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.
Well, I believe that the oldest dogs in the world can teach us something.
Now I’m not sure you’re aware but the average mortality rate for a dog is 11 years. Not very long in the scheme of things.
You are considered very fortunate if your dog passes the age of 15 years. Well what if i told you I recently discovered an Australian cattle dog who lived until the old age of 30 YEARS!
She is the world’s longest living dog…Can you imagine if your dog lived until 30? Well this one DID.
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.
Let’s look further into the lifestyle of Maggie which could have given these dogs such a healthy and longer life.
Factor 1: Exercise
We know that Maggie ran up to 20kms per day. You probably already know of the health benefits of exercise but did you know that in human studies, physical exercise reduces the risk of cancer mortality up to 46%. Regular walks also help keep joints mobile and it can reduce weight and inflammation. This alone demonstrates that exercise was probably one of the BIG SECRETS to Maggie’s longevity.
Factor 2: Stress
Owner Brian said in a recent interview that Maggie was quiet, did not bark much, and was a very relaxed dog. This was possibly another breakthrough secret to her highly successful ageing. 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 rates of successful aging. This is backed up by dogs like Maggie.
Factor 3: Dental Hygiene
Veterinarians can tell a lot about a dog’s health just by peering into the mouth. Left untreated, bad breath, gingivitis (gum disease) and plaque can lead to tooth decay complete with broken teeth and infection. According to studies, Dr. Bellows suggests that brushing the teeth of your dog daily can add 4-5 years to your dog’s life. Keeping dog’s teeth clean is essential to stop the buildup of plaque, tartar etc and regular brushing can increase your pet’s lifespan by preventing complications like kidney, heart and liver disease..
Factor 4: Diet/Nutrition
Savvy pet parents like you understand the difference between feeding your dogs “junk” dog food and healthy natural nutrition. While some experts think adding more vegetables and fruits to their dog’s diet is the key to adding years to your dog’s life, others opt for a strict raw, high protein, high fat diet with minimal grains. Interestingly, I found a compelling study conducted by Dr. Kollath from Sweden showed that cooked and processed diet appears healthy till the animal reaches old age and then the health starts deteriorating. Whereas, in a group that was fed raw and uncooked diet (raw meat), the animals lived longer and did not die as fast as in the group that ate processed food. Another study by Dr. Lippert showed that domestic dogs who were fed homemade food same as the owners, on an average lived almost three years longer than dogs that were fed processed and canned food. The studies do indeed indicate; whether vegetarian diet or meat-based diet, it is important to feed dogs fresh food rather than industrial or canned food if you want them to live longer.
What Can We Learn From Maggie?
By now you’re probably having on of those Ahaaa moments. I know I did.
When you combine
After hearing these factors I felt something click into place, it was like a big lightning bolt just hit me.
In part 2 of this mini course, we will uncover the final component in highly successful dog ageing.
Plus I’m going to share 1 tip that alone will add 5 years to your dog’s life.