5 Tips for a Healthy Pet
What would you do without your pets?
They’re loyal companions, lovable goofballs, and (sometimes) lazy couch potatoes. Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, or something more exotic, a healthy pet is a happy pet. You feed them, exercise with them, and keep them safe. Your four-legged family members depend on you for plenty of things and give lots of love in return. We think that’s a pretty fair trade-off!
With busy schedules and long to-do lists, it can be tempting to take shortcuts. Don’t give in! Maintaining your pet’s health doesn’t have to be difficult – just keep these simple tips in mind.
1. Make an appointment.
An annual veterinarian visit should be a priority. Vets and vet techs are trained to spot issues you might not even notice – and they could save your pet’s life. Plus, taking your pet for a checkup will remind you to update your pet’s vaccines and keep you on track for the upcoming year
2. Be squeaky clean.
Your pet’s hygiene is important to their health. Be sure to clean their sleeping and eating areas regularly. Bathe them as needed to remove dirt, dead skin, and excess hair. Do some maintenance between baths with Dog B-Clean™ or Cat B-Clean™ Natural Waterless Shampoo. Take special care to groom them. Dogs’ and cats’ ears are especially sensitive and their nails can be difficult to trim if you’re unfamiliar with the tools or technique. When it doubt, set up an appointment with your groomer.
3. Get active.
Don’t skimp on exercise. It’s one of the best ways to bond with your pet and ensures they’re getting the mental, physical, and emotional stimulation they need. Plus, it helps keep bones , joints , and muscles healthy to ensure your pet stays active as they age. Many pets love when you turn playtime into something more active. For those that don’t, you might have to get a little creative.
4. Pay attention to portions.
Overfeeding your pet is easier than you might think. Treats, table scraps, and overflowing food bowls all add up over time. About 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. are obese. Like humans, obese pets are at a higher risk for developing major health issues – high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and more. Healthy pet treats are a great choice, since they double as nutritional supplements and rewards. Always consult your veterinarian when determining how to get your pet to shed those extra pounds.
5. Warm up or cool down.
When you’re outside with your pet, be mindful of the temperature. Hot weather calls for shaded play areas and plenty of water. Dog breeds like boxers, French bulldogs, and pugs are susceptible to overheating and difficulty breathing due to their short muzzles and noses. In cold weather, be sure to bundle up. Snow, ice, and salt can damage your pet’s paw pads, so outfit them with boots and wipe their feet well after walks. Combat chilly weather with jackets, which are helpful for short-coated and/or small dog breeds. Consult your veterinarian if you notice any unusual behavior.
We want the best health for ourselves, so why should our pets’ health be any different? If you haven’t already, give these tips a try! You’ll be on your way to having a happier, healthier pet in no time at all.