Our Dogs Lifespan Has Dropped by 11% In a Decade!
Kennel Club Survey: I am of an age that remembers dogs who mainly died of old age.
They now appear to die of cancer, liver and kidney disease, heart failure, and various other ailments,
I believe I know why this may be happening? This article will show what I believe are the three most common reasons for this horrific decline in longevity.
They are not the only reasons, However, I believe they are the main culprits
The Kennel Club started the largest survey of its kind in 2014 culminating in the release of dog’s lifespan information in the back end of 2016.
It covered 191 breeds and in total 48,891 dogs were involved in the survey.
Obviously, they were all pedigree dogs as currently the KC only deals with pedigree certification.
Given the level of health screening done by many of the breeders of pedigree dogs, it is probably prudent to suggest that mongrels and designer crossbreeds may have even worse statistics.
What the survey found was that the average lifespan of a dog has come down from 11 years to ten years in just a decade.
That is a shocking statistic, as all the information we were given was that dogs were living longer than ever before. We were told that this was due to advanced veterinary procedures, preventative health care and balanced diets.
It seems something has gone very seriously wrong. So let’s look at the areas that I believe may have had a seriously detrimental effect on the lifespan of our dogs.
Neutering Dogs: Neutering is the generic word for spaying and castration. This is a procedure that for some reason the general public believes is necessary for their pets to subjected to this dangerous and invasive operation. They could not be further from the truth.
We know that vets can often increase the lifespans of terminally ill pets. However, some procedures also have the opposite effect? I believe one of the biggest culprits is neutering and especially neutering before maturity, also known as Paediatric Neutering. There is a large body of evidence that suggests that neutering is not the panacea for all problem behaviour, In fact, the opposite is probably true.
Recent research has laid a number of cancers and serious long-term illnesses at the door of paediatric neutering. The endocrine system can be badly compromised. The resultant problems such as Cushing's disease and thyroid dysfunction are increased dramatically. Aggression is often related to lack of socialisation, therefore, that aggression is fear-based. Neutering makes aggression increase not decrease.
Read these articles which is more in-depth than I am prepared to go in this article. (1) Overview Neutering. (2) In-Depth, Problems Spaying and Castration
I believe we must change the almost automatic belief that neutering is the answer to all dogs behavioural and training problems, and look at alternatives such as hysterectomy or vasectomy that does not interfere with the hormonal system.
Neutering removes or seriously reduces three of the most important hormones in any mammal, including humans. Oestrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone. These are not optional extras like a satnav. Think very long and hard before having this procedure done.
Preventative Health Care: This really is a can of worms.
Annual vaccinations are still occurring despite the fact that scientific evidence has proved them to be causing serious complications in some dogs.
These complications are life-changing and in some cases life-ending, and are well-documented.
vaccinations have DOIs that means (Duration of Immunities). ask yourself this very simple question?
How many times have you had the TB jab, How about smallpox, Polio or MMR? Other than the MMR which is normally given twice, all the rest are once.
All these vaccines create antibodies that generally last for life. Then WHY are we STILL vaccinating out dogs annually?
I believe dogs vaccination should be renamed to immunisation because that is exactly what they do.
They create lifelong immunity from the core diseases. distemper, parvovirus and canine hepatitis.
It may surprise some people that the DOIs actually changed in 2010.
The WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) BVA British Veterinary Association and the Vaccine Manufacturers recommended that all core vaccines should be administered no more than every 3 to 4 years.
Yet there are still Vets that are ignoring the vaccine manufacturers guidelines, and the recommendations of the BVA and WSAVA.
Why did the vaccine manufacturers change their DOIs? Simple, they were forced into it by the overwhelming scientific evidence that showed over-vaccinating dogs and cats was causing their immune systems to break down and these pets to become ill or die,
That created a situation that stimulated cancers to grow and numerous other medical problems, including sudden death. There are Vets that appear to still be recommending core vaccines are given annually, despite all the information to the contrary (3) City Vets Truro. They have changed their name to Cityroad Veterinary Centre, I wonder why.?
They are one of many thousands of vets that are ignoring the guidelines from the vaccine companies. If you are a client of Cityroad on any other veterinary practise that is vaccinating your dogs with core vaccines annually I would ask them WHY?
There is a vaccine that is supposed to be given annually. Yet there is a growing concern and demands for it to be withdrawn. The vaccine in question is called Lepto4. Thousands of dogs across Britain are dying or suffering severe allergic reactions after being treated with this vaccine, that was meant to protect them against what is in many cases a mild bacterial infection. Are you aware that there are 98 strains of Leptospirosis? Lepto4 only covers four of them.
Where did the recommendation come from that states revaccination at 3 to 4 years is required? I know of no science that suggests that, in fact, science suggests that the immunity lasts for the lifetime of the dog. However, I believe that it was probably created, as a sop to the vaccine manufacturers and the vets who will have screamed there heads off at the loss of such a cash cow.
I will be writing an article about Lepto4. Many vets appear to be in denial over the use of this controversial vaccine. In the last two years, regulators have received 2,000 reports of dogs having suspected adverse or fatal reactions. These are just the tip of the iceberg. Many Vets do not report the adverse effects or the owners do not relate the medical problem with the recent vaccination.
these are two articles that will give you more information on the dangers of annual dog vaccinations (4) Overview Annual Dog Vaccinations and (5) In-Depth Annual Vaccinations.
Dog Food: We are bombarded with adverts on television, magazines, radio and social media.
These adverts tell us just how good modern dog food is and how it is helping our dogs to live longer and healthier lives.
This is clearly not the case as the KCs research has demonstrated.
What we feed our dogs is critical to their well-being and longevity.
It is a multi-billion pound industry that is many cases is built on half-truths and in some cases outright lies.
Yes! There are good pet food manufacturers out there, who are ethical and honest. It is my belief that they are in the minority.
In America, the information on packets of pet food is far more informative than the same dog food sold in the UK.
Why the pet food standards agencies and the government allow this subterfuge to continue is beyond me. I can only assume it is those very pet food manufacturers and the Pet Food Manufacturers Association that lobbies heavily to keep the truth about the ingredients that goes into some of our pet foods hidden.
I have written a number of articles about dog food. (6) Bakers and Pedigree Uncovered (7) Royal Canin, Hills Science Plan and Burns (8) Dog Food Health and Behaviour. This last one is related to the foods I personally tested and the rankings I gave them.
The three areas I have highlighted, are in my belief responsible for some if not most of the reasons the lifespan of our pets is decreasing instead of increasing. There are other areas that may have an effect, exercise, regular checkups. socialisation and training, and lots of love, though probably not to the same degree as the food, vaccinations and neutering. Get these three right and hopefully, you will see your dogs living to a ripe old age.
Both the RSPCA and some Breeders are neutering puppies at six weeks of age. That totally ruins their future. Please sign my (9) Petition to stop this barbaric practice.
Read more at (10) RSPCA and Breeders Neutering at Six Weeks. See my full range of totally natural (11) Air Dried Natural Dog Treats.
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© Stan Rawlinson September 2016 Updated 2018