Common health problems in pets
Of course you want your pets to be in your life as long as possible. Thankfully, regular veterinarian visits and up-to-date vaccinations can prevent most issues. Your vet will put your pets on an immunization schedule for disease prevention, which is the best way to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life.
Something to smile about
Dental-related issues like tartar buildup, inflammation, and periodontal disease are the most common health problem among pets. Due to advances in pet dental care, many problems are preventable with a regular routine. Get your dog or cat used to brushing by rubbing your finger around their teeth and gum line, then slowly incorporate a dog toothpaste and toothbrush for pets. Brush a couple of times a week for effective cleaning. Fresher breath is a bonus!
Can you hear me now?
Ear mites are pretty common in all dog breeds, especially those with ear flaps, but they can also put your pup at risk for infection if left untreated. Take your dog to the vet if you notice any of the following symptoms: constant head shaking, pawing at the ears, redness in the ear, and even an unpleasant smell from the ear. Your vet will prescribe medication and may even suggest a daily ear wash.
It’s a wild world.
Your pets are exposed to diseases just from being outside in the world, by coming in contact with objects and surfaces, and even directly with other animals, including wildlife.
Your first line of defense: vaccines
Your best friend is depending on you, so remember:
- Keep your pets' vaccinations up-to-date.
- Schedule annual or biannual vet visits.
- Put your pet on a flea and tick prevention and treatment plan.
- Watch for any unusual changes in your pets' behavior.
- Take him or her to the vet right away if you suspect anything isn’t right.