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Our furry friends are part of the family, and just like us and our children, they require a certain degree of regular healthcare. Your pet’s overall health and longevity is dependent upon a strong foundation of basic care and maintenance. There are several quick, easy things you can do to keep your pet’s general health in excellent condition for years to come.
Keep Their Teeth Clean
Poor dental health can lead to a wide variety of health issues, including pain, fatigue, disease, and infection. Brush your dog’s teeth at least once a week with a soft children’s toothbrush (or one specially-made for dogs) and canine toothpaste, which comes in flavors like beef, chicken, or peanut butter. You may try a similar process with your kitty companions, but it’s likely that unless your cat is very laid-back, you’ll have a difficult time with this. To that end, be sure to have your pet’s teeth cleaned twice a year at your veterinarian’s office or with a professional groomer.
Keep Their Ears Dry and Clean
Ear infections are overwhelmingly the most common cause of veterinarian visits in the US. Ear care is one of the most important aspects of your pet’s overall health. However, it’s important not to penetrate too deeply into the ear canal while cleaning your pet’s ears, as this can result in a perforated eardrum or infection. Use a mild liquid like apple cider vinegar to remove wax, dirt, and gunk from your pet’s ears. Simply squirt some into your pet’s ear, place a cotton ball in the ear, and then allow the solution to drain into the cotton ball.
Keep Their Joints Healthy
Arthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting dogs, especially large and working breeds. Your pet’s mobility and quality of life depends on their ability to run, jump, climb, and play as they enjoy. Keep your pet’s bones and joints healthy by avoiding foods that are known to contribute to inflammation, like grains, processed foods, and unhealthy protein sources. Talk to your veterinarian about joint-healthy recommendations.
Keeping your pet’s teeth, ears, and joints healthy and in good working condition will go a long way towards his or her overall health, and will keep your loyal companion by your side for his lifetime. As always, ask your veterinarian for help if you have any questions about pet health or these basic healthcare guidelines, and consider purchasing a pet insurance plan.
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.