|To Keep Your Dog Healthy for a
Long and Happy Life
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Longevity involves every aspect of a dogs health. It's
customary definition is term denoting the length or duration of the life of an animal or plant, often used to
indicate an unusually long life.
Sadly, man's best friend has been cheated in the area
of life expectancy much as man has been. A variety of factors contribute to this including, diet, genetics,
stress and environment to name a few.
Customary beliefs that dogs live relatively short
lives of 10-15 years are contradicted by research and evidence produced by many worthy veterinary
Did you know
Wolves can live up to seventeen years in the
wild and up to twenty years living in captivity
In a study done at the Veterinary School at the
University of Pennsylvania in the early 1980's, dogs were classified as Geriatric at 5 Years of Age. Eighty
percent of the dogs tested showed degeneration of the vital organs such as their liver and
Today, many alternatives exist to help solve many
health related and longevity issues facing our beloved dogs. Homeopathic veterinarians have opened new doors
to a healthier and longer life. A good article explaining the roots and value of homeopathy for
all dogs can be read by clicking here
Let's examine a few areas where changes in lifestyle
and care can add years to our furry pals lives.
Diet- This topic has been covered in
our discussion of
nutritionand is one of the most important factors that we can
control and add to dog longevity
Exercise- Combined with adequate rest and proper
grooming, this no cost approach is a wonderful and natural longevity enhancer.
Regular exercise stimulates muscles and increases circulation. The body takes in more oxygen flushing toxins
and aiding digestion
Rest- A clean and quiet place to sleep is vitally important to dogs.
Whether you make a bed of blankets or buy one in a store, a place to call home is essential to any
dog. Under no condition would I ever condone that dogs sleep outdoors.
Doghouses and backyards where they are virtual
prisoners and frequently chained are nothing more than cruel imprisonment and selfish on the part of any
owner. This is my opinion and if you disagree, that's your right. Just don't try to change my mind. I have witnessed the
consequences when dogs live outdoors.
Every aspect of their well being suffers. Grooming ,
hygiene, diet, the lack of personal interaction and being part of a family indoors is enough to condemn this
approach. If you don't want a dog enough to house him/her indoors with your family, don't get
Grooming- Regular brushings and baths will help your
dog stay free from secretions and toxins. Regular brushing helps control fleas, ticks and foxtails. Be sure to
examine your dog's eyes, ears mouth and private parts for any unusual and unwanted guests or
Control Fleas to Stay Healthy
Fleas can cause terrible sickness in dogs. In fact,
one of our Chihuahua's was found as a stray so flea bitten and encrusted in blood that he was close to death
from fleas and starvation. In some ways he was being eaten alive.
The best approach is to use a non-toxic flea controls.
(Beware of many flea control products that are toxic as be a poison itself. Insist on natural no toxic and
herbal products) Flea collars, sprays, powders, and shampoos are often loaded with pesticides according
to Kings County Animal
A few examples are-
Regular bath with natural flea control
Keep carpets and floors
Wash dog bedding
Use a flea comb for added flea control in
addition to brushing
Herbal flea powders and
A Healthy Environment
For dogs to thrive a healthy and clean home is
essential...and it's good for us too !
Here's a few tips for Keeping
your Home Dog Healthy
Vacuum frequently-Dr. Jeffrey Levy DVM,
PCH suggests placing a mothball in the bag to aid
in killing the larvae.
Allow sunshine in or let your dog out for
short, supervised intervals
Use non toxic chemicals
Grow houseplants-to help help filter the
Keep dogs away from poisonous plants and
Take precautions against gas
Make sure your hands are clean when you pet or
handle your dog
Keep dogs away from busy
Keep dogs indoors during high pollution
Don't allow your dog to drink from
Avoid overexposure to sun and
Beware of pesticides- these have been known to
cause cancer in dogs
Keep antifreeze out of reach- this can cause
serious illness and death
Poison Plant Dangers
Certain plants have been known to be poisonous to dogs
who eat or sniff them
A few of these include:
A more complete list of plants poisonous to
dogscan be found here.
Drinking Water-- Tap water often contains fluoride which
can cause dental problems, kidney and bladder problems. arthritis, joint pain, stomach disorders, and asthma to
name a few . Give your dog bottled or distilled water to drink.
Dr. Pitcairn's recommends:
For more insight see
Dr. Pitcairn's Natural Heath for Dogs and
Emotional Well Being
Dogs react to stressful environments in a negative way much like their human
Sudden changes in the home such as an new baby, loss of a family member or the
addition of a new pet can be disruptive. Other causes could be spending more time away or on a trip,
redecorating the house, or any shift in the regular living pattern
Keep an eye out for any changes in behavior. If your dog is reacting negatively,
eating less, becoming less active or experiencing lethargy you may want to spend more time bonding ,
exercising with and enjoying time with your dog to help him through this emotional crisis
To read more about the causes and cures of dog stress see Bob Fritz's article from
Animal Performance Research Labs Don't Stress Out Over Canine Stress
Oral and dental health is critical to the well being of your dog impacting his
entire physiology, behavior and immune system. Proper dental care can add years to your dogs life as it
protects him from disease and degenerative problems.
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, your dog may need dental care if you notice:
Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar.
Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area.
Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
Bleeding from the mouth.
Loss of appetite or loss of weight
Gum disease and oral health disorders may affect organs such as the kidneys, liver
and heart if left untreated.If you think your pet needs dental care, the College recommends that you make an
appointment with your veterinarian.
For more insight on K-9 health see Natural
Health for Dogs and Cats, by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD