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10 Things You Didn’t Know Are Shortening Your Dog’s Life

We try our best to keep our dogs as healthy and happy as we can, but it’s just not possible to know everything that can cause harm to them. Some things, however, are right under our noses and we may not even know it! Doing our best to keep them safe includes learning about the common things that can cause them harm. Often, we’re so focused on specific items that we might not be aware that actions can put them in danger as well. So what else can be risky to our dogs? Find out below!

#1 – Obesity


Obesity is one of the most common problems we see in dogs today. Many people are over-feeding their pets without even realizing. It’s important to understand what a healthy weight for your dog is, and why it’s important to maintain it! Obesity can lead to bone and joint problems, injuries, diabetes, cancer, and death. Make sure to get your dog the proper exercise and feed just enough food to keep him at a healthy weight.

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#2 – Lack of Training


Many people want to skip training when they get new dogs, often because they don’t realize how much time and effort it takes to create a well-mannered pet. But training is an important part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. A large number of dogs that end up homeless and in shelters were surrendered because they lacked the proper training to make them acceptable house pets. Many people wait too long and feel overwhelmed with an untrained dog, and they feel they have no option but to give him up.

#3 – Leaving Your Dog Unsupervised


It’s completely normal and often necessary for us to leave our dogs unattended at some point. But it’s how and when we do it that makes the difference. Many young dogs have not yet learned what is appropriate to chew on or not to chew on, and any aged dog can get bored and destructive. Not only can they damage our homes, they can cause harm to themselves. Dogs that chew or ingest toxic items are at risk for serious trouble. They can also eat things that cause obstructions or injure their mouths and digestive tracts. It’s important to understand that all dogs need proper attention and exercise, and if you need to leave your young or active dog unattended, they may be best suited in a crate for their safety.

#4 – Feeding Unhealthy Table Scraps


We all love to share food with our dogs, and there are a lot of items that are perfectly safe to feed! But there are plenty of items that dogs should not have. We might think all meat is good for our dogs, since it’s the main part of our diet. But very fatty meats such as bacon or sausage can actually lead to upset stomachs, obesity, and pancreatitis. Other foods, such as grapes, onions, and macadamia nuts can also cause a wide range of problems from lethargy, digestive upset, liver failure, and even paralysis. So if you’re going to feed your dogs any table scraps, make sure they are safe and healthy.

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