As pet owners, we all want our pets to live long, healthy lives. We've put together this important and easy to follow list to help you extend the life of your pet.
Anyone who has ever had a dog or cat wishes just one thing — that he or she has a healthy and long life. Here are five tips that can help your pet do just that.
1. FEED A HIGH QUALITY DIET.
Pets fed a high quality diet have a shiny hair coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes. A good diet can help strengthen your pet’s immune system, help maintain his or her intestinal health, help increase his or her mental acuity, help keep joints and muscles healthy, and much more. Ask your vet at ABC Veterinary Hospital for food and diet recommendations for your pet.
2. KEEP YOUR PET LEAN.
Pets that are overweight are at risk for a myriad of health issues. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease seen in pets currently and studies have shown that being overweight or obese can shorten a dog or cat’s life span by as much as two years. Why? Being overweight or obese puts your pet at risk for joint disease, heart disease and diabetes, among other things.
3. TAKE YOUR PET TO THE VETERINARIAN REGULARLY - EARLY DIAGNOSIS CAN HELP EXTEND YOUR PET'S LIFE
All pets, including both dogs and cats, require regular veterinary care. However, veterinary care goes far beyond routine vaccinations, even though those are important. A routine examination by ABC Veterinary Hospital can uncover health issues of which you are unaware. In many cases, an early diagnosis improves the chances of successful treatment. 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.
4. KEEP YOUR PET’S MOUTH CLEAN - ORAL HYGIENE IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR PET'S OVERALL HEALTH
A common problem among dogs and cats, dental disease and oral health issues can cause your pet pain, making it difficult for him or her to eat. If left untreated, oral health issues may even lead to heart and kidney disease. In addition to regular dental checkups, the most effective means of caring for your pet’s mouth at home is to brush his or her teeth at home. If your pet isn’t a big fan of toothbrushes there are other alternatives as well, including dental diets, treats, and toys. Ask us at ABC Veterinary Hospital for recommendations.
If your pet hasn't had its annual dental exam, click here to schedule it. Ask our office about any special offers we may have for dental exams and cleanings.
5. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO ROAM UNSUPERVISED.
Allowing your dog or cat to roam free may seem like you’re doing your pet a favor. However, pets that roam are susceptible to a number of dangers, including automobile accidents, predation, exposure to contagious diseases, exposure to poisons, and more. Additionally, allowing your pet to roam unsupervised may alienate your neighbors should your pet ever "relieve" him- or herself in their lawn or dig up their garden.
6. GET PET INSURANCE - TALK TO SONIA, OUR OFFICE MANAGER TO FIND OUT THE BEST PLAN FOR YOU
Read about the pet insurance companies that we recommend. Sonia, in our office can explain the differences and benefits of different pet insurance companies and different plans.
Call the ABC Veterinary Hospital office at (760) 471-4950 and ask for Sonia.
Posted by: Dr. Barry Neichin, Chief of Staff AT 10:45 am
Dr. Barry Neichin
Chief of Staff
ABC Veterinary Hospital
San Marcos CA
When he's not busy with his duties at the hospital, Dr. Neichin can be found outside, either on the trails hiking and camping or in the water snorkeling and skin diving, as well as spending time with his two children. His family also includes Tonka, a Golden Retriever; Leo, a miniature Golden Doodle; Cosmo, a Siamese, and Ruffles, a rabbit. More about Dr. Neichin -->