Every pet owner wishes their animal friend to live a long, healthy life. Unfortunately, humans live longer than pets, and it’s quite disheartening to see them leave too early. The least you can do is to help your pet make the most out of his life by taking care of his health.
A Dubai pet food delivery company gives the following six ways to help you enjoy more moments with your furry pal.
1. Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight will reduce your pet’s lifespan and overall quality of life. What you can do to extend his life is to help him keep a healthy weight.
- Monitor his portions – Give your pet adequate food portions according to his age, size, and activity level. Pets who always have access to food will tend to eat more than what is required.
- Know how many calories your pet needs – Understanding how many calories your pet needs will help you decide whether you need to adjust his food portions accordingly.
Preventing your pet from becoming obese also prevents him from developing obesity-related health issues. These include problems like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and many other illnesses. Consider asking your veterinarian for some nutritional guidelines that can help you maintain your pet at a healthy weight.
2. Feed a high-quality diet
Good food is the foundation of a healthy life. Feeding your pet a high-quality diet gives him these advantages:
- Shiny and healthy coat
- Strong immune system
- Beautiful bright eyes
- Healthy skin
A high-quality diet is a balanced meal that is age and breed appropriate for your pet. The more you feed quality food, the better it is for your pet’s health.
3. Make time for exercise
To be healthy inside and out, your pet’s body needs exercise. Physical activities prevent many diseases like obesity which leads to a shorter lifespan. There are so many ways to help your pet get moving, you can try:
- Giving him toys to play with
- Taking him for a walk, hike, or run
- Allowing him to play with another animal
Lack of exercise may cause your pet to feel bored. What’s worse, he may develop destructive behavior and cause chaos around your house. Let your pet release his energy by letting him have enough exercise.
4. Avoid unsupervised roaming
It’s good to allow your pet some freedom but make sure to do so in a controlled environment. Pets that roam may become vulnerable to many dangers such as predation, automobile accidents, and exposure to infectious diseases. Moreover, unsupervised roaming may cause you to get estranged from your neighbors should your pet dig up their yard or “relieve” himself in their lawn.
If you must take your pet outside for a breath of fresh air, place him inside a pet play pen. This will give your pet his much-needed freedom without putting his safety at risk and causing your neighbors to get upset or feel bothered.
5. Schedule regular vet visits
As much as possible, take to heart what Benjamin Franklin once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Make sure to take your pet to a veterinarian for routine checkups. This will help your vet prevent many health problems before they become worse and hard to manage.
When your vet gets to diagnose an illness early, the chances of a quick and successful recovery are much higher. The moment you notice anything strange about your pet’s behavior, don’t dilly-dally and consult the vet immediately.
6. Keep your pet’s mouth clean
Dental diseases are a common problem among dogs and even cats. Oral issues can cause your pet pain and make it difficult for him to eat. If you leave it untreated, it can even give rise to heart and kidney disease.
Make certain to stay on top of your pet’s hygiene and brush his teeth at home. If your pet isn’t a fan of toothbrushes, you can try other alternatives like treats, toys, and dental diets. Ask your vet for other recommendations that would work best for your type of pet.
Be a responsible pet parent
You can’t control how long your pet lives but you can help him live a healthier life so that he gets to spend more years with you. Neglect is one major reason why pets become unhealthy. Always remember your responsibilities as a pet owner, make time for bonding, and give your animal companion the happiness he deserves.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.