Pets are our lifelong companions. They are so crucial to our lives because they bring us joy, but we have to be responsible for their mental and physical well-being. As pet parents, we must make sure that our little ones are well-cared-for and comfortable. Many owners don't think pets have the propensity to live a long and healthy life. If they're taken care of properly, pets can live for quite some time. The world's oldest dog almost got to thirty years, and all of that was due to his owner taking great care of his mental and physical health.
Pet health isn't a constant, and we must be ever vigilant to spot any issues that may show up with our fur baby's health. Dogs, in particular, show off when they're sick with unorthodox behavior. Prevention is always better than seeking a cure, and smart pet parents will be proactive in ensuring that their charges are still healthy and happy. Here, we examine half a dozen factors that can significantly impact your pet's well-being and how you could deal with it as a pet owner.
1. Take Your Pet for Their Checkups
You know that you need to schedule a checkup with a doctor every so often to ensure that your body's working at its most efficient. Pets are similar, but they can't set up their own appointments. It would be best if you scheduled your pet exams at least once a year. However, the checkup is only the first part of the process. If you consult the vet you go to, they'll likely inform you about the things you need to do to ensure that your pet remains healthy, even after the checkup.
Again, like humans, preventative care can be critical to maintaining health. Small things like dental hygiene and grooming can help your pet to remain healthy and happy in between their annual visits. At the early part of your pet's life, he or she may need to get spayed or neutered. Your vet will arrange for these procedures and any mandatory vaccines that they may need to take. Older pets may need to schedule more frequent visits (instead of a year, maybe every six or four months) since their bodies are a lot frailer. Talk to your vet to figure out the best schedule for your visits.
2. Mental and Physical Exercise
Physical activity is another vital component in raising a healthy pet. Unfortunately, with so many fatty snacks and food, our pets are becoming as obese as the rest of the population. Getting your pet to run around will help them lose a little weight, but it will also afford them some much-needed exercise. If your pet is indoor-only, you need to dedicate the time to exercise with them. If you don't, they'll likely start gaining weight, and their health will suffer because of it.
Mental health is as important as physical health for pets as well as humans. Consider buying your fur baby some toys so that they can exercise their mental curiosity. If you keep them indoors a lot for safety, they won't have the same level of exploration that outdoor pets have. Toys are an integral part of keeping them aware of the things around them. These objects also allow them to give in to their curious nature - something that many pets display but that owners tend to overlook when they get over a certain age. There's no one-size-fits-all solution for this sort of behavior. You need to pay attention to your pets to see what appeals to them the most.
3. High-Quality Diet
Pets are reliant on their owners for food, and what you feed them can impact their health either positively or negatively. Most store-brand food lacks several essential nutrients that you'd want for your fur baby. Luckily, the outrage from pet parents about low-quality food has seen many manufacturers change their processes. Now you're likely to get high-quality pet food at affordable prices. Some pet parents prefer to feed their pets a raw-food diet, which may word with some breeds, but might harm others. It's not recommended you try to feed your pet a diet that doesn't contain necessary minerals and nutrients, or else they will get sick.
4. Pet Insurance
We know how wary everyone is about health insurance. Getting a policy for your pet might be something you should consider, especially if you have a breed that is prone to getting ill. Vet bills can mount up over time, and if your pet has several issues with their health, insurance can help you deal with the rising costs of care. It's not just for pets that are going through a tough time throughout their lives, however. Sometimes your pet may need an expensive procedure done, and you can't expect to cover the cost yourself. Pet insurance exists to help shoulder that burden so that you can get your pet back to their fittest shape.
5. Love Is a Key Ingredient
Have you ever noticed pets that come from a home where there isn't a lot of love? They're emaciated and look as though they lack something deep inside themselves. Rescue pets are perfect examples of how love can transform a pet into a majestic animal. These pets are usually found or picked up from abusive owners or the street where they were abandoned. It's clear from their behavior that they don't trust humans, and they haven't had anything resembling love in their lives. However, give them to a responsible pet parent, and you'll see how they flourish into excellent, loyal pets.
6. Enjoy Their Companionship
Pets are wonderful for humans because they ar5e able to share something unique with us - inter-species companionship. Your pet isn't likely to outlive you, but the memories you create with them will span the ages. Their pictures will remain in your photo albums, and their memories will stay in your heart. Companionship comes alongside happiness for a pet. Their connection to you goes hand in hand with their expectations and their dreams. To them, you're more than just a provider. You're their best friend.