Why do we have pets? Pets are not random animals we have around the house for the heck of it. Pets are family and we love and care for them as we would to any member of our own family. Some pets may be smarter than others but even the most intelligent of pets are not able to understand and articulate their health problems to their masters. It is up to us to know what our pet needs and do what is best to keep him as healthy and happy as long as possible.
They say an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. It is extremely important that pet owners do the basics of pet care so that our pets need not get weak or sick for a long time to come. If we invest in their over-all well-being, you will end up saving a lot more in future medical bills and veterinary expenses.
The most fundamental component of pet health is their diet. Find out what food is best for them. Dogs and cats are carnivores and feeding them human grade quality meat will be good for them. Commercial pet food use fillers and grains to cut expenses but it will be detrimental to their health in the long run. Natural, raw food is better but if this is not possible, then invest in quality, organic pet food that may be expensive but ultimately worth it in the end.
You can also consider giving your pets supplements to boost their health. Vitamins and antioxidants have been used by vets to ward of potential sickness and diseases. Consult with a holistic pet expert with regard to herbs and natural tonics you can use. These natural medications are less taxing for the pet’s kidneys and are safer for them to use.
Exercise is the other leg of pet health. Too many dogs and cats have acquired diseases because of the direct consequence of obesity. Do not overfeed your pet because you will run the risk of him getting a myriad of health problem. Feed them two or three small meals a day, with healthy snacks in between and give him regular exercise to keep his weight down.
Regular physical activity does not only make the pet’s weight manageable, it also has a lot of benefits to the dog’s health. Exercise improves the cardiovascular system, lubricates the joints, provides a good channel to release excess energy, and it strengthens the organs. Of course it is also a great time to bond with your pet, which is what they live for anyway.
Besides the two obviously critical components of pet care, grooming is also a big part of pet care. Not only does grooming make your pet look good, regularly keeping them well groomed is good for the health. You can check for “hot spots” or open wounds while brushing their fur. Wounds that are not treated right away can be infected and cause even more pain for the poor pet. Bathe them with mild, natural pet products and not human products because we have a higher pH level and human products can really dry out our pet’s skin and fur.
It cannot be stressed enough that you have a vet you can trust. Regular vet visits have saved the lives of many pets. There are countless of incidents that vets have spotted a problem with the pet and by giving the pet a thorough examination, have accurately diagnosed a sickness in its early stages. The earlier the sickness is detected, the more options there are for treatment and the higher the likelihood of complete recovery.
Now, if you do find out that your pet is sick, do not throw in the towel and succumb to despair. There have been some great advances in pet health care solution and it is very possible that your pet will get back on his feet (or paws) given enough time and medical attention. As aforementioned earlier, there are also many natural herbs and medications that provide holistic healing not just for humans, but for pets as well. You can use this for them, but never without consulting the vet first.