5 top pet health tips for a longer, happier life

Posted by Argos. August 20th 2014.

Pets can be so much more than just a friendly reminder of your responsibilities; they can be a member of the family, a companion when you’re lonely or even a soft body to cuddle when you’re cold.

Whatever your pet means to you, making its life long and fulfilled is a goal of any owner. With these five tips you can help give your beloved pet the best chance at living the long, happy life they deserve.

1.    Diet

Fed well and your pet could be a completely different animal. A good diet can provide a shiny, soft, healthy coat whilst improving energy levels and overall happiness.

When a pet is constantly fed leftovers and food from your plate it can lead to bad habits such as begging, but more importantly it can cause upset stomachs, stomach inflation and bad breath.

Instead, a healthy diet of food specialised for your pet will ensure a long and happy life and make your life a whole lot easier.

2.    Exercise

No matter how small, every pet needs exercise and time to unwind and release energy. You may think you have enough land for your pet to run around and not need to be taken out but mental and physical stimulation for your pet is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight and ensuring your pet lives a long and pleasant life.

On average, it is recommended that dogs need an hour of exercise a day, it could be playing fetch in the park or engagement with other dogs, no matter what, getting your pet out of the house and into some open space is one of the best things you can do for your huggable companion.

For indoor pets – such as small rodents – make sure they have access to an exercise wheel or ball and give them the run of safe areas if you have suitable facilities to do so.
Cat and dog playing

3.    Supervision

Allowing your pet the freedom to roam free may seem like placing well-earned trust in your pet but unfortunately leaving them to wander on their own can easily allow for susceptibility to car accidents, choking hazards, or even potential danger from other animals.

Whilst you should never fear letting your pet outside, keeping a watchful eye on their whereabouts can go a long way in terms of preventing ingestion of harmful plants or potential escapes.

A purebred Australian Shepherd dog gets its teeth brushed

4.    Oral hygiene

One of the most common causes of illnesses within pets can be traced back to poor dental hygiene. Tooth decay can lead to problems and infections throughout the entire body, but most commonly in the kidneys and heart.

Being aware of the state your pets’ teeth are in can not only promote good breath but ensure they don’t suffer from potentially hazardous diseases later in life.

5.    Relax

Finally, it’s crucial that you give your pet a safe environment to relax in. Ensure there is plenty of time for your dog, cat or pet to escape the stresses and excitement of family life to enable them to live a balanced life of exercise and relaxation.

This will help keep your pet in good physical and mental health and give you the chance to relax alongside them.

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