How One Farmer Added 15 Years to His Dog’s Life
It’s heartbreaking when your dog passes on.
I think every single pet lover can relate to the sorrow of losing a beloved pet.
And as a responsible pet parent, you want to do everything you can to help your dog live a long and healthy life full of joy and happy tail wags.
As you may already know, a few years ago I lost my best friend and family pet bear to hepatic insufficiency otherwise known as liver failure, partially because of the processed dog foods I was unknowingly feeding him.
After experiencing my own pet passing in such a sad way, I dedicated my life to researching pet food ingredients and helping other pet owners avoid the same tragedy I did.
Here are some statistics that may shock you:
- In the last 5 years in the UK, dog diabetes is up by 900%
- In North America, dog obeisity is up by 60%
- 1 out of 2 dogs will get cancer
In fact, experts are telling us out of every animal on the planet, dogs are getting hit the hardest by cancer.
So what is going on? why are dogs suffering these lifestyle diseases? And as far as I can tell its getting worse, not better…
Back in the 70’s the average dog mortality age was 17 years. These days, you are considered very fortunate if your dog passes the age of 11 years.
Well, I believe that the oldest dogs in the world can teach us something.
And I recently discovered an Australian cattle dog who lived until the old age of 30 YEARS?
Can you imagine if your dog lived until 30? Well this one DID.
Well, its true. She is the world’s longest living dog…
Meet Maggie (And Owner Brian)
Maggie the cattle dog had lived on owner, Brian McLaren’s dairy farm in Woolsthorpe, southern Victoria, since she was just eight weeks old.
Living on a farm, can you imagine what kind of diet and lifestyle she must have had?
According to her owner Brian Mclaren, she was so healthy that in 30 years she had only visited the vet twice. Once when she was whelped and once for a check up 15 years ago.
So how did she manage to stay so healthy?
Let’s look further into the lifestyle of Maggie which could have given this dog such a healthy and longer life.
Factor 1: Long Duration Running
In nature, dogs or wolves would have had extensive running and resting periods. We know that wolves can run up to 80km per day in the wild and research tells us that Australian Dingoes can travel up to 40km per day.
Much further than the average pet, but not Maggie.
Maggie’s owner Brian tells us that she ran up to 20kms per day while living on the farm. The average pet would be lucky to travel 2km in a day.
Research tells us that the benefits of exercise in humans include a reduced risk of cancer mortality by up to 46%.
Could this apply to dogs too? Let’s look at the next contributing factor…
Factor 2: Stress
Owner Brian said in a recent interview that Maggie was quiet, did not bark much, and was a very relaxed dog.
We know that with humans higher stress levels cause a higher cortisol production in the body. Science tells us that cortisol production increases blood pressure and blood sugar levels, hardens arteries, increases fat storage and lowers growth hormone.
In a recent talk, Dr David Waters revealed a study that was conducted on 22 rottweilers who were aged well over their average mortality age. They discovered all of the rottweilers had very low cortisol levels (the stress hormone) which older dogs are usually high in levels of the hormone.
This led Dr waters to believe that dogs with low stress levels will have a higher rate of successful ageing.
Factor 3: Dental Hygiene
Keeping dog’s teeth clean is essential to stop the buildup of plaque, tartar etc.. But did you know that regular brushing can increase your pet’s lifespan by preventing complications like kidney, heart and liver disease?
Veterinarians can tell a lot about a dog’s health just by peering into the mouth. From reports we know that Maggie chewed on bones daily which would have kept her teeth and gums extremely healthy.
According to studies, a Dr. Bellows suggests that daily teeth cleaning can add 4-5 years to your dog’s life.
Factor 4: Diet/Nutrition
We know from reports and statements made by Maggie’s owner that she mostly ate a raw food diet, void of processed dog foods which included a good amount of protein and higher fat intake the form of meat off cuts (usually fat) and raw milk and also meat.
Interestingly, in a study held at a dog sanctuary in the united states, studied dogs with terminal, level 4 cancer. After 120 days of the study, coupled with an unconventional metabolic dog diet, they were able to stop, slow down and even reverse cancer.
Is this all starting to make sense?
In a 16 year study, one researcher studied the lifespan of great danes which is typically around 8.5 years on an average diet.
What this research found was shocking.
He discovered that certain Great Danes were almost doubling their lifespan (up to 15 years), simply by making a diet modification.
What was that diet?
By now you’re probably having one of those Ahaaa moments. I know, I did.
After hearing these statistics and research, I felt something click into place. It was like a big lightning bolt just hit me. I knew what I had to do in order to extend my pets life and spread the word to others.
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