An ounce of prevention …
Having a pet means taking care of her health before something goes wrong. And keeping a close watch, to catch problems early, while they’re faster and easier to treat — less expensive, too.
It’s all part of what we mean by preventive health care. When you keep up with it, you’ll give you and your pet the best chance at a long, happy life together.
- Bring her in to see us every six months for a checkup.
- Keep his vaccinations current.
- Keep plenty of fresh water available, and pay attention to how much she drinks.
- Feed your pet a sensible diet for his age, weight, activity level and health.
- In multi-pet households, make sure some pets aren’t keeping others away from the food and water.
- Note any changes in your dog’s urine output or stool consistency. You can track your cat’s urine output by measuring the wet litter in the litter box.
- Brush your pet often to keep her coat from matting. Your dog always needs help with this. But oddly enough, all that grooming your cat does isn’t really enough to keep his coat in top shape. So he needs brushing too.
- Clip her toenails, for both your sakes. Overgrown claws can be uncomfortable for your pet – and painful for you!
- Keep him indoors as much as possible.
- Weigh her at least every 60 days, on the same scale, and log the results.