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Posted on 06-04-2018

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Every pet owner wishes their beloved pet will live a healthy and long life.  Follow these tips and your pet can do just that!

  1.  Make sure your pet gets regular veterinary care.  There’s more to veterinary care that routine vaccinations.  Examinations with your veterinarian can insure that there are no hidden medical issues that would benefit from treatment before they become life-threatening.  Also, early diagnosis of health problems likely will be less costly for you than waiting until these problems become more serious.  Remember, on average, one year is equivalent to 7 years in the life of your pet, so at least yearly veterinary exams are needed.  More frequent exams are recommended as your pet grows older. 
  2. Good nutrition is as important for your pet as it is for you.  A high-quality diet promotes a healthy hair coat and skin, bright eyes, good muscle tone, and so much more.  Immune system health, intestinal health, healthy bones and joints all improve if your pet is fed a high-quality diet.  High quality diets are more readily absorbed and contain less fillers resulting in less waste and less clean-up for you! 
  3. While we are talking about diet, remember to keep your pet lean.  Overweight pets have many more health problems than pets that are at a healthy weight.  Some risks seen in overweight pets include joint problems, heart disease and diabetes. 
  4. Remember to care for your pet’s mouth.  Bad teeth can cause your pet pain and difficulty eating.  Dental disease can lead to kidney disease and heart problems as well.  Regular dental checkups are important as well as brushing your pet’s teeth can help eliminate dental disease and will improve your pet’s breath as well!
  5. Pets that roam free without supervision are susceptible to a number of dangers.  Automobiles, other animals, contagious diseases, poisons are just a few of the threats that await free-roaming pets. 
  6. Exercise and mental stimulation should be a big part of your pet’s daily life.  Leash walks and romps in a dog park for dogs and stimulating chase toys for cats will improve their mental health and will also allow for the exercise they need to remain young. 
  7. “Pet proof” your home and yard.  Keep poisons and cleaning products out of reach of your pets.  Some real trouble makers include antifreeze, rat poison and slug/snail bait.  It doesn’t take very much of any of these materials to be life-threatening.  If you think your pet has ingested any of these substances, call the ASPCA Poison Control Center immediately at (888) 426-4435.
  8. Finally, please spay or neuter your pet.  Spayed or neutered pets have much fewer health problems.  This simple surgery, if done early (before puberty), eliminates certain cancers of the reproductive tract.   Difficulty giving birth is a real problem that can be eliminated by spaying.  Also, pet over-population is a growing concern that can be helped by spaying or neutering your pet.  Intact pets are more likely to roam exposing them to the problems mentioned in #5 above. 

Please do your part to keep your pet a happy and healthy member of the family for many years!

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