Did you know these 7 things can extend your puppy’s life?

When you first bring home your bundle of energy in the form of a puppy, lifespan is probably not the most pressing concern on your mind. We all want our dogs to thrive for as many years as possible. We already only get dogs for around 10-15 years, depending on the breed. If you ask us, that’s just not enough!

Fortunately, there are some simple measures you can take to improve your canine companion’s long-term health. We’ve put together a list of seven tips to help your dog live longer. None of them are too time-consuming, and all of them could make a real difference in both the quality and quantity of years you share with your pooch.

Brush those teeth

Brushing your dog’s teeth might seem like a daunting task, but dental hygiene is an important aspect of canine health. Plaque and tartar build-up lead to gum disease, and that oral bacteria can infect other parts of the body. Keep your pup’s pearly whites healthy by adopting a regular dental regime.

Maintain a healthy body weight

Overweight dogs are susceptible to a host of health problems, especially as they age. As tempting as it is to feed your dog to his heart’s content, doing so would be a disservice. Many pet owners don’t realize their dog is carrying a few too many pounds. Avoid that mistake by consulting your veterinarian on a suitable weight for your particular pup.

Go for regular check-ups.

Speaking of the good doctor, your dog should go for a check-up at least once a year. If you don’t notice any issues, this might seem unnecessary. In reality, dogs are excellent at soldiering through weaknesses, and many illnesses don’t show obvious symptoms right away. Prevention is much easier – and usually cheaper – than treatment.

Read the ingredients label.

It can be overwhelming to stand in the food aisle of your local pet store, faced with dozens of options. Not all kibble is created equal, and many dogs have either an allergy or intolerance to certain ingredients. Nutrition is too vital a part of health to be overlooked, so weigh your options carefully when deciding your dog’s diet.

Protect your dog with pest prevention.

Fleas, ticks, and heartworms are more than an inconvenience. If left untreated, these parasites can spread deadly diseases. In addition to that, some of these pests can spread from your dog to you. By using preventative measures, such as medication or topical treatments, you can keep the whole family safe.

Keep your dog active.

Exercise, particularly in the fresh air, is a healer for both dog and owner. Staying active keeps emotional and physical health in check. You don’t need to do any special training or routine to reap the rewards of exercise. Just grab a leash and head outside for some exploration.

Lots of love.

Perhaps, this should be number 1. Sometimes the logistics of physical health cause us to overlook the mental and emotional well-being of our dogs. By spending ample bonding time with your dog, you can prevent cognitive decline and increase overall health. This might consist of playing games, going on an outing, or simply cuddling up on the couch for your favorite show. Tough one, right?