The Top Three Factors in Raising a Healthy Pet

Published on December 28, 2015 by in Blog


Healthy petsIn an ideal world, our pets would be by our side until our dying day but, sadly, that simply is not possible. But what is possible is doing everything you can to ensure your favorite feline or cherished canine has the best chance of living a long, happy and healthy life, right by your side. So, what three things can you do to help reach that goal?

Feed Your Pet a Well-Balanced Diet

One area of significance when it comes to helping your pet live a fulfilling life is the food you feed him. A diet that is balanced and species-appropriate is crucial. Since dogs and cats are natural carnivores, high quality protein and moisture are necessary, along with a low content of carbohydrates and grains. With so many pet food choices on the market today, it can get confusing when trying to select the food that is best for your pet, so don’t hesitate to consult with your veterinarian. You may also find assistance by reading dog food reviews online from sites such as Dog Food Advisor and Consumer Affairs.

Monitor Your Pet’s Weight

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53% of adult dogs and 55% of cats are classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarians. Many pet parents don’t even realize their four-legged friend is overweight, putting them at risk for a long list of obesity-related diseases.

The problem begins with overfeeding the wrong type of food. Again, since dogs and cats are carnivores, the foundation of their diet should be animal muscle meats, organs and bones. Unfortunately, most affordable pet food has a foundation of grains, carbs and fillers – the exact ingredients a pet’s digestive system cannot process efficiently.

Lack of adequate physical activity is just as great a risk factor in raising a pet that is not so pleasantly plump. Every animal, humans included, is designed to be physically active in order to achieve optimal health. Lack of activity can cause your pet to pack on extra pounds as well as cause extreme boredom and lack of mental stimulation, both of which are ingredients in a recipe of various behavioral issues.

At-Home Exams and Regular Wellness Check-ups Are a Must

Dogs and cats are experts when it comes to hiding their pain, making it essential for their pet parents to perform at-home wellness exams on a regular basis. To do so, simply sit your pet on your lap and work your fingers along his body from the tops of his ears to the tip of his tail, looking and feeling for anything out of sorts, such as discharge, debris, lumps, cuts, etc. These exams are a simple and effective way to keep a close eye on your pet’s health. When combined with bi-annual or annual veterinary check-ups, these at-home exams can provide early detection of a possible health hazard. And early detection means early treatment, which gives a greater chance for a full recovery.

As a responsible pet parent, it is your duty to help your canine or kitty live a long, happy and healthy life. Do everything in your power to be the conscientious, caring and effective pet parent your pet deserves!

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