A pet is so much more than just a pet. He’s your constant companion, your running partner, couch buddy, perhaps even your best friend. So, give your feline or pup the love, care, and attention she deserves for a long, happy, and healthy life.
You’re probably aware of and even practicing most of these tips, but it’s our hope you’ll find one or two that will prove useful.
- Schedule an annual well visit for your pet to make sure he’s happy and healthy as can be. Also, keep up-to-date on vaccines, and give your vet the opportunity to detect any health concerns before they become potentially life-threatening issues.
- Try as they might, your pets can’t tell you what’s wrong. But they often can show you. If you notice your pet acting strangely, not eating or drinking, sleeping more than usual, having irregular stools, or is hiding in a quiet dark corner, best to have him checked out.
- Talk to your veterinarian about year-round parasite control for you pet.
- Give your pet vet-approved dental treats and toys in addition to brushing their teeth regularly with a pet-safe toothpaste.
- Brush your pet’s coat regularly and consider having it groomed by a professional to keep their coat healthy. Contrary to popular belief, you should not shave your pet in the summer months; their coat is meant to control body temperature no matter the season.
- Feed your pet high-quality pet food, give them day-long access to fresh drinking water, and make sure they get plenty of exercise. Take your dog for regular walks, play fetch in the back yard, or take them to a dog park so they can frolic with other pups. Provide your cat with plenty of places to scratch, stretch, jump on, and crawl through.
- Reduce your pet’s risk of being lost forever by always keeping an ID tag on their collar and have them registered with a micro-chip that a vet or animal shelter can use to locate you should they wander off.
Then there’s the matter of water quality. While mineral-rich hard water generally poses no health risks for pets, it can be a real pain in the butt – and in the wallet – for you. Ironically, however, solving the problem with a water softener does pose a health risk for pets since softeners are rich in sodium and do not filter out water impurities. To ensure high-quality drinking water for family members and pets alike, contact Connor Plumbing today for more information about a reverse osmosis (RO) water filter. At your request, we’ll be happy to provide you with a free new-system proposal.