Good health is key to helping your pet live his or her best life.
Pet wellness is so important, in fact, that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Fort Dodge Animal Health have dedicated an entire month to it.
National Pet Wellness Month, which is celebrated every October, is an important reminder to check our pets’ health and fitness.
After all, our pets can’t tell us when they’re hurt, sick, or in pain. It’s our job to proactively monitor their health, lifestyle, and behavior–ideally regular input from a trusted veterinarian.
Plus, dogs and cats age far more quickly than humans. By your cat’s 2nd birthday, she’s already 24 years old in human years. By the time your 7-year-old child enters first grade, your 7-year-old dog could be experiencing joint pain.
This accelerated life cycle makes it essential to proactively track your pet’s changing diet, exercise, and nutritional needs.
For example, most puppies outgrow puppy food by their first birthday, which is typically considered a marker of canine adulthood. Older dogs don’t need as much food as younger, growing puppies, who may eat up to four times a day.
Failing to monitor these life changes could lead to vitamin deficiencies, discomfort, and weight gain.
Sudden changes in behavior may also indicate potential health problems. Is your dog sleeping more than usual lately? Is your cat suddenly urinating outside of the litter box?
These could be signs of a hormonal imbalance, bladder infection, or another serious health issue requiring veterinary care.
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Even if your pet isn’t displaying any unusual behavior, National Pet Wellness Month is an excellent reason to schedule a routine veterinary visit.
Unlike humans, who can get away with an annual doctor’s visit, young puppies and kittens and older pets often need to see the vet more than once a year.
Meanwhile, vitamins and supplements can help keep your pet healthy in between veterinary visits, especially if your pup is experiencing arthritis, digestive issues, itchy skin, or the aches and pains of old age.
How are you observing National Pet Wellness Month? Let us know in the comments!
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