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Loving a dog to your fullest might give you the feeling that your dog’s life is all set. They’ve got the love of their human(s), a roof over their head, a warm bed, etc. but that’s not all they need to live a long, quality life. 

Believe it or not, there are things we do - or don’t do enough - that may contribute to shortening the lifespan of your dog. That’s not a great thought to have but it’s the pill we all have to swallow!

What are things that we do, unaware of the implications and impacts they may have on our dogs’ health? 

Here are 5 things you do that may shorten your dog’s life. Keep in mind there may be more that we’re not covering here!

1. Letting your dog eat anything and overdoing it with the treats.

Without a stable diet, your dog is at risk for dog obesity which is a growing concern. When dogs reach obesity, their knees may struggle and deteriorate making it difficult for them to walk. It can even lead to immobility when we all know that activity is essential for a dog’s wellbeing, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

2. Not taking your dog to have annual checkups at the vet.

It happens. You look at your dog and see nothing wrong with them. You don’t see any visible signs or behaviors indicating there are health issues, but without annual checkups, there’s risk that there are underlying illnesses or issues that will continue to develop. Neglecting annual checkups increases the risk of not being able to treat illnesses as they reach further stages. It’s a preventative measure to take your dog for annual checkups!

3. Smoking around your dog.

Secondhand smoke has just as much of a negative impact on dogs and their lungs as they do humans. If you can’t kick the habit, save your smoke breaks for when you’re by yourself outside. Don’t smoke while you’re out with your dog. If you do, the risk for cancer and respiratory issues increases.

4. Not giving your dog the opportunity to socialize.

With dogs and humans, lack of exposure to social situations can put a damper on mental health. Dogs who are not socialized are susceptible to depression. Keep that in mind! Consider scheduling playdates!

5. Forgeting about dental care.

Shared by PetMD, “Periodontal disease (gum disease), is a common problem in dogs. As the American Humane Society reports, veterinarians estimate that 85 percent of dogs over five years of age suffer from the condition, which develops after food and bacteria collect along the gum line and form plaque in a dog’s mouth. A build-up of oral bacteria can ultimately lead to all sorts of health problems for your pet, including heart valve problems and infections within the kidneys.”

What you’ve just read is a sampling of blog posts we offer at Joyride Harness. We cover current events, informational posts, interviews, and more! You can find more content including tips and tricks and how-tos for caring for your dog on our blog at this section.
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