Poodle Life Expectancy: Helping Your Poodle Live A Long And
Poodles have a longer life expectancy than many breeds. Toy and Miniature Poodles have a median life expectancy
of 14 to 14.5 years, which is quite a long time for a dog. Standard Poodles have a median lifespan of 11.5 to 12
years which is still quite long. (It’s not unusual for smaller dogs to outlive larger ones across all breeds.) Some
Poodles may live to be 20 years old if they have no major health problems and avoid obesity. There are some things
you can do to improve Poodle life expectancy. Keep reading for some ways to keep your Poodle healthy and happy.
1. Feed your Poodle a nutritious diet.
Nutrition plays an important role in keeping your Poodle healthy. Look for a good quality dog food with two or
three named meat protein sources in the first five ingredients. These include ingredients such as whole chicken,
chicken meal, lamb meal, and so on. Named meat sources are better for your dog than vague sources such as
“poultry.” Whole foods and meal are much better than “digest” or “by-products” which are less desirable parts of
animals. Avoid foods which rely too heavily on corn and other grains. Dogs are only able to digest about 50 percent
of the corn they eat in dog food, for example. Yet corn is often used by dog food manufacturers as a protein source
because it is cheaper than meat protein. It is even be the number one ingredient in some dog foods.
You may be feeding your dog a lot of corn without knowing it. Corn can be processed and used in dog food in a
variety of ways such as corn gluten, whole corn, ground yellow corn, and so on. By the time all of these sources of
corn are added up, corn may be the largest ingredient in your dog’s food. So beware of foods that have too much
corn in them. You don’t have to avoid corn entirely, unless your dog is allergic to it, but do be aware of how much
corn is in your dog’s food. The same is true of rice and other grains. Avoid foods that use artificial
preservatives such as BHA and ethoxyquin. Look for foods that use natural preservatives such as vitamin C and E. If
you know the ingredients in your dog’s food, you are more likely to make good choices for your Poodle and that will
lead to greater Poodle life expectancy.
2. Feed your Poodle several small meals per day.
Poodles are particularly prone to GDV, or gastric dilatation volvulus, otherwise known as bloat. Bloat is a
life-threatening illness that occurs when the dog’s stomach fills up with air and twists or torsions. This is an
emergency condition and your dog needs immediate surgery. It is believed that one of the factors which may cause
bloat is feeding a dog once a day. A large amount of food in your dog’s stomach may produce a lot of gas which
causes the stomach to swell. it’s best to feed your Poodle several small meals throughout the day instead of one
large meal. Food management is only one factor involved in bloat. This is a complicated illness and researchers
don’t really know why some dogs bloat and others don’t, but feeding small meals may be helpful and could improve
Poodle life expectancy.
3. Provide your Poodle with good veterinary care.
As with all dogs, you should provide your Poodle with good veterinary care from the time he’s a puppy. Your
puppy needs to be vaccinated against common diseases, as well as rabies. Follow the suggestions of your breeder
and/or veterinarian. When your puppy is a year old he will need to have his booster shots. After that, different
vaccines need boosters at different intervals. Some vaccinations need to be given again in two years, and some in
three years. In some states rabies are required annually, and in others they are required every two or three years.
Talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s vaccination schedule. Your dog should not have to get all of his shots
in the same year again. Your dog does need to be protected from disease, but over-vaccination is also a concern.
When your Poodle is around seven or eight years old you should ask your veterinarian to start performing an annual
senior check-up on your dog. This should include bloodwork and urinalysis to make sure all of your dog’s organs are
functioning properly, as well as a physical exam. At some point in your Poodle’s life he may need to have his teeth
cleaned by your veterinarian under anesthesia to remove plaque and tartar. However, this should not have to be done
annually. Putting a dog under anesthesia is a serious procedure and there are risks involved. If you provide your
Poodle with good veterinary care throughout his life you can improve the Poodle life expectancy.
4. Keep your Poodle fit and trim.
An estimated 25 to 40 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity will shorten a dog’s
lifespan. It can cause diabetes, heart failure, respiratory problems, worsen arthritis, and many other health
problems. You should make sure that you do not allow your Poodle to become overweight or obese. Monitor your
Poodle’s food intake and measure his portions. Do not allow him to eat another dog’s food if you have more than one
dog. And, as your Poodle gets older, make sure that he continues to get plenty of exercise. Most dogs become less
active as they age so you may need to start taking your Poodle on walks to make sure that he continues to get
enough exercise. If you watch your Poodle’s weight and keep him fit and trim, you can improve Poodle life
If you will follow these suggestions for your Poodle and take the best possible care of your dog through his
lifetime, you may be able to improve Poodle life expectancy. There are never any guarantees, but the Poodle life
span may be made longer if you follow this advice.
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