Life can be crazy sometimes and it becomes easy to let your health (and that of your pet) fall to the wayside in all the hustle and bustle. Follow these tips to keep you and your fuzzy buddy healthy in 2019!
#5 Portion Control
As with their parents, pets can easily find themselves on the chunky side of the weight spectrum if they don’t watch their food intake. Even a quarter of a cup extra each feeding can lead to an overweight fur baby. The feeding guidelines on the food bad are a good place to start. If you notice that your pet is continuing to gain weight when following these guidelines, take into consideration your pet’s age, their activity level and whether or not they’ve been neutered. Older, fixed pets generally have lower energy needs than younger, non-fixed pets and require a lower caloric intake.
#4 Get Moving
We aren’t the only ones that get cabin fever. Incorporating your pet into your exercise routine is a great way to bond, get some fresh air, and keep you both fit and healthy. Not comfortable with going out alone? These days there are groups for all kinds of interests. Find a meetup group of other pet parents who want to meet new people and exercise with their pets.
#3 Make Vet Care a Priority
Just like us, annual examinations are crucial to good preventive care for our pets. Early detection of conditions like diabetes, arthritis, etc. can reduce overall costs and keep your pet feeling better. It’s also a good time to go over any questions or concerns you might have regarding your pets diet and overall health.
#2 Keep The Chompers Clean
As with people, daily dental care can help prevent more painful and costly procedures such as tooth decay and extractions. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to reduce tartar and plaque. Products such as water additives, dental diets, and tartar-reducing treats can also help keep teeth clean. Regular cleanings at the vet are also recommended (we get our annual cleanings for the same reason).
#1 Find Balance
Even small changes can have a big impact on you and your pet’s health. If you find that your day get more hectic as the hours go by, walk Fido in the morning. Don’t have time for a proper brushing? Give your pet a dental chew in the evening while you are flossing. Measure out bags of kibble while you’re doing your weekly meal prep.
Here’s to a healthy 2019 for you and your fur baby!