• Robin Doherty

National Pet Wellness Month: A Month About Pet Health!

When it comes to pets, preventative care, and attention to wellness is just as important as it is for us humans. Fortunately, this is exactly what National Pet Wellness Month is here to remind us: thanks to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the month of October has been dedicated to helping pets live longer and happier lives.


Here are a few suggestions for supporting pets' health and wellness all year round.


Nutrition

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? The role of good nutrition in keeping pets healthy can't be underestimated, and a solid diet is a must-have for all-around wellness. When choosing your pet's food, it's all about choosing quality ingredients and tailoring their diet to their age - for example, senior dogs and cats tend to require food that is less calorie-dense, without skimping on other nutrients. Meanwhile, diets packed with antioxidants and good bacteria help bulk up the immune systems of pets of all ages.


Be sure to check out your local, independent pet store for a treasure trove of organic, high-quality pet foods that will give your pet everything they need without unnecessary byproducts.


Dental Health

Let's face it: we've probably all been told by our dentists that we need to floss more. For pets, routine dental health is even more important for helping pets live longer down the road. Dental chews are a low-effort way you can keep your pets' teeth in daily good shape, as are pet toothbrushes to promote healthy teeth and gums. Side note: while we frequently joke about our pets' stinky breath, an unusually bad smell might be worth a vet visit to get it checked out.


Exercise

Cats and dogs need frequent exercise - yes, even your cat that spends 80% of the day snoozing on the couch. Exercise provides regular physical stimulation to pet's bones and muscles and helps with weight control, which reduces the risk of diseases like arthritis or diabetes. At the same time, exercise also gives pets important mental stimulation and quality time with their owners, keeping them less stressed and in better shape overall.


Check-ups

Finally, don't downplay the importance of wellness visits twice a year or at least annually. Your vet's trained eyes and advanced medical equipment can pinpoint possible red flags and test for hidden issues much more easily. Plus, vets can provide extra tips for addressing diet, behavior, a healthy coat, and more!


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