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Pet Owners' Pet Health Guide
The first days after buying a new puppy or kitten are fun and exciting. They're also extremely important for the overall pet health. Here are the first steps that you should begin right away, from day one.
Find a Vet
The first thing a smart pet owner does is immediately find a good veterinarian. When possible, you'll want to use the same vet throughout the lifetime of the animal.
A first-rate vet sets the foundation for the overall pet health. Find one you can trust. Then take the dog or cat in for a routine examination, according to a schedule recommended by the vet's office.
If your pet has a special condition or special needs, be sure to comply with all of the veterinarian's recommendations. Because dogs age faster than we do, there are many subtle changes that can develop in just a six to 12 month period. A routine schedule of visits will allow the vet to closely monitor changes in the pet health, and it will tell her if some condition is in danger of getting out of control.
Maintaining good dog health also includes matters of hygiene. For starters, make sure you pay attention to his or her dental issues. Just as with humans, tartar and plaque build-up can cause serious health problems for your pet. Start while the pup is still young to take care of its dental needs. Although it might sound silly, it's smart to brush your dog's teeth, using either feed dental treats or oral rinses - or both. Further, tell your vet about any dental concerns you have. She might decide that a professional cleaning is in order.
Groom the dog regularly. Every dog needs it to some degree - depending largely on their breed. A dog that has long, shaggy hair might need weekly haircuts. All dogs will eventually need to have their nail clips. You'll need to decide whether to take care of these matters or yourself or to have a dog health care professional do it.
Hygiene is also important for overall cat health. Every time you cuddle with your cat on the bed or couch, do a visual inspection from nose to tail. Many cat health problems; you can see or smell yourself. Make sure the cat's ears are clean and pink. Check to see if they're giving off an unpleasant odor. Look at the eyes and make sure that they're bright, focused, clear and free of discharge. Examine the gums to see if they're pink, and that the teeth are clean. Smell the cat's breath and note if it's inoffensive. As you pet your cat, check for lumps, bumps sores or other irregularities. And look for flea dirt which somewhat resembles black pepper.
High quality food is important for good dog or cat health. Get the best that you can afford. Speak with your veterinarian and he will help you make a good choice. Test the food for a week or so. Monitor how much of it your dog cat eats and make sure he's not refusing to eat because he doesn't like it. Also, make sure they always have fresh water. Keep in mind that canned foods can increase the amount of water that they get.