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Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy

  1. Keep your pet slim.  Obesity prevents pets from being active and predisposes them to a long list of diseases.
  2. Exercise.  It not only prevents obesity but helps keep pets entertained and calm.
  3. Feed a high quality pet food.  Good nutrition is vital to good health.
  4. Train your pet.  Dogs, and even many cats, want to please.  Use positive reinforcement to teach them good behavior.
  5. Don’t fall behind on grooming.  Matted and dirty pets are at high risk for skin disorders.  Overgrown toenails can cause wounds and/or infections.
  6. Provide entertainment.  If you have to leave your pet alone for a long period of time, give him something to do.  Chew toys that dispense food work well for dogs, and cats enjoy a comfortable perch in front of a window.
  7. Stay up to date on veterinary care.  Prevent disease with vaccinations, heartworm preventatives, flea and tick medications and deworming.
  8. Do not stop maintenance medications without first talking to your veterinarian.  Some diseases cannot be cured, only managed, and stopping a long-term medication could make your pet very ill.
  9. Give your pet plenty of love and attention.  Make him part of the family.
  10. Spay or neuter your pet unless he or she is going to be part of a breeding program.
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