Aug 15, 2022 | By, For Pet's Sake
Wellness tips all pet parents should know
Pets are beloved members of the family, and like any family member, they need to be well-cared for in order to stay happy and healthy. By taking good care of your furry (or not-so-furry) friend, you can help them enjoy a long and healthy life. August is National Wellness Month, so here are several ways to prioritize your pet’s wellness now and for all the other months in the year.
Schedule a semi-annual check up
Regular check-ups with the veterinarian are crucial to maintaining your pet’s health, even if they seem healthy. Just like humans, animals can develop health problems that may not be immediately apparent. By getting a physical exam and routine blood work, your vet can catch these problems early and start treatment right away. Staying up on these checkups can also save you money in the long run. Plus, it’s always nice to have peace of mind knowing that your furry friend is in good hands!
Routine at-home examinations
At-home care is also very important. Providing your pet with a clean and comfortable environment, plenty of exercise, and a healthy diet will go a long way towards keeping them happy and healthy. Additionally, it’s important to be aware of common health problems that can affect your specific type of pet, and to know what signs to look for that might indicate a problem.
First place to start: The gums. Check your pet’s gums on a regular basis. Not only does it tell you about their general health but also their circulation as well. The first thing you want to look out for is the color. Salmon pink is the normal color, but any of the following colors are cause for concern.
White or pale: Blood loss or anemia
Bluish purple: Lack of Oxygen
Yellowish orange: Jaundice
Dark red: Gingivitis
If you see any of these colors, call a veterinarian to schedule an appointment.
Watch for the signs
Pets are susceptible to allergies just like humans are. And, like humans, the signs of allergies in pets can vary depending on the individual. However, there are some common signs to watch for that may indicate your pet is dealing with allergies. Itching and licking are two of the most common signs. If your pet is itching or licking more than usual, it may be a sign that something is irritating their skin. Other signs to watch for include sneezing, runny eyes, and vomiting. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take your pet to the vet to get checked out. Allergies can be uncomfortable for pets, so it’s important to get them treated as soon as possible.
A healthy diet and regular exercise are important for all of us, including our pets. Just like people, animals can suffer from obesity and related health problems if they consume too many calories and don’t get enough exercise. Fortunately, there are a variety of healthy pet foods available that can help your furry friend maintain a healthy weight.
When it comes to exercise, dogs especially need plenty of opportunity to run and play. Even cats need room to roam and explore. If you have a small apartment, consider getting a scratching post or toy that encourages your cat to move around. By paying attention to your pet’s diet and activity level, you can help them stay healthy and happy!
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