Spay or neuter your pet.
- Spaying or neutering your pet eliminates or reduces a wide variety of health problems that can be very difficult and expensive to treat, such as many types of cancer, tumors, and other serious health complications.
- Spayed and neutered animals no longer feel the need to roam seeking a mate, so they have less chance of being involved in fights or traumatic injuries.
- The average life span of an altered pet is 40% longer than one that’s not spayed or neutered, and the overall effects of spaying or neutering will positively influence your pet’s behavior.
- About ninety percent of the millions of cats and eighty percent of the dogs that get hit and killed by vehicles are unaltered males
Get yearly physical exams. Annual checkups give your vet the chance to detect any developing illnesses and treat them immediately, avoiding potentially life-threatening situations. Many common diseases in pets are preventable and inexpensive to treat if identified early. Therefore, as a pet parent you play an integral role in prevention and early detection
Avoid switching your pet’s diet. Find a high-quality diet that your pet likes and stick with it. Don’t just randomly change your pet’s diet without discussing it first with your vet, and if you must switch, do so gradually to avoid stomach upset. Also feed in the proper life stage i.e. puppy/kitten, adult and senior. Don’t feed a cheap dog or cat food. Providing a high-quality diet for your pet’s life stage is crucial. Premium dog foods cost more, but the ingredients are more digestible in a high-quality pet food; therefore, your pet will need to eat less of it than if you feed a poorer quality diet. Plus, you’ll experience more health problems by feeding cheap food And know the list of foods to avoid. There at least 20 foodstuffs that are harmful to your pets. Know this list by heart and avoid these items at all costs.
Keep pets at an ideal weight. Don’t let your pets get fat. Obesity leads to a host of orthopedic problems as well as diabetes, heart disease, and other medical disorders. Pets who are lean live 15% longer and have fewer medical expenses. So make sure your pets get plenty of exercise. Daily exercise keeps your cat and dog physically and mentally fit and helps channel aggressive and destructive behaviors. It also burns calories and increases muscle mass and cardiovascular strength.
Keep your pet up to date on vaccines, heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives. Not getting your pets protected leads to potentially life-threatening results and huge vet bills. By having your pets vaccinated against preventable diseases, you may save thousands of dollars on treatment. Don’t wait until your pet is infested with fleas and ticks, or worse has contracted heartworm disease. Prevention is so much cheaper than treatment. With the products available today, it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to prevent these disturbing pests.