In that year that begins the health care of dogs and cats they can’t stop! On the contrary, it is very important to maintain preventive care to avoid illness and ensure the well-being of the furry ones.
Take a look at the care you should keep with your pet!
Visit to the vet
The first tip is to seek the advice of a veterinarian and perform a check-up. This is because, regardless of the species, breed, size or age of the animal, the professional’s monitoring is very important to keep the pet’s health up to date. Medicines should only be prescribed by them. Whether for bathing the pet, for application to the skin, orally or to place in the hairy environment. Products used improperly can end up compromising even more the treatment of your dog or cat. So it is not worth taking a risk.
Avoid fleas and ticks
Care for the prevention of fleas and ticks must be carried out on all animals: those that live at home, farm, beach house or apartment. This is because infestation by these parasites can occur in any environment and, often, it is not even necessary for the pet to leave the house for this. Fleas and ticks can come, for example, on the tutor’s shoe or on the wall. Therefore, prevention is always important, as ectoparasites can transmit serious diseases.
In the summer, the number of flea-infested dogs increases. This is because, at higher temperatures, the time from the hatching of the flea egg until it becomes an adult is much shorter. Thus, at this time, infestations can occur more easily. Fleas can stay in the environment for up to 9 months just waiting for the ideal conditions to leave their cocoon. Therefore, it is important to keep everything clean at home, preferably with the use of a vacuum cleaner and with the application of products that are capable of killing fleas at any stage.
The precautions so that parasites do not “settle” in your home are very important. Even because a single flea is capable of laying more than 50 eggs a day, making control even more complicated. So, with the help of a veterinarian, choose the best way to protect your pet from fleas and ticks (spray, pipette, collar, chewable tablet, etc.).
Prevent pets against mites
Mites and other external parasites are common in homes. To avoid dust mites, it is necessary to keep the mattress and pet covers well sanitized. In addition, it is important to establish a routine for cleaning and vacuuming the area. Another measure is to replace the blankets and beds of pets every 12 months.
Disease prevention must start early. The vaccine is a fundamental care for all pets and must be accompanied by a veterinarian. Following a complete and effective vaccination schedule is essential to ensure your pet’s health and longevity, in addition to preventing the spread of disease to humans and other pets.
Dogs and cats should be vaccinated in the first six to eight weeks of life. Vaccines are repeated every three to four weeks, until the animal is 16 weeks or older. It is very important to respect the recommendations on the vaccine instructions when adopting a vaccination protocol, which can be individualized by the veterinarian.
An integral part of vaccination of puppies and cats is the “booster” vaccine, which is traditionally applied 12 months after the last vaccine in the primary series. The main objective is to ensure the immunological protection of the animal. The repetition must be annual or according to the veterinarian that accompanies your pet.
See below the vaccines recommended by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), a worldwide organization that is a reference in the area:
Vaccine for dogs
Rabies – recommended from 3 months, with annual reinforcement.
V8 or V10 – from 6 weeks of age, administered in three doses in the first vaccination, and in a single dose with annual booster for animals already vaccinated.
Canine flu – from 8 weeks of age, administered in two doses in the first vaccination. In a single dose with annual booster for animals already vaccinated.
Giardiasis – from 8 weeks of age, administered in two doses in the first vaccination, and in a single dose with annual booster for animals already vaccinated.
Vaccines for cats
Triple V3 vaccine: protects against two of the respiratory diseases, feline rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus, in addition to feline panleukopenia, one that severely affects the digestive and blood systems.
Quadruple Vaccine V4: prevents the same diseases as V3 and also against chlamydiosis.
Quintuple V5 vaccine: protects against feline leukemia, one of the highest mortality rates among cats.
How to protect the pet in a natural way?
Many tutors already know the importance of protecting pets from disease. For this, you can count on natural therapies for all diseases, with the role of increasing the protection of the organism.
An example are supplements made with nutrients that have the power to boost the pet’s immunity and help reduce the risks of various problems (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.), acting directly on the immune system.
Thus, they can avoid low immunity, which occurs when the body’s defense system is unable to protect the body from external aggressions (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses) and ends up not fighting illnesses properly.
It is very important to maintain the health of the dog’s coat. To have a healthy coat, for example, it is important that the pet’s body is in balance. In addition, immunity must be sufficient to fight disease. Some foods have the ability to modulate the immune system, aiding in the detoxification of the body and digestive tract and contributing to the strengthening of pets’ natural defenses.
For that, you can count on the help of Balance Formula. Learn more about this supplement, here.