It may seem obvious to some, but your pet’s health is the most important factor to them living long, happy lives. Their health depends on a number of factors, some of which are out of the owner’s control, but understanding what affects your pet’s health can help increase his overall quality of life.
Genetics play a role
Genetics are an important factor in a pet’s longevity, and breed may in part determine his life expectancy. For example, when it comes to dogs, larger breeds tend to have shorter lifespans than smaller breeds. For cats, certain breeds, including Balinese and Bombay, tend to live longer than other breeds.
Diet is important
What and how much food your pet eats can impact his health and therefore his overall longevity. When looking for a food, consult with your veterinarian. They will know what nutrients your pet needs to thrive.
Don’t forget exercise
Exercise is just as important to your pet’s longevity as diet. Exercise helps your dog or cat maintain a healthy weight and muscle mass. This supports the cardiovascular system and overall happiness. Take your pup for a walk every day and make sure they get plenty of play around the house. While your cat may not enjoy a long walk, playing around the house helps keep him active too.
And most importantly, the mind
Like people, pets need mental stimulation to keep them happy. A bored pet can become depressed. A healthy mind means a healthier pet, so find ways to engage your pet’s mind. Puzzles and toys are a great way to keep your pet’s stimulated, even when you aren’t at home.
There are many factors that affect pet longevity. For the most accurate information as it relates to your pet, consult your veterinarian.