As a pet parent, you are sure to be concerned about what is best for your pet. Veterinarians have several suggestions for you. By following these suggestions, not only will your pet live longer, but will have a more satisfying life. Additionally, you will receive more enjoyment from your pet. Here are some of the top ways in which you can help your pets to be as healthy as possible.
Feed a High-Quality Diet
The food you feed your pet has an enormous impact on their quality of life. Many will argue one brand of food over another. There is also a belief none of the manufactured foods are best for your pet. A raw diet provides much of what your pet would eat if not domesticated- but even so, there’s the possible side effects of e-coli and excess bacteria. That is why we recommend half fresh and half kibble.
Take some time to speak with your veterinarian to see which diet is best for your pet and stick to it. You will also need to pay attention to the volume and frequency of feeding. This will help to prevent obesity, which is another big detractor from being healthy. Last but not least, be sure to provide them with filtered water.
Take Your Pet to The Veterinarian Regularly
Regular veterinarian visits are the best way to prevent diseases and prevent costly unforeseen health issues. This will also allow you to discover problems early so they can be treated. In addition to having regular checkups, your veterinarian should be prescribing preventative medications for heartworms as well as vaccines for things like distemper.
You should also discuss any changes in behavior or abnormal bumps you may have discovered on your pet. This is good motivation to give your pets regular baths. Not only is this bonding time, but it allows you to recognize changes that might otherwise go undetected.
Do Not Allow Your Pet to Roam Unsupervised
While we would all like for our pets to feel as if they have freedom, it is not always best for them- especially if you live in a heavily populated urban area and are untrained. Pets are not as aware of their surroundings as they should be. It is very easy for a pet to be run over by a car while roaming free. They are also exposed to potential toxins and diseases. Insects that make their homes in the woods have the potential to get your pet sick.
While getting out and exercising with your pet is important, they should never be allowed to roam free. If more freedom is what you desire, you may consider fencing in the back yard instead.
Learn about the benefits of CBD Oil for Pets
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is one of the compounds in the Cannabis Sativa plant that interacts with the endocannabinoid system that is present in dogs and cats. It interacts with their system in much the same way it does in a human’s system when using something like dry herb vaporizers. It is completely safe for your pet, provided you do not use too much. You will not get your pet high by using it. In fact, CBD may provide your pet with the following:
- Pain reduction
- Support for nervous system
- Anxiety reduction
- Reducing seizures and convulsions
- Gastrointestinal support
- Immune system support
- Cardiovascular system support
The best method for delivery of CBD is to use a dropper to place CBD oil on the sides of the mouth. Oil can also be added to food or treats. There are also treats on the market that includes CBD in the ingredients.
Exercise Your Pet
Exercise is as important for pets as it is for humans. It will help to maintain a healthy weight in your pet. It will also maintain a more durable cardiovascular system. Exercising can help with things like joint disease, heart disease, and diabetes.
Best of all, when you are exercising your pet, it will also help you to be more active. It is a win-win. Some of the ways to exercise your dog include going on hikes together and going to the dog park. If you have a cat, you might consider setting up an obstacle course inside the house. Make the activities fun for your pet to maintain the interest in engaging in the activity.
Pets can notoriously be aggressive or shy when encountering people or other animals. Socialization is best when began at a young age. While your pet is still a puppy or a kitten, start introducing it to people and animals around you. This is best when done in the period from a few weeks old to about 16-18 weeks.
If you have a dog, consider going to the dog park as often as possible. If you have a cat, make sure to have visitors over including other cats if possible. Reducing the anxiety your pet feels when encountering other people and pets, will help to reduce anxiety. This will make sure your pet will live a longer life.
Your pet wants to be around for as long as possible. With a healthy life, your pet will have the best opportunity to do so. By paying attention to such things as diet, socialization, and getting regular vet visits, your pet will have the healthiest life. Following the advice given here will help you to start on the right path. Remember to be in tune with your pet by paying attention. The more you can recognize changes in behavior and appearance, the better. You can catch things while they are developing for a longer and healthier life.
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