October is Pet Wellness Month!
We want to take this opportunity to remind you that you are the first line of defense for your pet’s health and wellness. There are many things you can do at home to monitor and maintain your pet’s health long before it requires a vet appointment. This month (and, honestly, every month) take the time to check your pet from head to toe. Of course, trim nails and a healthy coat certainly contribute to their well being, but for today’s lesson we’re showing you what to look for above the neck.
Look in your pet’s eyes – tell them you love them. Now, look at their actual eyeballs: they should be clear, bright, and white with no excessive tears, crust, or discharge. Inner eyelids should be pink – not red or white. Make sure the hair around the eyes is trim to avoid irritation.
When untreated, ear infections can cause permanent damage to a sense your pet relies on. Check your pet’s ears regularly for any excess redness or build up and gently clean them. If the build up is significant and smells, it’s likely an infection that will require veterinary attention.
Your dog or cat’s nose should appear moist and leatherlike, though if it’s a little dry it’s not necessarily a cause for panic. Monitor any cracks, swelling, dripping, or color changes closely – if you notice blood or bumps that won’t go away call your veterinarian.
Your pet’s teeth are an integral player in the game of health. Keeping them clean is one of the best ways to keep them strong, so make sure in addition to at-home cleanings once a week they go in for a professional one at least once a year.
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