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While regular checkup with a trusted and qualified veterinarian are essential to keeping your pet in tip-top shape, these 5 things are an excellent foundation to start from.

  • A Balanced Diet: This can be accomplished by finding the food that works best for your pet and following your veterinarian’s instructions.
  • Routine Exercise: Or shall we say daily activity.  A healthy pet needs to get up and get moving, every day.  For cats, we think this is more difficult to accomplish, but it really isn’t.  Playing with your cat, and encouraging them to jump, chase or roll around will increase their heart rate and blood flow in the body.  For dogs, a walk around the block or fetching their favorite toy up and down the steps is great exercise. By allowing your pet to release their built up energy, they will rest better at the end of the day.
  • Dental Care: Your pet’s oral health is very important and should be evaluated annually.  Brushing your pet’s teeth is great (if they will let you), but still, your healthy pet’s teeth and mouth need to be examined.  Dental disease can lead to pain, abscesses, and heart problems, not to mention nutritional concerns resulting from your pet not being able to chew and digest their food.
  • Senior Pets Need Vets: For cats, and most small- and medium-sized dog breeds, pets over the age of 10 are considered senior and have more specific needs as they age.  For some breeds, especially large breed dogs, they can be considered seniors around 7 years of age.  There are steps you can take to improve your pet’s quality of life as they age.  Start by taking them to their veterinarian on a regular basis, annual or even semi-annually.  Your veterinarian can work with you on wellness habits and tips for older dogs and cats. Blood work can help identify problems early, helping to potentially lengthen your pet's life.  In addition, your veterinarian may recommend a joint supplement or a different diet, since senior pets typically require fewer calories.  Stay in contact with your veterinarian and inform them of any concerns you may have.
  • Pet Insurance: No wellness plan is complete without pet insurance.  

Consider Investing in Pet Insurance

Looking for more ways to keep your pets happy and healthy? Consider investing in a pet insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1  We offer dog insurance and cat insurance policies for your furry family members.  Get your free quote today.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.