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10 Simple Things That Could Add Years To Your Dog’s Life

Is there anything we wouldn’t do to keep our pets around as long as possible? We don’t just want to prolong their lives, though – we want those years spent together to be happy, and our pets healthy. We’ll take tips and tricks and hacks anywhere we can get them when it comes to our dogs! Trupanion® Pet Insurance’s team of veterinarians has put together a list of 10 things to help prolong your dog’s life.

#1 – Keep your dog at a healthy weight, and feed them healthy foods

If possible, feed your pet on a set schedule. Some vegetables may be appropriate for midday snacks, and organic pet foods can be found to keep your shelves stocked at home.

#2 – Stay Active

Get your dog the exercise he needs by jogging, walking, or running on a regular basis. You should develop a routine to ensure that both you and your dog are getting the physical activity you need in order to stay in good shape.

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#3 – Get Yourself Out There

Both dogs and people are social creatures who cannot live in isolation for long periods of time. Dogs benefit from spending time with other dogs. Take your pet out to designated dog parks where they can play and become adjusted to the presence of others from a young age.

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#4 – Give Affection

Dogs, like humans, need positive interaction to survive. Dogs must be given attention and affection in order to remain happy.

#5 – Keep a Clean and Healthy Home

Maintaining a home environment that is free of toxins and harmful chemicals will lessen the chances that your dog will become ill or develop allergies. Keep household cleaners where your dog can’t reach them.


#6 – Build a Relationship with your Dog

As your relationship grows, so does your mutual health when the right routines are established for both you and your pet.

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#7 – Spay/Neuter

Not only will getting your male dog neutered lengthen and improve his quality of life, it will also stop him from spraying or territorial marking, fighting with other males (over females), and wandering away from home.

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#8 -Take care of your dog’s teeth

This could not be stressed more. Tooth decay is common, but it can lead to other health problems for your pet. Brush your dog’s teeth as much as possible. There are even bones and toys sold at pet stores that can really help improve your pet’s dental hygiene. Dental chews are a great option to help keep those teeth nice and clean – along with fresh breath – in between your dog’s cleaning. Don’t know which type to choose? Dogs love our grain and gluten free options. Proceeds even feed hungry shelter pups waiting for loving homes. 

#9 -Let your dog relax

Yes, this does mean give them a break. While it’s important to love your dog, they need time to relax and be independent. A dog can become stressed if they’re constantly anxious or on the go.

#10 – Get checkups and vaccinations

These checkups give the vet a chance to catch any diseases, infections or health problems that could be potentially detrimental later on. Experts suggest at least one appointment a year after they’re full grown but about two to four visits per year while they are puppies.

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Written by Kristina Lotz
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