From the day we bring our pets home, we want to do everything we can to ensure they stay healthy and happy. While basic needs like food, water, and shelter are enough to get by, pets thrive—and live longer—when they have excellent physical, mental, and social care. While not an exhaustive list, here are some top ways to keep your pet in tip-top shape for many years to come.

Feed your pet a healthy diet

With the myriad of pet food choices on the market, choosing the right one for your four-legged friend can seem daunting. Town & Country Animal Hospital, PC recommends Hill’s brand foods, such as Healthy Advantage, Science Diet, and Prescriptions Diets for your pet’s appropriate age, size, and medical problem. In general, dry kibble is better for dental health, but wet food offers added hydration, which can be especially beneficial for cats. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Town and Country Animal Hospital PC for pet food guidance. 

Exercise your pet regularly

We probably don’t need to tell you that exercise is one of the key pillars to good health. From cardiovascular benefits to weight management, regular workouts are irreplaceable, but you can get your pet moving in many ways. Daily walks around your neighborhood are still a great form of exercise, especially if you’re short on time. But, why not challenge your pet to a new activity, to work different muscle groups and stimulate their brain, too? Swimming, agility training, or a new obedience class are great ways to build endurance and strength, all while adding valuable years to your pet’s life. 

Implement an oral hygiene routine

A lot goes on in your pet’s mouth that you may not know about. From plaque, to tartar, to gingivitis, dental problems are one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in pets, affecting 75% of all dogs and cats by age 3. Get a grip on your pet’s oral health by sticking to an effective but attainable hygiene plan. Start by booking a consultation with the veterinary team at Town and Country Animal Hospital PC, for us to assess whether your pet needs professional attention, and help you decide on the best at-home regimen for your individual pet. Remember, dental and oral health are important players in overall wellness, too. 

Don’t forget your pet’s mental and social health

When we think about health, we often focus on physical parameters, such as weight, body condition, and laboratory values. But, we can’t forget the importance of mental and social health in our pets. Taking time to help your furry friend learn new tricks, meet new people and other pets, and play stimulating games or toys like puzzle feeders can help keep them psychologically sharp and satisfied. Quality time spent with your pet is as important in helping them feel secure and loved, so ensure you weave plenty of snuggles, walks, and play time into your day. 

Consider an alternative therapy for added benefits

While research in the field of veterinary integrative therapies is still evolving, if we consider  how acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care positively affect people, it’s reasonable to assume that our pets reap the benefits, too. Alternative therapies and Eastern medical practices can be thoroughly helpful for pets suffering from painful conditions like osteoarthritis and other joint and muscle diseases, but they can also be great tools for young, active, and healthy pets. After all, who doesn’t love a good massage after an intense workout—or cuddle session?

Take your pet in for routine veterinary care

Not only can your Town and Country veterinarian help ensure your pet remains healthy during their regular wellness examinations, but they can also guide you on important disease screening tests, discuss the need for routine parasite prevention, and answer your questions about your pet’s diet, behavior, or other topics. Your pet’s routine examinations are a great way for them to receive the care they need, and to offer you valuable one-on-one time with the veterinarian. Together, we can come up with the best plan to keep your pet fit, healthy, and happy—and add years to their life!

Town and Country Animal Hospital PC puts your pets first. Contact us with any questions, or to set up an appointment.