7 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Pet Healthy

Everyone wants to keep their pets healthy so they can live long, happy lives! Many times, we are told certain things like what to feed our pets, certain shampoos to wash them with, and what/who veterinarian they should be seeing in order to live their happy lives. I am here to tell you there are simply seven steps you should know in order for your pet to stay healthy.

  1. Keep your pet at a healthy weight.
  2. Exercise your pet.
  3. Feed your pet a balanced, nutritious diet.
  4. Have your veterinarian examine your pet at least once a year to make sure your pet is healthy and to help detect problems earlier.
  5. Vaccinate your pet against potentially deadly diseases such as distemper, parvo, panleukopenia and rabies.
  6. Keep your pet free of parasites (fleas and ticks, heartworm, etc.) – consult your veterinarian for the best product for your pet.
  7. Spay or neuter your pet.

By following each step, not in any particular order, your pet will live an energized and joyful life. Both of my dogs visit the vet regularly for check-ups and are vaccinated against all harmful and potentially deadly diseases. For more information visit https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/pet-health.aspx

 

Pet Safety Year Round

 

oliver-springWe all want to have fun with our pets but in order to do so we have to keep them safe and healthy! Our pets safety and health are the 2 most important things to remember while having a pet if you live in an area with changing seasons, so listen up; this is a perfect blog post for you!

Summer

Be cautious of sun rays and be sure to use sun protection on your dog- even if you think their hair is covering their skin, the sun does come through. The best would be baby sunscreen but always consult with a vet before applying to your pet. Be aware of paws of hot surfaces like concrete or sidewalks. NEVER leave a dog parked in a car; it feels much hotter to them than it does to us. Always keep your pet hydrated 🙂

Fall

If you celebrate halloween, make sure to keep ALL candy away from pets, considering it is poisonous. When cooking turkey, do not give pet any bones because they can splinter unlike stronger bones bought in pet stores.

Winter

Keep your pets warm with sweaters and booties (the more festive the better!). Keep an eye on your pets around holiday decorations, especially tinsel. Try not to feed your pet table scraps, especially candy and goodies, even though it is so hard to say no sometimes! Make sure to be aware of antifreeze, it is poisonous and harmful.

Spring

Be aware for signs of allergies such as skin scratching or ear problems (shaking of the head or scratching). Keep a correct ID on your pet at all times incase he/she gets lost (this is for ALL year, not just spring). It is a good idea to learn what plants are poisonous and the ones that aren’t incase your pet is to ingest one.

For more information on pet safety, visit https://www.ourdogsgotablog.com/blogs/tail-wagging-fun/10-dog-toys-you-can-make-from-things-around-the-house

 

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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