Anyone who has ever had a dog or cat wishes that he or she has a healthy and long life. Here are five tips that can help your pet do just that.
- FEED A HIGH QUALITY DIET.
Pets that are 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, help maintain his or her intestinal health, and help increase their mental awareness, help keep joints and muscles healthy, and so much more.
- KEEP YOUR PET TRIM.
Pets that are overweight are at risk for many health issues. Being overweight or obese can shorten a dog or cat’s life span by as much as two years. Why? Being overweight puts your pet at risk for joint disease, heart disease and diabetes, among other things.
- TAKE YOUR PET TO THE VETERINARIAN REGULARLY.
All pets require regular veterinary care. 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.
- KEEP YOUR PET’S 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.
- DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO ROAM UNSUPERVISED.
Pets that roam are susceptible to a number of dangers, including automobile accidents, exposure to contagious diseases, exposure to poisons, and more.
Following these tips can go a long ways towards providing a long, healthy and happy life for your pet.