Healthy pets are happier pets. Part of being a responsible pet owner is ensuring that your dog, cat, or other animal is well taken care of and their needs are met. Ensuring that you have adequate time and proper finances to devote to caring for your pet should be a major consideration before adopting. Once you’ve welcomed a furry friend into your family, here are some ways to keep them looking and feeling their best.
1. Schedule annual checkups.
One of the best ways to keep your pet healthy is to get them regular checkups. Just as you go to the doctor for wellness exams or when you don’t feel well, your dog or cat should too. Since they can’t tell you when something is wrong, pay attention to their behavior and look for signs that something isn’t quite right. They should visit the vet at least once per year to make sure they’re in good health.
2. Engage in daily exercise.
Keep your pet moving! Not only does it help with weight management, it supports improved cardiovascular health, stronger muscles and joints, and better mobility. Plus, it’s something your dog enjoys! Take a walk or jog each day, visit the dog park, or throw a ball in the backyard. For cats, play with a laser pointer or feather toy, or give them a shiny ball to bat around.
3. Stimulate their mind.
In addition to exercising their body, exercise your pet’s mind. Teach your dog a variety of commands or tricks. Give them puzzle toys where they have to figure out how to get to the treat. Hide treats around your home and have them go search them out. The simple act of interacting with them and giving them attention is beneficial for their mental health too.
4. Administer protective medications.
Make sure your dog or cat has flea and tick protection, especially if they spend any time outdoors, or you live in an area where these critters are prevalent. Don’t forget to give them regular heartworm medication too. Talk to your veterinarian about any vaccines such as Bordetella that they may benefit from as well. Many facilities require these vaccines before your pet is boarded.
5. Provide a healthy diet.
Fuel your pet’s body with a nutritious diet that meets their needs. Take the time to do your research and read labels to figure out which food is a good fit for your dog or cat. Keep in mind that as they age, their needs may change. This can also be true if they have any underlying health conditions. And don’t forget that if you’re giving treats, make sure they are safe for your pet and won’t make them sick.
Your pet is part of your family, so make sure they are healthy and happy. If you’re planning a getaway, sign your dog or cat up to be boarded at Lake Wylie Pet Resort and give them a vacation of their own. You can rest assured they’ll be safe and get the love, attention, and activity they crave while you’re away. Contact us today to schedule a stay for your pet!