Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy and Happy

Jun 6, 2018 | Preventive Care

A healthy pet is a happy pet! Taking great care of your pet begins the minute you welcome your pet into your family and home. You and your pet deserve the enjoyment of each other for as many years as possible. There are plenty of ways to help your pet live a long and healthy life, and the following are tips on how to get started.

Easy Ways to Help Your Pet Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life

Visit the vet regularly.

Healthy pets should visit the vet at least once a year for a check-up (and at least twice a year for senior pets age seven and older). Annual visits allow your vet to visually examine your pet, administer vaccine boosters, and check for any ailments, injuries, or illnesses. If your pet is sick, in pain, or displaying unusual behavior, a visit the to the vet is in order. Please don’t delay scheduling an appointment if your pet is lethargic, won’t eat, or refuses to drink water. Bring your pet to the vet if you have any health-related concerns.

Feed your pets healthy food.

Providing your pet with a healthy diet is essential. Also, feeding your pet an appropriate amount of food each day is one of the most important keys to a long and healthy life. Make sure to talk to your vet about the type and amount of food your pet should eat. Animals thrive when they are an optimal weight and not over-indulged with food and treats. And, don’t worry - dogs and cats like pet food made especially for them. They don’t need human food for happiness!

Talk with your vet about pet-related concerns.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health, behavior, or well-being, talk with your vet. It’s important to find a vet that is interested in your pet’s overall welfare. A genuinely caring vet is happy to make health, nutrition, medication, and behavior recommendations, and to have honest conversations with you about any of your concerns.

Spay or neuter your pet.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat prevents unplanned litters of kittens or puppies. While it might seem like a fun idea to let your dog or cat have babies, those babies will eventually need a loving home to call their own. Finding a family for your pet’s kittens or puppies is easier said than done. And, it is heart-wrenching to drop baby animals at a shelter because you can’t take care of them all. Spaying or neutering your pet also has health-related benefits. Make sure to talk to your vet about the reasons spaying or neutering is a healthy choice.

Don’t lose your pet.

Has your pet ever escaped from your house through an open door or a hole in the fence? Unintentionally losing a pet because the pet slipped away is a terrifying experience. It’s important to give your pet with the best possible chance of being returned. Make sure your pet wears a collar with a current name tag. Also, microchip your pet. If your pet is found and brought to a shelter, the shelter will scan your pet for a chip. The chip provides your contact information so that the shelter can locate you.

Besides these easy-to-follow tips, there are many others. Keeping your pet healthy and happy also requires regular dental exams, grooming, and exercising. Of course, your pet also needs a lot of love and affection. At Tustin Legacy Animal Hospital, we are here for you through all stages of your pet’s life. We care for your pet like a member of our own family, and we look forward to seeing you and your pet soon.