Every year when you bring your pet in for a check-up, your veterinarian likely talks to you about vaccines and gives Fluffy or Fido a good look over. They may draw blood, or recommend preventative care routines, like a dental cleaning or grooming. But what are some of the most common serious ailments for cats and dogs that your veterinarian wants to help you prevent and control? Original article from dogtime.com
3. Dental disease
While everyone dreads “dog breath,” a stinky mouth is no joke. Both cats and dogs can develop tartar, gum disease, and cavities that require a professional dental cleaning. Dental disease is the perfect example of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” because bad oral health can also lead to dangerous heart and kidney conditions in pets. Teach your kittens and puppies that brushing their teeth is a normal part of your grooming routine and save your pet a dental procedure down the line.
Heartworm is a disease spread by an infected mosquito and it has been diagnosed in all 50 states. While it is much more common in dogs, cats can also acquire the disease. If the infection is caught early enough in dogs, it can generally be treated, but there is no cure for feline heartworm disease. Therefore, the best way to keep your pets heart free of potentially deadly worms, is through a monthly preventative, prescribed by your veterinarian.
Obesity has become as serious of a problem in our pets, especially senior dogs as it is in the human population. Sadly, overweight pets are more prone to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and premature death. But while underlying disease or slow metabolism might be a factor, all too often, pet obesity is caused by doting pet parents who overfeed and under-exercise their cats and dogs. There is no quick fix for obesity, but, just like with a human diet, check with your veterinarian for feeding and exercise guidelines. It might be as easy as swapping the dog treats with green beans or giving your cat a five-minute run with the laser pointer before bed. It might sound crazy, but when it comes to obesity, we can love our pets to death. You can help your dogs and cats live long lives by giving them the tools to stay light on their paws.
How to Improve your Dog's Immune System?
Whether you’re feeding premium kibble or a homemade raw diet, there are still plenty of supplements you can add to your dog’s food to boost their health. If you’re looking for a little help getting your dog’s coat in shape or boosting their immune system, check out these great supplements! Remember always talk to your veterinarian about changing anything in your dog’s diet.
Zenapet Immune Support for dogs contains resveratrol in the trans form 99%, which is more absorbable and potent in supporting immune health. It is derived from Japanese Knotweed (not grapes) which are toxic to dogs. Resveratrol is a polyphenol which contains natural chemicals produced by plants to help them fight pathogens. It is known to support heart health and a powerful antioxidant. Research in mice has shown it may have the ability to help fight aging. Resveratrol is one of the ingredients found in Zenapet Immune Support for dogs.
2. Fish Oil
Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids improve skin and coat health, improve your dog’s overall immune system and reduce inflammation and pain. Be careful about feeding too much fish oil, however, because it can greatly reduce the amount of vitamin E in your dog’s system. Or, just feed both!