7 things you can do for your pet’s health in 24 hours

Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on Mar 03 2016
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It’s amazing how much we can get done in 24 hours, especially when it comes to bettering our pets’ health! Many of these “chores” only take a few minutes, but at the end of the day, you can feel better knowing you gave your pet the attention they deserve to stay happy and healthy.

Trim their toenails. This is a dreaded job in my house, I’ll admit. But this one only takes five minutes to complete. Nails that are too long make it hard for pets to walk, especially on slippery surfaces. Your feline friend will find herself sticking to the carpet with each step, too. If you are unsure how to trim your pet’s nails, have your veterinarian or veterinary technician show you.

Take an extra-long walk. Usually, I recommend one or two 30 minute walks a day to keep your pooch’s mind and body fit. But when you’ve got extra time on your hands, make it an hour long walk, and be sure to stop and smell the roses.

Make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date – it only takes five minutes! Having your pet microchipped means nothing if the information that the microchip company has is outdated. Make sure your current address and other contact information is updated with the company.

Brush your pet’s teeth. Oral health is essential to overall health, and I recommend brushing every day. I know that’s a tall order, but in the end, a few minutes of brushing a day can add years to your pet’s life. Not to mention the cost savings associated with fewer dental cleanings at your veterinarian’s office. If this is your first time brushing, go slow. Flip your pet’s lip and take a look at those pearly whites (at least, they should be pearly). If they’re covered in tartar and the gums are red, now’s not the time to brush, as it will be painful and accomplish little. If that’s the case, schedule an appointment for assessment and cleaning with your veterinarian. Once your pet’s mouth is in tip-top shape, you can begin your new tooth brushing routine.

Brush your pet. Everyone loves a good brushing, and you’ve got the time to take an extra minute with your pet’s grooming. Brushing helps distribute healthy oils throughout the skin and fur, and helps the fur from becoming matted. Plus, it feels really good to your pet. Pay attention to any new lumps or bumps that may need to be addressed.

Pull out your pet’s medical file and double check that they are current on all their vaccines. If you aren’t sure, take a minute to call your veterinarian’s office to find out. Not all pets need all vaccines—pets need different vaccines depending on their lifestyles. Find out your pet is fully covered for how she spends her day, be it on the couch or on a grand adventure in the woods.

Finally, relax! You’ve worked hard today, and there are still a few hours left to lounge and cuddle with your pet. Few things solidify the pet-owner bond quite like cuddling together for a Netflix binge, or even catching a quick nap together. You’ve earned it!