We all want our furry friends to live a long, happy, and healthy life. In October, we help fulfill that hope as we celebrate ‘National Pet Wellness Month’, a good time to remember the significance of regular wellness checkups while making healthy lifestyle choices for your pup!
There’s no better way to honor this month than by making sure you make the positive choices that can help your dog live longer, have increased vitality, and thrive!
Follow these five tips that our team put together below to keep your pet healthy not only this month, but all year long!
1: Schedule A Vet Appointment-
All pets should be getting yearly checkups from their vet. A physical examination can catch any issues early and treat them before they become emergencies. Make sure your pet is up to date on all shots and medications. And a dental cleaning can also be a great idea, as dental health can really make a difference in the overall health of your pet.
2: Focus On Nutrition-
Proper nutrition keeps a dog fit and healthy while preventing many diseases.
The old axiom “you are what you eat” applies to dogs as well as to humans, so choose a high-quality food for your dog’s optimum health. Talk to us and make sure your pup has the best diet for them.
3: Get Enough Exercise-
What your pet eats and how much exercise they get can have a huge impact on how healthy they are. Ask us for recommendations when it comes to food, and ask about how much exercise your pet should be getting.
Regular exercise keeps the animal’s muscles, tendons, and bones strong. It also provides a measure of mental stimulation.
Spend some time exercising with your dog! Some ideas include walking, playing, and enjoying the outdoors. It will do you both a world of good!
4: Don’t Skimp Dental Care-
Having the right dental care will extend your dog’s life! If your dog has offensive breath, there may be an issue, especially if this is accompanied by a loss of appetite, vomiting, or excessive drinking/urinating.
Check your pet’s mouth–gums should be a healthy pink color and teeth should look clean without signs of brown tartar. Use a special dog toothbrush or piece of soft gauze, and massage the teeth or gums. Once your dog gets used to this, you will be able to brush their teeth two or three times weekly as part of a regular routine.
If you see any signs of oral disease, like inflamed gums, it is a good time to schedule an appointment by contacting us here.
5: Spend Quality Time With Your Dog-
Being happy is a critical component in your dog’s overall wellness, so it’s important not to underestimate the benefit of spending time with your best friend!
If a dog is constant left along without companionship or mental stimulation, they can become depressed!
Your pet is a family member so we suggest interacting with them by talking, walking, playing, and giving them the affection and attention they deserve.
Are you making any healthy changes for your dog during National Pet Wellness Month? If you have any questions, we invite you to contact our team by clicking here.