If you have ever had your heart broken from losing a pet, you know how difficult it all really is. They truly are a part of the family. In fact, they are probably one of the most popular members of the family as they only hand out unconditional love and ask for very little in return. Knowing that the day will eventually come when your dog passes away is a tough thing to handle. But there are things you can do now to ensure that your dog lives as long a life as possible.
Proper Veterinarian Care
Too often, us pet owners will look at our dog and figure they look completely healthy so there is no reason to bring them to the vet. But this can lead us to not getting their shots updated or the routine physicals that they must have regularly. It is simple really. Just take your animal to a dog veterinarian once a year and get them checked out. Minor health conditions can be caught early where they then don’t transform into major health issues instead down the road.
Invest in the Right Nutritional Food
There are hundreds of brands of dog food on the market. You may believe that they are all pretty much the same. But there are actually huge differences. For one, you want your dog to actually eat meat, not meat byproduct. And for how expensive some of these dog foods are, you should be getting your money’s worth. In fact, it can cost just about the same to purchase real meat and vegetables and create your own food for your dog. At least this way you will know exactly what you are giving them. It may take a bit of extra time to whip it all together, but it will be worth it.
Exercise Every Day
Sometimes we forget that our dogs will not get enough exercise just hanging around the house or going for short walks out in the yard. They need to be more physically active than this. A strong, healthy body will lead to them living more years. Plus, they enjoy spending time with you. Take them for a trip out to the woods and have some fun. Remember to keep them on a leash though. They may spot an animal and run off if you don’t.