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We all want our dogs to be with us for a long time. But, as they say, death is part of life.
It’s a bummer. The time will come and we have to accept it.
The good news is your dog can likely stick around longer than their breed’s average lifespan.
Take good care of your buddy and their chances of longevity greatly improves. Keeping a pet dog healthy is key.
But that’s not all!
New science and medicines that may some day extend life significantly.
You Can Do Your Part To Make Your Dog Live Longer
Life beyond 20 years is extremely rare. Sad but true.
Your dog’s life expectancy depends a lot on their breed.
Smaller dogs tend to get more time in this world compared to larger breeds.
However long, death is natural and inevitable. Right?
There is an anti-aging medicine being tested on dogs and it shows promise! (more on this later)
And some experts say specialized supplements help.
Realistically though, just care for your dog in a way that gives them the best shot at a long and healthy life.
Diet, Exercise And Optimism
Give your dog a quality diet with plenty of meat protein as well as calcium.
Raw diets are something to look into for many valid reasons.
Combine good eating with plenty of regular exercise and the dog will likely live a couple of years more than what’s typical for their breed.
It’s that simple.
Hold on though!
Many will disagree but if your dog’s environment is that of love and friendship then they will want to stay alive longer.
We think that makes a difference! Their body will fight to make it happen.
Spaying And Neutering Help
Here’s something more factual:
Dogs that get spayed (females) and neutered (males) usually live longer based on statistics.
Dental Health Importance
Never underestimate the need for taking care of your dog’s teeth.
This type of preventative care isn’t just for fresher smelling breath.
Healthy teeth will absolutely help your dog live longer.
Do brushing on a regular basis. It’s part of responsible ownership.
Do not neglect doggie dental hygiene!
Plaque, gingivitis and periodontal disease are entirely avoidable. And some of these could lead to bad heart health and other diseases.
Anti-Aging Drug for Dogs?
Rapamycin (AKA Sirolimus) has been in the news and may be what brought you here. This anti-aging drug holds promise for your next dog.
We don’t expect Rapamycin will become available to currently living dogs.
Your best bet is regular preventive care, including vaccinations, and everything else we’ve touched on.
Awesome: Check out what the University of Washington is doing with the Dog Aging Project.
The Bottom Line
Take good care of your dog and they’ll live as long as possible.
Feed premium food or a raw diet, enable regular exercise, maintain their teeth and schedule regular vet visits.
Your dog will likely be alive just as long as they can. Death is part of life.
Rapamycin, if it’s a breakthrough, is for yet-to-be-born dogs.