Top 10 Tips for Top-Notch Pet Health

At PetSafe® we are dedicated to the health of our loved ones, so we thought we’d share our 10 tips to ensure that they stay healthy all year round!

1. Feed only recommended amounts

This varies for the age, size, and exercise that your pet has, and for the best information we suggest talking it over with your vet. It is common that pets benefit from set meal times. Our Eatwell™ Pet Feeder is available with portioned feeders and a set timer to allow the regular mealtimes they need.

2. Keep human food on your own plate

Dogs and cats have more sensitive stomachs than humans. Although they love to eat whatever and whenever, it can sometimes result in a very sick pet. Foods such as onions, grapes, chocolate, and sausage should be kept well away from your four legged friends.

3. Have a yearly vet trip

Preventing long-term illness or diseases can be as easy as an annual trip to the vets. Though there may not be any visible signs, having a check-up for your pet once a year can track ageing signs, and help adapt to any changes. Early diagnosis of conditions can be found through radiographs, such as lung and heart disease.

4. Pay attention to dental health

Dental disease is the most common disease in pets, and can affect the liver, kidneys and brain tissue. Signs of issues can be found in bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, or trouble eating. It is important to monitor your pets teeth and use dental chews to prevent any issues and keep them smiling! For more information take a look at our dental health infographic here.

5. Hydration

During a recent survey, almost half of our audience didn’t know how much water their pet required. It is important all year round to ensure pets are properly hydrated, and to know what signs to look out for to spot dehydration. In dogs watch out for lethargy and sunken eyes, and in cats watch out for refusal to eat and excessive drooling. For more information check out ‘are you doing enough to keep your pet hydrated?’.

6. Physical exercise

Physical exercise and a balanced diet are two ways to keep your pets healthy. Even though the weather can be temperamental it is important to take dogs out for regular exercise, and to allow cats some outdoor time.

7. Keep pets engaged

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – but they’re wrong! It is important for pets to be engaged in playtime even indoors. Why not set up a FroliCat® DART™ Automatic rotating laser light, which you can adjust for up to 20 minutes of play time.

8. Fight fleas

The best way to control fleas is to prevent them. Flea eggs can be embedded in fibres such as carpets and bedding, and vacuuming thoroughly anywhere your pet may have been with fleas prevents the cycle of constant infection.

9. Vaccinate

Vaccinations for kittens and puppies are integral for their health before they are able to interact with other animals or go outside. However, once fully grown, pets still require yearly boosters in order to fend off diseases.

10. Groom frequently

Regular grooming not only allows you to keep your pets coat clean and manageable, but also allows the chance to check for any skin abnormalities. Brushing distributes natural oils across the fur and untangles any knots before they become matted. As well as keeping fur healthy, the interaction helps form bonds with your pets, and gets them used to human interaction.

These are just 10 of the ways we can keep our pets healthy, if there is anything you think we’ve missed or you’d like to see more information on then comment below, we love hearing your feedback.

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How can your pets help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions?

The start of the year brings promises of resolutions and an improvement in diet and health. So, why not make it more fun and make the promise to your furriest family members as well? Having someone relying on you ensures that you keep those January promises.

Having a pet is the perfect commitment to keep up your active lifestyle, and the benefits are plentiful!

Through the winter we must take extra care to keep our pets active and there are plenty of options to keep your dogs and cats at their best.

Don’t rule out indoor activities though. Hiding your pets’ food for them to discover or providing a Busy Buddy® Kibble Nibble™ Feeder Ball or a Fishbowl Cat Feeder Toy can make a mealtime something to enjoy.

Whilst there are great ways to keep your fuzzy family members entertained inside, there is little else that compares to the great outdoors.

For cats, they are lot less inclined to explore the cold when there is a warm heater to curl up next to, so make sure extra play time is available to exercise them and allow them to use their predatory instincts. Be aware of the safety of any outdoor shelters that may become your cats’ winter outdoor space.

On the other hand, our canine companions need a lot more exercise and regular walks. Walking your dog has some amazing effects on both your dog’s health, and your own.

The immediate benefit of being outside is fresh air because it elevates your mood and allows time to think and clear your mind, resulting in a calmer mood, for yourself and your pup.

Being active outdoors comes easily and walking and jogging with your dog also allows you to have some company and improves circulation which lowers the risk of cardiac issues.

The National Trust is a great place to get you going and they have a nationwide list of dog friendly walks from ancient parks to vast valleys and wild woodlands. A day trip out would surely set a tail wagging!

When out and about, we’d suggest keeping your dog on a leash in built up areas and under control when around other animals. Our Easy Walk™ Harness is designed to gently discourage dogs from pulling while walking on a lead, allowing you both to enjoy your walkies, wherever they may take you!

Whatever your resolutions are for the coming year, stay positive in the fact that whether you are succeeding or whether things aren’t going quite to plan, there’s a four legged fluffball that will love you no matter what and whose mission is to make you smile.

 

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Dental Health and Your Pet

To kick-start our quarter dedicated to pet health we thought we’d treat you all to a fun-filled infographic about your pets dental health. You’re welcome!

PetSafe Pet Dental Health for Cats & Dogs Infographic 2016

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