October marks all kinds of wonderful seasonal favorites, from watching the leaves change to planning all of those festive Halloween celebrations. But, October also marks National Pet Wellness month a time when pet owners everywhere should reflect on how they can better the lives of their beloved four-legged companions. So, what can you do for your pet? It’s simple really – it all starts with making healthier, more informed choices for your pet.
Here are some things you can do to honor your pet and their health:
- Watch Their Weight – There has been a stark rise in pet obesity in recent years. Whether due to a lack of a healthy diet, lack of exercise, or just your basic lack of owner awareness, it’s a serious matter that can lead to all sorts of dangerous problems for your pet. In addition to a decrease in their overall quality of life, pet obesity can lead to skin and muscle problems, certain diseases, and even heart failure.
- Watch Their Diet – Just as a healthy diet packed with nutrition benefits our human minds, bodies and souls, a healthy, balanced diet does the same for your pet. This is the best way to keep their immune system working in top shape, preventing the onset of most diseases and ailments. Plus, the right diet will help keep your pet happy, healthy and energetic long into their senior years. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet and their specific needs.
- Encourage Exercise – A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are key to your pet’s overall well-being. Regular exercise helps keep energy levels balanced, keeps their bodies strong and healthy, and boosts their mood.
- Pay Attention to Oral Care – Periodontal disease is something that a lot of pet owners still tend to overlook. But, your pet’s oral hygiene is tied to their overall health. Things like bad breath, inflamed gums, tartar, and tooth decay can all lead to greater, more serious health issues. So, regular tooth brushings need to be worked into your pet’s care routine.
- Don’t Forget to Groom – Whether your pet has short or long hair, regular brushing is essential to keeping their coat healthy. This helps to distribute those natural oils that keep fur looking clean and healthy. It also helps to keep fur from matting, which can cause discomfort and lead to unhygienic situations. Plus, grooming is a great way to form stronger bonds with you and your pet for an overall increase in happiness.
Keeping your pet happy and healthy is all about helping them maintain balance, from their diet, to their exercise routine, to their grooming routine – it’s all in your hands. So, make sure that you continue to educate yourself on your pet’s health, and talk to your veterinarian for best advice and practices. And, don’t forget, above all else, your pet needs love and affection. They’ve already given you their heart; don’t forget to share yours.