How to make your dog live longer

by Bronwyn Hall

It is an unfortunate fact that our canine companions have a life span that is only a fraction of our own. This means that it is more than likely that you will live to see your pooch pass away. However, there are a few things that we can put in place to help your dog live longer.

Firstly, exercise! This is good for your dog but also won’t do you any harm either… Make sure that your four legged friend has plenty of running, jumping, sniffing and exploring added into his schedule. This should keep his heart and body in tip-top condition.

Maintain a healthy diet for your dog. Investing in a good quality dog food is a must, and try a little variety! You wouldn’t want to chow down on ‘Chicken & Rice’ biscuits everyday for the next 12 years, would you? Also, ensure that you are feeding your dog top quality ingredients that are going to provide him with maximum nutritional value.

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Try adding vitamins. Our two dogs – a small but sturdy Chihuahua and a dopey and excitable Dachshund – are currently taking multivitamins and conditioning tablets alongside their meals. These ensure that their bones, teeth, eyes, skin – you name it – are kept in their best condition. If your dog is little hesitant to eat tablets, try pushing them into a small lump of peanut butter or look out for them in their liquid form.

Keep your furry friend clean by bathing him regularly. Keep dirt, grime and possible skin problems at bay by using the right shampoo. This could be shampoo for sensitive skin, coat specific or flea shampoo. Whilst we’re on the subject of fleas, ensure that you check your dog for fleas and ticks often. Particularly checking following walks in long grass can keep on top of any budding flea problem and locate pesky ticks sooner rather than later.

Book regular vet check ups. Unlike humans, our dogs can’t speak to us when something is wrong. Also, vets sometimes find that dogs don’t want to let on to their humans that they’re in pain (I saw this happen on Supervet and it was traumatising…) Make sure that your dog is seen by the vet for a once over every six months. This will let you rest assured that your companion is in perfect health and if your vet does find a problem it can be treated sooner rather than later.

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