How To Add Years to Your Pets Life

catdogWe love our pets and want to be with them forever! -but unfortunately that is not possible. We can do our best to help them live long, happy lives by doing simple things throughout theirs years to keep them healthy and happy, and here is how!

  1. Feed your pet high quality food. Pets fed a high quality diet have a shiny hair coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes. A good diet can help strengthen your pet’s immune system, maintain his or her intestinal health, increase his or her mental acuity, and keep joints and muscles healthy.
  2. Keep your pet lean. Pets that are overweight are at risk of health issues. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease seen in pets currently and studies have shown that being overweight or obese can shorten a dog or cat’s life span by as much as two years. Being overweight or obese puts your pet at risk for joint disease, heart disease and diabetes, among other things.
  3. Take your pet to the vet regularly. All pets, including both dogs and cats, require regular veterinary care. Veterinary care goes far beyond routine vaccinations. A routine examination by your veterinarian can uncover health issues of which you are unaware. In many cases, an early diagnosis improves the chances of successful treatment. Early diagnosis is also likely to be less costly for you than waiting until your pet’s illness has become advanced and serious before attempting treatment.
  4. Keep your pets mouth clean. A common problem among dogs and cats, dental disease and oral health issues can cause your pet pain, making it difficult for him or her to eat. If left untreated, oral health issues may even lead to heart and kidney disease. In addition to regular dental checkups, the most effective means of caring for your pet’s mouth at home is to brush his or her teeth at home. If your pet isn’t a big fan of toothbrushes there are other alternatives as well, including dental diets, treats, and toys.
  5. Do not allow your pet to roam unsupervised. Pets that roam are susceptible to a number of dangers, including automobile accidents, predation, exposure to contagious diseases, exposure to poisons, and more. Additionally, allowing your pet to roam unsupervised may alienate your neighbors should your pet ever “relieve” him- or herself in their lawn or dig up their garden.Information above received from http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_multi_life-lengthening_pet_health_tips

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