Reviews for The forever dog : surprising new science to help your canine companion live younger, healthier, and longer

Publishers Weekly
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“Dogs are dying prematurely of more chronic disease than ever before,” warn animal health activist Habib and veterinarian Becker (Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats) in this must-read guide for canine owners. Their DOGS formula for optimal dog health consists of “Diet and nutrition, Optimal movement, Genetic predispositions, and Stress and environment.” The authors draw parallels to health risks common in humans: obesity, for example, is dangerous for pets and can often result in heart disease and diabetes. Exercise is also essential for dogs’ longevity, because they “need to move their bodies every day, and the type of exercise depends on your dog’s personality, body, and age.” The authors are wary of kibble and dog biscuits, instead suggesting a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and raw meat, and for a pooch’s environment they recommend cultivating a “rich social life for them” with a group of dog friends. Habib and Becker go deep and share plenty of scientific data (on dogs’ microbiomes, aging, and epigenomes) along the way. For readers looking to keep tails wagging for as long as possible, this is a no-brainer. Agent: Kimberly Witherspoon, InkWell Management. (Oct.)