Given the strong bond that humans form with their pets, many want to make sure that their cats or dogs are in the best health possible. The next time you visit your veterinarian or animal hospital, ask him or her the following questions to ensure that you are doing all that you can to maintain your pet’s quality of life:
- Are my pet’s teeth healthy?
Just as a human’s oral health can affect his or her overall wellbeing, a dog or cat’s health is affected by the condition of his or her teeth and gums as well. Veterinarians can recommend a wide variety of brushes, toys, and even foods to aid in the maintenance of your pet’s oral hygiene. They can also teach pet owners how to look for early signs of mouth disorders or oral disease, which can be diagnosed and treated before they become serious matters.
- Is my pet overweight?
Many veterinarians warn that too many pet owners are allowing their cats and dogs to become dangerously overweight. Given their smaller size in comparison to humans, pets that gain even a few extra pounds can suffer significant health problems. The added weight can put considerable stress on an animal’s heart, lungs, and joints. However, your veterinarian can devise a balanced diet strategy that will effectively remove those pounds from your pet.
- What signs of aging should I be looking for in my pet?
Depending on your pet’s size and breed, he or she may begin to show signs of aging in as little as five to six years. If you have noticed a recent change in your pet’s energy level, eating habits, or overall mood, tell your veterinarian. Your animal hospital can then recommend options regarding diet and exercise that can greatly increase your pet’s quality of life for years to come.
Hudson Veterinary Hospital provides superior health care options for pets and their owners. If you would like to learn more about our services, which include pet grooming and low-cost spaying and neutering, call us at (914) 762-0063.