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How to Help Your Dog Live Longer

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Do you want to learn how to help your dog live longer? Would you like your dog to live through to old age rather than passing away prematurely with cancer or liver disease? Well it’s possible you know. It’s possible to help your dog live longer, but in order to do that, you have to be prepared to make some changes. Are you ready to make a few simple changes that could add years to your dog’s life?

1. Stop feeding commercial dog food

Do you have any idea how unhealthy commercial dog food is? Were you aware that today’s dogs are living shorter, unhealthier lives than at any time in history. And that it’s all thanks to commercial dog food!

Do you actually know what’s in that convenience food you feed your best friend every day?

  • Animal and vegetable derivatives
  • Byproducts
  • Chemicals
  • Synthetic ingredients
  • Sawdust

Yes, you read that correctly. Sawdust. See that cellulose listed in the ingredients on the packet? That’s wood pulp, aka sawdust to you and I. A nutritionless – completely nutritionless – ingredient that’s there for just one reason. Because it’s cheap. Is that really the best your dog deserves?

By the way, it’s been scientifically proven that dogs live shorter lives when they’re fed commercial dog food. Up to 3.2 years shorter in fact. If you wanted just one good reason to change your dog’s diet, there it is surely!

2. Stop rushing to the vets every 5 minutes

Do you know that by rushing your dog to the vet at the slightest sign of a tummy problem you could be shortening its life? If your dog is suffering from temporary sickness or diarrhoea, let it run its course. Do you rush to the doctor every time you or your children have a bout of tummy trouble? Then don’t do it to your dog.

Ask yourself what your dog may have eaten yesterday that it didn’t eat the day before. There’s invariably a simple answer and it’s not something you’re going to get from your vet.

Do you know what happens when you take your dog to the vet with a minor digestive issue? Your vet covers up the symptoms with medication or a vaccination. Rather than try and find out the actual cause of the problem, your vet medicates because it’s simpler to hide the symptoms than to diagnose its cause.

But do you know what’s really happening when your vet does that? He or she kills off all the good bacteria in your dog’s gut. Your dog’s gut that contains up to 90% of its immune system. Your vet doesn’t think about that when he or she masks the symptoms of what is almost certainly a minor digestive issue.

And every time that happens, your dog’s life is placed in far greater danger than a simple tummy bug is going to cause it. And worse, over time, it can result in major organ failure that could threaten your dog’s life.

3. Stop poisoning your dog

Do you know that you are almost certainly poisoning your dog with unnecessary treatments? Killing it with kindness. Are you one of the hundreds of thousands who make their dog suffer annual booster vaccinations for no good reason? Do you know that annual boosters are not actually necessary? Have you ever wondered why your children’s vaccinations cover them for life and yet your dog needs annual boosters?

Well actually, your dog does not need annual boosters. Next time you take your dog for a booster, read the smallprint on the packaging you’re given. There’s only one reason your vet encourages you to have your dog vaccinated annually and it is most certainly not for the health of your dog!

Annual boosters are both totally unnecessary and potentially unhealthy for your best friend. They are killing dogs all over the world. Please stop them now!

Oh, and by the way, the same goes for monthly flea, tick and worming treatments. They are killing your dog and sending it to an early grave. I have a saying. What goes ON your dog goes IN your dog. Put poison ON your dog to kill off fleas or ticks, where do you think it goes? It goes IN your dog? And if the treatment is potent enough to kill off parasites, just imagine the harm it’s doing to your best friend’s insides!

And what about worming you ask? Well every time you worm your dog, guess what else you do? You kill off all its good bacteria, the thousands of tiny creatures who work endlessly and tirelessly to keep your dog’s gut healthy.

And do you know what happens when you kill off good bacteria? Can you guess? You encourage the bad bacteria normally held in check by good bacteria, to proliferate. To multiply exponentially.

And do you know what happens when bad bacteria outnumbers good bacteria? Something called leaky gut syndrome happens. And leaky gut syndrome is increasingly the cause of major health complications in our family pets.

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4. Control your dog’s weight

Number four on the list of how to help your dog live longer is managing its weight. It has been estimated that up to 70% of UK dogs are overweight or obese. Millions of pet parents are unintentionally killing their dog with kindness by overfeeding them.

And the biggest problem with that? It’s been scientifically proven that overweight dogs live shorter lives. Up to 3 years shorter. To say nothing of increased health problems like diabetes, arthritis and heart problems.

Being just 25% overweight can shorten your dog’s life by up to 15%. Our dogs are with us for such a short time anyway. Why would anyone want that time to be even shorter?

The solutions to canine obesity are simple:

  • Feed your dog a healthy diet that is not bulked up with cheap carbohydrates
  • Weigh your dog’s food. Feed it the right amount for its age, size and activity level
  • Exercise your dog every single day, not just a couple of times a week
  • Weigh your dog. Vet scales are cheap enough. Buy some!

And if you need help managing your dog’s weight, please book a weight management consultation.

5. Seek the advice of a canine nutritionist

Have you ever wondered why your vet is so keen to promote commercial dog food? It’s because the few hours of nutrition training he or she received at university, was provided by employees of commercial dog food companies.

As astounding as it may seem, vets do not have independent training in dog nutrition. At university level they are taught nutrition by employees of commercial pet food companies. With I might add, textbooks provided by the same pet food brand. And if that is not a conflict of interests then I don’t know what is!

If you really want to know how best to feed your dog, ask someone trained in dog nutrition. Ask a canine nutritionist. Someone who is not going to recommend junk food just because he or she earns commission out of it. Ask someone who knows and cares about the food you add to your dog’s bowl.

Because your dog’s nutrition is everything. It’s the key to a long and healthy life. That means it’s also the key to a happier life. A happier life for your dog, a happier life for you.

These five simple measures will help your dog live longer. And isn’t that really all any of us want? For our dogs to live as long as humanly possible?

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.

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Fresh food has been proven to improve dog health.
Know exactly what's in your dog's food.
80% of canine health issues can be improved with healthy food.
There are no chemicals or artificial additives in homemade food.
Life expectancy has been proven greater with fresh food.

Do you really need any more reaons to improve your dog's diet?

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