1. FEED A HIGH QUALITY DIET.
Your pet’s health and longevity starts with a food diet. It will give them a shiny coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes. It will also strengthen their immune system, maintain their intestinal health, increase their mental acuity, keep joints and muscles healthy, and more.
2. KEEP YOUR PET LEAN.
If your pet is overweight, they’re at a risk of health issues. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease we see in pets, and studies have shown that it can shorten your pet’s life by as much as two years. Extra weight puts your pet at risk for joint disease, heart disease, and diabetes.
3. TAKE YOUR PET TO THE VETERINARIAN REGULARLY.
All pets, including both dogs and cats, require regular veterinary care. However, veterinary care goes far beyond routine vaccinations, even though those are important. 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.
4. 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. Ask your veterinarian for some recommendations.
5. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO ROAM UNSUPERVISED.
Allowing your dog or cat to roam free may seem like you’re doing your pet a favor. However, pets that roam are susceptible to a number of dangers, including automobile accidents, predation, exposure to contagious diseases, exposure to poisons, and more.