To help you find the right way to care for your pet, we’ve come up with our top tips for at-home wellness. Let's take a close look at all the areas to address to promote your precious pet’s good health.
- Pets Need Us to Provide for Their Health--Here’s How
Because our precious pets have no way to tell us what is hurting, or how they feel, it is important to take inventory of all the health-related areas that may affect them.
- Visit Your Vet
First, schedule a regular wellness exam by your vet. Pets age more quickly than we do so problems can escalate rapidly. Regular examinations by your vet will help to track her health and keep a timeline of records. Your pet’s vaccinations and pest control need to be kept up to date in case there is an emergency.
Your vet can identify and diagnose any subtle problems and treat your pet’s condition before a minor health concern becomes a big problem.
- Keep Your Pet’s Weight Under Control
During your pet’s vet appointment ask your vet to check your pet’s weight. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight prevents many serious health-related diseases such as diabetes, liver problems, high blood pressure, and many others.
Review your pet’s diet. It’s easy to slip in too many treats and table scraps without noticing. Any pet owner knows how easily this happens.
And is your pet getting enough exercise? This is a good time to set time aside to get your dog or cat moving and refresh her play equipment with some new toys!
- Check Those Chompers!
Pet Wellness Month is the perfect time to have your pet’s teeth checked. Poor dental health leads to pain, tooth loss, and organ damage if not addressed.
Beginning a routine of brushing her teeth can prevent infections, plaque build-up, and bad breath. While it may not seem serious, bacteria from plaque accumulation can cause infection in the lungs, liver, kidney, or heart.
How Can You Start a Dental Routine for Your Pet?
First, you can gently rub her gums, then over the course of the next few days, slowly introduce the pet toothbrush--either the kind you wear on your finder or a bristled brush specially made for cats or dogs. Be sure to brush your pet’s teeth daily.
- Keep Your Pet Groomed
The next area to address during Pet Wellness Month is grooming. GRooming helps reduce the risk of skin infections, allows you to survey your pet’s body, and prevent painful mats. What do you need to do to groom your pet properly?
A trip to a professional groomer is a good option, however, it is less expensive and may be less stressful to groom your pet at home. A good brushing is the first step and will remove dirt and dead hair. If your pet has long hair and it has matted it may need to be cut. This can be done with clippers or scissors. She can be bathed with pet shampoo and extra care in lukewarm water.
You should wipe down your pet’s ears with a cotton ball and trim her nails with pet-safe clippers. Make the whole experience more fun with lots of praise, treats, and extra playtime. This ensures better cooperation with each grooming session. Your pet will appreciate her new fresh look and be more happy and playful once it is all done.
Keeping your pet healthy ensures a long and happy life filled with fun and love. When it comes to caring for your pet, you’re often the best candidate for the job. Remember to stay positive and perform these healthy activities as often as you can!
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