Dog’s age much faster than humans do. According to toe the American Kennel Club, the first year of a dog’s life is the equivalent of 15 human years, for a medium-sized dog!
We all don’t like to think of it – but, we will probably all outlive the dogs we have running around our homes today. When your dog shows the first signs that he/she is slowing down, there are a few things you can do to add a couple years (quality) years to their life.
- Feed them a diet of high-quality food. No fillers and meat as the first ingredient
- Keep them moving! If you don’t use it you lose it – and it is the same for dogs. Keep them at a healthy weight and staying active can help slow down joint discomfort.
- Brush those pearly whites! Or at least be mindful of the amount of plaque on your dog’s teeth. Tooth loss, gingivitis, and nasty bacteria oozing out of bad teeth can find its way into your dog’s bloodstream and affect their organs (kidney, liver, and heart)
- See the vet, regularly. Checkups once a year can help identify problems before they are major. Some cancers are much more treatable if found early. The same goes for you too!
- Healthy joints. Just like people, dog’s joints can be painful in their later years. Consider adding supplements to your dog’s food to help reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis – but talk with your veterinarian for professional advice.
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