Our A-Z of Pet Health is a great guide for keeping your pets in tip-top condition.
How many did you already know…?
Allergies – Allergies can arrive in the form of food or environmental. Some even develop allergies in both categories.
Bad breath– The cause of bad breath in your dog can be caused by dental or gum disease, if this is a symptom you’re seeing, calling your vet would be the best option to determine the root cause.
Cuddles – Researchers from Claremont Graduate University found that animals release the same ‘love hormone’ found in humans. Patting and talking to a dog for just three minutes has been found to increase oxytocin levels in the blood stream of both human and dog. Go on, give them a hug now.
Dental Care – As well as bad breath, other signs of dental disease are; swollen gums, bleeding gums, weight loss, and difficulty eating. To prevent these symptoms provide balanced meals and encourage play with chew toys.
Eating – It may be tempting to share goodies with our pets, but their eating behaviours are completely different to a humans. Chocolate, for example, can make them very ill.
Fleas – If your pet begins excessively scratching it is worth checking them for fleas in order to take action as soon as possible. To treat the infestation, you can purchase flea treatment with recommendation from your vet. At home, frequently clean bedding and furniture that they may have come into contact with.
Grooming – Brushing regularly promotes good blood circulation. For longer haired breeds, grooming helps ventilate the coat and keep grease levels down.
Happiness – The benefits that owners receive from having a pet has proven to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health. The effects of having a companion lessen loneliness and improve self-esteem.
Immunisation – As babies, our pets need injections between 8 and 12 weeks, and a booster 12 months after the initial vaccination. As they get older, our pets’ immunity can decline, so discuss vaccination schedules with your vet to keep your companion at their healthiest.
Joints – Dogs in particular can struggle with joint problems, movements such as jumping and running cause problems such as muscle pains and arthritis.
Kennel Cough – If you are putting your dog into kennels to stay it’s advised to have a kennel cough vaccine. They are administered into the nostril and protect your pup from viruses commonly passed around from kennels.
Love – The unconditional love we provide for our pets, and that they provide for us, is unparalleled. Showing your pet you love them is one way to keep their mental health in the same shape as their physical health.
Microchip – It may not be the first thing you think of but a microchip is an important way to keep your pet safe and easily identified if they were to get lost. From April 6th this year, it will be compulsory to have your dog microchipped in the UK!
Nails – If your pet’s nails are too long it can cause pain for them or others. Monitor nails weekly and clip when appropriate.
Obesity – If your pet is eating too much, or exercising too little, there is a chance that this will lead to obesity. This preventable problem can cause serious suffering and can lead to more extreme health problems, so keep an eye on what they’re eating, and how much.
Play – An easy way to keep your pet active is through play. From fetch, to tug of war, your pets love being physically and mentally engaged, especially when it means spending some quality time with you.
Quiet Time – Just like us, our furry companions like having down time. Teaching your dog to settle has the ability to calm them even in the most intense situations.
Record – History of health including medications, vaccinations, test results and reports are important for when a pet changes owners, vets, or location.
Symptoms – Quick diagnosis of symptoms is key to protecting your four-legged friends as much as possible. If you notice symptoms it may be worth visiting your vet as soon as possible for a more thorough check.
Tapeworm – Tapeworms appear from larvae ingested through adult fleas, rodents, or garbage. Keeping your pet free of fleas is the best protection, however once identified treatment is very effective and can be injected or taken orally.
Unite – Like humans, dogs are sociable animals and enjoy the company of others. Taking your dog to a dog park, or a class, allows them to interact and play with other dogs and you can meet other dog owners too!
Vets – The first port of call for health of any pet owner is their trusted vet. You can also drop in to discuss meal plans and vaccines.
Water – Keeping your pet hydrated is a very important part of their health. Without, their body won’t be able to function as well and may become dehydrated. Be sure to provide fresh, clean water daily and for dogs, around 70 ml to 1 kg of body weight is recommended.
X-ercise– Our pups and kittens have a lot of energy and need to burn it off. To keep your pet healthy, engage in a 10-15 minute play multiple times a day with your cat to improve muscle and bone strength, and between 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day for most dogs.
Youth – Getting a new pet is a big commitment, and it’s good to get things started in the right way to keep your furry friend’s health and happiness at its best. Feeding your new companion frequently and providing them with a balanced diet helps them grow to be fit and strong.
Zzzzz – When the day is over, curl up on the sofa and have a rest with your cuddly friend, you deserve it!