5 steps to keeping your pet healthy

We’d do anything for our pets. The best way to get the most time with your special furry, feathered or scaled little friend is to keep them healthy. Here are five steps you can start taking right now:

  1. Feed them right. Feeding your pet the right food and using the right portions can add years to their life. Make sure to research what foods are healthy for their particular species, and keep fatty treats to a minimum. Consult your veterinarian for dietary advice.
  2. Be aware of their behaviour. Your pet can’t tell you when they’re sick, but you can spot changes in their behaviour that might be early warning signs. Watch out for a lack of appetite, lower energy or even hiding for instance.
  3. Check them for injuries. Animals often shrug off minor injuries and keep acting as normal. But even small cuts and scratches can lead to infection if not properly cleaned. Take advantage of cuddle time with your pet to check them over, and make sure to properly clean any injuries you find.
  4. Take them to the vet regularly. It’s one of the most important ways to keep your pet healthy. Veterinarians can often spot early warning signs of illness. It is important to follow their advice should your animal need to be treated.
  5. Always follow prescriptions. If the vet does prescribe antibiotics, make sure your pet takes the medicine as prescribed. Not following the prescription may give the bacteria that resisted the treatment a chance to multiply, making your pet sick again and harder to treat.

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