The Forever Dog: Surprising New Science to Help Your Canine Companion Live Younger, Healthier, and Longer - book cover
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  • Publisher : Harper Wave
  • Published : 12 Oct 2021
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN-10 : 0063002604
  • ISBN-13 : 9780063002609
  • Language : English

The Forever Dog: Surprising New Science to Help Your Canine Companion Live Younger, Healthier, and Longer

In this pathbreaking guide, two of the world’s most popular and trusted pet care advocates reveal new science to teach us how to delay aging and provide a long, happy, healthy life for our canine companions.

Like their human counterparts, dogs have been getting sicker and dying prematurely over the past few decades. Why? Scientists are beginning to understand that the chronic diseases afflicting humans—cancer, obesity, diabetes, organ degeneration, and autoimmune disorders—also beset canines. As a result, our beloved companions are vexed with preventable health problems throughout much of their lives and suffer shorter life spans. Because our pets can’t make health and lifestyle decisions for themselves, it’s up to pet parents to make smart, science-backed choices for lasting vitality and health. 

The Forever Dog gives us the practical, proven tools to protect our loyal four-legged companions. Rodney Habib and Karen Becker, DVM, globetrotted (pre-pandemic) to galvanize the best wisdom from top geneticists, microbiologists, and longevity researchers; they also interviewed people whose dogs have lived into their 20s and even 30s. The result is this unprecedented and comprehensive guide, filled with surprising information, invaluable advice, and inspiring stories about dogs and the people who love them.

The Forever Dog prescriptive plan focuses on diet and nutrition, movement, environmental exposures, and stress reduction, and can be tailored to the genetic predisposition of particular breeds or mixes. The authors discuss various types of food—including what the commercial manufacturers don’t want us to know—and offer recipes, easy solutions, and tips for making sure our dogs obtain the nutrients they need. Habib and Dr. Becker also explore how external factors we often don’t think about can greatly affect a dog’s overall health and wellbeing, from everyday insults to the body and its physiology, to the role our own lifestyles and our vets’ choices play. Indeed, the health equation works both ways and can travel “up the leash.”

Medical breakthroughs have expanded our choices for canine health—if you know what they are. This definitive dog-care guide empowers us with the knowledge we need to make wise choices, and to keep our dogs healthy and happy for years to come. 

Editorial Reviews

"[A] must-read guide…to keep tails wagging for as long as possible." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

If you optimize your own diet and exercise for wellness and longevity, shouldn't you provide your dog with the same thoughtful care? The Forever Dog has solid scientific guidance from trusted experts to help your dog live a long and healthy life, disease free. -- Mark Hyman, New York Times bestselling author and Pritzker Foundation chair in Functional Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Everyone who lives with dogs needs to read this book. We all want our dogs to live longer lives, but the ingredients to healthy longevity aren't in a pet food bad: The Forever Dog aims to make the tools just as accessible as reaching for that bag. This book is a thoughtful, deeply researched tribute to the author's love for not just their dogs but all dogs. -- Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside a Dog and Our Dogs, Ourselves

The Forever Dog is the ultimate guide to becoming your dog's best health advocate. Its practical tips will help your dog live longer, healthier, and happier. -- Sergey Young, author of The Science and Technology of Growing Young, founder of the Longevity Vision Fund, and development sponsor for the Age of Reversal XPRIZE

The Forever Dog applies the latest science and principles about health and longevity to help your dog live longer and healthier. -- Dr. Jason Fung, physician and New York Times bestselling author

Readers Top Reviews

Lyndsay D. Del Balzo
I follow the writers on social media to learn the best ways to give our Aussie, Windsor his bestest cleanest life. Thank you.
This amazing book is FULL of valuable content and information!! So much research went into this book, you can feel the love poured into it by the Authors. Ten stars+++++++++++++ Well done!
Michele D. Allen
The Forever Dog is well written and easy to understand. Chapter after chapter, the authors discuss ways to slow down the aging process, keep our dogs happy and healthy. They include the science to explain why these interventions work. The authors interviewed the greatest scientific minds from around the world about canine health and longevity and created this blueprint to make this a happier, healthier world for dogs and the people who love them. I bought a few extra copies to give as gifts.
Mike Merrill
If you're a dog lover, this book is a must read. It's well written, easy to read, and filled with very helpful information to help you give your dogs their best life. It is not a dry, boring textbook that will put you to sleep. It's interesting and engaging, and written so you can take a away little nuggets and put them into play before you even finish the book. I have to admit, I've had dogs pretty much my whole life, and I've run an animal rescue group for several years. Even with that background, I learned something new in every chapter. It's interesting, engaging and informative. For pet parents interested in better health options for your dogs, there is an overwhelming array of information online. Way too much to digest, actually. This book boils it down, with just enough of the scientific explanation to make it clear the authors know their stuff. Their explanations are straightforward, and the lessons learned are easy to implement. The Forever Dog will save you a fortune on vet bills in the future by helping you prevent problems before they occur. It's a very small investment for people who love their dogs and want to give them better, longer lives. Well done!
Susan Thixton
This book empowers pet owners in so many ways. Healthy life lessons that are science based yet taught in easy to understand ways. It is a resource I will be able to consult for years to come. Yes, the book is written for dog owners. BUT, as a cat (and dog) owner much of the book will benefit cat people too.