We all want our pets to live as long as possible, we basically wish we could create a world where our dogs lived as long as we do! However, that’s not the reality of things.
Even though the average Golden Retriever lives between 10 and 13 years, there are some important things you can do to maximize your Golden’s health, which will therefore lead to a longer life for your four-legged best friend.
To ensure your Golden stays healthy and content you HAVE TO make sure he or she gets a good dose of daily exercise. Your Golden simply needs to run, play, swim, and do busy, active things, that’s just how he’s programmed. It’s no secret that regular exercise will strengthen your Golden’s body, muscles as well as heart and lungs.
Dogs love to be around other dogs and even meet new humans. So let your Golden explore the world beyond his own backyard.
Become a canine nutritionist
Well, I don’t mean literally. But giving the fact that there are so many people foods that are dangerous or even fatal for dogs, it’s hard to keep up with all the new, and potentially bad, stuff on the market. We all know that chocolate is just like poison for your dog. But so are grapes, raisins, onions, avocado, citrus, and macadamia nuts. So try and learn as much as possible about all the foods your dog can and can not eat.
Keep your Golden lean
Just like with humans, dogs can become obese too, which is a serious health problem that affects your dog’s longevity. Did you know that just an extra ten pounds can shorten your Golden’s life? Many people don’t even know their dog is overweight!
So, maybe it’s time to pay a visit to the vet to determine your Golden’s optimum weight.
Dental hygiene is important too
Listen, it’s simple: If you take care of your Golden’s teeth, he or she will definitely live a longer life!
During one Veterinarian Congress in Vancouver, B.C., a survey was conducted in which it was determined that dog owners can extend their dog’s life by simply providing routine dental care.
But why is dental hygiene so important? Easy. First, plaque and tartar buildup on your dog’s teeth which will then cause periodontal disease. Second, bacteria then enter the bloodstream through the damaged gums and attack the kidneys, liver, heart, and lungs. The result? An early death. As an example, kidney failure, a common cause of death in senior dogs, often starts at a damaged gum line.