One of the most inevitable fears faced by most pet owners is the time when they have to say their last goodbyes to their furkids. Agree or disagree?
Agree. The truth is that our pets are more than just household animals to us – they are family. And as much as we all want our furry companions to live forever, we know that is just not possible.
The good news is that we can keep them happy, healthy, and safe throughout their years. Thus, resulting in them able to live their lives to the fullest, and perhaps to stay by your side longer. Here are some things you can do to help your beloved pet live longer.
Did you know that unneutered dogs have an 80% higher risk of developing prostate diseases after the age of eight? To protect them from reproductive cancers and to increase your pet’s longevity, seriously consider spaying or neutering them.
Watch Their Weight
There’s a big difference of their fur making them fluffy, and being overweight (read here to find out how to tell if your pet is fat or not). Obesity in both dogs and cats may lead to several health problems, such as high blood pressure, breathing problems, diabetes, and joint pains.
If your pet is packing on the pounds and especially if they are seniors, try changing his/her regular meals with food that are high in fiber, protein, nutritional supplementation and decrease their fat intake.
Be Wary Of The Sun
Older pets have difficulty of regulating their body temperatures; which is why they are more susceptible to weather-related ailments like heat stroke if they stay outdoors too long. Se sure to never leave a pet in a parked car on a hot day, and to always keep them hydrated by providing them with plenty of cool water
One of the most neglected areas of pet-care is dental health — it is even noted that 80% of dogs show signs of gum diseases when they hit the 3-years old mark! As dental problems can lead to life-threatening complications for older pets, brush their teeth regularly and check their gums for signs of infection once a week.
Visit The Vet
Veterinarians are trained to spot early signs of diseases you can’t see – which is the reason why frequent veterinary appointments are recommended. Instead on the mandatory annual check-ups, why not visit the vet once every six months.
Keep Them Active
Just like humans, exercise us essential for keeping pets physically and mentally fit. Bring them along for your jogs around the park, play fetch or simply do other moderate forms of exercises to keep them physically active. As for the cerebral wellbeing, you can play interactive games like hiding their toys to keep their mind’s engaged.