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How to Ensure Your Pet Stays Healthy and Clean

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 18 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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Caring for any animal requires a disciplined attitude, if you want to ensure your pet stays healthy and clean. Adopting a responsible attitude will help you put your pet’s health and cleanliness needs at the top of your list of pet caring duties, and will mean that your pet has no health worries and/or concerns.

Taking Full Responsibility

Besides showering your pet with love and affection you will also have to ensure that your pet – whether it is a cat, dog, rabbit or more exotic animal – stays fit, healthy and germ-free. As a pet owner you will be responsible for ensuring your pet has a clean bill of health, and is not a carrier of zoonotic diseases that are potentially harmful to humans.

A responsible pet owner, or carer, acknowledges that there are certain practices which must be followed in order to maintain a pet’s appearance and physical health. Regular exercise, a good, balanced diet and routine health checks will help a pet stay fit and healthy with little additional alterations to their daily routine or requirements. Maintaining a disciplined approach to pet caring will enable your pet to live in a happy and healthy environment.

Being An Educated Pet Owner

Following a regular health check routine is an excellent way of helping your pet stay physically fit and healthy. Whilst your pet may enjoy spending quality time with you, and your family, teaching your pet that regular health checks are a part of your time together will make the routine procedures much more easy to enforce.

Regularly washing and grooming your pet, if appropriate to their species, will enable you to check the animal for physical and medical problems which may develop. Preventing the onset of disease will not only save you money but will also stop pain and discomfort for your pet, so it is essential that you regularly examine your pet.

A regular dental care routine is also important. Just like humans a pet’s dental health can seriously affect the animal’s overall state of health and wellbeing so must be regularly examined for periodontal disease and tartar build-up. Dog owners, in particular, should ensure that their pet’s teeth are brushed regularly, whilst gum care must also be maintained.

A Balanced Diet

Feeding your pet good quality food will ensure they receive a nutritional diet. Without proper nutrition your pet can become ill and suffer from an impaired immune system. Paying attention to the feeding habits of your pet, and not allowing too many additional treats, will help your pet stay healthy.

A Clean Bill Of Health

Although vet bills are not cheap ensuring that vaccinations and check-ups are up-to-date will maintain and optimise your pet’s health. Allowing a health concern to grow, before booking an appointment at the vet’s practice, is not recommended. A health concern can easily escalate into an emergency, which will readily triple vet bills and medical expenses.

Staying safe, clean and healthy requires minimal effort and will save you money in the long-term. Ensuring your pet is clean, by regularly washing and grooming them, as well as checking for fleas and other parasites, will also keep your family germ-free and safe from diseases.

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