Want Your Bulldog To Live Longer: Try These Tips

  1. Feed a high quality diet.

    Pets fed a high quality diet have a shiny hair coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes. A good diet can help strengthen your pet’s immune system, help maintain his or her intestinal health, help increase his or her mental acuity, help keep joints and muscles healthy, and much more.

  2. Keep your pet lean.

    Pets that are overweight are at risk for a myriad of health issues. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease seen in pets currently and studies have shown that being overweight or obese can shorten a dog or cat’s life span by as much as two years. Why? Being overweight or obese puts your pet at risk for joint disease, heart disease and diabetes, among other things.

  3. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly.

    All pets, including both dogs and cats, require regular veterinary care. However, veterinary care goes far beyond routine vaccinations, even though those are important. A routine examination by your veterinarian can uncover health issues of which you are unaware. In many cases, an early diagnosis improves the chances of successful treatment. Early diagnosis is also likely to be less costly for you than waiting until your pet’s illness has become advanced and serious before attempting treatment.

  4. Keep your pet’s mouth clean.

    A common problem among dogs and cats, dental disease and oral health issues can cause your pet pain, making it difficult for him or her to eat. If left untreated, oral health issues may even lead to heart and kidney disease. In addition to regular dental checkups, the most effective means of caring for your pet’s mouth at home is to brush his or her teeth at home. If your pet isn’t a big fan of toothbrushes there are other alternatives as well, including dental diets, treats, and toys. Ask your veterinarian for some recommendations.

  5. Do not allow your pet to roam unsupervised.

    Allowing your dog or cat to roam free may seem like you’re doing your pet a favor. However, pets that roam are susceptible to a number of dangers, including automobile accidents, predation, exposure to contagious diseases, exposure to poisons, and more. Additionally, allowing your pet to roam unsupervised may alienate your neighbors should your pet ever “relieve” him- or herself in their lawn or dig up their garden.

from PetMD

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What’s in Your Dog’s Food?

This is a comparison of raw diet and conventional “premium” dog foods. It totally bashes the dry food which is appropriate for most big box grocery and pet stores food selections.  There are brands of kibble that have much better ingredients.

If you just grab any old bag of dog food on sale, here’s what you’ll get! from Dr Becker’s blog:

Take a look at the ingredients in these two commercial dog foods. Which do you suppose contains more fillers?

Raw Dog Food, Sold Frozen 

Ingredients: Free-Range Meat = 69%chicken meat including bone, chicken gizzards, chicken hearts and chicken liversOrganic Vegetables = 29.3%carrots. squash, yams, zucchini, celery, romaine, parsley, apple cider vinegarSpecial Nutrient Mix = 1.7%kelp, sea salt, inulin, zinc, copper and iron amino acid chelates, vitamin E

Premium Dry Dog Food

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols form of Vitamin E, soy protein concentrate, soy flour, water, rice flour, pearled barley, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, propylene glycol, animal digest, dicalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, sorbic acid a preservative, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried spinach, dried apples, dried sweet potatoes, choline chloride, calcium propionate a preservative, added color Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, DL-Methionine, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex source of Vitamin K activity, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite Another reason for the laundry list of ingredients in the dry food above is that in order to meet AAFCO nutritional standards, pet food manufacturers must add back in the vitamins and minerals that either arent found in a limited ingredient list raw food, above, arent found in a long list of low quality ingredients dry food, above, or are destroyed during the extreme processing that these pet foods undergo dry food, above.

via Defining Fillers in Processed Pet Food.

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