No matter how long a dog lives, it’s never long enough!
If you’re like me, you’d do anything to give your dog the longest, happiest life possible. In this article, we’ll cover some of the signs that your dog may not reach the ripe old age of their potential.
If you notice any of the signs below, speak to your veterinarian about as soon as possible.
Sign #1: Your dog’s body shape looks like this 👇
If you stand above your dog and look down, what do you see? An ideal dog’s shape will be somewhat hour glass shaped, with a bulge at the front for the ribs, then narrowing, then widening for the dog’s rear hips. If your dog’s shape is more like a pear, they may be at a significantly higher risk for many life-threatening diseases. In addition to disease caused by obesity, the extra weight will stress your dog’s joints, decreasing their mobility.
Sign #2: You never feed your dog fresh foods
There are a plethora of heated opinions on the best diet for dogs. However, one thing most experts agree on is this: you shouldn’t feed your dog a 100% processed diet for their entire life. Just as we’d never feed our human children only processed junk food, our dogs crave fresh choices, and their bodies require it.
Many dog owners top their dog’s food with fresh fruits and veggies, eggs or chicken breast. A small amount can make a huge difference, as many studies have shown adding different colors of produce into your dog’s bowl can help fight off cancer, which sadly claims the lives of 50% of all dogs.
Sign #3: Your dog is at risk for any of the following 👇
- Does not use a crate or doggy seatbelt in the car
- Frequents unsafe dog parks where fights often break out
- Is not kept on a leash at all times when outdoors
- Has a yard or home they can easily escape from
Death by trauma or accident is the most common cause of death in young dogs. Accidents happen, and we can only do so much to avoid them. Certain accidents, such as hit-by-car or dog fights, can be prevented by containing your dog, keeping him on a leash, and being able to properly read dog behavior. Others can be brought on by obesity and lack of exercise.