When it comes to your pet's health, how much is it worth to you? We all experience rising health care cost, and pet health care is no different. One swift moment can have you and your pet at the veterinarian's office with a hefty medical bill in your hand. So how much is your pet worth to you?
A pet's health is just as important as your own, so keeping it on a healthy diet can help ensure that your pet will remain healthy and happy. Many household pets require different nutrients to maintain their organ functions. Cats require much more protein and fat as compared to a rabbit which can have great health with a variety of vegetables. Dogs will need a formulation of protein, fiber, fat and carbohydrates to keep their body happy. No matter what, household pets should not receive any table scraps. We all want to give Fido or Felix a taste of that yummy meatloaf, but the food we eat can be quite unhealthy for your canine or feline.
Like their owners, pets need water. Water is essential to organ function. Particularly pets that stay outdoors during the summer days need access to water continuously. Even indoor cats require lots of water, mainly due to the diet. Diets that are high in dry style food will require extra water to aide with digestion. Water also helps the body with other important functions like riding the body of toxins and cleansing the system. Water can help promote great pet health, so make sure that your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water available to drink.
Some diets can aid in treating certain medical conditions which can affect a pet's health. Cats that are allergic to fleas (and yes, cats can be allergic to fleas) will scratch their coats bare due to itching from the bites. They can even scratch their skin raw. Increasing their fatty acid intake will ease the itchy sensation and reduce the inflammation. Diets rich in oily proteins like lamb is a great way to naturally and daily treat irritated skin.
With a well balanced diet, which you veterinarian can help you devise for your four legged friend, your dog or cat can reach an optimal level of pet health. However, at some point, your pet's health will fail to maintain its strength and stamina. That is when the advisement of your veterinarian is key. If you are like most pet owners, your pet is another member of the family, if not the most important part of the family. They become your children, your sibling, your best friend, and watching them fall ill is distressing to both you and your pet. This is why preventive means in protecting your pet's health is so important.
Much like you, your pet must maintain a strong and healthy body. By supplying your pet with a well-balanced, nutritious diet, plenty of water and exercise, you pet's health will be strong and resilient for years to come. They are your family, so aren't they worth these extra little steps in your day?
Gary Pearson is an accomplished niche website developer and author.
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