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Health Tips for our Best Friends

Our pets are a part of our family.  A responsible pet owner is responsible for getting a pet the care he/she needs.  But they can’t tell you when something is wrong.  When it comes to pet health “success loves preparation” – staying on top of your pet’s health is the best way to make sure they live a long and healthy life.  With that in mind here are some tips to keep your pet healthy:

  1. Keep your pet hydrated, especially when it’s hot outside
  2. Grooming is important.  A clean pet is a happy and healthy pet.  Groomed fur cuts down on hairballs which can cause intestinal blockages.  Routinely check your pet’s eyes and ears to catch infections early.  Nailing trimming prevents nails from growing into your pet’s paw pads.  If this happens it can be painful and can lead to infection.  Dental hygiene in pets is very important.  If you can’t afford to have a groomer brush your pet’s teeth regularly there are plenty of websites that give step-by-step instructions for brushing your pet’s teeth, check out http://www.medi-vet.com/caninedental.aspx.
  3. Flea control – controlling fleas can prevent all sorts of health problems such as skin infections and parasites like tapeworms.  There are many options to consider for flea control.
  4. Regular check-ups – just like people pets need to visit their vet regularly.  Vet check-ups make sure pets have had all their vaccines and increase chances of catching health issues before they become a problem.
  5. Weight management – make sure your pet is on a food that fits his/her age.  Avoid feeding your pet table scraps and people food.  Also, exercise is an important part of keeping your pet healthy.  For a list of different exercises for you and your pet check out http://www.hillspet.com/weight-management/pet-exercise.html
  6. Joints and aging – as your pet ages he/she may begin having problems moving around from joint pain.  Proper weight management, exercise, and diet throughout your pet’s life are the best ways to prevent and manage joint pain.  If your pet has joint pain you can talk to your vet about supplements that prevent inflammation.  You can also make a heating bag for your pet out of plain rice and a sock the heat helps control the inflammation.

Here are some helpful websites on the subject of pet health:

http://www.medi-vet.com/infohome.aspx

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/

http://www.ewg.org/research/eddies-healthy-pet-tips

http://www.embarkonpethealth.com/wp-content/uploads/emBARK-pet-health-tips.pdf

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