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17 Simple Things You Can Do To Make Your Dog Live Longer

Reviewed by Lisa Bernier

November 19, 2014

We all wish our dog could live forever. However, until we discover the Fountain of Youth, this remains an elusive dream.

BUT that doesn’t mean we can’t help our dogs live long, fulfilling lives. In the spirit of longevity, here are 17 things you can do to make your dog live longer.

1. Get them a doggy treadmill.

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Image via PupStyle.com

All right, you don’t have to break out the excerise equipment in order to make sure your pup stays trim. But regular exercise will keep your dog healthy, active and engaged and that all adds up to more time with your furry BFF.

2. A brush a day keeps the gross, youth sapping decay away.

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Image via Celebrity Dachshund

Hey, if your dog’s teeth fall out, they can’t really eat well can they? And eating, well, it’s an essential part of well, living.

3. Perhaps if you don’t have a dog, get a small one.

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Image via PetFlow Blog

On average, small dogs tend to live longer than larger ones (sorry, Great Danes).

4. Or you know, a small mutt.

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Image via @etaooo

Mutts and mixed breeds tend to live longer than pure-breeds. Well you know how genetics work. In-breeding = health problems. Lots of varied DNA = a stronger, healthier dog.

5. Don’t stress out your pup.

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Image via Wisdom Quarterly

Stress makes people sad, which makes them more prone to age and illness (evidence: look at Obama before he went into office. Now look at him. See the difference?). The same applies for pooches. A relaxed, anxiety-free doge is a healthier one. A healthy dog lives longer.

6. Regular checkups with the vet.

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Image via Meta Picture

You go to the doctor to catch any diseases in their nascent stages to nip ’em in the bud. Why wouldn’t you do the same for your pup?

7. Vaccinations are not the devil. They are science for your dog’s strong.

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Image via Reiki for All Creatures

DON’T LET YOUR DOG DIE FROM DOG POLIO. Ok, that’s not a thing, but you get the drift. Also, make sure to check in with your vet so that your dog is getting the appropriate vaccinations at the appropriate stages in their life.

8. Sugar = evil.

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Image via dashofeast

It’s just not a good idea for canines. Really, it’s not (and not a great one for hoomans either).

9. Chillax on the treats.

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Image via People Pets

One of the biggest threats to your dog’s life is obesity. So don’t make your pup a candidate for the Biggest Loser. This study even showed a restricted calorie diet helps dogs live longer.

10. Train ’em well.

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Image via Dog Training Hall

Good recall can save a dog’s life. Trust me on this. Don’t suddenly wish this was something you’d worked on when it’s too late and they’re off-leash and running towards the road with a car coming straight for ’em.

11. Neuter and spay cuz puppies take off years. YEARS.

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Image via imgur

#AmIRight moms? But seriously, this is actually something that’s debatable, and you have to do it at the right time in the pup’s life.

12. Live in Delaware and New Hampshire.

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Image via State of Pet Health

According to the State of Pet Health 2014 Banfield Hospital report, dogs live longer in these two states.

13. Cleanliness is dogliness.

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There’s a reason hygenine is important to health. It prevents all sorts of insects, diseases and icky germs from attacking.

14. Share your puppy ruv with others.

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Image via Amazon Aws

Strong bonds make strong pups. Plus, the more socialized a dog is, the less stressed out and anxious they are–and less prone to getting into a ruckus that results in an injury.

15. 20 min daily walks.

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Image via College Humor

A little exercise a day is better than long walks on the weekends with nothing during the week.

16. A bed made of clouds.

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Image via Rare Wallpapers

Make sure your dog is comfy, but also keep an eye on those joints. Joint problems are a major thing for pups, and deteriorating bones can lead to an earlier demise.

17. LOVE

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Image via Jessica Trinh Photography

However long your pup lives, love ’em and love ’em good. There’s only one pup in the world that’s yours, so cherish the time you have with them!

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Reviewed by Lisa Bernier

November 19, 2014

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