How to Maximize Dog Lifespan through Weight Management
Does it seem like only yesterday that your faithful companion was a puppy? The average dog lifespan is just 12.1 years, so it's 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! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to press “pause” on dog ageing so we have more time together?
The good news is, we can increase dog lifespan by up to 2 years by 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 had a dog lifespan of 13 years, which was 1.8 years longer than their overweight Labrador counterparts!*
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 that shorten dog lifespan:
- 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
These diseases not only shortened dog lifespan, they also impact on everyday wellness. Affected dogs often rely on long-term veterinary management and medication to help ease symptoms.
As pet parents, we want our dogs to live a long and happy life full of adventure and play! And we have the power to make this happen simply by maintaining our dogs at a healthy weight.
Effective weight management not only increases dog lifespan, it's enhances 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. 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