As pet owners, our fur babies hold a special place in our hearts, and we want nothing more than to see them happy and thriving. But how can we ensure their well-being and provide the best possible care? We explored the importance of preventative measures in keeping our beloved pets happy and healthy with Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, a local non-profit provider of accessible veterinary care. By following a few key steps, we can ensure the well-being of our beloved pets.
Spaying/neutering and vaccinations are essential wellness procedures for responsible pet ownership. According to Francesca Fulciniti, the Executive Director of Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, these procedures prevent life-threatening conditions and improve overall behavior. They contribute to our pets' physical health and make them more pleasant to live with.
Diet plays a significant role in our pets' wellness, just like it does for humans. Offering a healthy diet is crucial to help them feel their best. Fulciniti advises against feeding them "people food," as it can cause digestive issues or be toxic. However, she understands the desire to show love through food and suggests healthier options like apples, carrots, blueberries, and peanut butter (without xylitol) in moderation.
Fun & Play
Enrichment toys and activities are vital for promoting the well-being of our pets. Snuffle mats, puzzle toys, and feather toys are great options for dogs and cats, according to Fulciniti. However, it's important to be cautious of toys or objects that can be ingested and potentially harm them.
Behavior and Stress Management
Establishing good behaviors from the beginning is another essential aspect of pet care. Obedience training for dogs can turn daily walks into enjoyable experiences for both pet and owner. For cats, providing spaces for them to retreat, such as cat trees and beds, and offering scratching posts is crucial. Additionally, maintaining a clean litterbox ensures the comfort and well-being of feline companions.
Regular veterinary visits are crucial for preventative health checks. Fulciniti emphasizes their significance in safeguarding pets' overall well-being. Animals often hide signs of pain, illness, and injury, so these visits can help identify issues before they escalate. When pets are young, these checks ensure they receive necessary vaccinations and help pet parents understand what is normal or abnormal for their companions. As pets age, preventative health checks become even more important in detecting minor issues before they become serious and costly.
“Tail” of Caution
Fulciniti shares a personal story to emphasize the impact of preventative health checks. When her cat started urinating outside the litter box, she discovered a urinary tract infection (UTI) in its early stages by collecting a urine sample. Prompt treatment resolved the issue, preventing life-threatening complications and saving the cat's well-being and significant veterinary expenses.
By prioritizing preventative care, we can provide our pets with a happy and healthy life. Spaying/neutering, vaccinations, proper nutrition, enrichment toys, good behaviors, and regular veterinary visits all contribute to their well-being, significantly enhancing their lives.
Francesca Fulciniti is an accomplished non-profit executive passionate about animal welfare, currently serving as the Executive Director of Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. She has three cats, a dog and can speak Italian.