Best Anti-Aging Tips for Your Pets

Help Your Four-legged Pals Prosper So They Remain Ready to Play for Years to Come

 

Anti-Aging Tips for Dogs

 

Pets are living longer thanks to advances in veterinary care, so extending their healthy years is more important than ever. To do so, work to improve their "healthspan". "that's the period of life spent in good health, free from the chronic diseases and disabilities of aging," according to Matt R Keaberlein, PhD, professor of pathology at the Univerisity of Washington, Seattle and co-founder of the Dog Again Project (dogagingproject.com).

 

"Our pets experience nearly all f the same effects of aging that we do," Kaeberlein says. But exactly how fast or slow animals age depends on their breed, size and individual circumstances. Cats are considered "mature" at 7, senior at 11, and geriatric at 15. In dogs it's more variable, and small dogs age more slowly than bigger ones.

 

Understanding those variables is what the Dog Aging Project is all about. "Our goal is to maximize ehalthpspn by directly targeting the mechanisms of again and preventing the progression of age-related diseases," Kaeberlein says.

 

Anti-Aging Tips for Dogs

 

Research at the Dog Aging Project and the Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, with more than 3,000 dogs enrolled, yields promising anti-aging strategies for all pets. Here are 5 tips to help you furry friends keep a spring in their step.

 

Watch Their Weight

 

This is especially important as pets hit middle age, which is when they start putting on weight. Extra weight leads to common age-related issues, from diabetes and heart disease to joint problems.

 

 

Adjust Their Diet

 

"metabolism changes as an animal ages," says Kaeberlein, who consulted with Prurina Pro Plan to formulate food for senior pets based on peer-reviewed research. "Ask the vet about your pet's evolving needs, or consult with a veterinary nutritionist," suggests Kelly Diehl, DVM, a researcher with the Morris Animal Foundation.

 

 

Don't Skip Checkups

 

Pets should go in once a year -- more frequently if they have chronic issues. If you spot any changes - a new limpm lump, or behavior - call the vet. Don't forget dental checkups, since untreated oral problems can lead to other health issues.

 

 

Stay Active

 

'Even at older ages, it's important to give your pet gefular moderate exercise," says Kaeberlein. "You may need to adjust the impact level," Diehl adds.

 

 

Play with Them

 

"Their emotional well-being feeds into their physical well-being. It's also a chance for you to check for physical issues -- new lumps, bumps, and pains that your vet should know about.

 

 

Author: Alison Ashton

 

Source: CookingLight

 

Anti-Aging Tips for Dogs