It is a fact that the needs of a pet can vary throughout its life. Providing the best care for all years of their lives helps them lead healthy, happy lives. Since keeping your pet healthy is a lifelong commitment, providing the best care at every stage is also a constraint. It is essential that for each stage of your fur friend’s life, you must create a plan and follow a set of mandatory steps to maintain the quality of his life. The daily requirements or at each stage of life continue to change with each climb and at each critical stage of your animal’s life. Now, according to the needs of their growing years, you must suffice them all.
With each passing step, explore and learn the basic requirements that are inevitable for their optimal health at each stage of life.
Puppy and kitten care
A newly adopted puppy or cat needs exclusive care for optimal growth. Not just regular visits to the veterinarian, but here are the many things you should consider.
The first step is to schedule a visit to the veterinarian for the physical examination of your pet as soon as possible.
The second is to screen your furry friend for any fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problem. This will ensure that the new member is fit and does not transmit any disease to other animals or humans.
Puppies and kittens are very prone to parasitic infections. To protect them from preventive diseases, it is crucial to start with a flea and tick prevention program. This controls flea and tick infestations and protects your puppy or cat from flea and tick-borne diseases.
In addition to flea and tick control products, treat your furry baby with dewormers. Sometimes the worms are passed to puppies and kittens by their mothers. Therefore, treatment with a dewormer regularly contributes to the elimination of worms and controls multiple worm infections in your furry child.
With other parasitic infections, puppies are also prone to heartworm disease due to their low immunity. Your veterinarian will test for heartworm disease. If the result is negative, you can start with monthly heartworm preventives. These are available in flavored sealants that are easy to administer to puppies.
Low immunity not only makes puppies and kittens susceptible to heartworm disease, but also to various other preventable diseases. Therefore, vaccination is essential to protect your four-legged child from these diseases. Your veterinarian can prepare a vaccination plan for your pet, so you can be sure you don’t miss any vaccinations.
Basic pet training, social networking and proper food as well as lots of petting are the other aspects that need to be taken into account when growing your puppy or kitten.
However, it is essential to bring your furry buddy to a veterinarian if you notice the following signs or symptoms in your furry child.
Excessive drinking or excessive urination
Sudden weight loss
Loss of appetite
Sudden increase in appetite
Ear odor, redness, shaking of the head, scratches or shaking of the head
Difficulty defecating or urinating
Pieces, lumps or skin irritations
Bad breath, plaque or bleeding gums
Diarrhea or vomiting
Unable to walk
As your puppy / kitten becomes an adult, some things change in their pet care regimen. First of all, the animals’ diet should be changed according to their body weight and conditions. An adult needs more food than puppies or growing kittens. In addition, adult pets should be screened at least twice a year to prevent or detect any unlikely health conditions.
As animals age faster, extra care should be taken at this point as health problems can also progress quickly. Some of the common problems faced by adult furry friends are ear and eye disease, dental problems, obesity, endocrine diseases, intestinal parasites, tumors or bumps and skin diseases, especially because of fleas and ticks. Although your pet may seem normal, some of these diseases are not detectable in the early stages. While conditions such as intestinal parasitic infestations, skin diseases due to external parasites and dental disease are very preventable if regular treatments are given to your pet.
In addition, adult dogs are also prone to chronic pain due to the onset of arthritis issues. They may experience pain due to joint disease and rashes or itching due to flea and tick bites. Regular joint supplements help control joint pain by further preventing the signs of arthritis. In addition, a monthly flea and tick treatment like Nexgard, benefit or Eliminall spot-on prevents itching, scratches and rashes as well as allergic flea dermatitis in pets.
Senior animal care
When the animals pass into the golden period, they look forward to more care and love from your side. Advances in animal health drugs have intensified, which has had a huge impact on the quality of life of older animals improving their health. However, the increased life has its own disadvantages. The extended lifespan has also paved the way for many health problems in older pets.
During this stage, health conditions develop much faster and more specific care must therefore be created to provide the best care for your elderly pet. At this stage, they are very susceptible to osteoarthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, cancer and diabetes.
by Eugene Hix