Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible and brushing several times a week can be effective. Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be a bit more resistant – patience and training are important.
There are many pet products marketed with claims that they improve dental health, but not all of them are effective. Talk with your veterinarian about any dental products, treats, or dental-specific diets you’re considering for your pet, or ask your veterinarian for their recommendation.
Watch this helpful video produced by the American Veterinary Medical Association regarding dental cleaning.
Both cats and dogs need exercise to stay healthy, both for physical and mental health. Dogs enjoy walks just as much for the mental stimulation of smelling and investigating new things as they do for the actual exercise. They are naturally social creatures that benefit from getting out of the back yard and experiencing new environments. Walking is a great bonding time for you and you dog! And while some cats can be trained to a leash, they can provide more of a challenge when it comes to encouraging exercise. Using interactive toys in the house, such as a laser pointer or wind up toys, can help get your cat moving. Or check out this video of a cat running wheel:
When you’re not feeling well you know it and you seek medical attention. But our pets can’t talk, and they can’t tell us how they feel. That’s why it’s often so difficult to know when something is wrong.
In addition to the communication issue, pets are also very good at hiding their illness and injury. They know that slower, weaker, less hardy prey will find themselves at the mercy of stronger predators. So they instinctively do their best to hide their symptoms and appear strong and healthy. By the time pets actually begins to show symptoms of an illness, it has usually progressed to the point where they are so ill they simply can’t hide it any more.
Yearly exams help pets live longerAn annual examination is your pet’s best opportunity for a long healthy life.
Just because your pet appears to be in good health doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Sometimes a thorough annual physical examination will uncover important health issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Cats often receive less care than dogs. They are very independent animals and they’re easier to care for than dogs. Unfortunately, that often means they get less routine veterinary care. Cats visit the vet about half as often as dogs.
Both dogs and cats need annual physical exams to monitor their health, and to identify dangerous health issues before they become more serious. With proper care and routine veterinary supervision, your pet can lead a longer, healthier life.
Pets age faster than humansA year may not seem like such a long time to you, but in “pet years” that one year is comparable to 5 – 10 years of aging for a human.
Your pet’s health can change a lot in just a few months. That’s why pets need routine preventive care. Your pet should be examined at least once a year. As adult pets age, these annual veterinary visits become even more important. Hence, seniors should be examined every 6 months.
The importance of annual screeningsHere are some of the reasons that routine physicals are so important:
Your veterinarian is your partner in providing the best possible care for your pet. By working together, you can give your pet a longer, happier, healthier life… and isn’t that really what it’s all about?