10 Ways to Prolong Your Pet’s Life
Edited By; Stephanie Dawson
1. Visit the veterinarian more often
According to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) cats above 10 years of age and dogs above 7 years should be taken to vet at least twice a year. It is also important to record your pet’s weight from time to time. Any unusual change may be a reason to worry.
2. Be alert to changes
If your pets lose their eyesight and/or hearing immediately bring this to your vet’s notice. These losses could bring changes in the way your pets behave and your vet should be aware of these changes to ensure that necessary steps are taken to cure or care for your pet.
3. Plenty of exercise
Just like humans, exercise is an important component of healthy lifestyle for animals. Pets like to take long naps, so it is essential for pet’s owner to ensure that between these naps they are spending active play time outside the house. Taking your pet out on a walk is as essential as providing the right diet.
4. Keep up with vaccinations
It is very important for pet owners to ensure that their pets are up to date with vaccinations. Some vaccinations work for the lifetime of the pet, some require updating. It’s a good idea to ask your vet to schedule appointments in advance to mitigate the risk of forgetting when its time to bring your pet in for a booster.
5. Pay attention to your pet’s appearance
With health issues pets generally stop grooming and can get greasy fur. Short haired pets should be brushed once a week while pets with long hair require daily brushing. Your pet’s skin should also be monitored for lumps or lesions.
6. Monitor your pet’s diet
Providing the right diet to your pet is essential to ensuring a longer life. It’s not important to buy mature or adult food formulas, and it is very important to let your vet know if your pet’s appetite decreases.
7. Proper in-house care
Your pet needs a warm, quiet place to rest, away from all drafts and off the floor. A training crate is ideal. You may wish to buy a pet bed, or make one out of a wooden box. Place a clean blanket inside the bed and wash the bed often.
8. Licensing and identification
Pet owners must follow their community’s licensing regulations. It’s a good idea to attach the license to your dog’s collar. This license, along with an ID tag, can help your pet’s safe return should they become lost.
9. Good hygiene
If your pets spend most of their time outside the house it is extremely important that they are not playing in dirty or dangerous areas and are away from any kind of bacteria- spreading environment. It is also advisable to use an antibacterial lotion.
10. Reduce stress and anxiety
Pets, just like humans, suffer from stress and anxiety. Animals are creatures of routine. It is helpful to establish a daily routine for them and stick to it as much as possible. Having consistency in their schedule helps them stay happy and secure, and perhaps live a longer life.