There are a few tips below that will help you keep your pet in tiptop shape, including proper nutrition, preventative medications, grooming, and mental stimulation.

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Correct Nutrition

By feeding your pet the right amount and type of food, you are preventing obesity-related illnesses and extending his life. If you feed your pet quality food, he can usually meet his nutritional needs. However, check with your veterinarian to see if he needs any supplements. Make sure your pet gets enough freshwater, and watch how many treats you give him; most veterinarians recommend that treats shouldn’t account for more than 10% of his daily calories. It’s always best to have a look at some Freshpet dog food reviews before you commit to buying food.  

Regular Exercise

You can keep your pet fit and active by taking them on walks, hiking, playing fetch, and swimming. Make sure they are mentally stimulated as well! Your cat or dog will be engaged and interested if you provide toys to play with, hide treats, and build obstacle courses. To expose your pet to new sights and scents, you can also change up your walking routine.

Regular Checkups

A veterinarian can perform a variety of health screenings during an annual wellness exam to detect early signs of disease and to catch warning signs of more serious illnesses. Plaque and tartar may also need to be removed by annual dental appointments.

Grooming

You should trim your pet’s nails, brush him a couple of times a week, and bathe him regularly. You can also use grooming to check for changes in your pet’s fur and skin, like dandruff, bald patches, or dry skin. During this time you should also check for lumps and bumps that might be cause for concern. Your veterinarian can advise you on the best way to groom your pet.

Plenty Of Affection

Both you and your dog or cat will benefit from establishing a strong bond. You can show your pet some love by snuggling, petting, rubbing his belly, or brushing his coat. This not only strengthens your emotional bond with your pet, but it promotes positive interactions between your pet and other animals and humans.

Socialization

Early socialization helps reduce the chances of antisocial or fearfully aggressive behaviors in dogs, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. A puppy’s or kitten’s formative years – from about 2 to 16 weeks of age – are the most critical for socialization. So ensure they have enough human and animal interaction throughout their life, not just in the early months. If your pet has received the all-clear from the vet, you may want to visit family and friends, take them to the dog park, go for a walk around the neighborhood, or let them spend the afternoon at the daycare.

This short guide should help you to look after your dog or cat and keep them healthy. Are there any other tips you think should be included?

 

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