No matter the size of your Bernedoodle, there are many different ways to make sure your fluffy canine friend has the longest and healthiest lifespan its genetics will permit. These tips won’t guarantee that a Bernedoodle will outlive its expected span, but they do give it the best chance of doing so and ensure its quality of life is the best.
The first step in getting a long-lived Bernedoodle is to acquire it from a responsible breeder. A reputable breeding facility will always be able to give you detailed information about your Bernedoodle’s parentage, which is always an indicator of how long its lifespan will be. A high-quality facility should even be able to provide a DNA screening for diseases. Any facility run by Bernedoodle breeders worth dealing with should be clean and free of overcrowding and provide quality care and a healthy environment for the dogs involved.
Good quality of life begins with healthy, tasty food. Make sure your Bernedoodle’s diet is nutrient-rich, and steer clear of foods loaded with fillers and preservatives. Make sure you’re providing food that’s made for its size: Small dogs will get overweight on foods made for larger breeds, and large dogs have different needs for nutrients and vitamins to help sustain their rapid growth and give some relief from growing pains.
Plenty of Exercise
Exercise is crucial for keeping extra weight off, which keeps pressure off your dog’s liver, back and joints. Standard Bernedoodles in particular can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, which can be aggravated by carrying extra weight; obesity can also lead to a dog’s developing diabetes, pancreatic cancer or a fatty liver. Just as important, exercise provides a jolt of endorphins that keep a dog’s mind sharp, improve its mood and make it feel young. Long walks or hikes, play sessions at a dog park or doggie daycare a few times a week are all great options for keeping your Bernedoodle active.
Engaging Their Minds
Bernedoodles are extremely bright and eager to please and want nothing more than to see their human companions happy. The other side of that coin is that boredom and neglect will cause them to act out or grow depressed and slothful. They need mental stimulation more than many other breeds. Training them, keeping their minds engaged in play when you’re around and providing them with puzzles or other pastimes when you’re not is key to helping them feel young and sharp.
Gum and tooth decay can produce serious health problems in a dog, leading to infections and even liver disease without preventive care. Brushing your dog’s teeth can keep its dental health in trim, but if it doesn’t care for brushing, you can use special chew bones or oral health additives for its water.
Regular Vet Visits
Your Bernedoodle should have an annual health checkup and teeth cleaning at the family vet. These regular checkups are crucial for keeping vaccinations current and catching any other developing health issues early enough to treat and correct them. You should never be hesitant to call your vet if you suspect your Bernedoodle is sick in any way.