6 Tips to Help Your Dog Live Longer
#1. Encourage a healthy diet
Dogs who eat less live longer. According to a 2011 study, dogs who were raised on a restricted-calorie diet—about 25% less than “normal” recommended amounts of food—lived an average of two years longer than dogs who were fed more.
Of course, you should not drastically reduce your dog’s caloric intake without consulting a vet, but this information supports the common-sense knowledge that a dog with a healthy weight is a dog with a longer life.
Obese dogs are more likely to develop heart disease and debilitating joint problems that can lead to early death, so help your dog stay fit and trim. The quality of the food you feed her matters, too.
Research the available options, and opt for a balanced diet free from unnecessary fillers to extend your dog’s health.