Finally decided to get a new pet cat or dog? Or, perhaps, a rabbit, chicken, guinea pig or hamster? Whatever you have, I’m sure you will have a great time with the new member of the family. There are, however, a few things you should know before getting too comfortable.
As regular readers of my blog know, we have cats. We have seen some very ill recently, and it’s very important to get treatment quickly. We see a lot of illness in rescue cats, as we had a neighbor who liked to take them in and treat them and then locate homes for them. Many of them don’t get the treatment they need, and they aren’t looked after properly.
So, I thought I would write a blog about preventive pet care. It applies to any animal, stops them from getting too ill, and it will save you a lot of money. In short, it’s something you need to think about if you intend to get a pet. Here are some simple tips for you to get started.
First of all, don’t save on your pet insurance. It can be tempting to take the easier, cheaper route when it comes to insurance. But, thinking carefully about it is the first step in your preventive care plan. Many pet owners get rid of their pets when they can’t afford to treat them - and it can be expensive. An MRI scan, for example, can cost thousands of dollars. With the right insurance, you won’t have to meet that entire bill yourself.
Regular wellness exams
It’s also a good idea to get to know your local vet. Just like humans need checkups, so do your animals. And, early diagnosis could save your pet's life - just like we have seen with rescue cats. Again, it’s easy to forget, or not bother and save on the costs of a checkup. But, in the long-term, you will pay for not being foresighted.
Home treatments and medicines
It’s also worth investing a little in preventive treatments such as frontline plus dogs or a similar treatment for cats. Fleas are a common occurrence in pets, and there is no escaping them. The best plan is to prevent them spreading in the first place. Worms are another big issue, so proper training at an early age about eating habits is essential.
Do you clean your pet’s teeth? If not, it’s something you should consider. Almost 90% of dogs over a certain age have some infection in their teeth, and it’s all down to owners not brushing. It’s best to start early when they are pups. Cats are a little harder to clean, but they get plenty of dental problems, too. Make sure you include an oral inspection with all your veterinary visits to ensure there are no procedures needed.
Finally don’t forget that prevention also includes behavioral issues. Dogs - and cats, to an extent - can all grow up to have bad habits. The earlier you get stuck in, the more chance you will have of stopping bad behaviors as they get older.
Hope these tips help! Have a GREAT weekend!