10 Common Mistakes That Shorten Your Dog’s Life

On average, dogs can live up to 15 years.

However, there are a few things to consider when keeping and caring for your fur nose.

Unintentional actions can shorten your dog’s life.

You should therefore avoid these 10 mistakes in order to be able to spend a lot of time with your dog.


Many dogs have practically perfected the art of begging so they can still sneak a bite.

But your four-legged friend should only get his food in moderation and not in bulk.

Obesity is now a major problem for many dogs and can lead to joint problems and promote cardiovascular diseases.

Don’t be picky about the food

Regardless of whether your dog eats wet or dry food, pay attention to the content.

Grains, flavorings or genetically modified ingredients have no place in dog food. You should therefore stay away from food with such ingredients.

Also, your dog shouldn’t eat everything you like. For example, chocolate and grapes are toxic to your dog.

Taking your dog to the doctor too seldom

Your dog doesn’t seem quite fit, but you don’t want to take him to the vet? This could have a negative impact on his health and life expectancy.

Because as soon as a dog changes its behavior – for example when going for a walk or if it suddenly no longer wants to play – you should take it to the vet.

Neglect grooming

Matted fur is not only unsightly to look at, it can also be harmful to your dog’s health.

Heavily matted areas in the fur can cause pain for your dog. They also restrict his freedom of movement and can be breastplates for further problems.

Because the air can no longer circulate under the matted areas, bacteria can nest and cause itchy, painful eczema.

Regular grooming is therefore mandatory.

Take dental care lightly

Even brown teeth are not just a blemish. Heavy tartar can also have other health consequences.

Tartar causes bad breath in dogs. It can also lead to gingivitis as harmful bacteria can build up.

Therefore, regularly check the dog’s mouth and, if in doubt, have the vet check it out

Good to know:

The tartar usually has to be removed by the vet during anesthesia.

Avoid vaccinations

There is no legal obligation in Germany to have your dog vaccinated against certain diseases.

If your dog has contact with other dogs, it is at the mercy of some possible pathogens without vaccination and can also infect other dogs.

Vaccinations against parvovirus, distemper, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, kennel cough and herpes are generally recommended.

Provide too little exercise

Some dogs are true couch potatoes, but every dog needs exercise and exercise. Because the lack of exercise favors obesity.

Other problems such as digestive disorders, cardiovascular diseases, joint inflammation or other secondary diseases can also arise.

Therefore, you should go outside with your dog for at least 15 minutes 3 to 4 times a day.

Always leave your dog alone

Dogs are social creatures who like to be with their people. Therefore, most dogs do not like it at all when they are constantly alone at home.

For some, loneliness is debilitating, leading to behavioral problems and stress.

Other health problems can result.


Since every dog is different, how long a dog can be left alone varies greatly.

Let your disobedient dog run free

Your dog won’t come when you call him? Still you want to let him run free?

In the worst case, the life of your dog will be greatly shortened.

It is not uncommon for a dog to run onto a busy road because it simply ignored its owner’s calls. This can lead to an accident in which your dog dies.

Your dog is a “vacuum cleaner” outside and inside

It doesn’t matter what’s on the floor, your dog can and may eat it. This can have serious consequences for your dog.

An object stuck in the esophagus, a poisonous plant or poisonous bait in the park, pathogens and worms, the possibilities for your dog to eat something harmful are manifold.

To stop your dog from eating anything, use conditioning to break the habit.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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