How to Maximize Dog Lifespan through Weight Management
Does it seem only yesterday your faithful companion was a puppy? With the average dog lifespan lasting 12.1 years, it is unsettling how quickly the years roll by.
The transformation from a playful, furniture chewing and accident prone fur ball, into a steady, wise and trusted companion seems to occur in the blink of an eye!
So wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to press “pause” on dog ageing and maximize the time we have left with our precious dogs?
Well the good news is, there is a way to increase your dog’s life expectancy- by up to 2 years! Simply managing your dog’s weight!
Discover whether your dog is within a healthy weight range with our dog weight calculator.
Dog Lifespan Study Results
Researchers studying a group of 48 Labrador Retrievers at the University of Glasgow, discovered healthy weight Labradors experienced a 1.8 year increased dog lifespan over their overweight Labrador counterparts! *
The healthy weight Labradors in this study lived on average 13 years compared with the 11.2 year dog lifespan of the overweight cohort.
The difference in weight between the two study groups equated to a 16% extension in dog life expectancy for healthy weight dogs. A figure not to be sniffed at!
Such a significant difference in dog lifespan, is not surprising when we consider the many diseases associated with excess dog body weight.
Obesity-linked conditions impacting on dog life span:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Orthopedic disease- joint and bone disease including arthritis, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease
- Cardiorespiratory disease e.g. Hypertension, laryngeal paralysis, tracheal collapse, heat stroke
- Urinary disorders
- Neoplasia- bladder and mammary cancers
- Skin disease
- Anesthetic and surgical complications
Not only do conditions such as these contribute to a shortened dog life expectancy, in most cases these conditions significantly impact on everyday wellness. Affected dogs often rely on long-term veterinary management and medication to help ease symptoms.
As dog owners, we want our furred friends to be healthy. After all, our dogs deserve a lengthy dog life span full of adventure and play! As our dog's carers we have the power to make this happen- if we maintain our dogs at a healthy weight.
Effective weight management is not just about increasing dog life expectancy, it's about enhancing your dog’s everyday quality of life!
By reducing illness and unnecessary aches and pains and by reducing reliance on medication- your dog is bound to be happier.
Healthy weight dogs are less prone to injury and are more alert and interested in their surrounds (i.e. less exhaustion and sleeping).
As a result healthier weight dogs tend to be more mobile and interactive with their family. Providing greater opportunity for family bonding and dog adventure and play.
Put simply, successful dog weight management maximizes dog life span, and will have your dog feeling like a puppy again! So, if your pooch is a little overweight, take steps today to maximize your dog's remaining years. Chat to your vet and get started with a dog diet plan.
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*The growing problem of obesity in dogs and cats. J Nutr. July 2006 136:7 1940s-1946s
*Effects of dietary restriction on lifespan and age related changes in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2002:220 1315-1320