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Steps You can Take to Help your Dog Live Longer

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If you’ve ever seen a 1-year-old Great Dane, you know he’s a big boy. It’s awe-inspiring to see how quickly an animal can go from birth size to holy-moly size in one short year. According to a 2013 study that appeared in The American Naturalist, large dogs age faster than small dogs, which is why they die younger. The median age for a large dog’s death is 5 to 8 years.

 

Part of this shortened lifespan is that larger dogs have more health issues. Let’s take a look at some of the steps you can take to make sure your pup lives at his healthiest levels:

 

Weight

It may be cute to see him catch a piece of cheese you toss his way, but fatty human food isn’t meant for Rover. Too much of our food as well as too much of his food can make him overweight. And that just isn’t worth a cheese-toss. A larger dog logically weighs more, and obesity can cause joint problems, diabetes and heart disease, as well as make orthopedic problems like hip dysplasia and arthritis worse. Keep your dog on a consistent feeding schedule, and ask your vet if you’re unsure how much food he needs daily.

 

Teeth

Your dog’s breath might be skunk-level awful, but don’t skimp on regular brushing. Tooth decay is a serious health problem in dogs as it can cause kidney and heart infections. His teeth need cleaning a couple times a week, and a specially angled dog toothbrush makes cleaning easier. You can buy a kit at pet stores, and be sure to only use the toothpaste that comes with it; our toothpaste can harm them. If there’s a significant buildup of plaque, head to your vet to have it removed.

 

Physical exercise

A large dog needs 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise to keep him at his healthy weight. Solo bonding time, like a walk or a jog, is great for your relationship, and your dog may also benefit from time at a dog park with other pooches. Just be sure to exercise him before heading to the park, as a dog park is really meant to be a supplement and not your dog’s one source of activity.

 

Mental exercise

In addition to working out his body, your dog needs his mind stimulated, too. Teaching him tricks like sitting, shaking, speaking or finding a treat you’ve hidden keep him tuned into your direction and his mind moving. A bored dog can get into trouble in your home keep your favorite shoes stowed away so help him stay mentally motivated.

 

Vet checkups and vaccinations

Regular visits to your vet are a must. Puppies should go two to four times a year, while full-grown adult dogs need at least one visit a year. During this time, your vet will check your dog’s teeth, listen to his heart, check for diseases and give him any necessary annual vaccinations. This is your time, too, to ask your vet about behavioral changes, tips for getting him to walk better on the leash or anything else you’d like to know to improve your dog’s health and happiness.

 

If you keep your dog’s diet healthy, his exercise daily and his mental stimulation frequent, you can contribute to a long, wholesome life.

 


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Truly Industructible

Due to their high quality and great customer service, I own all Monster K9 toys they have. We have a 2 year old Belgian Malinois that requires daily activities due to his breed. Thus, high-quality, low price toys are an absolute must.

We use this as our back up toy when his Frisbee is out of commission. If you throw this overhanded with your palm facing towards you and flick your wrist, it rolls AMAZINGLY on the ground. While our Malinois loves playing with it the most, all of our dogs love chasing it as speeds across the ground.

To top it off, once you're done with playtime, if you want to your dog have it for the rest of the afternoon, there's almost no chance they're going to destroy it. It's a very high-quality rubber that is very similar to the rubber used in reusable rubber firearm targets. When punctures or cuts are introduced, the rubber material instantly and naturally 'self-fills' the gaps so you can barely notice it's even there. This dramatically reduces the chance of open gashes, spaces, or weak points for your dog to grab a hold of to rip it apart.

We've owned ours for 5 months now and haven't had to replace it. For $13 plus free shipping, this puts other "tough" dog toys to shame.

The best there is!

While it may not be entirely 'indestructible', which is stated in the guarantee information, for $14 this is by far the best and most durable Frisbee on the market. Other companies will charge $20-$30 for "tough" Frisbees or cloth Frisbees and they'll last a week or two tops. This Frisbee lasts 1-2 months with our 70lb Belgian Malinois and is made with thick high-quality rubber.

I'll take that ANY day over spending $20-$30/wk on Frisbees, in which some are hard plastics that produces very sharp edges that are dangerous if ingested.

If you let your dog chew on it daily, you might see a slightly reduced life on this Frisbee. But if you keep it put up and only take it out only during play time, you'll easily get a few months or more out of it. Because of it's high durability, we let our Malinois have WAY longer than any other Frisbee we've bought in the past; and it still lasts longer than a multitude of other brands we've bought. Plus, he absolutely loves it!

Loved and Destroyed Frisbee

Rebel loved the frisbee. It last about 2 weeks. Can we get a ball as a replacement? We’very had much better results with the ball.

Ultra Durable ChewRing

Has been a GREAT CHEW, FETCH, OR TUG OF WAR TOY. The ring makes it difficult for my 85lb aggressive chewer to destroy unlike the stick whereas he can do damage to the end. Would like a ring in a large diameter. This inside hole size makes it harder to play tag of war with lager size dogs.

1 x Ultra Durable ChewStick Tug of war Toy

My two dogs enjoy playing with this stick together but playing time is limited because my aggressive chewer wants it to himself. The straight shape makes it easier for him to chew on the end and has put some sizable pits at the end. My fear is that with continued chewing he'll do enough damage to bite through and swallow a large chunk. It has to be taken away and put up when playing time "together" is over. No chew time alone.