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Five Healthy Habits for Your Pet to Start in 2018

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 years ago

The new year is here and just as we implement new healthy habits in our lives, it’s a great time to start a new healthy routine with your pet. Implementing these simple tips will help improve your pets’ health and well-being.

1. Start a High-Quality Diet

Pets fed a high-quality diet see a number of benefits including: a shiny coat, healthy skin and bright eyes to a strengthened immune system, improved intestinal health and strong muscles and joints. Something as small as switching out their food and treats can make a huge impact on your pet’s health and longevity.

Treats to Try: Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch Beef

2. Get into a Regular Walking Routine

It’s no surprise that regular exercise is great for your pet, but sometimes it’s hard to make it a priority in your busy life. Picking a time and sticking to it every day will help get you and your pet into a healthy routine. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch time, or right when you get home from work – setting aside 15 – 30 minutes a day to get outside and stretch your pet’s legs will help them stay healthy and lean. Plus it’s great for you too.

Tip: Set a reminder on your phone or schedule time on your calendar to help you stick with the daily routine.

3. Brush Regularly

A healthy mouth is key to a healthy pet. Dental disease and oral health issues can cause pain as well as make it hard for them to eat. And dental issues, when left untreated, can lead to heart and kidney disease.

Make sure you’re scheduling regular dental checkups as well as taking care of your pet’s teeth at home. Try brushing their teeth regularly or if your pet doesn’t love the toothbrush, there are other options like dental treats and toys. Your vet can help you find the best options for your pet.

Stock up: Pet Toothbrush

4.  GetSocial!

We all have more funwith friends and socialized dogs are generally better behaved. Take your pet to a dog park, enroll in training classes or sign them up for doggy daycare. Or just get together with friends that have pets and go for a walk or let them play in the backyard.

5. Schedule Regular Veterinary Visits

Just like an annual check-up is good for our health, regular veterinary appointments are an important part of your pet’s health and the secret to a long life. These visits will help identify potential issues before they become a problem.

Your veterinarian is your pet’s voice; let them speak for your pet by visiting once a year for young pets and twice yearly for those over age seven.


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