October is Pet Wellness Month. We know you want to keep your fluffy, feathery, or scaly partner(s) in crime healthy, and we want to help you do that. We’ve compiled 11 tips that will keep your pet happy, balanced and health:
Visit your Pet Vet
- Bring them to the vet at least once (or twice!) a year for a check-up and vaccinations.
- Keep an eye out for signs of allergies.
- Make sure you’re feeding your pets the right food. A lot of times, food is breed and/or age specific. Your five month old golden retriever does not exactly have the same dietary needs as a five year old Pomeranian.
- It’s important to keep an eye out for food manufacturer recalls and make sure they’re getting the right amount.
- Make sure your furry baby is getting enough exercise.
- Keep ’em social! A lot of animals love to spend time with humans, but it’s important to have them hang out with their own kind every once in a while. Setting up play dates is great for you and your pet.
Be Proactive Not Reactive
- Use holistic remedies when your pet gets stressed out to prevent behavior habits that can become issues.
- Look for dietary supplements to help prevent breed specific problems, such as calcium deficiency or hip dysplasia.
- Be a dentist for a day – brush their teeth to prevent plaque from building up. Bonus: it gives them fresh smelling breath!
- Keep ’em groomed! Some animals, such as rabbits, clean themselves, but for everyone else, they need a little bit of help. Give your chinchilla a dirt bath and brush your pup regularly.
Whether it be a dog or a cat, a reptile or a bird, every animal loves to feel the sunshine on their face so be sure to bring your pet outside (safely on a leash, of course). Being in a new environment stimulated their senses of sight and smell.