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Adding Years To Your Pet's Life

Adding Years To Your Pet's Life

He jumps like a grasshopper and floats like a bee. Don't call him old, especially when he flashes his pearly whites and cozies up to the ladies. That's my 11 year old dog, DJ, and for those of you who've met the wire-haired varmint, you know I'm not exaggerating. The dude is bursting with life!

No doubt that a lot of it can be attributed to the raw diet he's been on it since he was 8 weeks old. Now I know that's an easy thing to say, maybe obvious, but is there any science to back it up? 

Check out this study published this month in the journal PLOS Medicine: True, it's a study on humans, but the same principles apply to all mammals including my sunbathing neighbor, Sheila with the crocodile hide.

Key Takeaways:

If a woman began eating optimally at age 20, she could increase her lifespan by just over 10 years, according to the study published recently in the journal PLOS Medicine. A man eating the healthier diet from age 20 could add 13 years to his life.

Focusing on a healthier diet could also lengthen the lives of older adults, the study said. By starting at age 60, a woman could still increase her lifespan by eight years. Men starting a healthier diet at age 60 might add nearly nine years to their lives.

Let's say the average lifespan of a medium-sized dog is 12 years and he ate a healthy diet of (raw) whole foods instead of ultra-processed kibble. That would add about 2 years to his life. Makes sense.

But get this: if we use the same extrapolation from this study for a senior dog of about 8 - 9 years old, it would still add close to a year and a half to his life.

Yes I've taken some liberties in these calculations, but I think the logic is sound. And for those of you who've met my dog DJ bouncing off the walls, the proof is in the pudding.

Add years to your pet's life. Order healthy food now!