We always want our pet dogs to live a healthy and happy life. That is why we feed them quality food and shower them with all the love we can give. However, because of our hectic schedules and busy lifestyles, we tend to overlook simple things that are actually shortening our pet dog’s life.
No, we’re not telling you to change everything. You can always correct the way you raise your dogs to somehow extend their lifespan. How? Start by identifying your mistake.
If you’re doing the following to your dogs, change what you are doing as soon as possible.
1. Letting your canine become overweight.
Statistics suggests that about half of the canine population is overweight. And what’s even interesting is that the majority of these canines have owners who think their pets have a normal weight.
Sad to say, letting your canine gain so much weight may not only reduce his life expectancy. It also affects his life quality. Unlike humans, dogs cannot break down their food intake the way we do. That is why experts suggest monitoring your pet’s food intake. If possible, encourage your pets to exercise, too!
If you think you’ve done enough to help your pet’s weight, it is best that you consult the vet. He might suggest a dietary program that best suits your pet.
2. Not paying attention to dental care.
Gum disease is a common issue among dogs. In fact, reports say that about 85 percent of adult dogs suffer from this condition.
Also called periodontal disease, this dental problem happens when bacteria and food particles get stuck along the gum line, encouraging the formation of plaque in the mouth of your pet dog. When there is a build-up of bacteria in the mouth, the chances of health problems from occurring increase.
The best solution for this problem is to simply grab a toothbrush and then brushing your canine’s teeth as often as possible.
3. Missing yearly checkups.
True, it can be stressful to take your dog to the vet on a yearly basis. But did you know that doing so may just save his life?
Even if you think your dog is acting normal and seems healthy, just bring him to the vet at least twice a year. You can never tell what’s happening inside. If you bring him there when the symptoms of a problem are showing up, in some cases, there is not much you can do. So, keep in mind the old adage. Prevention is indeed better than cure. Get your pet checked to start treatment early and improve your dog’s health.
4. Not exercising daily.
Sometimes, we think that our dog has had enough exercise for the day because he played hard at the yard the whole day. Well, it’s not always the case.
Exercise does not just help shed off the excess pounds. It also provides your canine buddy the mental stimulation he needs.
To make sure your four-legged pal gets the right amount of exercise every single day, find an activity that best suits you and your dog. Go out for walks at the park. Play catch in your backyard. It’ll be a win-win situation for both of you.
5. Not preventing ticks and fleas.
Fleas and ticks are among the most common pests that could inflict your pet dogs. These pesky critters can help spread diseases among your pets, which when not treated, may put your pet’s life at risk.
Lucky for you, there are many ways to prevent these ticks and fleas from wreaking havoc among your pets. There are ready-to-wear collars and creams that can be applied topically.
6. Feeding your dogs table scraps.
Anything extra won’t do any good to your pet dogs, especially if what we refer to as “extra” are the table scraps.
Believe it or not, most human foods contain high amounts of sugar and fats. Also, some human foods, like chocolate and garlic, are toxic to pets. Once you offer them to your pets, you are putting them at risk for pancreatitis and other health problems.
7. Not socializing your canine.
Dogs that do not socialize don’t live their lives to the fullest. Most of them experience fear-related problems and even anxiety. Furthermore, dogs that don’t experience any human interaction may experience depression.
To prevent socialization problems, bring your pup to training classes or dog meet-ups to let him see other dogs. Whenever you walk with him and encounter other dogs, let him stop and greet the other dog.
8. Not spaying.
Not spaying your dog may put his health at risk. Spaying is one of the best ways to prevent cancers and behavioural problems.
Knowing what spaying can do for your dogs, it’s probably worth the time to take them to the vet and get the procedure done.
Now that you have an idea what actions are shortening your dog’s life, it is best that you do something about them. Make their lives more comfortable by not only giving him the luxuries in life such as durable dog houses or comfortable dog beds. Spend time with them and give them all the love you can offer.