Healthy pets mean fewer vet bills, a stronger bond with your animals, and a happier house for you and them. Read on to learn how to keep them healthy.
To see if your pet is overweight, place your hands along its ribs: if you can’t feel them, then your pet is supersized.
To help your pet lose weight
While dry kibble is cheap and convenient, it may not be the best choice. Cats in particular, because of higher protein needs, tend to become overweight on high-carbohydrate dry diets.
Consider switching to a more natural diet with fewer fillers, additives, byproducts, and grain ingredients. Many pet and health food stores stock a variety of natural, organic, or holistic pet foods.
Turn exercise into play. The extra exercise may also help you stay in shape.
A dry coat with flaky skin or overly oily fur may mean your pet has a dietary imbalance, requiring a change in food or the addition of supplements to its diet. Patches of missing fur or raw, red skin could indicate an allergic reaction, a parasite infestation such as fleas, or overgrooming due to an allergy or anxiety.
Use this time to check your pet’s eyes, ears, and mouth for tearing, discharge, dirt, redness, or any other signs of possible disease. Also check their paws and nails.
A healthy dose of fun
Playing, grooming, or just cuddling with your pet creates a bonding experience and leads to happier and healthier pets and people. So make setting aside some daily doggie or kitty time one of your pet resolutions.
Trips to the vet
Regular wellness checkups allow the vet to know the animal, detect and treat problems early, and answer health or behavioural questions.