Do These 5 Money-Saving Things To Keep Your Pet Healthy
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Medical bills can engulf anyone. Add to that the cost of medical care for a pet and the totals can truly be overwhelming.
And while each animal has its own unique needs, it’s the owner’s responsibility to make sure their furry friends stay healthy and happy. Here are five surefire ways to make sure your pet stays healthy, happy, and by your side for as long as possible, according to Stacker.com.
1. Annual well visits
Pet owners shouldn’t leave their four-legged friends outside when planning family checkups. Depending on the animal’s needs, a visit to the veterinary clinic at least once a year is a good starting point. Getting checked every year can catch silent killers, like tumors, before they require expensive pet surgery and multiple trips to the hospital.
Appointments help veterinarians detect early signs of illness and provide preventative treatments like vaccines and parasite prevention. Routine exams can add years to your pet’s life and save pet owners significant bills in the long run. It is important to note that, unlike health checkups, vaccinations may not be annual.
2. Keep your pet at a healthy weight
More than half of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese, according to 2018 data from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, reported by Stacker.com.
A smart way to cut costs and keep your pet healthy is to buy nutritious food in bulk.
With healthy food available at all times, it reduces the number of trips you’ll have to make to the store and you’re less likely to feed your dog table scraps, which increases the risk of obesity.
Keeping your pet at a healthy weight also saves money by avoiding future vet appointments, as obesity increases the risk factor for many serious medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis and heart disease.
With healthy pet foods at their fingertips, pet owners can help reduce the risk of these health issues — and the costs that come with them.
3. Clean teeth regularly
A dental care routine will help you maintain your pet’s oral health. A buildup of food, saliva, and bacteria forms plaque on their teeth, and if left unchecked, the plaque forms tartar, requiring expensive professional cleaning.
Pet owners can prevent this with daily cleaning with simple products, like dental wipes. Dental gel and chews, additives for your pet’s water and food will also help. Dental costs can range between $450 and $1,000, according to research from Stacker.com, so prevention could save you a lot of money down the line.
4. Groom often
Regular grooming is essential to your dog’s health, and it really is quite simple.
Part of grooming includes daily brushing or combing (depending on coat), cleaning ears and teeth, and trimming nails.
Grooming sessions also allow pet parents to perform hands-on examinations on their pets, which means they will be able to spot potential health issues, like infections or parasites.
5. Prevention efforts
Keep the pests away with a few extra measures, like topical creams, flea collars, and oral medications. For adult animals, treatments should be repeated at least four times a year.