With our busy modern lifestyles, it can sometimes be difficult to stay on top of that is best for the well-being and health of our beloved pets. How best to keep our feline friends and canine companions healthy and happy? Regular exams by your local vet are vital to your pet’s health. Just like us, our pets are open to heart problems, arthritis and even tooth ache. Cats can be born with undetected illnesses such as feline aids, leukemia and blood problems. As our pets get older it does become more important to visit your vet for a check up.
Maintaining a healthy weight is very important. Many pets, both dogs and cats are overweight. Just like us, obesity in pets comes with health risks including diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Overfeeding is the leading cause of obesity, keeping our pets trim can add years to their lives. Pets need far fewer calories than most of us think. As little as 185-370 per day for a small dog and just 240-350 calories daily for a fairly large cat. Check with your vet. Pets that are stimulated, live longer. Just like us, pets need mental stimulation. Consider a daily walk for your pooch(s) and toys for your cat(s). Play time with your pets will not only keep your pet’s muscles toned and boredom at bay, it also strengthens your bond with your four-footed friends.
Consider microchipping your pet. As few as 14% of pets that roam ever find their way home after getting lost. As small as a grain of rice, the microchip is inserted under the skin in less than a second. It needs no battery and can be scanned by your local vet in seconds.For optimal health your pets need regular vaccinations against common ills, such as rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, and canine hepatitis. Prevention of parasites is important Fleas are one of the most common external parasite that can plague our beloved pets, a major problem in the Western Cape. Fleas can also introduce other parasites into your beloved pets. All it takes is for your pet to swallow one flea and it can end up with tapeworms, the most common internal parasite affecting dogs and cats.
Finally, thousands of pets end up in animal shelters every year. Responsible pet ownership requires us to ensure that we spay and neuter our pets. This not only cuts down on the number of unwanted pets, it also has substantial health benefits for your pet. Studies have shown that it reduces the risk of certain cancers. Also, spaying reduces the desire to roam.