Heather Ridge Pet Hospital

5901 S. Remington Place Suite 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

(605)371-1600

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You've only got one body, so it's important to take care of it. While you may be hyper-focused on your own health, it's also important to remember that the same goes for your pet! Good pet health care is the key to your pet living a long, healthy, and happy life. Here are six rules you should be following to ensure that you're providing high quality pet health care.

Regular exams
Routine preventive care for pets is crucial to maintaining good health. Vets suggest visits twice a year for older pets, but younger pets typically only need to visit once a year outside of serious medical issues. Not only is this a good way to check up on your pet's weight and general health, it could be beneficial in detecting other medical problems early on.

Spay and Neuter
Almost all pet hospitals and veterinary practices will recommend spaying and neutering your pets. Nearly 10 million pets end up in shelters every year because they're lost, abandoned, or homeless. An easy way to prevent any more additions to this number is to spay and neuter your pets, which will eliminate the issue of unwanted breeding.

Prevent Parasites
Fleas are the most common parasite that affects cats and dogs, but they can introduce more harmful parasites into your pet's environment. Year-round prevention is key to protecting your pets from fleas and other parasites.

Healthy Weight
Our furry friends can be obese just like humans, and can suffer similar medical problems as a result. Overfeeding is the leading cause of pet obesity, and because small dogs and cats need less than 400 calories a day, it's important to talk to your veterinarian about proper diet for your pets.

Regular Vaccinations
Pets, just like the humans who take care of them, need regular vaccines to prevent diseases and common ills like rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, and canine hepatitis. Vaccine schedules differ based on your pet's breed, age, and lifestyle, so it's important to speak with your veterinarian about them.

Microchip
As few as 14% of pets find their way home after getting lost, and lack of identification is one of the key factors. Microchipping your pet takes less than a second, and can help ensure that your pet will be returned to you, no matter the distance it has traveled.

So whether you're a first-time owner, or the proud companion to numerous animals, these rules are important to follow when considering your pet's health.