Health and Wellness Tips for Pets

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills

 

5 Essential Health and Wellness Tips for Your Pets

Your pet is your best friend, and you want to keep him healthy and happy for as long as possible. Here are 5 easy things you can do to ensure that your pal, whether a dog or a cat, is around for as long as possible.

 


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Never Let Your Pet Roam Unsupervised

It is impossible to keep an eye on your pet 24/7. However, when you cannot watch your pet, ensure that they are safely in your home or in a clean, fenced area. If your pet is allowed to be in a fenced yard alone, be sure that the area is safe and clear of anything that may harm them, including items that they may want to eat. Even though some plants and weeds look harmless, there are some that can be deadly if ingested by your pet. If you are unsure of what may be harmful, remove as much as you can to stay on the safe side.

Feed a Wholesome Diet

Feeding a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet well. For ultimate pet nutrition, feed high-quality food that does not contain unhealthy fillers. If you are worried about the recent studies done regarding grain free diets and their association with canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), feed something that does not contain legumes such as peas, lentils, or potatoes listed as primary ingredients. There is no need to stress about what to feed your furry friend, as there are seemingly limitless options available to please every palate.

Keep Your Pet Trim

Though feeding a wholesome and delicious diet is very important, it is also just as important to keep your pet’s weight at a healthy number. Pet obesity can put animals at risk for myriad health issues, ranging from joint and muscle problems all the way to heart problems and cancer. Even though it may be tempting to give your buddy a treat every time they do something cute, it can actually be detrimental to their longevity. If you don’t have the willpower to stop giving treats, dole out something like frozen blueberries, carrots, or broccoli whenever you are tempted to feed them.

Clean Your Pet’s Teeth

If you are able, clean your pet’s teeth at home regularly. For many pet owners, this sounds too good to be true. There are many toothbrushes and toothpastes available, so experiment and choose the combination that works the best for you. There are even dental toys and chews that may work better for your pet. Even if you do clean your pet’s teeth successfully, it is still important to get dental cleanings done every so often by the vet or by a dental specialist. A dirty mouth can lead to much more than bad breath and rotted teeth – it can also cause heart and kidney issues if left untreated.

Spay or Neuter

If you do not intend on breeding your pet, spay or neuter them as soon as the vet suggests. For female pets, it is recommended to spay before their first heat, which usually occurs between 6 and 9 months. The same applies to male pets, but they can be neutered until they are a bit older if necessary without any serious complications. Spaying and neutering does much more than just preventing unwanted pregnancy. In males especially, it can help correct behavior or aggression issues. Problems with males marking their territory inside the home are also often times solved by neutering. Spaying also helps to prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are cancerous in nearly 50% of dogs and 90% of cats.

Caring for and loving a pet is extremely rewarding, but are you doing enough to ensure that your friend will be around for many years? Follow these easy health and wellness tips and you will be able to enjoy the company of your pet for a long time.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.