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Keep Your Pet Healthy and Your Vet Bills Down

01/27/2012 by Colleen Williams
January 27th, 2012 by Colleen Williams
        

 

Keeping your cat or dog in good health can have numerous benefits, the most obvious of which is lower or nonexistent vet bills! Some surgeries may be expensive but necessary to repair torn muscles or ligaments; this can put a pet parent in an unpleasant situation – your pet versus your wallet. Fortunately, there are many preventative measures you can take to ensure the continuing wellness of both your bank account and your furry companion.

Maintain a healthy weight

Unfortunately, if your cat or dog is obese, they’re at an increased risk for developing the following conditions, so keeping them at a healthy weight can save some considerable heartache:

  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament and bone injuries
  • Several types of cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy – up to 2.5 years less
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart and respiratory disease

Brush your pet’s teeth regularly

Taking care of your canine’s canines can help prevent tooth-related illnesses like cavities, ulcers, painful inflammation, gum disease, and abscesses. Daily dental care for both dogs and cats is highly recommended. Getting your pet used to the procedure is the hardest step, but once you develop a routine it becomes no trouble at all! While toothbrush treats can help, it’s best to commit to a regular dental routine. Ask your vet how to brush teeth if you need help, and get annual professional cleanings too.  One other thing – avoid hard toys with an unforgiving surface; your pet could break, chip, or crack a tooth while chewing. Rawhide and rope toys are good options.

Protect your pet with vaccinations

Many illnesses are easily preventable nowadays with the plethora of preventative vaccines available. If you adopted your pet as a puppy or kitten, they should’ve been fully vaccinated. However, some inoculations require booster shots, so it’s best to schedule vet appointments yearly. FeLV (Feline Leukemia), FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), feline influenza, rabies, feline distemper, canine parvovirus, and hepatitis are all common vaccinations that you should highly consider providing for your pet. In the United States, some core vaccines are required by law, like rabies, so check with your vet.

Spay or neuter your dog or cat

Female pets who are spayed as young animals have lower risks of contracting breast cancer and uterine infections – diseases with survival rates of 50% in dogs and only 10% in cats. Male dogs and cats neutered before they’re six months old have a decreased risk of testicular cancer as well! Spaying and neutering pets can also prevent them from producing litters; puppies and kittens are expensive to care for, especially if you’re not planning on keeping the offspring. Overpopulation is caused by pet parents not spaying and neutering their pets – millions of pets are euthanized in shelters every year because they can’t find loving homes. Neutered male animals are also less likely to run away from home and display aggressive behaviors.

Your pet’s health is extremely important – a healthy pet is a happy pet! Keeping your dog or cat in prime physical condition with vaccinations, exercise, spaying/neutering, and dental care can help you to avoid costly veterinary bills and stressful situations for both you and your pet. Prevent this situation from arising and use our helpful tips to keep your dog or cat healthful!

If you love your pets like family, you want to protect them like family. With Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, you can save up to 90% on vet bills and say “yes” to life-saving treatments, no matter the cost. If you’re not a part of our pack yet, start by getting your free quote today. 






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