Friday, January 2, 2015

Five tips for a healthy 2015

If you're making some New Year's Resolutions for yourself, you might want to make some for your pet too. Dogs and cats age much faster than we do, and your everyday habits can have a big impact on their health and life span. 

Here are five tips for giving your pet a long and healthy life.

1. Go for an annual checkup

This might not seem like a great idea when your cat doesn't want to get into the carrier and hides under the bed, but both cats and dogs benefit from annual vet checkups. If anything is wrong you want to find out as quickly as possible, because early diagnosis mean more efficient treatment and lower cost.

Your vet can give valuable advice about things like feeding and dental health, and help you stay on track with vaccinations.

2. Get into the grooming groove

Grooming helps keep your pet clean and good looking. It helps build a bond between human and pet, and it can help alleviate your own stress. It's also important in order to detect any health issues early, and to prevent health issues. Clean your pet's ears and trim nails as needed.

3. Care for the pearly whites

Around 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over the age of three suffer from periodontal disease. This can lead to dental issues, of course, and can affect the pet's internal organs. Use dental treats, ask your vet for a dental checkup, and find a tooth cleaning habit for your pet. There are special toothbrushes for cats and dogs, and special toothpaste.

4. Exercise and play

All pets need daily exercise. Luckily, we do too, and physical activity done together is good for everyone. Inactivity leads to both physical and mental issues such as boredom, frustration, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

If your pet is a senior or obese, consult your vet on how to best get going. Otherwise, make room for play every day, take a brisk walk with your dog, go to the park, go swimming, or find whatever you like to do together.

5. Think about your pet's food

High quality pet food - and getting the right amounts of it - can stifle many health problems. Cats need to eat meat. There are many nutrients cats can't create on their own, and if they're denied these nutrients through food they will fall sick. Both cats and dogs need food that is appropriate for their age and activity level. If you feel uncertain, talk to your vet.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


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    1. I think you and your mom have this down. I love seeing the photos from your walks and adventures! :-)