Help Prevent Complaints From Your Cats and Dogs Through Planned Wellness

Do you hear complaints from your pet when it’s dinnertime or when they want attention? Addressing behavior and nutrition as part of your pet’s year-round care can help you stay on top of your pet’s social skills and dietary needs.

In fact, a proactive approach to dog health or cat health through a preventive care plan that includes behavior and nutrition considerations is one of the best things that you can do to keep your pet healthy.

Understanding & Managing Pet Behavior

Training helps keep your pet safe and more fun to be around. In addition, your pet should be loved and stimulated with regular play. Boredom and excess energy are common reasons for behavior problems in dogs, and those behavior issues can cause pet owners to complain. To help avoid this, we recommend two basic tactics to consider:

  • Teach basic commands.
    Sit, stay, come and how to walk on a leash are very important for every dog to know. When your pet learns to listen, you can keep your dog out of harm’s way and control his or her behavior under various circumstances.
  • Address any behavior issues early.
    Complaints about behavior are the number one cause of relinquishment of adult pets. Many difficulties with behavior such as separation anxiety, aggression, eliminating in the house, jumping up and barking are controlled more easily if corrective measures are taken early. Once a behavior has become ingrained in your pet, it can be harder to treat. You and your veterinarian should talk about any behavioral concerns during every visit.

Nutrition

Nutrition is also an important part of a preventive care plan. Your pet’s diet should be appropriate for its age and lifestyle. Like you, your pet needs a well-balanced diet to stay healthy. When taking proactive measures to ensure that your dog or cat is receiving nutritional care, there are two important things to consider:

  • Obesity prevention.
    Obesity is directly related to your pet’s health. Obesity is associated with many diseases including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and certain respiratory issues. Pets that are at an ideal weight have a lower risk for these diseases.
  • Feed according to need.
     The best food to feed your pet depends on the age, size, breed and health status of your pet. Your veterinarian can give you the best recommendation on how much and which food is right for your pet.

An Optimum Wellness Plan® Can Help

A preventive pet health care program for your pet can begin with a Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan. These plans include routinely recommended vaccinations and diagnostic testing, as well as unlimited office visits. Talk to your local Banfield veterinarian about how to personalize a plan for your dog or cat.