October Is National Pet Wellness Month
October is filled with many fall festivities and Halloween costumes, but it’s also a time to celebrate pets with more than just a cute Instagram picture of a cat or dog in snuggle-worthy costume. This month is recognized as National Pet Wellness Month, a period where we stop to reevaluate our pet’s health and prevent disease.
Mercy Pet Clinic has a few tips for considering your pet’s wellness this month in order to keep them healthy and spry:
Schedule a Wellness Appointment
Like humans with their doctor visits, it’s important to make more trips to the vet than just going when your pet is injured or sick. Having a regular wellness checkup can help ward off diseases by getting routine vaccinations and allowing your vet to look for any signs of health issues. Keep your pets’ health and wellness on the right track.
Consider Exercise and Your Pet’s Diet
Dog or cat obesity can lead to numerous health problems as your pet ages. It’s estimated that more than half of the dogs and cats in America are overweight or obese. Ask your veterinarian about what specific foods and physical activities are best for your pet to help extend and increase their quality of life. Avoid the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and other health complications by:
- Not feeding them table scraps.
- Giving them treats sparingly.
- Feeding them a diet with wholesome ingredients and balanced nutrition tailored to their age group.
- Setting aside time for them to get adequate exercise.
Don’t Forget About Dental Health
Dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Without regular dental care, your pets are at risk of developing periodontal disease. This ailment can lead to pain, tooth loss and internal organ damage if left untreated. The proper dental care can add years to your pets’ lives! Consider brushing your pet’s teeth daily and having routine dental exams, so vets can find and treat dental issues before it’s too late.
Schedule a Pet Wellness Exam Today
Regular veterinary checkups are essential for the prevention of illness and disease. Take full advantage of National Pet Wellness Month and schedule a wellness exam at Mercy today!