October is National Pet Wellness Month. This special occasion was established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2004. The goal of this month is to educate and encourage pet owners as well as prospective pet owners to know and understand the needed steps to have a happy and healthy pet.
“With more than 50 million dogs and 40 million cats currently domesticated in the United States, it is easy to see that our country loves pets. More than half of households in America have pets. With the exponential growth in pet ownership, general interest in improving our furry friend’s quality of life has piqued as well.” Source: Flexpet
PET WELLNESS TIPS
Pet wellness is not difficult; it’s really just a matter establishing and maintaining good health habits for your pet. In fact, it looks very similar to the steps we take to maintain our own health and wellness.
- High-quality food: A good diet is the foundation for your pet’s wellness. If your dog or cat is not eating quality food, talk with your vet about making a change. Some pets can be highly sensitive to certain foods or have allergies, in which case, they will require a special food to meet those needs. Your vet is the best person to help you determine which food is best for your pet.
- Regular Vet Visits: Annual visits to the vet are equally as important as a healthy pet diet. Just like humans should be having a yearly physical, our pets need to have a yearly vet check as well. It’s important to stay current on your pet’s vaccines and a yearly visit to the vet will help you do that. Additionally, if you notice any kind of change in your pet’s behavior, call your vet immediately to have them examined.
- Exercise: Along with a good diet, exercise is very important. Pets should be exercised daily. For dogs, this means they should have at least one walk every day; for cats, they should have plenty of space for climbing and scratching in their habitat, both inside and outside. Not only does exercise help your pet maintain a healthy weight, but exercise is also beneficial to their mental health.
- Grooming: Regular groomings are another way to contribute to your pet’s wellness. It may seem like a luxury to pay for a grooming, but it helps to keep matting at bay for longer-haired animals, it helps with shedding; many groomings include nail-clipping and teeth brushing (when possible), both of which are important for your pet’s wellness. Plus, being clean just helps your pet feel better and who doesn’t like to be clean? Here at Hillrose Pet Resort, we make grooming very affordable and to make it even easier, you can schedule it with your boarding or daycare.
These are very basic principles but when used consistently, the benefits to our pets are exponential. Remember, what we do for ourselves, we also need to do for our pets: a healthy diet, daily exercise and regular check-ups will go a long way in maintaining a happy and healthy pet.