If you have the privilege of being the proud owner of a darling pit bull you likely feel like your four-legged buddy is a vital part of your family. Even the thought of one day your goofy and fun sidekick growing old and breathing their last breath is likely a concept you can’t even bear to entertain.
While we may not have the secret on how your Pit Bull can live forever, we do have a few great tips for improving their lifespan.
Let’s just take a moment to understand the typical lifespan of a Pit Bull. You may know someone who’s Pit Bull lived until 8 or 9 and they thought they had done well. However, another person may have a Pit Bull who is 14 and still going strong.
The lifespan of a Pit Bull can range from 8 to 15 years. Even though your Pit Bull will already have factors which will determine, to some extent, how long they will live, there is also a lot you can do to get their age closer to the 15 mark than the stingy 8.
Tips for Extending Pit Bull Live Expectancy
1. Watch their Weight
As humans, we tend to weigh ourselves on a rather regular basis. If we see that the scales seem to be creeping up we (usually) take action to rectify it.
Your daring Pit Bill doesn’t know about this trend. You won’t find him or her carefully balancing on your bathroom scales and subsequently deciding to decline the extra treats and opt for a stick of celery! That’s why it’s up to you to keep a close eye on your Pit Bull’s weight. This means him or her weighed on a regular basis and taking needed action if the scales aren’t looking too healthy.
2. Opt For Healthy Treats
Unfortunately, a lot of the generic dog treats you will find in pet stores are full of ingredients which may not be the best for your Pit Bull’s health.
Try small pet stores or dog delivery services and talk to local dog owners to find out where you can buy natural treats for your dog.
Often, these types of treats will not only be less likely to put weight on but may also provide your dog with an abundance of nutrients and goodness.
3. Exercise is Key
You likely know that your daring Pit Bull needs plenty of physical exercise, but what you may not realize is that they need mental stimulation too. In fact, many Pit Bulls thrive on this mental exercise to keep them happy and content.
Teach them new tricks, encourage them to stay busy and give your precious canine lots of important one-on-one time.
You will also want to make sure they aren’t left home alone for too long, whether it be in a crate, or if they’re free to roam the house, they need interaction from their human friends.
Indeed, being the owner of a loving Pit Bull is a beautiful thing in life. We hope the tips we have outlined above will help your buddy to live a long, happy life.
Ben Corbin brings more than 20 years of experience as a health and wellness author and writer. He holds a master’s degree, has a passion for health and fitness, and is driven to provide readers with accurate and honest information. Learn more about Ben and the DadQuarters mission at our About page.