Oct 01, 2019 | By, For Pet's Sake

Tips for keeping your pet well during National Pet Wellness Month and all year long

Pet owners know all too well that keeping their animals healthy is a full-time job. With the month of October designated as National Pet Wellness Month, there is an additional focus on that mission, but the idea behind the program is that keeping your pet healthy in all facets of its life should never stop.

Maintaining your pet’s physical fitness is paramount to keeping them healthy throughout their lives. Regular exercise keeps them in good shape, improves their mood, and keeps them focused during the activity. Exercise pairs well with a balanced and healthy diet too. Pets should receive the appropriate levels of nutrients each day, especially when they are young and growing. If your pet isn’t eating regularly, you can try mixing in new food or healthy human options, but it also might be time to visit the veterinarian to rule out more serious explanations.

It’s important to have annual exams with a trusted vet, and to keep track of any unusual behavior or sudden medical issues that need to be examined sooner. During your regular visits to the vet, make sure your pet is updated on all vaccinations, especially in their young stages when they are most vulnerable to major diseases.

General hygiene goes a long way in keeping your pet out of medical trouble. The range of things in this category is seemingly endless, but here are a few main ones:

Health isn’t just physical. It’s also important to keep your pet mentally fit. There are multiple ways you can accomplish this.

Be mindful of how your pet looks and behaves this October, and when the calendar rolls over to November, keep those same habits to make sure your pet stays as healthy as possible for the rest of their life.

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