As a pet parent, it is your job to take good care of your pet. You should play with them regularly to keep them happy and healthy. For dogs playing outside or going on walks is always a good option to keep them in shape. If you apply these five tips to your pet parent life you will have a lifetime of happy, healthy pets.

1. Visit a Veterinary Facility

Being a responsible pet parent always starts with taking them in for regular visits to the veterinarian. Your pet should get a checkup at least once or twice a year. Establishing and maintaining good pet health means taking them to the vet as they age not just when they are younger.

Trips to the vet can be a challenge. Cats are not always the easiest to get out of the house, but if you acclimate them to a cat carrier when she is a kitten is a good idea. As far as dogs go they usually are good in the car but taking them on a joyride and not only on rides to the vet will help them not associate getting in the car with going to the vet.

2. Pet Vaccinations

Soon after bringing your pets home scheduling an immunization appointment is vital. During the first visit, you can set up an immunization schedule for your little pup or kitten to protect them from illness and disease. Vaccinations help to prevent diseases such as rabies, Lyme disease, and distemper. Cats benefit from vaccines that prevent feline herpes virus, feline leukemia, and rabies. If you've adopted an adult or senior animal, make sure they are immunized, too. Vaccinations do need renewal and aren't just for young pets.

3. Microchipping and Pet Tags

Hopefully, your little guy or gal never gets lost but if they do it is always a good start to have a tag that has all your contact information on it. Another good idea is microchipping your pet because there is always a chance that the collar could fall off but with the microchip, all they need to be scanned and your identification information will show up. Be sure to keep this information up to date so you can always be contacted.

4. Health Benefits of Spay and Neuter Your Pet

This prevents a host of health problems, including complicated pregnancies, and reduces the number of homeless animals. Spaying your cat reduces the risk of cervical cancer, eliminates the risk of ovarian cancer, and prevents her from going into “heat.” This also minimizes the chance of your pet running away in search of a partner and any nearby male cats will be less aggressive. Neutering your dog helps alleviate aggression and will prevent him from getting testicular cancer. Spaying and neutering is a surgery that requires general anesthesia which means they will stay overnight at the vet’s office for at least one night for observation and recuperation.

5. Healthy Dog Food and Cat Food

Providing animals with fresh, cool water and healthy food at all times is the key to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Choosing the right pet food provides them with the energy and nutrients they need. You can learn important ingredients and how they help your dog or cat to ensure you are feeding them the right food. For cats looking for a good balance of protein, carbs, and fats. These are important for dogs as well and plenty of fiber for the digestive system. Finding food appropriate for your pet’s age, health, and activity level is always a good starting place.

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