Keep your pet lean. Pets that are overweight are at risk for many health problems such as joint disease, diabetes and heart disease, just to mention a few. Studies have shown that being overweight can shorten your dog or cat’s life by as much as two years.
Feed a high-quality diet. Feeding your pets a high-quality diet leads to healthier skin, a shinier coat and bright eyes. It can strengthen your pet’s immune system, helps maintain intestinal health, increases mental acuity, and keeps joints and muscles healthy. Although, there are many more benefits to feeding your pet a high-quality diet, these are just a few examples of how important their diet can be.
Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly. A routine visit to your vet can uncover health issues that you may not be able to detect and are not aware of. 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.
Do not allow your pet to roam outside unsupervised. Allowing your dog or cat to roam free may seem like you are doing something good for your pet. However, pets that are allowed to roam are susceptible to many dangers including automobile accidents, predation, exposure to contagious diseases and poisons. Your neighbors may also have a hard time with it if your pet digs up their garden or uses their lawn to relieve himself.
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 to eat. If left untreated, oral health issues may lead to heart and kidney disease. Along with regular vet visits, an effective way to keep your pet’s mouth clean is to brush their teeth at home. If your pet isn’t a huge fan of toothbrushes, there are other alternatives including dental treats and toys.