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All pet owners want their pets to have a long and healthy life. With a little bit of regular care and attention, you can make the most of their natural immunity. Here are a few tips to help you do that:
- Feed your pet a high quality and nutritious diet – Pets who are on a high quality and balanced diet have shiny coats, bright eyes and healthy skin. Diet is the most important factor when it comes to strengthening the immune system of your pet. They are also the best way to maintain their intestinal health, increase their mental acuity and keep their muscles and joints healthy.
- Keep them lean – Obese pets are at risk for a number of health issues. Recent surveys have revealed that, much like humans, obesity is the leading nutritional disease in pets across the United States. It can shorten their lifespans by over two years, which is a lot for a dog or a cat. From joint disease and diabetes to heart disease and shortness of breath, excess weight affects your pet’s entire body in a number of ways.
- Take them to the vet regularly – Every pet needs regular vet care. However, it is important to bear in mind that pet visits go far beyond the routine vaccinations. Regular examinations by the vet can uncover a lot of health issues which owners are unaware of. In a lot of the cases, early diagnosis raises the odds of the treatment being more successful. It will also cost less as you will catch the disease in its early stages. Never wait till a condition gets serious. It will cost you and your pet a lot of time, health and money.
- Keep their mouths clean – One of the most commonly encountered problems among cats and dogs is bad oral hygiene. A dental disease or an oral problem can cause a lot of pain and make it extremely difficult for your pet to eat. If it is left untreated, they can even cause kidney and heart disease. Apart from the regular checkups, make sure you brush the teeth of your pets at home regularly. If your pet is not a fan of the toothbrush, you have a lot of other alternatives like dental treats, diets and toys. If you are in doubt, ask the vet for recommendations.
- Don’t let them roam unsupervised – It might seem like you are doing a favor by letting your cat or dog roam around as he/she likes. However, it exposes them to a lot of unforeseen dangers like automobile accidents, contagious diseases, predation, toxins and a lot more. It can also cause a lot of problems with your neighbors, especially if your pets happen to relieve themselves in their lawn and dig out their gardens.