Our pets are both family members and friends. These adorable animals certainly make our lives whole, and brighten our days with their cute faces, unconditional love, and funny antics. As a responsible and loving pet parent, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. In this article, a local Westland area vet offers tips for improving your pet’s health.
Consider investing in a wellness plan for your furball, or enrolling your pet in an insurance plan. You may find that you actually save money on pet care with wellness plans. As for insurance, if your pet was to become injured or sick, it can make a huge difference in what you are able to do for your four-legged pal.
Fleas and ticks will not only make your furry pal miserably itchy, they can transmit other parasites, such as tapeworms, as well as dangerous diseases. Heartworms are another serious health threat, especially to dogs. Treating a pet with heartworm can be very difficult and exhausting for the pet, but luckily, it’s quite easy to protect your furball from these nasty parasites. Keep up with your pet’s parasite control products!
Did you know that over half of dogs, and almost 60 percent of cats, are overweight or obese? We know, it’s easy to give in to those pleading eyes and give your furball yummy snacks, but that extra weight can do some serious damage to your pet’s health! Ask your vet to recommend a nutritional plan, including portion sizes. Feeding quality food is also important: get the best pet food you can afford.
Make sure your furry buddy is getting enough exercise, and has plenty of fun, suitable toys to keep them occupied while you’re away. Boredom can lead or contribute to a whole slew of behavioral issues in our animal friends, while lack of activity is also detrimental to your pet’s health.
Regular veterinary appointments will greatly increase the odds of any medical issues being caught early. In between appointments, watch your furry friend closely for any signs of illness. If you notice anything amiss, don’t wait to find out if it resolves itself: contact your vet immediately.
Does your pet need veterinary care? We can help! Call us, your local Westland area vet, today!