6 Ways You Could Be Shortening Your Dog’s Life

6 Ways You Could Be Shortening Your Dog’s Life

Sep 21, 2021
9 min

6 Ways You Could Be Shortening Your Dog’s Life

It goes without saying that we all love our beloved furry friends dearly. We’d do anything to make them happy, but could our actions actually be hurting them? Here are some common mistakes that might be shortening your dog’s life.


1. Neglect Of Dental Hygiene

Have you been brushing your dog’s teeth regularly? If the answer is no, your pup might be at risk of having gum disease. This is a common problem in dogs that develops when food and bacteria build up on the teeth, hardening into tartar and becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Though seemingly harmless, these bacteria may lead to life-threatening problems such as liver, kidney and heart disease. To avoid this, consider giving your dog dental chews and brush its teeth at least three times a week. Read more: Why Is Taking Care Of Your Dog Dental Health Important

Dental hygiene is an important factor in your pup’s overall health, you can pup-chase these dog dental care products and dog dental chews at PerroMart SG now!

Artero X-Mint Dental Spray for Dogs & Cats 14ml
Buy Now
DoggyMan Dental Biscuit with Chlorophyll Dog Treats
Buy Now
Greenies Regular Dental Dog Treats
Buy Now
Everydent Beginner Tooth Brush
Buy Now
AFP Dental Chews Futuristick for Dog Orange
Buy Now
Dental Fresh For Dog
Buy Now
AFP Dental Chews Flexi Rope Dental Ball Orange
Buy Now

2. Deprived Of Daily Exercise

All dogs, big and small, need daily exercise to stimulate their mind and maintain good physical health. This can be in the form of a good long walk outside, or a round of fetch at a dog run. Taking quick bathroom breaks as their “walks” is not going to cut it, and this can lead to boredom, destructive behaviour and obesity. Remember, exercise should be carried out daily for your pup to have the best quality of life. Read more: How Long Should I Walk My Dog?

3. Exposed To Second-Hand Smoke

Dogs aren’t any less susceptible to the dangers of second-hand smoking than humans are. Just like us, frequent exposure to cigarette smoke puts them at risk of heart and lung disease, respiratory issues, and cancer. They can also develop allergies and may become terribly sick if they happen to ingest cigarette sticks or butts. If you’re a smoker, it is obviously best for both you and your pup to cut down on smoking altogether. If this is out of the question, be sure to smoke away from your dog and ideally in an outdoor area. Read more: Is Smoking Around Your Pets Harmful To Their Health

4. Eating Human Food

It’s not easy resisting those pleading eyes, but while giving in may make your dog momentarily happy, you might be harming its body in the long run. Not all human food is safe for dogs, especially dishes that are doused in heavy sauces and spices. It is never a good idea to give your dog food that is marinated, even slightly salted. Such fatty food puts your dog at risk of pancreatitis, a life-threatening ailment that occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. Replace unhealthy human food with natural treats such as carrot and apple, and make sure you are aware of the foods that your dog can and can’t consume. Read more: 5 Pet Food Storage Mistakes That Could Make Your Pet Sick


5. Lack Of Socialisation

While every dog is differently disposed to social settings, all dogs need companionship and some form of a “social life”. Being at ease with its housemates is not enough to provide a dog the “best quality of life” walks become tense instead of a fun and invigorating activity, and anxiety may greatly hinder your dog’s ability to enjoy life as it should. Self-mutilation, aggression and dermatological issues are all a result of improper socialization. Read more: Top Common Dog Fears and Phobias If your dog has an aggressive tendency, don’t take this as a cue to isolate it from other dogs, instead, bring it to a trainer or animal behaviorist. While on walks, don’t be too quick to pull your dog away from social interactions, let your dog greet its counterpart before going on your way. Read more: How to Teach Your Dog To Socialize

What treats to use for dog training? Food is a powerful motivator for our dogs, you can pup-chase healthy dog treats at PerroMart SG now!

Absolute Bites Air Dried Sweet Potato Wedges Dog Treats 1kg
Buy Now
Ciao Churu Chicken Festive Pack Cat Treat 14g X 50
Buy Now
Ciao Grilled Chicken Fillet Scallop Flavour Cat Treat 20g
Buy Now
Absolute Bites Air Dried Duck Breast Dog & Cat Treats 400g
Buy Now

6. Using Dangerous Cleaning Products

Cleaners with bleach, chlorine, formaldehyde, ammonia, and glycol ethers are unsafe and should not be used around dogs. Make sure that the products you use on your floor and dog’s dishes are pet-safe-you can even make your own! For a list of some recommended pet-safe products, check out this link.

Interested in weekly doses of Pet tips?
Subscribe to our newsletter for your weekly dosage of pet tips! Let’s learn more about how we can be the best pet pawrent to out pets!
Why perromart?
Best Price Guaranteed
Wide range of products
1-3 Working Days Delivery