Protect Your Pack
How to Ensure Your Pets Live Long, Healthy Lives
Guest Writer: Emma Sturgis
Whether you have a cat, dog or a fish, your pet likely becomes a member of the family instead of just another animal. Your pet deserves to live a happy and healthy life, and there are a few ways that you can make sure this takes place. One of the first things to know about helping your pets live long, healthy lives is to set up an area in the home with food, water, and toys so that the pet is comfortable and knows their needs are met from the moment they enter your home.
Before you bring the pet into your home, you want to take it to a veterinarian—especially if you have other pets. The doctor can give all of the required vaccinations to prevent diseases, such as rabies and parvo. The vet can also recommend any medications that the animal needs to be on to help control fleas or to support the bones and joints if the pet is older. It’s important to take the pet to the vet as you would yourself so that their weight can be monitored as well as any other health conditions.
Food and Care Products
Some foods are made with preservatives and other items that could endanger the health of your pet. Natural pet food, on the other hand, should contain healthy ingredients to ensure the animal is getting the vitamins and minerals that it needs to grow in the proper manner. The importance of quality ingredients extends beyond pet food and into pet care products. Cats and dogs with sensitive skin may have an adverse reaction to synthetic products, which is why all pet owners should try to use all-natural care and grooming products. This can be accomplished by using only allergen-free grooming tools and natural dog products from Roxy’s Remedies. Make sure you always check the ingredients in any food or care product you buy for your pet to make sure they don’t contain known allergens.
Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise. If your dog, cat, or another animal sits around the house all the time, then the muscles and joints won’t get the movement that is needed to grow and sustain the weight of the body. When pets get regular exercise, whether it’s playing with a ball or going for a walk, they will often have a lower stress level and be in a better mood while around the family. If there is a pet park in the area, consider taking your friend so that he can socialize with other animals of its kind.
If your pet isn’t in a comfortable environment, it could cut back on their lifespan. Your pet needs to be in a safe and secure environment. Make sure there is plenty of water and food available, as well as a soft place to sleep. Avoid keeping the animal on a chain or leash while outside, and if it’s necessary, try to take the animal off the restraint for some time during the day so that it has a bit of freedom.
From cats to dogs, there are several ways that you can make sure your pet lives a long and healthy life with the family. Establish a routine for the pet being fed and offered an adequate amount of exercise. By showing plenty of love for your pet and making sure its basic needs are met, you’ll give them the best chance of living a long, healthy and happy life.
“Helping Your Pets Live Long, Healthy Lives” was written by: Emma Sturgis
About the Author: Emma is a freelance writer based in Boston, MA. When not writing, she enjoys baking and playing catch with her black Labrador Harlan. Questions? Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2
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