It isn’t often that our furry friends get sick or feel under the weather – and sometimes, they seem so enthusiastic and energetic, that we can hardly tell when things are bothering them. But behind the wagging tail or purring nudges, Fido or Fluffy may need a little human tender loving care. My vet recommends the following five types of pet meds to help keep my dogs and cats feeling their best, year-round:
Flea, Tick and Heartworm Medicines Keep Parasites at Bay
If your cat or dog goes outdoors, or even if they don’t, you or your furry friend may unknowingly bring pests into your home, including fleas and ticks. These biting nuisances, in addition to being an aggravation for your pet, can also carry diseases such as Lyme Disease. Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep a flea and tick preventative on hand as one of your go-to pet meds when the weather warms up and your pets are eager to go outside to play and prowl.
Heartworm medicine is another must-have and even though it’s generally found in dogs, cats can also carry this condition. Contrary to popular belief, the worms in heartworm don’t actually affect the heart, rather they clog the arteries in the lungs, leading to distressed breathing and other medical issues. Fortunately, today’s pet meds are designed to be easy to give to your furry friends. Many come in simple spot treatments that last for months, and some medicines can be given as flavored “treats” so your pet doesn’t wise up to the fact that he’s taking a pill.
Arthritis and Pain Medicine Stave Off the Effects of Old Age
Our pets age considerably faster than we do, which means that they can feel the effects of old age, such as stiff and painful joints, much sooner than their human counterparts. The good news is that you can help slow the pain and stiffness of arthritis and other types of pain and inflammation with both prescription and non-prescription pet meds. These supplements are available as flavored food sprinkles, pills, liquid and tablets which can easily be tucked into a bite of cheese or a piece of tuna. They’re designed in such a way as to prevent further deterioration of the joints, so that your pet can feel (and move) like a youngster again.
Vitamins and Supplements
This may not count under “pet meds” but it’s still a vital part of your pet’s health and well-being. Popular choices include glucosamine supplements, multivitamins and first-aid as well as grooming aids to prevent hairballs (in cats). The right vitamins and minerals can go a long way in improving your pet’s coat, teeth, joints and flexibility. Plus, they’re available as both crunchy and soft chew varieties, making “take your vitamins” time feel more like a reward.
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Our canine companions are always available for catering to our various needs. Dogs have been the friends of mankind, probably since the beginning of civilization. Many pet owners prefer to get a dog because of the many benefits that come along with them. For example, spending longer periods with dogs could easily improve our body’s immunity towards allergies.
You would have to feed your pet dog if you have one and also take care of its other needs such as taking it out for a walk and its hydration needs. These activities keep you engaged, thereby leaving little room to be stressed by other things in your life. Cleaning up your pet dog is also another activity that can help in improving your overall mood. That’s a pretty good thing, isn’t it? Let us explore some essential tips that should be kept in mind for cleaning your dog at home in the following discussion.
Try positive association!
The first thing that should be focused on while bathing your dog is to create a positive association with the activity of bathing. The positive association can be achieved if you use treats, affection, and toys while giving your pet dog a bath. You have to practice positive association every time to get your dog to behave properly while bathing. For example, keep on giving treats to your pet every time it comes to the bathtub or the area where you bathe your dog. This practice should be repeated until a phase where your pet doggo comes even without any treat.
Another important factor which matters the most is preparation. Every time you get your pet dog ready for a bath, there should be some preparatory measures accompanying it! For instance, you need to select the right shampoo by consulting with your veterinarian and give your dog a thorough brushing.
This way, you would be making sure that your pet is away from any sort of complications during or after the bath. Brushing the coat of your dog could help in picking up the mats that may set in after coming in contact with water. Consultation with the veterinarian for choosing cleaning products for your pet doggie would help in preventing any sort of skin infections.
Know when to clean them:
Now, we shall find out insights about how frequently your dog should get a bath for cleaning. The generally accepted norm is to bath once a month for the majority of dogs. However, dogs which have an oily coat such as the Basset Hound may need to be cleaned up almost once every week.
Short-haired dogs having smooth coats such as Beagles do not need frequent baths, and they are quite careful of their hygiene on their own! On the other hand, if your dog has a water-repellent coat such as in the case of Golden Retrievers, then it is recommended to bathe them less often to protect their natural oils.
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