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National Pet Wellness Month: 5 Tips To Keep Your Pet Healthy

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 months ago

We love our pets like family, and we want them to live long, healthy lives. October is National Pet Wellness Month, a perfect time to re-evaluate your furry friend’s health and lifestyles.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) launched National Pet Wellness Month in 2004 to educate pet parents on the importance of regular pet wellness exams and preventative healthcare6. This month-long initiative takes place every October. 

We humans must look after our pets’ health and make wise choices since they cannot speak for themselves.  Here are some tips to keep your pet healthy all month long and throughout the year because, at PetFirst, we believe every month is Pet Wellness Month.

1. Schedule a visit with your veterinarian

Our pets age faster than we do. Therefore, age related health problems are going to show up sooner in our pets than us humans. The best way to stay on top of your pet’s health is to make sure he or she has, at minimum, an annual check-up with the vet.

The AMVA recommends twice-yearly visits for a thorough check-up, particularly for senior pets. An exam every six months provides the opportunity for early detection, treatment, or prevention of potentially serious or life-threatening conditions.

2. Watch Fido’s weight

In an article published by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in association with the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2020 Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET) Report indicated that more than half of all adult dogs seen at Banfield’s more than 1,000 hospitals in 2019 were considered overweight or obese7.  This report also stated that dogs and cats are overweight if they are at least 10%–20% above their ideal weight8.  

Obesity in pets is associated with many severe health conditions, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Reduced life expectancy

3. Don’t skip exercise

All pets require daily physical exercise to keep them living their best lives.

Not only does physical activity keep animals active and limber, but it also offers some mental stimulation, which is especially critical in older pets. Exercise burns calories, so it’s a great way to help control your pet’s weight.  Additionally, the activity can boost the metabolic rate for hours after your pet has stopped to rest9.  

There are countless benefits to regular exercise! Let’s not forget that regular activity is a fantastic way for your fur-friend to burn off extra energy, thus discouraging unwanted or destructive behaviors.

You and your pet can enjoy all these perks while your pet strengthens his muscles, tendons, and bones.

4. Keep up-to-date with pest preventative

When it comes to outdoor pests such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, prevention is critical.

Depending on where you live in the country, your pet will need a regimen tailored to his location and activities to ensure he or she is protected against the diseases that pose the most threat. You can discuss the best option for your furry friend with your veterinarian when you attend your twice-yearly visits. Once you decide on a plan best for your pet, you can mark your calendar and administer your flea, tick, and heartworm preventative on schedule to avoid potentially life-threatening illnesses.

5. Invest in your pet’s health with pet insurance

What better time to protect your furry family member than during Pet Wellness Month?

Here at PetFirst1, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets. PetFirst Pet Insurancecan help cover unexpected vet visits2 and can provide peace of mind. PetFirst Pet Insurance1 has cat and dog insurance policies2 to fit every budget. 

Consider getting pet insurance for your furry friend today. 



1PetFirst Healthcare, LLC (“PetFirst Pet Insurance” or “PetFirst”) is the program administrator authorized to offer and administer pet health insurance policies underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company, with its main office at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, or New Hampshire Insurance Company or The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, each with its main administrative office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60661. For costs, complete details of coverage, and a listing of approved states, please contact PetFirst Healthcare, LLC.

2Like most insurance policies, insurance policies offered by PetFirst Healthcare, LLC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force.

6American Veterinary Medical Association 


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