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Top 10 Ways to Promote Wellness in Dogs and Cats
If there’s one thing every dog or cat owner has in common, it’s the desire to ensure a long and happy life for their pet. We want as much time as possible with our four-legged friends. Time for playing. Time for cuddling. Time for just being in the same room with them.
Here are 10 ways you and your Banfield veterinarian can partner together to help promote wellness in the pets you love.
- Twice-yearly exams. Dogs and cats age much faster than people, almost 6 or 7 times as fast, and changes to their health happen quicker, as well. Regular, comprehensive exams every 6 months allow us to establish a benchmark for your pet’s health so problems can be found sooner and treated more effectively. To put this into human terms, a nose-to-tail pet health exam every 6 months is like a going to your doctor every 2-3 years.
- Dental care and cleanings. Dental disease is a serious issue for dogs and cats, and is often associated with serious medical issues like heart disease and kidney failure. According to our 2016 State of Pet Health Report, it’s also one of the top conditions found in both dogs and cats. By taking a proactive approach to pet dental health with at-home care, such as tooth brushing or dental chews, combined with professional cleanings, you can help reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease and keep your pet healthy.
- Vaccinations. Dogs and cats are at risk for serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases. Luckily, some of them can be prevented by providing important vaccinations for puppies and kittens and by staying up-to-date on recommended vaccinations for adult dogs and cats. Your Banfield veterinarian will partner with you to determine the vaccine plan that’s right for your pet.
- Proper nutrition. The right pet food is like a daily dose of preventive medicine. It gives your dog or cat the nutrients they need for optimum growth and development, and fuels a long and happy life. With a better understanding of your pet’s nutritional needs, you can even help treat and manage some common health conditions with portion control and prescription diets, like obesity, diabetes, or joint disease.
- Year-round parasite prevention. Parasites like, fleas, ticks and heartworms can pose a significant health risk to your pet, but prevention of these pests can be simple if done right. By using a flea, tick and heartworm preventive year-round, you can keep your pet safe from heartworm disease, tick-borne illnesses, tapeworms and other harmful diseases.
- Behavior and Training. Behavior can serve as a barometer of your pet’s overall health. By knowing how to read your pet’s actions, you can identify abnormal behaviors and learn how to address behavioral challenges. Additionally, good behavior and proper training help enhance the bond between people and pets.
- Grooming. Proper grooming keeps your pet comfortable and clean. Appropriate bathing and brushing helps the skin and coat remain in good, healthy condition. And nail trimming helps avoid the injuries that can occur when nails are overgrown and break or split.
- Exercise. About 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 3 cats are overweight or obese, and those extra pounds can contribute to big issues such as arthritis, diabetes and respiratory problems. A regular exercise routine along with a healthy diet is an important component of keeping your dog or cat at a lean, healthy weight.
- Quality time with your pet. The time you spend with your pet is invaluable. Each moment you are around them is an opportunity to become more in tune with their moods and personalities. When you pet them you become familiar with their skin and coat and can notice abnormalities. By knowing what is the normal behavior and physical condition for your pet, you can detect changes quicker.
- Staying informed. One of the best gifts you can give to your pet is the commitment of being a well-informed owner. Our pet health library is full of helpful information on health conditions, preventive care, safety tips and more. Browse our collection of articles so you can help deliver the best possible care for your pets.
An Optimum Wellness Plan® Can Help
Our Optimum Wellness Plans are packages of preventive care that you can personalize to meet the unique needs of your individual pet. With comprehensive exams, routinely recommended vaccines and disease screenings bundled together, along with the option to include dental cleanings, parasite control and other preventive care, our plans can help you give the pets you love the care they deserve.
Use our plan builder to get a personalized recommendation or talk to your local Banfield veterinarian.