Research Reveals a Simple Way to Prolong Your Pet's Life

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
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Every pet parent would give the world to have their four-legged friend by their side for as long as possible. Alas, nature has it orchestrated in a different way. Most dogs have an average lifespan of around 10 to 15 years, and after that, all we have are cherished memories of our time together with our dogs. But what if there was a way to prolong your pet’s life, to make sure that they are here on this earth for as long as possible? A recent study suggests that there is a simple way to prolong your dog’s life – at least for a little while.

During her latest appearance on  KYW TV of Philadelphia’s CBS, award-winning animal advocate Carol Erickson shared the ground-breaking news on how to lengthen a dog’s lifespan.

The secret is, she says, in social interaction. When dogs are kept socially engaged, with people, cats, dogs, and other companion animals, their lifespan can increase.

Research published in  Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health which examined around 21,000 canines, concluded that a direct link exists between the company of other animals and a longer lifespan. The emotional security, the companionship, and the love, all contribute to a dog’s wellbeing and thus lead to a longer life. 

The study showed that keeping the dogs socially engaged was five times more effective at extending their lives than some other aspects, such as having owners with a high income. Needless to say, no matter the official research, it has been clear to most pet parents that there are many benefits to socializing your dogs and ensuring they get quality time with their favorite humans and other pets – this study just goes to prove it. 

Naturally, there are no rules when it comes to a dog’s lifespan. There are even unique cases of dogs living double their predicted lifespan, such as the  record-breaking Bobbi who is currently 31 years old and still living large.  

In the end, there are a number of things you can do to make sure your pet remains healthy and happy for as long as possible. In addition to the above-mentioned social interaction, your pet will need a lot of love, good food, exercise, and vet checkups to thrive by your side, reach their full potential, and hopefully give you a few additional years of their loving company. 

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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