From Humane Society of Missouri
Special to GUIDON
October is National Pet Wellness Month, and the change of season provides a good opportunity to schedule a visit to the veterinarian.
The Humane Society of Missouri and its Animal Medical Center of Mid-America urge pet owners to be proactive in caring for the well-being of their furry friends.
As temperatures begin to drop and leaves change colors, the change of season serves as a good reminder for pet parents to pay a visit to the veterinarian for their annual check-up before the year comes to a close.
Set aside time now to evaluate your pet’s health.
The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America shares these preventative care and wellness tips:
Don’t wait until it’s too cold
Set up time now before motivation is low when cold temperatures are upon us. We recommend taking your pet to the vet at least once a year. Regular wellness exams are critical to detect any problems, receive lifestyle recommendations and keep your pet up to date on all shots and medications.
Keep your pet healthy with a balanced diet
Your pet’s diet is one of the most important factors for general well-being.
Quality nutrition plays a vital role for your pet’s health and longevity.
It is important to make smart choices when it comes to your pet’s food in order to maintain good health and prevent diseases.
Provide a diet high in protein while incorporating natural sources of vitamins and minerals. Avoid treating your pet to table scraps and “people food.”
Fall into a routine
With its mild temperatures, October is the perfect time of year to get outside and start exercising daily with your furry friend. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors while keeping your pet physically active.
Check with your veterinarian on the appropriate amount of exercise for your pet.
Don’t forget about dental hygiene
Family pictures are not the same with stinky breath and yellow chompers.
Brush your pet’s teeth at home to avoid tartar buildup and maintain optimal dental health. If you’re concerned about your pet’s teeth, schedule an appointment for a professional teeth cleaning, as dental health can make a huge impact on your pet’s overall wellness.
As a responsible owner, it’s crucial to make preventative pet care normal practice.