Keeping your mind and body healthy is important. And if you have a pet, you know it’s important for them, too.
We wanted to provide some tips and ideas for helping your pet stay as healthy as can be — whether that be a cat, dog, or hamster!
Here are 9 ways to make sure your animal friend is in tip-top shape:
1. Regular check-ups
Probably one of the most vital things you can do for your pet’s health is to bring them to the vet regularly for check-ups.
Just like us, our pets can develop health problems. But unlike us, they can’t book a doctor’s appointment the moment they feel that something is off. This is why it’s crucial to bring them in for routine examinations, so if something’s wrong — like a heart issue, a bad tooth, or something else — the vet can catch it early on and take any necessary steps to prevent further issues.
2. Watch out for fleas and ticks
Once a flea infestation takes hold, it can be difficult to get rid of. This is why it’s important to check your pet regularly for any signs of fleas. Or, if you see one in your home, take action immediately. This is not only for the cleanliness of your home, but for your pet’s health.
Fleas can cause skin irritation, infections, hot spots, and hair loss in pets. And your pet ingesting even a single flea could lead to tapeworms — the most common internal parasite among cats and dogs.
Ticks also pose a great risk to pets, specifically dogs. They can be difficult to prevent, so it’s important to check your pet for ticks, especially after spending time outdoors. A tick bite could lead to many health issues with your pet, some of which are fatal if gone untreated.
3. Maintain a healthy weight
If your pet is overweight, this can lead to health complications. Veterinarians say that the most common cause of obesity in pets is overeating. To help prevent this, ask your vet what your pet’s daily intake should be, and feed accordingly.
Making sure your pet is as active as possible — whether that means playing with your cat or walking your dog — is also a great way to keep them fit and healthy.
The types of vaccinations your pet should get depends on the type of pet you have and its lifestyle. If your pet is at risk of a certain disease, it’s a good idea to reduce or eliminate the risk by vaccinating.
Your vet will be able to provide all of the information suited to your pet and its lifestyle regarding vaccines.
Just like us, pets get bored. This can lead to an array of problems. For example, symptoms of a constantly bored dog include excessive barking, overly excited greetings, mischievous or destructive behavior, and depression.
This can be remedied by regularly playing with your pet; buying them toys that they can enjoy with you, other pets, or by themselves; or providing them with some stimulation while you’re not home, like quietly keeping the TV on and tuned to an animal documentary.
Approximately 80% of pets lost in the United States are never found. This is a sad statistic. If you have a pet snake, you probably don’t have to worry about this one as much. But dogs and cats can and do escape, and they can be difficult to find. If you’ve ever had to run around the neighborhood calling your pet’s name, you know this sinking feeling.
Sadly, some people don’t have the best intentions in mind for your pet. So, a collar is useless once removed. But a microchip — the size of a piece of rice — safely placed in your pet can be scanned by a vet or animal control within seconds.
7. Dental care
Just like with us, it’s important to maintain your pet’s dental health. Dental disease is one of the most common preventable diseases found in pets, yet it is frequently overlooked.
You can help maintain your pet’s oral health both at home and during your regular vet check-ups.
At home, you can offer your pet dental treats, or anything they can eat or chew that will help keep their teeth clean. You can also brush your pet’s teeth regularly to keep from plaque and tartar buildup.
At the vet, you can have the doctor look at your pet’s teeth and keep on top of any necessary dental work, including routine cleanings.
8. Be wary of human food
A lot of human food is safe — and even healthy — for your pet. It’s certainly okay to share. But make sure you’ve researched the snacks you’re sharing with your pet. This is true for healthy foods, too. For example, dogs can safely eat blueberries. They’re really good for them! But grapes are toxic to dogs and could even kill them. Or some foods may be good for them, but too much can make them sick.
Along with this, it’s important to never give your pet medications that are intended for humans, and to be certain that your medications are out of your pet’s reach. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has human medications in their top 10 list of pet toxins, as this is a growing issue.
9. Assure a quality diet
Just like us, it’s important to make sure your pet is getting all of the nutrition they need to remain healthy. Feeding them all-natural food that is void of chemicals and additives is crucial to both how long they live, and how well they live.
Of course, you know your pet best. Maybe some of the things on this list aren’t properly suited for your furry friend. This is why it’s crucial to do your research and consult your veterinarian before making any major changes to your pet’s lifestyle.
Give your pets a boost!
We wanted to share the pets of the PuraTHRIVE team with you!
Our team works from home, so we gratefully get to spend our whole day with our furry friends!
We give our pets PuraTHRIVE’s Micelle Liposomal Turmeric to give their health a boost as well (yes, even the horse!).
Turmeric is not only great for your health, but your pet’s health! It’s actually included in a lot of high-quality pet foods!
For dosage, we would recommend 2-4 pumps for small dogs and cats, 4-6 pumps for medium sized dogs, and 6-8 pumps for large dogs.
If your pet is on any medications — or if you have any concerns about giving your pet turmeric — certainly check with your vet to find an appropriate dosage.
Now enjoy these pictures of the PuraTHRIVE team’s pets!