Gardens Pet Clinic & Spa’s guide to a happy and healthy pet!

by Dr Candice Cooper
A Guide to a Happy and Healthy Pet!

Everyone wants their pet to be happy, right? So do we! So, I thought I would write a series of articles to help you make sure your pet is living their best life, and it starts with being healthy. We recommend a veterinary health check every 6 months to prevent any issues that may arise during the course of your pet’s life.

Detecting and addressing health problems earlier is a lot more effective (including more cost-effective) than only taking your pet to the vet when they have serious or painful health problems. Routine health checks also provide an opportunity for your pet to interact with the health care team in a positive way. This goes a long way in reducing the fearfulness and stress that pets often associate with going to vet when they only visit when they’re sick or sore.

Another important veterinary tip is to make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. These vaccinations help prevent your pet from contracting common, serious and potentially fatal infections. I know sometimes it can get confusing to know when your pet should go for their vaccinations, the date should be written in your pet’s vaccination book. Alternatively, you can always check in with us.

Preventative care wouldn’t be complete without adequate parasite control. Tick, flea and deworming treatment should be continued year-round and not only when symptoms appear. This will avoid issues such as the transmission of blood borne parasites and allergic dermatitis. Tick, flea and deworming treatment is SO much easier and budget-friendly than dealing with these avoidable health problems.

Hygiene and cleanliness are an often-overlooked part of health care. Bowls should be kept clean and germ-free. This goes for toys as well, particularly those used for dispensing treats or food. Fresh, clean water should be available at all times.

Another point on the hygiene front: most cats will refuse to use a dirty litter tray. Dirty litter should be removed daily and the litter box should be washed regularly. Try to avoid strong-smelling detergents as this can irritate a cat’s very sensitive sense of smell.

Did you find our tips useful? Let us know!

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