Steps to Take to Help Your Canadian Dog Live Longer

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As your dog grows older, it is natural to want to press pause on their aging process. As most canines live up to 10 to 13 years, you will likely want to do everything possible to protect their health and extend their lifespan.

While you cannot stop the inevitable, you can introduce various tactics that will improve their quality of life, preserve their good health, and potentially add years to their life. Here are the best steps to take to help your dog live longer.

Feed your dog a balanced & nutritious diet

Dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds have specific nutritional needs you should follow. The details of which you should discuss with a vet who knows your unique dog. However, they all need a balanced, nutritious diet made up of:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Be cautious of overfeeding your dog, which can lead to obesity and weight-related diseases.

Remember, age is a factor in a dog’s weight, as their energy level will gradually reduce, and they will lose lean body mass when growing older. Work with your vet to come up with a plan that works for you. And don’t forget, pet insurance can help make vet visits a little easier on your wallet.

Provide your dog with an active lifestyle

Many factors determine how much exercise a dog will need each day, including age, breed, temperament, size, and health. However, most adult dogs should experience at least 45 minutes of exercise per day to remain healthy, mentally stimulated, and energetic.

If you’re unsure how much exercise your dog needs, don’t hesitate to consult your vet, as they will know the exact amount of physical activity your pooch requires each day.

Regular daily exercise can help shape your dog’s mental and physical health. For example, it can lower their stress levels, improve their cardiovascular health and blood pressure, and strengthen their bones and muscles.

Attend regular vet checkups

Many pet owners make the mistake of only taking their dogs to a vet when they are ill or injured. However, it is essential to schedule general vet checkups at least once per year for an adult dog or twice per year for mature or geriatric dogs. Of course, talk to your vet about the ideal exam frequency for your pooch, which may vary depending on their age and health.

During a checkup, a vet will examine your pet and run lab work to ensure they are in tip-top shape. Routine appointments may help your vet catch problems early, helping to ensure they get treatment earlier rather than later.

There are so many factors that can influence your pet’s weight, health, and lifespan. However, if you provide your dog with a healthy, balanced diet, make time for daily exercise, and don’t skip routine checkups and vaccinations, your beloved pet could live to old age and you can share many years together.


Article reviewed by: Dr. Jennifer Sperry, DVM
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