One of the most important aspects of being a pet owner is overseeing your pets’ health in between veterinary visits. Proper nutrition, lots of exercise, frequent opportunities for mental stimulation – and plenty of TLC, of course – are crucial for ensuring a long happy life for dogs and cats alike.
We’ve compiled information on some of the basics here, and encourage you to continue learning about your pet. We’re always happy to answer questions and recommend further reading.
1.) Annual Pet Wellness Exams
Regular check-ups are key for helping your pets live long, healthy and happy lives. These visits allow your vet to assess your pet’s overall health, including teeth, heart, lungs, and joints. It’s also an opportunity for vaccinations, lab work, and other needs, as well as a chance to discuss pet care education, concerns, and more.
2.) Senior Pet Care
Elderly cats and dogs can continue to bring joy and love to your family for years, but they do have special health requirements as they age. Through proper geriatric care, you can manage your pet’s health and risk for chronic diseases. Regular wellness check-ups are important, including lab work to detect age-related conditions early, and dental care. Talk with your vet to understand how to best care for your senior pet.
3.) Puppy Care and Kitten Care
Puppies and kittens bring excitement and energy to any home. Whether or not you’ve had a young pet before, there are important things to understand about caring for puppies and kittens. Your pet’s first vet visit will cover basic diet needs to care for their developing bodies, housetraining or litter box discussions, and will set up your schedule for first vaccinations. Your vet will also discuss spay or neutering your animal, as well as microchipping and pet insurance options. Your puppy or kitten should have a complete physical exam to start living healthy lives.
4.) Flea, Tick, Heartworm, and Intestinal Parasite Prevention
Protecting your pet against common pests and parasites is a must to helping them be happy and healthy. Fleas, ticks, and parasites can cause symptoms from mild irritation to the transmission of diseases and worse. Be sure to discuss treatment and prevention with your veterinarian, as there are varying options including medications such as Frontline and Heartgard, among others.
The key to your pet’s health lies in his mouth. Healthy teeth and gums are important for helping your cat or dog eat comfortably and feel well. Regular dental cleanings are advised to remove plaque and tartar, prevent periodontal disease, and improve breath. At home, you can give treats and treatments to help with dental maintenance, but you should be sure to discuss your pet’s dental care needs with your veterinarian first.
Have pet care questions or concerns? Call Animal Medical Center today, and always feel free to discuss your pet’s health care with your veterinarian.