Is your pet part of your family? Some people don’t realize how much a pet can become an integral part of their everyday lives. That’s why it is important that you make sure that your pet’s health is well cared for too. Keeping your pet healthy inadvertently keeps you healthy as well—owning a pet is literally good for you! Here are some simple solutions to keeping the furriest member of your family as healthy as possible.
MAKE YOUR HOME A PET-SAFE ENVIRONMENT. Pet-proofing your home is often overlooked when you first bring your pet home. It is important to realize that some plants, such as dieffenbachia, philodendron, hyacinth, and mistletoe, are highly dangerous and could potentially kill your beloved pet. Medications and pesticides can also have negative effects on your pet. Be sure to keep any low-hung wires stowed safely away from pets who could be tempted to chew on them.
MAKE SURE YOU SCHEDULE REGULAR VETERINARY APPOINTMENTS. Keeping your pet up to date on vaccinations is a key step in preventing any serious medical conditions. Regularly scheduled appointments can also help to detect any problems that your pet may be having before they get too serious.
DESIGN A DIET AND EXERCISE PLAN FOR YOUR PET. Just like people, many pets today are not getting enough exercise. Obesity in cats and dogs can lead to heart disease. Discuss with your veterinarian what level of exercise your pet can enjoy at any stage in its life. Morning and evening walks or jogs are good for pets too!
CHOCOLATE IS TOXIC TO PETS. It contains a harmful chemical that can be deadly to your animal. Keep it stored safely away from pets.
ANTIFREEZE IS ANOTHER TOXIC SUBSTANCE THAT CAN POTENTIALLY KILL YOUR PET. It smells and tastes sweet to them but when ingested is deadly even in small amounts. Be sure to inspect under cars in the driveway and garage before you let your pets roam.
HEARTWORM IS A SERIOUS DISEASE. Pets in warm climates are more susceptible to heart disease. Be sure to have them tested and to provide preventive care against heartworms.
Speaking with your veterinarian will help you to make the best decisions concerning your pet. Your pet will thank you for its Paw-sitively healthy existence!