"Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them." - John Grogan (Marley & Me Author)
These recommendations will maintain your dog or cat in peak health, from correct nutrition and preventative meds to grooming and mental stimulation.
Feeding your pet the proper amount and type of food helps him maintain a healthy weight, which is one of the most effective strategies to prevent obesity-related diseases and increase his longevity. A balanced diet of quality food may typically cover your pet's nutritional needs, but consult with your veterinarian to determine if he/she need any supplements. Make sure your pet receives enough fresh water, and keep an eye on how many treats you give him; most veterinarians recommend that snacks account for no more than 10% of your pet's daily calories.
Walking, hiking, fetch, and swimming on a regular basis may keep your pet physically active and fit, however don't overlook mental stimulation! Providing toys to play with, concealing treats, designing obstacle courses, and performing new behaviours all help to keep your dog or cat interested and involved. Even a small change to your walking route will introduce your pet to different sights and smells.
A yearly wellness check gives your veterinarian the best opportunity to run a number of health tests that can lead to early disease identification and the discovery of warning symptoms of serious illness. Yearly dental visits may also be advised to eradicate plaque and tartar accumulation.
Medication for prevention
Taking preventative measures go hand in hand with regular veterinarian checkups. Preventative medications can keep your pet free of unwanted health issues, like heartworm, flea-related diseases and tick-borne illnesses. In addition, regularly brushing your pet’s teeth and giving him dental chews help prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to more serious health problems.
This includes trimming your pet's claws, brushing him twice a week, and bathing him on a regular basis. Grooming your pet is also a fantastic method to monitor changes in his or her hair or skin, such as dandruff, bald patches, or dry skin. It's also a good opportunity to look for any lumps or bumps that may be reason for worry. Consult your veterinarian to determine the optimum grooming regimen for your specific pet.
It is beneficial for both of you to form a deep relationship with your dog or cat. Cuddles, petting, belly massages, and even stroking his coat are all excellent methods to express your affection for your pet. This not only strengthens your emotional bond with your pet, but it also encourages them to interact well with other animals and humans.
“Early socialization [in dogs] and adequate exposure to varied individuals and settings at a young age minimizes the risks of antisocial or frightened aggressive tendencies as an adult," according to the American Animal Hospital Association. As a result, make sure kids get adequate human and animal connection not only in the early months but throughout their lives. Visit family and friends, go to the dog park, go for a stroll around the neighborhood, or allow your pet to spend an afternoon at daycare after they've received the all-clear from your vet.
There are various advantages to having your pet spayed/neutered. It can help your pet live longer, prevent various cancers and disorders, and reduce aggressive behavior in males. It can prevent females from going into heat and lessen undesired cycle behaviors such as agitation, yowling, and spraying urine.
Determine what is "normal"
Is your pet's behavior changing? Is he scratching more frequently than usual? Is he consuming more or fewer calories than usual? Changes from the usual may create alarm and suggest an underlying problem. If you see any unusual behavior in your dog or cat, contact your veterinarian to see if an examination is required.
There are various ways to keep your pet safe, including collars with ID tags, microchips, making sure your house is clear of risks, and keeping poisonous chemicals out of reach.
You'll be able to keep your furry buddy happy, healthy, and with you for many years if you follow the other guidelines above.