Our pets are part of our family, the best friends we could ever have, and when it comes to their health, of course we just want to make sure they are always having the time of their lives. They are our life companions and we, as pet owners, are gatekeepers for their wellbeing. So, are we 100% confident that we are doing whatever it takes to protect them from any harm?
The health of our pets can, in some circumstances, prove to be fragile, sensitive to season changes or reveal congenital conditions that require timely interventions to prevent the contraction of serious diseases. As animals are unable to use verbal communication, it is the owners' responsibility to interpret those small signals that, if ignored or underestimated, can lead to alarming wake-up-calls.
As a pet owner, you play a crucial role in protecting the health of your beloved friends, but if you are not sure you’re doing the right thing, having some tips and guidelines can always be a good start.
The Blueprint for Animal Health outlined by NOAH contains a three-step approach with some of the best practices pet owners can adopt to ensure their pet’s health is always kept under control.
1. STOP disease getting to your pet:
It might sound obvious but: take them to the vet, all year around. Veterinary and pet professionals can give support and provide expert care to our pets when it comes to preventing and stopping diseases. Their expertise enables them to understand your pet’s specific needs in terms of dietary requirements, for example. Vets can also give you advice on how you can improve their living environment and level of exercise to guarantee a happy and healthy life.
2. EQUIP animals to fight disease:
Vaccinate your pet and schedule periodical treatments against the most common parasites and seasonal diseases. Vaccines are the most effective way to keep our pets healthy, as they act on the animal’s immune system, building stronger and stronger defences against illness, if done regularly and kept up to date.
3. TREAT animals appropriately when disease is unavoidable:
If things get rough, be ready to fight and support your companion. Sometimes diseases are inevitable and no matter how good we’ve been at trying to prevent them, they just strike, most of the time unexpectedly. In this case, remember to keep calm: they can feel your concern and sometimes this can get them more nervous. Taking your pet straight to the vet or to a pet expert is always the best option, as they can recommend the right medicines and specific treatments according to your pet’s needs. Follow thoroughly the indications and guidelines given by your vet and do full treatments, as you would for yourself or your children, to eradicate the disease.
Now that you know that you are even more important for your pets than you expected, are you ready to be the very best pet owner ever?
To find out more about NOAH’s Three Step Blueprint for Animal Health, visit: https://www.noah.co.uk/campaigns/blueprint-animal-health/