There’s a good chance that you are aware that pets require some form of wellness plan to ensure that they stay in good shape and happy at all times. But have you ever considered keeping a healthy pet checklist?… a list of things you need to do to ensure that your pet stays healthy at all times. In this article we have put together 7 must-do things to ensure that you take proper care of your pet.
The seven steps listed below from a foundation that will help ensure your pet stays healthy…
1. Pay an annual visit to the veterinary doctor
This is where most pet parents drop the ball. They never take their pets to the veterinary unless there is a big problem with the health of the pet. This shouldn’t be so, because there could be issues with the health of your pet that may not show on the surface or are hard to detect.
Outside of that, veterinary doctors can continually give you good advice on how to take proper care of your pets. Veterinarians are in a very good position to assess how you’ve been taking care of your pet and proffer good and sound advice on changes to enact to keep him or her stronger and healthy. In this way you may never need to visit the veterinary doctor because of major ailments.
2. Spay your pet
The issue of spaying or neutering your pet comes with a little bit of skepticism. However, spraying your pet can be an important factor in trying to prevent overpopulation. While people are aware that spraying can help prevent unnecessary litter what they do not know is that it can also help in preventing certain forms of cancer. Neutering can prevent testicular cancer in males and prevent breast cancer in females.
3. Flea control
As a matter of necessity, it is important that you establish an annual flea control system. Whether you like it or not, even in colder regions, fleas are just waiting outside the door looking for the right opportunity to stick to your dog or cat when you take them out for a walk.
You can take them to a veterinarian to help with a heartworm, flea and tick control system.
4. Control the weight of your pet
Most pet owners with strong emotional attachment often fall into the trap of overfeeding their loved one, resulting in an unhealthy weight gain. What you need to understand is that many pets, especially dogs, thrive better on a grain-free diet and can even lose weight if it is extended for a period of time.
As you are aware, excess weight contributes to a lot of health problems in pets including the onset of arthritis and some cognitive heart diseases. So we advise that you should take conscious effort to provide pets with the daily nutrient source required for healthy living without falling into overfeeding them. Just for the record, statistics show that over 50% of pets are overweight. Opt for a protein and veggie-based diet to ensure that they stay healthy.
5. Microchipping your pet
This might not be an obvious thing to do, but microchipping your pets is a great way of keeping your pet safe. In cases where they are lost, microchipping your pet can increase the chances of locating where he or she is. Statistics have shown that one in every three pets in the U.S.A. get lost on a yearly basis. Microchipping them can increase the chances of locating lost pet to the tune of about 238%, while microchipping your cats can increase the chances of locating them to about 2000%.
To enquire about getting a microchip in your pet, visit a veterinary doctor. With as low as $45 you can get the microchip implanted. (Note: DogPerDay does not endorse Microchipping.)
6. Bathe your pets on a regular basis
How often your pet needs a bath depends on their present state of health. Dogs and cats may not require a weekly bath but they should be bathed a couple of times every month. However, even if you don’t give them baths, do ensure you clean up their fur by regularly brushing it with a clean dry brush.
Other types of pets might require regular betting multiple times per week with a medicated shampoo to treat irritated skin. This is where a veterinary doctor can come in with the right advice and recommendation specific to the kind of pet you have.
7. Treat them right
Once in awhile give your pet a treat to help build the emotional attachment between you and your pet. As for toys, opt for soft chew toys rather than the hard chew toys that are available in stores today. Hard chew toys have the potential of damaging the teeth and mouth of your dog or cat.