While we’re nearing the end of the National Pet Wellness Month, it’s never too late to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your pets happy and healthy, no matter what their age.
1/ Schedule a Wellness Exam: When is the last time your pet visited the vet? If you aren’t sure or can’t recall, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Regular health checks are important for animals – especially cats, who are often overlooked.
2/ Vaccinate, Spay and Neuter: Make sure your pets are current on all of their recommended vaccinations and are either spayed or neutered. Not sure? See point 1.
3/ Check your pet’s weight. Obesity is a bigger problem for pets than you might think and opens them up for a variety of health problems. Not sure how much your pet should weigh? Pet MD has a handy tool that can help you. http://www.petmd.com/healthyweight
4/ Brush your pet’s teeth regularly. Yes, it can be a pain, but not as much as a toothache or severe dental problem is going to feel for your pet and your bank account. Ask your vet to recommend an animal friendly flavored toothpaste. Use a special pet dental brush or your fingers.
5/ Feed them the best quality food you can formulated for the animal’s size and age. Most commercial pet foods are formulated to provide a balanced diet for different stages of life and activity levels. Not sure what to choose? Ask your vet for a recommendation.