Keeping your best furry friend healthy and happy requires being mindful of their daily routine, nutrition, and exercise. Keeping your four-legged friend as healthy as possible will also contribute to her daily happiness. There are lots of things you can do to ensure your pet’s quality of life, but it’s the little things that add up each and every day that make all the difference. Here are a few helpful pet health tips to keep your furry friend at their best.
Daily Exercise and Play
If you work away from home for a large part of the day, that’s eight to ten hours a day or more that your buddy spends all by himself.
There’s only so much bird watching and looking out at the passing cars that Max can do before he becomes bored and lonely.
Dogs are naturally pack animals and are very social creatures, so spending a lot of time alone doesn’t come naturally for him.
Many people tend to think that cats are introverts by nature, but this isn’t necessarily true.
They too miss you while you’re away and tend to enjoy the company of their loved ones.
If you can arrange to have a pet sitter come by in the middle of the day for a walk and playtime when you have to work, it can break up the loneliness in the middle of the day and give Max a much-needed bathroom break outside.
If this can’t be arranged, make sure to leave plenty of enrichment toys out while you’re away such as puzzle toys with treats hidden inside.
Not all pet foods are made equally.
Some pets may have food allergies that go without being diagnosed.
Your veterinarian can test for food allergies. Some dogs and cats may suffer skin allergies, which can be caused by something in the diet such as grains.
Holistic foods that have high-quality proteins are excellent options for dogs and cats.
A healthy environment, one that is clean and well-kept is key to pet health. Daily walks with lots of exercise are essential to the health and well-being of your pet.
Especially, if they spend a lot of time inside.
Cats too can enjoy walks if they are trained on a leash.
Interactive playtime will help you and your pet bond.
Other things like pest infestations should also be considered when thinking about pet care.
Making sure your pet has a sanitary environment to live in is incredibly important to its well-being.
Regular Trips to the Veterinarian
At least once a year, your four-legged friend needs a visit to the veterinarian.
Even animals who are young and healthy will benefit from seeing their veterinarian at least once a year to ensure everything is well in their world.
A veterinarian is trained to pick up on any signs of illness.
Prevention is the key to treating illnesses and your veterinarian can help you spot an illness before it becomes advanced.
Regularly showing your fur buddy attention will not only make them happy, but it can help you spot anything that may be amiss.
Any changes in eating, drinking, eliminating, or behavior, in general, can be a key that something might be wrong.
By having a close relationship with your pet, you will be able to spot these things more easily.
Sunday 14th of November 2021
It is really almost unbelievable what some pet foods try and do sneak by everyone.
Saturday 29th of September 2018
These are really good intro tips for any pet parent!
Wednesday 3rd of May 2017
I always make sure my Prada Girl is healthy. She is my best friend. She is now 7 years old and I hate the fact that she is getting older. Thanks for the great tips!
Sunday 1st of January 2017
Really helpful tips here. I just played with my cat earlier today :)
Wednesday 5th of October 2016
These are some great tips. I sent these all along to my dad who has 2 furbabies.