October is National Pet Wellness Month
This celebration is focused on certain things that pet owners can do to increase their pet’s lives.
For puppies and kittens
· Make sure your puppy or kitten receives all their booster vaccines from 6-8 weeks old until 4-5 months old. This can be determined by your veterinarian depending on what age you start their series.
· Have your puppy or kitten checked for intestinal parasites by bringing in a stool sample to your appointment.
· Have your veterinarian de-worm your kitten for intestinal parasites. Some of these parasites can be transmitted to people!
· Start new puppies on Heart worm preventative as early as 6 weeks of age and continue every month all year around. Heart worm preventative also de-worms monthly for certain intestinal parasites!
· Have your pets spayed and/or neutered to help pro-long their life span and decrease their chances of cancer.
· Microchip your puppy or kitten so if they become lost you have a better chance of recovering them.
· Socialize your young kitten or puppy so it becomes a well-adjusted and happy adult.
· Feed your pets a healthy diet and given them plenty of exercise and fun!
For adult dogs and cats
· It is recommended that all adult cats and dogs are seen at least once a year but preferably twice a year. This allows you to monitor any subtle changes in their routines like elimination, water and food intake, activity and mental awareness.
· Brush your pets’ teeth daily. Preferably starting at a young age so it becomes routine.
· If your dog or cat has dental disease make sure to address it quickly so that it doesn’t lead to further conditions such as periodontal disease, heart and kidney disease.
· Update your dog’s heart worm test annually.
· Rule of thumb is when your pet reaches the age of 7 years; they are entering their senior years. It is important to see the veterinarian so that you can have a senior blood panel and urinalysis performed so that you have a baseline of how healthy they are now so that if something changes, your vet has results to go by.
· Update your pet’s vaccines annually and/or every 3 years, depending on your veterinarian’s recommendations.
· Have your cat or dogs stool checked annually for intestinal parasites. This is not just for puppies and kittens! There are a few intestinal parasites that can be transmitted from your pet to you so it is recommended that you do this each year.
· Feed your pet a proper diet and make sure they get plenty of exercise!
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