Our pets live such short, little lives compared to the length of our own, but with these six steps your fur friend will have years added to their lifespan and profit from plenty of health benefits to boot!
1. A HIGH QUALITY DIET IS KEY
Our pets are what they eat.
There are many pet foods out there and we believe that you honestly get what you pay for. Many cheap supermarket alternatives are not nutritionally balanced options and often contain fillers. While they may be lighter on the wallet, they are costing possible years off your pet’s life and bigger issues in later life.
A balanced and healthy diet means that your pet will only benefit. The advantages include a healthy coat, skin and bright eyes, a strong immune system, a good maintenance of intestinal health, an increase in mental alertness, supple joints among many.
There are several quality dog food and cat food brands that are well balanced and nutritionally viable for all breeds and life stages. Contact us if you need help choosing which food is suitable for your pet.
2. KEEP SLIM
Unfortunately, obese pets are far more common than they should be. Whether it’s that extra mouthful that is added to their food bowl every day, or those tidbits that we can’t resist giving them, our pets can gain weight relatively quickly and it’s not easy to get off. What’s more, being overweight can shorten your pet’s lifespan by up to two years because of increased risk of joint disease, heart disease and diabetes!
Like humans, the amount of calories that go in must equal the number that go out to maintain a healthy weight. Slimming down that flab can be as easy as taking them for a longer walk, giving them a toy at home to keep them moving, and, most importantly, cutting back their food intake.
If your pet is overweight it may be time to change their food to one aimed for weight management.
3. CHECK THAT MOUTH
Dental and periodontal diseases can affect many areas of a pet’s health. Tooth decay is a very common issue in our pets and unfortunately it can be a very dangerous one too. For example, serious problems in the mouth can lead to infections in the heart and kidneys.
While our pets are not going to have the squeaky clean pearly whites that we humans often have, it is important to maintain a level of hygiene in their mouths. This can be done by brushing their teeth several times a week with a brush and pet-friendly toothpaste. (Please be aware that human toothpaste is harmful to pets).
If your pet has bad breath, yellow teeth or red/bleeding gums then make sure to visit your vet for a dental check to get to the ROOT of the problem (yes, you see what we did there!).
4. GET TO THE VET
Pets under one year should see the Vet at least twice that year. This is often covered during their visits for their puppy or kitten vaccinations. Thorough examinations will be taken at that time to make sure that there are no issues that may affect them in their lives.
Adult pets should visit their pet doctor at least once a year. During the visit they should have their annual vaccinations, as well as a health check that assesses their physical condition. Visiting annually means that any issues or diseases can be dealt with at an early stage before they can progress into something more serious.
5. REST & RELAXATION
Stress and anxiety are big issues for pets as they can be for humans. It can be exhausting for them to run around with the family so, while exercise is great, make sure that your pet has time to relax and be by themselves for at least an hour a day. This means that if they go to their bed for some time out then make sure not to disturb them so they can get that much needed R & R.
6. KEEP THEM SAFE
Finally, don’t allow your pet to roam unsupervised. It only takes a split second for a situation to go bad, whether it’s near a busy road or in grassy fields where snakes inhabit. Your pet might even get their nose into something poisonous, like baits or toxic plants. So, keep your fur friend safe behind a well secured gate and make sure you can control them while out taking a walk.