4 Ways Preventative Care Can Keep Your Pet Healthy

Your pet isn’t just a companion when you’re lonely. Cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, and other creatures are members of your family. They provide constant unconditional love, and all they ask in return is a ton of food and good health. Here are four ways that preventative care can keep your pet healthy.

A Trip to the Vet

Care for Your Pets

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When your pet whimpers at the idea of visiting the vet, have some empathy. You don’t like going to the doctor, either. Still, it’s your responsibility as a pet owner to make sure that your animal is in great shape. At the vet, they’ll perform all the maintenance needed to guarantee your pet’s breathing is normal, their teeth are healthy, and their heart is good. One hour of inconvenience annually is a small price to pay for the peace of mind you’ll get at the vet.

The Good Shots

Vaccinations are painful to pets just as shots are painful to humans. The good news is that animals rarely understand that the needle means a shot is coming, so they’ve got an advantage over people. Keeping your animal’s vaccinations current protects them from contagious diseases, the most dangerous of which are potentially fatal. It’s unconscionable to risk your animal’s life by avoiding such easy preventative maintenance.

Shots take only a couple of minutes, even for the most difficult of pets. Better yet, conventional wisdom has evolved about how often animals need their vaccinations. Rabies in particular is treatable for three years with a single shot. So your animal’s brief discomfort is over in minutes, but their treatment protects them for years.

Get Chippy

There are as many as 175 million cats and dogs kept as pets in the United States. That’s over half the human population, which explains why so many technologies exist to take care of your pet. It’s a massive potential customer base of people who want love their pets and want to ensure their safety.

One of the best tech protections is microchipping your pet. For a modest cost, a vet will implant a tiny homing device. It will help you track your pet if they ever get lost. Microchips are great for all pets, but they’re especially important for indoor animals. If they get outside, it’s imperative that you find them as quickly as possible. A chip more than doubles the odds of your finding your lost pet, so you should take this preventative measure the next time you’re at the vet.

Ask a Vet

Thanks to clever programmers, you don’t have to go to a vet any time you’re worried about your pet. If you have concerns about their behavior or an injury they suffer, there’s no need to leave the house. Simply use a preventative pet maintenance app like Kuddly. For a nominal fee, you’ll have a live conversation with a professional vet. You can explain the issue to him or her and ask for guidance. You can even choose the type of problem so that you can contact a specialist in that field of pet healthcare.

Taking care of your pet is a responsibility. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever in the digital era. Simply follow the steps above to guarantee a long and healthy life for your furry friend.

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Posted by on August 25, 2015. Filed under Animals,COMMENTARY/OPINION,CRITTER TALK. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry
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