How to Maximize Dog Lifespan through Weight Management
Does it seem only like yesterday your faithful companion was a puppy? It is not surprising when the average dog lifespan is just 12.1 years.
The transformation from a playful, furniture chewing and accident prone fluff ball, into a steady, wise and trusted companion seems to occur in the blink of an eye. What if we could pause our dog’s ageing so we have more time together? Imagine maximizing the ‘active’ lifespan of our dogs so they remain energetic and playful into their later years.
The good news is, we can increase dog lifespan by up to 2 years by simply managing our dog’s weight. Not only does weight management increase lifespan, it improves your dog’s every day quality of life by helping dogs remain mobile and active in their later years.
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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 which 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.
Maximize dog lifespan by managing excess dog weight
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.
The WAGSTA Wellness diet plan provides you with step-by-step veterinary guidance to achieve a healthy weight for your dog. Receive a customised portion and activity plan and community support throughout your dog’s weight journey. Check it out today:
*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