Foods to expand your dogs life

Have you ever wondered if there are better foods out there to help preserve your dog’s health and longevity? Research shows that aside from a dog’s size and breed/genetics, diet plays a crucial role in a dog’s lifespan and overall wellness.

Here’s a look at 7 of the best foods to consider for your dog’s health and longevity:

1. Raw, Single Protein (Meat)

Studies indicate that a raw food diet can increase a dog’s lifespan compared to feeding dry, preserved food. Dogs descend from wolves, who thrived on raw diets in the wild. While dogs are omnivores, protein and minerals from meat fulfil many of their nutritional needs. Always ensure any raw meat you give your dog is human-grade and free from harmful preservatives.

2. Uncooked Meaty Bones and Bone Broth

Raw bones are one of the healthiest treats for dogs, promoting dental health and providing long-lasting enjoyment. Always use uncooked, raw bones, as cooked bones can splinter and cause internal damage. Ensure the bones are large enough to prevent your dog from swallowing them whole.

Bone broth, rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, can enhance digestion, detoxify, and reduce joint pain due to its high collagen content.

3. Free-Range Eggs

Eggs are one of the most bioavailable proteins available and are packed with essential amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and calcium. These nutrients contribute significantly to your dog’s overall health and longevity.

4. Fish

Fish, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, serves as a potent anti-inflammatory agent in a dog’s diet. Omega-3 supports the immune system, skin health, brain function, and joint support, particularly in older dogs. 

5. Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, essential for cellular health and vision. Many dogs enjoy the natural sweetness and crunch of carrots, which are also rich in fibre, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, contributing to your dog’s longevity.

6. Bananas

Bananas are a healthy, potassium-rich treat for dogs, low in cholesterol and sodium. They also provide fibre and energy from natural fructose. Always peel bananas before feeding them to your dog. A few small pieces daily are sufficient.

Bananas can be a tasty frozen treat: mash them up and freeze in an ice cube tray. You can also smear a little banana on a dog toy to enrich treat time through active play.

7. Probiotics

A healthy gut is vital for your dog’s longevity. Probiotics support immune and bowel health by maintaining good bacteria levels, which decrease with age. A dog-specific probiotic supplement or a small amount of vet-approved yoghurt can help maintain gut health.

Key Considerations When Choosing Food for Your Dog

  • Introduce new foods gradually to avoid allergies or reactions.
  • Ensure food is complete and balanced for your dog’s life stage and size.
  • Limit treats to no more than 10% of your dog’s daily food intake.

We hope this list helps you enhance your dog’s diet for greater health and longevity.