Preventative health care plays an important part in the long-term health and wellness of your pet. Unfortunately, our pets are unable to tell us if something feels wrong, that’s why it is so important to maintain and monitor your pet through proactive healthcare. Your vet can give you advice on how to look after your pet, but as a pet owner the responsibility is with you to make sure your pets are fit and healthy. Ideally your pet should have a proper veterinary checkup by a licensed and practicing veterinarian at least twice a year. This can also be a great opportunity to discuss any health or behavior related concerns you may have.

Some canine diseases are very serious and can be fatal even with treatment. To prevent your dog from getting these diseases regular vaccination is often recommended. Vaccinations protect your cats from cat flu and FIV, and dogs from canine hepatitis, canine cough and distemper. Cats and dogs need intestinal worming treatments, tick and flea control, and depending on where you live, heartworm medication. Parasite control and prevention not only keeps your pet healthy but your family as well. For older animals, organ function tests and general health profile are recommended along with blood and urine testing, blood pressure monitoring, (X-ray) and ultrasound as required.

Dental health is so important for your pet’s overall health and well being. Give your pet chew toys, dental kibble and brush their teeth regularly. Unhealthy teeth not only cause your pet tooth pain, the bacteria can lead to more serious diseases in their heart and kidneys. Dental disease can affect much more than just the teeth and gum, it can travel further down to the liver, kidneys and heart. Your vet will check your pet’s teeth during routine health checks, and your pet may need a dental procedure under general anesthetic to remove stubborn plaque. Your pet’s diet will change as they age from puppy or kitten to senior, so a good-quality diet needs to be tailored to match their age and breed.

Regular exercise means your pet will be fit and stay at a healthy weight. Exercising your pet could be as easy as taking them for a walk or playing fetch in the backyard. The type of exercise you choose for your pet depends on a number of factors, the most important being their current level of mobility, their age and weight. Excess weight can cause similar health problems in animals as in humans such as respiratory problems, joint problems and reduced life expectancy. For online animal nutrition and health products it's worth visiting Vet Supply for the leading brands of animal health and food products plus they have some great articles on pet health.

A clean pet is a happy pet. No hair in the eyes, clean fur and skin, clipped nails and clean teeth all make for a pet that is comfortable and better behaved. Another benefit of grooming is that it allows you to check your pet for any abnormalities. This includes skin problems such as ticks, fleas and dry patches, or issues with their nails, teeth, ears, and eyes such as infection or inflammation. When found at an early stage, these problems can be treated right away, before they have a chance to become more serious. Even when you have researched all the animal grooming tips in the world you will most likely never be as good as a full-time groomer. They’re called professionals for a reason and their experience will ensure that your pet is looked after and the whole process is made as enjoyable and quick as possible.