Sunday, May 19, 2024

Pet Care Tips

We know your pets are as special to you as ours are to us.

Who loves you more than your pet? In return you want to avoid any issues, and you’re excited to keep your pet happy and comfortable in their new home.
You’re ready to provide your new friend with the best life possible.

Here are a few important tips for you to take good care of pets.

    Make sure the pet gets routine veterinary examinations. Find a close 
    veterinarian clinic and go there for an annual check up. Be up to date with all necessary vaccinations. During a bi-annual exam, your veterinarian will conduct a complete physical exam to check your pet’s health condition from nose to tail. They will evaluate everything from your pet’s heart and breathing to their ears, mouth and skin during this process.

    Dental health.
    Dental care plays a big role in maintaining a pet’s overall health. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause diseases in other organs, such as the heart or kidneys. Brushing your dog’s teeth daily is key to keeping their body healthy. Brush at home: Get your pet into a daily or weekly habit of having his teeth brushed at home. Use a finger brush or a pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste (never use human toothpaste; the sweetener can be toxic to pets). Once your pet gets into the routine, this task will become easier and can potentially extend the time between professional dental cleanings. If you have a problem with brushing your pet, you can use some supplements which can take care of it. 

    Healthy diet and weight
    . A life stage diet is one that is tailored to meet the different nutritional needs as your pet ages. It’s always wise to discuss the best diet for your pet with your veterinarian at each stage of your pet’s life. Check the food packaging for an AAFCO statement which will let you know if the product has been specifically tested and labeled to be safe, effective and designated for a particular life stage. Food for your pet should contain:
    - High-quality, animal-based protein for muscle maintenance.
    - Fiber for a healthy digestive tract.
    - Essential vitamins and minerals for the immune system.
    - Vitamin-rich fish oils for a healthy coat and skin and for overall health.
    - Healthy grains for energy. 

Daily Exercise.
Exercise is a vital part of enriching your pets’ lives. Walking, running, playing fetch or tug, and learning agility or flyball are all great ways to keep your dog physically fit. For cats, try interactive play with wand toys or balls. Some cats can be taught to enjoy walks outdoors wearing a harness and leash. Many of these activities have the added benefit of exercising humans, too. 

Parasite Prevention and Management. Fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites can cause everything from discomfort to life-threatening illnesses in pets. Pets are commonly allergic to fleas and can develop significant skin irritation from scratching. Ticks can pass dangerous infectious diseases when they bite. For both, prevention is the best medicine. There are a number of safe, effective monthly products that you can use to keep these pests from hurting your pet.
Heartworm disease is passed by mosquito bites and is fatal if not treated. Both cats and dogs are susceptible and there is no treatment for affected cats. However, there are several medication options that are safe and are completely effective in preventing this disease. Finally, intestinal parasites can be a problem at any stage of a pet’s life. Routine fecal examinations and deworming treatments can keep serious medical problems to a minimum. 

Joint health. Many dogs and cats are overweight or obese. And just like people, obesity inpets comes with health risks that include diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Keep your pet at an ideal weight. Exercise is important to keep the muscles strong and the joints lubricated. There are also many helpful joint supplements that can help maximize your pet’s joint life.

Skin and coat health.
Frequent grooming is important for all dogs. It helps maintain a healthy coat and can also help you to identify health problems early. When you brush your pet’s coat regularly (at least a few times per week) you help to avoid mats, remove loose hair before it’s swallowed (or winds up on the sofa), and can look for lumps, bumps, sores, redness, and parasites like fleas and ticks. Include sometimes in the dieting vitamins for healthy skin and coat.

Dogs and Cats can be incredible gifts to experience love and companionship in our lives. That’s why it’s important to share your love and protection with them, and take a moment out of your day to show your dog or cat just how grateful you are that they’re in your life. Take good care of your little one!

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