Just like you, your pet can get heart problems, develop arthritis, or have a toothache. The best way to prevent such problems or catch them early is to see your veterinarian every year.
Regular exams are "the single most important way to keep pets healthy," says Kara M. Burns, MS, Med, LVT, president of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians.
Annual vet visits should touch on nutrition and weight control, says Oregon veterinarian Marla J. McGeorge, DVM, as well as cover recommended vaccinations, parasite control, dental exam, and health screenings.
Spay and Neuter Your Pets
Eight million to 10 million pets end up in U.S. shelters every year. Some are lost, some have been abandoned, and some are homeless.
Here's an easy way to avoid adding to that number -- spay and neuter your cats and dogs. It's a procedure that can be performed as early as six to eight weeks of age.
Spaying and neutering doesn't just cut down on the number of unwanted pets; it has other substantial benefits for your pet. Studies show it also lowers the risk of certain cancers, Burns tells WebMD, and reduces a pet's risk of getting lost by decreasing the tendency to roam.
Prevention is better than Cure!
Pets prefers their own odour. For this reason they will often "retire" again and again to their certain spot. If this is happening then cover this area with tin foil for a while. You can also use this knowledge to your advantage if toileting your pet by retaining some of the smell for the dirt box or toilet area. Mothballs or a Citronella smell applied to those areas also help to repell cats from going there again.
SPCA "CRATE" RULES:
Please consider the amount of time you leave your pet crated. Also, the number of consecutive days left in a crate! Crates are a save haven for some pets but can turn into a prison for them if over used.
Please consider these SPCA rules for buying and using a crate for your pet.
1. Make sure your pet can sit up straight and stand up with plenty of room above their heads.
2. Your pet should be able to comfortably turn around.
3. They should be able to stretch out completely, remember that they are in there for a long time in between visits from your pet sitter!
4. Consider buying a water bottle for them to drink from or leave a bowl with some ice cubes or cold water in crate with them if you are able.
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