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8 Things You Didn't Know About Pet Healthcare

8 Things You Didn't Know About Pet Healthcare

If you love dogs and have decided to own one, then there are certain responsibilities that come with that. Aside from feeding and exercising your dog, other aspects of general care are needed to keep your dog healthy throughout its life. These include routine veterinary care for vaccinations, parasite control, and dental care. The following are eight facts about pet healthcare that most people don’t know about or haven’t heard of yet but should be aware of before they decide to get their pets vaccinated or treated with parasite control drugs.

1)    1.  The Importance of Routine Care


Pets provide their owners with years of joy and companionship, but these animals require routine care and attention throughout their lives. This includes feeding and exercising your dog, as well as vaccinations, parasite control, and dental care. While pet healthcare is a significant investment over time, it’s a small price to pay for all of the joy pets bring to our homes.

2) Dental Care Tips

Regular dental care is crucial to maintaining your dog’s good health. Brushing at least twice a week with a canine toothbrush, along with other steps like feeding non-starchy vegetables, will help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy throughout its life. Make sure you choose a healthy diet without too much sugary treats or food that’s hard on their teeth.


3) On-Going Medicines for Dogs

Many dogs live long, healthy lives thanks to on-going medicines that treat their heart conditions or diabetes. While these medications can help your dog live longer and healthier, they aren’t without side effects; pet healthcare experts recommend regular blood monitoring to keep tabs on your dog’s condition.

4) Parasite Control and Flea Treatments

Fleas can easily be taken care of with monthly treatments that kill existing fleas and prevent their return. Heartworm infections, on the other hand, are much more serious. A heartworm test should be performed at least once a year for all dogs to ensure infection doesn’t develop.


5) Choosing a Vet

Veterinarians and veterinary practices vary in quality just like human doctors do. If you have a pet and are looking for a new veterinarian, ask your friends for recommendations. If you don’t know anyone with pets, ask your veterinarian if they would be comfortable providing you with other names and addresses of local veterinarians.


6) Warts in Dogs

Warts in dogs can occur on any part of your dog’s body but most often appear on your dog’s face. They are contagious between dogs, and people are at risk of infection if they come into contact with a wart. It is best to get your dog treated for its warts quickly to prevent these ugly blemishes from spreading around both your home and your family. To treat warts in dogs, seek out a veterinarian that specializes in pet healthcare.


7) Vaccination Protocols For Dogs and Cats

Keep in mind that your veterinarian may have you alter these guidelines based on a variety of factors specific to your pet, such as breed, age, and overall health. Here's an overview of when and how often you should schedule shots for both dogs and cats: Dogs: Puppies—every three weeks until 16 weeks old then once every three months until adulthood. Adult dogs—annually or every three years depending on their environment. Cats: Kittens—every two weeks until they're 16 weeks old then once every three months until adulthood. Adult cats—annually or every three years depending on their environment.


8) Feeding & Exercising Your Dog

If you’re responsible for feeding and exercising your dog, you might want to consider increasing its daily exercise. Exercise is important to a dog’s health because it promotes healthy weight management and strengthens bones and muscles. Not only does a physically fit dog look better but it will also have more energy, have stronger immune system, and live longer. Exercising may include walks in addition to games of fetch or Frisbee that can help you both enjoy quality time together. Be sure to provide clean water when exercising your dog so it doesn’t become dehydrated during playtime; dogs can lose as much as three cups of water per hour in high temperatures. Regular bathing will help keep your pet cool in warm weather months and control odors too.

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