Keeping Happy & Healthy Pets
You have probably heard the saying “happy pets are healthy pets.” Pets are members of the family that provide us with companionship and unconditional love, so we need to make sure that their health is a top priority.
As a pet owner, you have an important responsibility to keep your animal healthy and happy. This includes giving them a nutritious diet, healthcare and mental and physical stimulation both inside and outside. Grooming also helps maintain hygiene and keeps them comfortable. Read on to learn how you can keep your best pals in tip top shape.
Nutrition & Exercise For Healthy Pets
The health of your pets is largely influenced by the quality of their food and how often they are exercised each day. Pets who spend too many hours in an inactive state will gain weight because they don’t have any physical activity to burn off their caloric intake. This can lead to diseases like diabetes and heart disease as well as joint issues.
The kind of food you feed your pet will eat contributes heavily to their disposition – just like it does with humans. A healthy pet has a nutritious diet that provides adequate sustenance so that they can maintain their energy levels.
Animals need vitamins and minerals for their body to perform optimally. Here are some of the fundamental components of a healthy pet’s diet:
- Protein: Protein builds and repairs body tissues in your pet. Protein is also used to produce enzymes and hormones, which are essential for many processes in the body.
- Fats: Fats insulate a pet’s body and to help absorb vitamins and promote healthy skin.
- Vitamins: Healthy pets require a variety of essential vitamins for their general well-being including Vitamin A, B12, D & E.
- Minerals: Minerals maintain healthy organs such as kidney function.
- Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates provide energy and to maintain healthy teeth.
- Bacteria: Healthy pets need the right balance of bacteria in their intestines for digestion, immune function, and even mental health.
- Water: Water is vital for all bodily functions and to carry nutrients around the body. Pets always need access to clean water; dehydration is never healthy!
Every animal has unique needs when it comes to what food is best suited for them. Do you know what foods are optimal for your pet, and what foods can negatively affect your pet’s health?
You cannot just feed pets what you eat and assume that is healthy for them. For instance, dogs can eat a vegetarian diet like humans and thrive. However, cats must have meat in their diet to survive. It is important to educate yourself on your pet’s specific dietary requirements.
Your vet will be able to help determine what foods would work best for your specific pet.
Avoid Toxic Foods
Some foods that are safe for human consumption are highly poisonous to an animal. For instance, onions, garlic, shallots, and scallions can cause damage to your cat’s red blood cells. Similarly, chocolate can be toxic to dogs causing vomiting or diarrhea and dehydration.
The best way to make sure your pets are safe is by doing research. View the Animal Poison Control Center’s “What You Need To Know” page where they list different foods’ safety ratings based on animal toxicity levels.
Another important aspect of a healthy pet is an active lifestyle. Animals that don’t get enough exercise are more likely to be obese, which can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Find new ways for your pet to move around – take them on walks, find a new toy, play fetch in the backyard, or run laps on the beach.
Pets are just like humans in more ways than one, including healthcare needs. Make sure they are up to date on vaccinations, and that your veterinarian has an updated health history. Also, make sure you address any medical issues in your pet with the right medications.
Why are vaccines for pets important? First, they ensure that your pet stays safe from harmful diseases which could be spread through contact with other pets. Vaccinations ensure their immune system will be strong enough to fight off any potential illness while also preventing the spreading of disease.
Sometimes your pets may need medications. Whether it is to help ease a chronic pain, control an itch or rash, or prevent intestinal parasites from taking over their health, it’s important to find the right medication that will work for your pets so they can live healthy and happy.
Regular Vet Visits
Keep on top of regular checkups at your veterinarian for the best preventative care. Regular veterinarian visits keep you on top of potential health issues before they become dire problems. Vet visits also build trust between pet and veterinarian, leading to more thorough veterinary care.
Healthy Pets & Grooming
Grooming your pet means a lot more than just maintaining appearances. Regular pet grooming keeps pets healthy, because it prevents skin irritation and ensures that they have good oral hygiene.
Grooming your dog or cat regularly (every six weeks for dogs) can also reduce shedding by removing dead hairs before they reach your clothes or furniture. Keeping fur healthy prevents skin irritation caused by excessive grooming. Regular baths with shampoo help as well–just don’t bathe too often, which dries out the animal’s skin! Combing through wet hair helps get rid of tangles, too.
Daily tooth brushing can prevent dental problems like plaque buildup and gum disease. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily also helps keep their mouth healthy by removing tartar buildup and preventing tooth decay. Just be sure to use a gentle, vet-approved plaque remover such as dental chews.
A healthy pet diet that is veterinarian-approved also helps by providing the nutrition necessary to keep teeth clean of food debris that could cause decay.
We Keep Pets Healthy at All Aboard Animal Hospital
We know how hard it is to be a pet parent. You love them and want the best for them, but sometimes you need a little help to keep healthy pets.
That’s where we come in. Our team at All Aboard Animal Hospital has been taking care of animals for over a decade with a focus on providing quality veterinary services that help pet owners take better care of their pets.
From micro-chipping to routine wellness exams, our doctor will work with you every step of the way so that you can have happy pets with a long lifespan.
Give us a call today at 954-785-7780 or request a veterinary appointment online. We cannot wait to meet you and your furry friends!