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Your pet also needs regular check-up

By: Gideon |Time : December 08, 2017, 01:37:04 AM
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular check-ups with your veterinarian can help detect diseases and health problems early on, while they can still be treated. The key to long life in pets is to provide them with a healthy lifestyle and think of your pet’s well-being in the same way that you would think of a family members’. To ensure your pet lives a long and fulfilling life, you should:

Be alert to changes – If your pets lose their eyesight and/or hearing, immediately bring this to your vet’s notice. Also be quick to take note of changes in its appetite level because this may indicate that he is falling ill gradually. Call your vet once you notice that your pet’s appetite is dropping, or he has become selective with its choice of meals. Your vet will ask you a few questions on the diet of your pet and history of his routine medical procedures. He may also run some tests and advise or treat accordingly.

Ensure adequate exercise – Just like humans, exercise is an important component of healthy lifestyle for animals. Pets like to take long naps, so it is essential for owners to ensure that between these naps they spend active play time outside the house. Taking your pet out on a walk is as essential as providing the right diet. It will also present an opportunity for you to also get some exercise and to stay fit.

Monitor your pet’s diet – Providing the right diet for your pet is essential to ensuring a longer life. It is very important to let your vet know if your pet’s appetite decreases. Please ensure that you throw away leftover meals, do not add new meals to old ones in their plates because in a few hours, the food beneath may get spoilt and contaminated, and you may not realise this because the food you placed on top still looks good.

Good hygiene – If your pets spend most of their time outside the house it is extremely important that they are not playing in dirty or in dangerous areas. Ensure they are away from any kind of bacteria in the environment. Clean your pets’ housing unit at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening, using house hold disinfectants.

Put a little bleach in the water that will be used in cleaning as they contain sodium hypochloride. You should also ensure that the food and water bowls are washed and disinfected daily.

Provide a good housing unit with a good floor. Ensure that adequate ventilation is given priority, and a good shade is available to wade off direct rays from the sun. Houses should be far away from generators and other sources of toxic fumes.

Keep up with vaccination records – It is very important for pet owners to ensure that their pets are up to date with vaccinations. Some vaccinations work for the lifetime of the pet, some require updating. It’s a good idea to ask your vet to schedule appointments in advance to mitigate the risk of forgetting when it’s time to bring your pet in for a booster.

Vaccinations for dogs and cats include the anti-rabies and DHLPP vaccine. The DHLPP vaccine is a polyvalent one that contains virulent viruses that are used to confer immunity against five viral diseases.

 DHLPP is an acronym for Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Para-influenza and Parvovirus. A puppy whose mum was not vaccinated before she was mated should be given this vaccine at five weeks of age, while a puppy whose mum was effectively vaccinated before mating can be given this vaccine at six weeks. After the first shot of the vaccine, two to three booster doses should be given three weeks after the first shot. After the last booster dose has been administered, next dose will be a year interval.

Pay attention to your pet’s appearance – Short-haired pets should be brushed once a week while pets with long hair require daily brushing. Your pet’s skin should also be monitored for lumps or lesions. Once you notice a weight loss, irrespective of the appetite of your pet, please consult the vet doctor immediately.

A stitch in time saves nine. Please be very proactive on issues that concern your pet’s health. Try to spend some more time with it so that you can be used to what its “good” health state is. If you do this, it will be very easy to detect changes when things go wrong. Please do not try self-medications. It is not all the drugs that are safe for humans are safe for our pets. In fact, some human medications can serve as poisons to our pets. The doses of certain drugs also differ. It is best you consult a vet immediately. I quite understand that the bills of a vet may be quite expensive, but the truth is that the consequences of self-medication can be more expensive.

Re: Your pet also needs regular check-up

By: Gideon |Time : December 08, 2017, 01:40:13 AM
I don't have a pet but for those who have dogs,cats or any animal pets,they should be aware they have a responsibility to the animal. These animals are to be taken care of just like a child.

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