For many of us, our best friend isn’t a person, it’s a four-legged furry friend! While it would be nice if our dogs could live as long as us, that unfortunately isn’t the case. There are things you, as a dog owner, can do to enhance your dog’s longevity. We’ve all heard that one dog year is seven human years, so follow these seven tips to keep your dog by your side as long as possible.

Brush Their Teeth

So much of your dog’s health begins with their teeth. With strong teeth, dogs can consume nutrients much better. While they don’t have access to the natural cleaning tools they would in the wild, like bones and raw meat, they have you! By brushing your dog’s teeth from an early age, they will not experience as much discomfort when they get older and they won’t have as much plaque build-up.

Take Them On Long Walks

Long walks are essential. The walks allow your four-legged friend to regulate their digestion, get in some exercise, and bond with you, of course! Your dog should go on walks at least twice a day when they are an adult and maybe more than twice as a pup!

Nourish Them Properly

Finding high-quality dog food is essential to pup longevity. Not only does the quality matter but the kind of food does too. If your dog is a puppy, they need puppy food and your senior dog may need food with extra joint support. Speak to your vet to find out more information. In addition, make sure your dog has enough water throughout the day. Change their water bowl daily to prevent bacteria growth. 

Play With Them

If you don’t have another dog in the house, make sure you are playing with your dog often. Dogs require social interaction and love to play tug of war or fetch! Even 10 minutes of play a day can extend your dog’s life.

Keep Their Fur And Hair Groomed

Grooming your dog can limit their chances of developing matting or getting bugs in their hair. A dog that sheds may only need to be bathed once in a while, but a dog with fur should have between four and six trips to the groomers a year.

Note Behavioural Changes

Your dog can’t speak and let you know when something is wrong. They are counting on you to be alert to the changes they are going through. Note if your dog seems more tired recently or can’t seem to eat like they used to, take them to the vet for a check-up.

Take Them For Regular Vet Check-ups

By taking your dog to the vet regularly, you ensure they are up to date on their vaccinations and there are no hidden problems. Without the proper vaccinations, your dog is susceptible to life-threatening illnesses.

When you follow all these tips, you will be keeping your furry friend in your life as long as possible! Looking to book your dog’s next vet appointment? Speak to the staff at the Eglinton Hwy 10 vet clinic! Our team is always happy to welcome new patients. Call us today to schedule your assessment at our clinic, open seven days a week!