Mind, body and Spirit – 6 ways to extend your dogs lifeby Alvin Nguyen 5.14.18
“He might only be here for a part of your life but for him, you are his whole life.”
When it comes to our pets we want to keep them around for as long as possible. What if we told you there are ways to maximize your dogs life expectancy?
Here are 6 ways to increase your dog’s longevity and happiness.
When it comes to hygiene, dog owners will remember to bathe their furry friend but skip the teeth brushing. You wouldn’t go to work without brushing your teeth and so shouldn’t your dog. Brushing your dog’s teeth will not only keep their breath fresh, but it prevents plaque build-up, teeth rotting, heart disease, and organ damage. This may sound extreme, but bacteria can travel from your dog’s mouth to their body and cause major damage.
There are easy ways to keep your dog’s teeth clean and breath smelling great. Dental treats and safe chew toys are a terrific way to keep your dog actively cleaning those chompers.
Like humans, dogs live longer with a well-balanced diet. Avoid feeding your dog leftovers of your fried chicken and lay back on the doggie treats. Dogs with a healthy weight will live longer and have fewer health issues. Avoid feeding your dog large amounts of sugar and sodium, this will lead to health issues further down the road.
To put it into perspective, feeding a hot dog to a 20 lb dog is the same thing as a human eating 3 hot dogs! That’s a lot for a little guy.
Improve your dog’s mood and health with simple exercises every day. This will prevent your dog from becoming sick and extend your dog’s lifespan too!
Exercise will calm your pet down by releasing endorphins which lowers stress hormones.
Antibiotics will destroy your furry friend’s good gut bacteria. When possible avoid giving your dog antibiotics unless they really need it. Antibiotics should not be used for upset stomach, mild diarrhea, small cuts, and infection prevention.
Overuse of antibiotics can lead to more serious issues for your puppy.
Add Probiotics and Enzymes
Commercial dog foods lack probiotics and enzymes due to the cooking process destroying the good bacteria. Enzymes are great in aiding smooth digestion. If your dog is on a kibble or canned food diet, we highly recommend adding probiotics and enzymes to your dog’s diet.
A well-balanced meal will lead to a healthier immune system and overall well-being of your furry friend.
Teach him new things
The learning should never stop! Maintaining a healthy mind will increase your dog’s longevity. A bored dog is more likely to become depressed. Even dogs who are already well trained should be constantly learning new tricks to challenge their mind.