Annual Checkups for Consitent Animal Care
The easiest and most effective animal care includes an annual visit to your vet at your pet hospital and keeping up your pet’s vaccination schedule. Vaccines prevent your cat or dog from disease causing organizisms that can invade them and make them severely ill, or in the worst-case scenario, can cause death of your pet. According to the ASPCA, vaccines introduce an antigen to a disease that is similar to the disease but builds up the immune system of your pet to ward off actually getting the disease. Ask your vet at your animal hospital for a vaccine schedule and make certain your pet gets all the core vaccines needed to be a healthy family member.
Flea and Tick Control
The most common external parasites on your dog or cat are fleas and ticks. It is best to keep your pet on a year round preventative medication to control these pests. When they get out of control, fleas and ticks can invade your home and also wreak havoc on the humans in your family. Flea infestations on your dog or cat can lead to more serious complications of the skin. Your pet will scratch constantly, bite, and lick at the site of fleabites. A cat or dog can loose hair in the areas that are constantly licked and can have serious sores on his or her skin that require antibiotic treatment from your veternarian. Excessive fleabites can also manifest into your dog or cat contracting tapeworms and needing medications to remove them from the body. Ask your vet for advice on topical or oral medications that prevent fleas and ticks and at what age your dog or cat can start on the medications. Topical and oral medications are generally administered monthly to all of your pets. The ASPCA states that all of your pets, both inside and outside need to be treated at the same time to prevent an infestation.
All dogs and cats, no matter the hair length need brushing or combing on a regular basis. Brushing or combing your four-legged family member removes dirt and spreads natural oils through the coat to prevent tangles and keep skin irritants of tangled hair out of the coat.
Dogs with a smooth, short coat only require brushing once a week with a rubber brush followed by a bristle brush. This process removes dead skin, dirt and hair from your pooch. Short and dense hair is prone to matting and requires a slicker brush followed by a bristle brush. Long coats on dogs that are silky need daily brushing to remove tangles. The ASPCA recommends to first, brush the coat with a slicker brush to remove tangles and follow it with a bristle brush.
Cats need brushing to remove dead hair from the coat and relieve your kitty from digesting hairballs when grooming himself or herself. Short haired cats can be brushed once or twice a week with a metal comb, followed by a rubber brush to remove dead hair. The ASPCA warns that longhaired cats that are indoors only shed all year round and need to be groomed every few days with a metal comb.
Make sure your pet has a dental exam yearly from a dental vet and keep up with the teeth cleaning schedule for great oral health. Animal teeth cleaning by a pet dentist is crucial to a healthy four-legged family member.