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The Forever Dog

Surprising New Science to Help Your Canine Companion Live Younger, Healthier, and Longer

About the Book

In this path-breaking guide, two of the world's most popular and trusted pet-care advocates reveal 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 struggle with preventable health problems throughout much of their lives. Because dogs can't make health and lifestyle decisions for themselves, it's up to pet parents to make smart, science-backed choices on their behalf.

Rodney Habib and Karen Becker, DVM, travelled the world collecting wisdom from top geneticists, microbiologists and longevity researchers. They also interviewed people whose dogs have lived into their twenties and even thirties. 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 can be tailored to the genetic predisposition of particular breeds or mixes. The authors discuss various types of food—including details commercial manufacturers don't want us to know—and offer recipes, tips and easy solutions for ensuring our dogs obtain the nutrients they need. They also explore how external factors that we often overlook can greatly affect a dog's overall health and well-being—including the role our own lifestyles and our vets' choices play. Indeed, the health equation works both ways and can travel “up the leash."

This definitive dog-care guide empowers us with the knowledge we need to make wise choices and keep our dogs healthy and happy for years to come.



RODNEY HABIB is the founder of Planet Paws, which has 3.5 million followers on Facebook and 100 million newsfeed views per month. He is a pet-care influencer known for his blog, videos and animal activism. Habib began his career in 2011 as the owner of a pet health-food shop in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. By 2015 his advice on pet nutrition and wellness was being sought around the world. In 2016 he gave the very first TEDx talk on pet health, which currently stands as the most-viewed TED talk on the subject of dogs (6 million views on Facebook). In 2017, Habib interviewed experts across the globe about how to keep pets safe and healthy for his documentary, The Dog Cancer Series: Rethinking the Canine Epidemic. In 2018 he was asked to keynote a second TEDx talk called “How to Build the Forever Dog.”


KAREN SHAW BECKER, DVM, is the most-followed veterinarian in the world. She lectures internationally and writes about species-appropriate nutrition on many platforms. She is the first veterinarian in the world to give a TEDx talk on the subject. Dr. Becker received her degree in veterinary medicine from the Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine and completed exotic animal internships in California and at the Berlin Zoo. Certified in acupuncture, homeopathy and rehabilitation, she founded the first proactive animal hospital in the Midwest in 1999. She followed this up with an exotic-animal clinic in 2001 and a rehabilitation and pain-management clinic in 2011. Dr. Becker’s unique wisdom and innovative treatment protocols have earned her recognition as one of Chicago’s top vets (according to Chicago Magazine).