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Tuesday 16 April 2013

Healthy Pet Care Tips

Staying on top of pet care at home can make for a happy pet as well as a happy owner. It can be tough at times, but it is important to care for your pet’s health. Here are several tips to keep not only your animal but your local environment healthy:

Get Pet Exams Regularly 
There are many problems your pet can encounter, as severe as heart problems or arthritis of the joints to even as little as a toothache. Owners can prevent these problems by taking their pet to see a veterinarian every year. Annual vet appointments will pay close attention to how their diet is progressing, nutrition, their weight and if it is appropriate with their age and size. Vet visits also take care of any needed vaccinations, dental exam, and parasite control. Set a date on the calendar each year and make it a priority because it can be vital to your pet’s health.

Spay and Neuter Your Pets 
Many cats and dogs are left unattended to and can’t find a home (we have a video about how to rehome a new dog here). This is often a result of unadvised offspring and this problem can be prevented. The purpose of spaying and neutering your pet is not just to prevent the offspring of your cats or dogs but to also assist in other health areas such as cancers.

Fight against Parasites 
We all are aware that fleas are the common issue when it comes to parasites. Fleas are the common external parasite which can lead to fur loss, injection, and irritated skin with your pets. Prevention is the best way to battle parasites because fleas can introduce other parasites both external and internal. This external problem can lead to a variety of issues including tapeworms and heartworms.

Prevent this from happening at all times, which may require year-round persistence but not a lot of effort from the owner. Talk to your vet about what medications will suit your cat or dog best and keep them safe at all times.

We found a useful article on 10 Steps to Keeping Your Dog Happy

Keep Your Pet Healthy Weight Wise 
Many owners allow their cats or dogs to become overweight, which can lead to many health risks such diabetes and arthritis. Some owners tend to over feed their pets and that becomes the source of the obesity. Pets who don’t maintain a healthy weight will begin to chip away at their life span.

Speak with your vet on what they think is appropriate for your pet’s daily meals. Remember to allow your pet up to an hour of exercise every day if possible. If you have a back yard you can let them run around and play. ‘Dog flaps’ are useful for allowing dogs access in and out, and you can even get them for sliding glass doors here: sliding glass doggy door

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