How (and Why) You Should Improve Our Pet’s Quality of Life August 24, 2017 Our pets are part of the extended family and some go as far as calling them their children. This love for animals is the reason why we star them in movies, place them in memes, and even offer beauty products like we would use on ourselves. They’ve dawned on covers of fashion magazines and followed us through trips across the country. It’s important to take care of your pet the same as you would yourself. The Value of Friendship Being a pet parent will contribute years to your life (+2 to be exact) due to the routine in caring for these fuzzy creatures. Their unbridled friendship and commitment help us de-stress when times are dire and keep us up and active. All of which contributes to better heart health. Our perception has taken a big shift from ownership to companionship. Other benefits of their friendship include: · Maintaining mobility · A decrease in depression · Fewer developments with allergies · Support and comfort This goes as far as having a financial impact on our society. Pet owners are less likely to need trips to the hospital (because of the friendship benefits), which helps save billions of dollars in medical bills & fees. Of course, these are only possible if we’re caring and nurturing for our fuzzy loved ones. Understand the Afflictions Different breeds come with different troubles and how we care for the pet ultimately decides how long they’ll provide this companionship and friendship. Knowing is half the battle so let’s take a moment to understand some of the afflictions your pet may one day face. MCTs A dog mast cell tumor accounts for one-third of cancers in dogs. It’s uncertain why they form but are present in almost all breeds of dogs. Treatment is like that in humans depending on the severity. These are noticeable around the hind limbs but can appear in other places. Worms Little, nasty parasites including tapeworms, hookworms, and others cause weight loss, vomiting, and diarrhea. These problems are very visible but generally easy to solve with medication or stronger meds found via vets. Orthopedic Problems Join health as the result of dysplasia from jumping from a ledge, running into objects, or roughhousing can cause severe pain in our furry friends. Fleas There’s no real way to avoid your dog getting fleas even if you keep them inside. Fleas can cause an allergic reaction and infection. Scratching and biting should be the tip-off to do a close examination of your pet for fleas. Then, apply the medications. Ear Infections These infections are generally caused by bacteria carried by critters, allergies, or getting into something they’re not such as the trash. The infection will throw off their balance, cause scratching, and even a discolored discharge. Medical drops are used to combat the problem though extreme cases may require surgery. UTIs Yes, just like we get. This is the result of bacterial infections, though they could also be an indicator of kidney disease especially in an older pet. — These afflictions are no good, can cost a lot, and cause psychological distress. Hoping they go away isn’t going to solve the problem. Seek Appropriate Treatment Creating good caring habits lay the foundation for the health of your pet. Treat their health and wellness on the same level as yourself and you’ve already done 90% of the work to curb the afflictions. However, there will be times when you need to seek appropriate treatment. These signs of a sick pet should not be ignored such as assuming “it’s just a hairball” or “they got into something”. Coughing, wheezing, low energy, irritations, stool anomalies, and hair loss are all indicators you should take the pet to see a vet. The sooner you can treat the affliction the less you’ll have to spend. It’s also one of the reasons why pet insurance is becoming a thing. Bottom-line: Seek treatment when you see the signs. They’re worth it. One Response » Proper Nutrition an Important Factor in Your Pet’s Quality of Life September 20, 2017 […] Providing a balanced, and complete diet for your pet is just one important part of providing the best care for your furry friend. If you want your pet to live a long, full and happy life alongside you, it’s important that you take additional steps to improve your pet’s quality of life. […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.