A healthy pet is a happy pet! Just like with humans, pets need healthy food, mental stimulation, physical exercise, social fun and regular visits to a medical professional. Follow these tips and keep your pet’s health in top condition so he’s with you for many years to come:
1) Provide Them with Healthy, Nutritious Food
Just like humans are recommended to consume a healthy diet, pets are too! The best decision you can make for your pet’s health is the food that you give them. Try your hardest to provide them with nutritious dog food. Research their food before you give it to them, which may consist of checking ingredients or even calling manufacturers. It might seem crazy, but your pet will thank you when their lives are prolonged by a healthy diet. Avoid food with by-products, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Limit or completely avoid people food.
2) Help Them Use Their Brain
As animals age, they can begin to have altered cognitive function. The same happens with humans and can result in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It has been proven that “exercising” the brain can delay or prevent cognitive problems. Try to come up with games you can play with your pet that will force them to use their brains. It can be as easy as hiding their toys around the house and having them look for them.
3) Make Sure They Get Plenty of Exercise
As said above, physical activity is extremely important to every pet’s well-being. It keeps them healthy physically and mentally. If your pet doesn’t get enough exercise, he could become overweight leading to a host of diseases like arthritis and diabetes.
4) Social Interactions
It is known that dogs that are exposed to other dogs have happier lives. There are some exceptions to this because some dogs simply do not get along with other canines. But some will be better behaved and more fun if they are socialized. Having your dog interact with other animals can even help to improve your own social life! Visiting the dog park is a great option when considering ways to socialize your dog.
5) Visit the Vet
Yes, visiting the veterinarian may be expensive and a pain. However, it will prove to be very beneficial for your pet’s life. Just because there isn’t an apparent problem with your pet’s health doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring them for regular visits to the vet. Pets sometimes have underlying conditions that do not always cause apparent symptoms that can be diagnosed, such as fleas or ear infections. The vet can weigh your pet to determine if it is at a healthy weight. He/she can give you recommendations for how to improve your pet’s health and answer any questions you may have.
It is known that there are many other ways to improve your pet’s health, but these are just some of the most important to get you started. Hopefully following these tips and recommendations will prove to be beneficial for your pet’s health and wellbeing.