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As pet parents there can be nothing more hurtful than watching our pets suffer, even more so as they suffer in silence. It is always a good practice to be aware of the potential health risks your pets can face and stay prepared accordingly. Remember the degree and intensity will always depend on the kind of pet you own, be a dog or a cat. The breed of your pet along with gender and age also plays a crucial role in determining their overall health.
The most common preventable diseases in pets are the following
- Diabetes – Occurrence of diabetes is increasing in dogs and cats by leaps and bounds. A study found dogs are at a higher risk of getting diabetes than their feline friends. It is unfortunate how lack of exercise is getting our cats and dogs obese, a very high-risk factor for diabetes. Over-immunization and an unbalanced diet are all contributing to the excessive rise in diabetes among the pet population. Not only should you stay away from extra doses of vaccine but also give your pets a balanced diet. Do not forget to indulge him in the much-needed exercise.
- Dental problems – Very frequently both cats and dogs suffer from tooth related problems. In dogs, smaller breeds such as Pomeranian, toy poodle among many others suffer the most from dental disorders. Give them a species-specific diet. A chew toy for your pet, irrespective of age is also a great idea. Also, do remember to brush their teeth every once in a while.
- Fleas and ticks – Though everyone is aware of the danger of flea infestation, yet it remains the most common problem with pets. The presence of fleas and ticks not only cause physical discomfort to our pets but they are known to be the causes of serious diseases like Lyme disease. disease. Keep your pet well groomed. Combing through when ever you can is a great idea. Use a tick repellent. Take care of your pets overall well being as ticks generally attaches on weakened pets.
- Renal problems – Both cats and dogs are susceptible to kidney related problems. If they have a genetic predisposition or develop a chronic condition, then unfortunately nothing much can be done. But in order to prevent an onset of early kidney failure look for warning signs of infrequent urination and less consumption of water. Keep your pet safe from dental and diabetic disorder.
All these conditions are preventable. If they are left untreated from the very start, your pets will suffer from avoidable health hazards and you will not have to spend ridiculous amount to manage such diseases and their complications. You already do so much for your canine or feline companion a little more care and caution will save you a lot of money and a lot of pain on the part of your dear friends who will otherwise suffer unnecessarily.