by breed and size. But most dogs have an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years. While most dogs are considered lucky to reach the age of 15, some have been known to reach double their expected lifespan. The good news is that there are ways to help your furry friends stay with you a little longer.
While we can’t promise that your dog will become a world record holder, we can guarantee that she’ll stay in shape and will keep on wagging her tail into old age. Help your dog live longer by following these tips.
Regular veterinary care
Sticking to regular preventive care routine will ensure that your pet is in good health. Plus, it would be easier for the vet to catch warning signs early. Even if your dog is a picture of perfect health, it is recommended to take her to the vet for a general check-up at least once a year.
Give your dog regular exercise
Regular exercise will give your dog have a happy, healthy and long life. This is because exercise can help keep your dog’s cardiovascular system in shape, maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress and balance mood and emotions.
A little exercise every day is recommended than vigorous exercise twice a week. We understand that you’re busy, but you should aim for 20-minute daily walk instead of an hour-long walk during the weekend.
Control your dog’s weight
Studies show that a dog is likely to live 15% longer if it is kept to its ideal body weight. To do that, it is important keep track of how much you feed your pet. Too much pet food and fatty human food can cause them to gain weight. Regular exercise is also important to keep them at a healthy weight.
Most dogs aren’t going to have picture perfect teeth, but it is important to keep their teeth and gums clean.
Teeth and gum disease are common in dogs. When left untreated, the bacteria from the gum disease may travel into your dog’s bloodstream. Even worse, it can lead to heart, liver or kidney damage. Avoid this by having their teeth checked and cleaned every year.