The power of preventive care
We all know prevention is better than cure, so why not apply this golden rule for your pooch? Preventive care for dogs and cats can be a lifesaver. Learn more about it.
–by Dr Sagar Bhosale
Preventive care is a crucial aspect for keeping your furry friends healthy and happy for life. Just like humans, dogs and cats are susceptible to a number of health problems that with the right treatment can be avoided or treated. Annual examinations, also known as “wellness visits,” can prevent your pet from developing numerous health issues, so make sure you say yes to them!
The focus of a preventive care for pets is to ensure that your pet is receiving everything they need to live a healthy life including proper nutrition, good hygiene and adequate stimulation, as well as early detection of any illness or disease that may be developing. If detected on time, most diseases are much easier to treat in the early stages, while some diseases can actually reach a point where treatment is no longer an option.
Here are few tips to make sure your pet lives a happy and healthy life –
Regular check-ups are essential to ensure that your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. Regular check-ups can stop your pet’s suffering before it begins, save your money on treatment, and help you learn more about your pet. Additionally, your veterinarian will conduct a physical examination and might suggest lab tests or other diagnostic techniques. These tests aid in the early detection of disease so that therapy can start right away. The key to averting the emergence of significant issues is early detection.
Vouching for Vaccinations
Vaccinations protect your pet from a variety of serious and deadly diseases. Vaccines help prepare a pet’s immune system to defend itself from any invasion of disease-causing organisms. They contain antigens, which mimic disease-causing organisms in a pet’s immune system, but don’t cause disease. The purpose of vaccines is to mildly stimulate the immune system by having it recognize the antigens present.
Slay with nutrition
Feeding your pet, a high-quality diet appropriate as per his age, size, and activity level is crucial for maintaining good health. Your veterinarian can recommend a diet that is best for your pet. It’s also important to monitor your pet’s weight, as being overweight or obese can lead to a variety of health problems. Talk to your veterinarian about the best way to weigh your pet and monitor their weight on a regular basis
Say yes to spay or neuter
Spaying or neutering your pet can help to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and other health problems. Most vets recommend that you spay or neuter your pet between six and nine months of age, but let your vet analyse the right time for your pet’s neutering.
Good grooming is always the key
Grooming is essential for maintaining your pet’s well-being and appearance. Regular brushing helps to remove loose hair, dirt, and debris and can help to prevent matting and skin problems. Additionally, nail trimming can help prevent scratches and other injuries that can be caused by overgrown nails
Don’t forget dental care
Dental care is an often-overlooked aspect of preventive care, but it is very important. Plaque and tartar build up can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Your veterinarian can recommend products or procedures to help maintain your pet’s dental health. It is also important to brush their teeth regularly to promote good oral health and prevent plaque build-up.
Perils of parasites
Parasites such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms can cause serious health problems in dogs and cats. These parasites can be controlled with the regular use of preventive medications that are prescribed by your veterinarian
By following these preventive care tips, you can help to ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy for life. Remember to consult your veterinarian regularly, and to act if you notice any changes in your pet’s health or behaviour. With proper care, your furry friend will be a loyal companion for many years to come.
Last but not least, setting up a routine between pets and vets when they are kittens or puppies generally removes or significantly improves the hassle and stress related to visiting a clinic. The pet will indeed become more familiar with the entire process, including the carrier, smells, and noises. The pet parent will also receive nutritional advice, information on neutering, and other health-related tips, all helping to give the pet the best start of life possible and maximizing the chances of a long, healthy life. Truth be told, how we care for kittens or puppies impacts their physical, social, and mental health for the rest of their lives.
At ROYAL CANIN®, cats and dogs have and will always come first. As a global expert in health through nutrition, the brand takes responsibility for the health and well-being of pets beyond its nutritional diets. One action is to foster responsible pet ownership through sharing knowledge and giving access to crucial data which help debunk preconceived ideas and nurture easier ways, all leading to healthy habits. Because ROYAL CANIN® believes that pets make our world better, our purpose is crystal clear: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.