You’re becoming an expert at saving money. You’ve found ways to save on groceries, insurance and other services, and cable and mobile phone bills. Now you’ve turned your attention to saving money on pet care. Although your five-year-old cocker spaniel Goldie will keep visiting your veterinarian for regular checkups, keeping her healthy will minimize the need for expensive tests and procedures. Following are several preventive pet care guidelines applicable to any dog or cat.
Diet and Exercise
Feed Goldie a nutritionally balanced quality food, rather than a cheaper blend without essential nutrients. Ask your vet for recommendations. Along with her top-notch diet, give her plenty of exercise that helps her avoid obesity and related health conditions.
Your vet will provide Goldie with dental exams during her physical checkups. Between appointments, brush her teeth often using a canine-friendly toothpaste. If she balks at the pet toothbrush, try cleaning her teeth with a bit of gauze wrapped around your finger. By keeping her teeth clean, you’ll minimize the risks of harmful dental disease.
Eye and Ear Care
By checking and cleaning Goldie’s eyes weekly, you’ll keep her tear ducts open and minimize the potential for irritation. You’ll also be in a good position to notice abnormalities that call for your vet’s attention. Ask the vet to recommend a gentle eye cleaner.
Your canine companion will benefit from weekly ear cleanings with a vet-recommended ear solution. This consistent attention will help to prevent irritation, and you can detect symptoms before they progress further.
Brushing and Bathing
By brushing Goldie often, you’ll stimulate her skin and contribute to better coat health. While you’re brushing away, run your hands over her coat and skin. This should allow you to notice anything unusual that deserves veterinary attention. After your active girl goes outside, wash her feet so she’ll be less likely to ingest chemicals from grass, sidewalks, or streets.
Bathe your canine companion regularly, as it removes dirt and debris that can irritate her skin and cause troublesome mats. Ask your vet to recommend a gentle shampoo without detergents, fragrances, or colors that could cause allergic reactions. She’ll also provide instructions on proper bathing techniques.
When Goldie next visits your veterinarian, she’ll be a well-cared-for companion who enjoys her healthy lifestyle. To obtain preventive care advice for your pet, contact us for an appointment.