As a pet owner, it’s natural for you to want your pet to live a long, comfortable life. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help them stay healthy and sparkling at all times.
Taking proper care and paying enough attention to your pet will help tremendously. You should be the first to tell whether something is off with your pet or know what should be normal for them.
In this mini-guide, we’ve listed five must-do things you should do to help your pet live a long, happy, and healthy life.
1. Canine Rehabilitation
One more fundamental thing to do to keep your pet healthy is having regular wellness exams. Your veterinarian may recommend a specific wellness program according to your pet’s breed, age, and so forth. Your vet may even suggest for your pet to have canine rehabilitation.
Canine rehabilitation’s goal is to improve your pet’s function and mobility of their joints and muscles. A Canine Rehabilitation Specialist are certified experts (usually a general veterinarian, veterinary technicians, or physical therapist with specialized training) who confers with the diagnosing vet on the cause or severity of your pet’s condition. They practice different techniques such as thermotherapy, hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, coordination exercises, and muscle building exercises to reduce your pet’s pain and enhance their recovery.
2. Keep Your Pet at a Healthy Weight
While a chubby pet is undeniably cute, letting that extra fat linger for a long time is certainly not good. If you truly love your dog, you should keep them at a healthy weight. And we mean not to overindulge your pet or restrain them to the point of thinness.
Needless to say, you may often get carried away to overfeed your dog especially by giving them too many treats or unhealthy foods. This may be unintentional since pet owners usually have a strong emotional attachment. But making a conscious effort to control their weight will keep them healthy and avoid possible fatal health problems such as cognitive heart diseases, diabetes, kidney disease, respiratory disease, and some forms of cancer. Excess weight can also put your pet at a higher risk of injury.
Besides, you should keep in mind that the number on a scale isn’t enough to tell if your pet’s weight is healthy.
So, how are you to exactly know what is a healthy and normal weight for your pet? First, consult your veterinarian as they can assess your dog’s overall health and weight. Your pet’s veterinarian should also be able to make recommendations concerning your pet’s ideal weight, diet, and exercise.
3. Exercise Your Pet
Another basic: keep your pet healthy with regular exercise. Exercise benefits, just like in humans, are not only about losing weight but also in strengthening the body and prevents health concerns. Not only that but making sure your pet gets regular exercise also keeps them mentally stimulated as well as helps avoid behavioral issues. Exercising your pet is primarily good for their cardiovascular systemtoo.
However, particularly for older pets, you should avoid over-exercising them as too much or strenuous activities can lead to sore muscles and injuries. The safest route to take is to start an exercise program tailored fit for your pet by consulting a veterinarian. And if your pet is suffering or recovering from injuries, talk to your vet and see if physical therapy or other medical intervention is needed (more on this below).
Luckily, when it comes to keeping your pet active, walking is normally the low-risk bet. It’s also an activity both you and your pet will enjoy and benefit from. Walking preserves your dog’s joint movement and muscle. Aside from that, it’s a great way to stimulate their senses.
4. Nutritious Diet
Apart from maintaining a healthy weight and getting adequate exercise, your pet also needs a nutritious diet to keep them well. A good diet is crucial for them to stay healthy and happy for a long time. Providing your pet the necessary nutrient without overfeeding them helps avoid many health problems.
Typically, a balanced diet should contain animal protein, vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, and micronutrients. Some vital nutrients for dogs include vitamin C, and minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. Additionally, opt for natural, whole foods, as supplements can give your pet a dangerously high level of nutrients.
Feeding your pet according to their life stage is equally important. If you’re not sure where to start, it’s best to consult your veterinarian.
Furthermore, a raw, natural food diet is an ideal, balanced, nutritious diet for them. When opting for commercial pet food, scrutinize the product completely and learn to read labels. Also, choose bioavailable products so it can be properly and readily absorbed by your pet’s body.
5. Keep Your Pet Free of Parasites
Lastly, make sure to keep your pet free of parasites. External parasites such as fleas and ticks and internal parasites like heartworms and tapeworms are not only annoying to your pet but compromise their health too.
Consult your vet for the proper medication and don’t assume that these parasites will leave your pet simply. Your veterinarian will recommend an appropriate and preventive parasite control plan accordingly. Also, a regular visit to the vet may help prevent infestation, especially if it’s in the early stages.