The best treatment for a serious illness or concern is always prevention. If you can stop an issue from arising in the first place, then you won’t have to deal with any unexpected complications. This is why all of the good pet wellness plans need to include pet preventative care plans as measures rather than just treatments.

If you’ve had many pets throughout your life, you probably understand the basics of pet preventive care plans. However, pet wellness plans and preventative care may be somewhat complicated for new owners. This is why we will help guide you through the essentials of routine care.

The Basics of Pet Preventative Care Plans | Wellness

The general idea of any preventative care for pets is to avoid the emergency of more severe conditions. Getting pets into surgery is risky and often expensive. While your Wagmo Pet Insurance may cover it, it’s better that you try your best to avoid these uncomfortable situations in the first place. This is why it’s vital to give your pets the best care possible. Here are some of the key areas you need to consider.

Nutrition

One of the decisions you have the most control over is what you feed your pet and how much of it. Like humans, cats and dogs need a balance of water, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals to remain healthy in all life stages. In particular, as animals descend from carnivores, you want to make sure that your pets are getting enough protein in their diets without overloading on calories.

Pet nutrition is a complex topic all on its own. Make sure that you are giving them food that is high in vitamins and minerals. At the same time, you want to avoid snacks that are too high in fats and sugars. You also need to keep track of foods that are dangerous for your pets. This includes garlic and chocolate for dogs and cats alike. Your vet may also recommend supplements - in general, it’s a good idea to take pet nutrition advice directly from your vet and consult them when adding in new probiotics or a specific supplement that will compliment your pet's unique needs.

Exercise

Taking your dog for walks is about more than just making sure they don’t tear up your furniture in boredom. Exercise is vital to keeping your pet’s weight under control and making sure that their muscles are well developed and their ligaments getting the movement they need.

Even cats need a lot of play to keep them well exercised and entertained. For pets, moving around is a great way to stay healthy and happy at the same time. Stuck for ideas on how to exercise your pet? Read our blog on unique exercise ideas for pets.

Vaccinations

Depending on where you live, essential vaccinations for dogs and cats may be quite different. However, vaccinations are a key part of any pet wellness plan, and for good reason. Like in humans, vaccination against a disease is a much easier preventative option than treating a disease once it’s too advanced. Any good pet wellness plan should include at least a couple of vaccine coverage throughout the year.

Coat Care

As anyone knows, fleas and ticks are troublesome for dogs and cats alike. Proper coat care can help cut off this issue before it becomes more severe. The start of good coat care begins with regularly checking your animals yourself for fleas and ticks, especially if you have been outside with them. You also want to make sure that you brush your animal’s coat often to check for any newly visible sights of ticks stuck on their skin. Dogs are not as meticulous self groomers as cats, so give them plenty of attention, especially after spending time outside.

If you’re worried about the amount of coat care you need to do, a good idea can be to have a professional perform a tick check and grooming on your pet at least once a year. This gives you the confidence that the best of the best have applied their expertise.

Dental Care

Dental care for cats and dogs is an often overlooked part of preventative care. However, you can prevent a lot of problems and expenses down the line if you get into a good dental routine. The best line of defense against dental issues is to take the time to brush your pet’s teeth. This helps cut down on plaque and tartar buildup and ensures healthy gums. Of course, you may want to check out getting a vet to do a basic cleaning on your pet’s teeth once a year. Dental chews and toys is also a great addition to daily dental cleanings.  

Exams

One of the most effective tools in preventative healthcare for dogs and cats is organizing routine pet care appointments at the vet. No one is more qualified than a vet to identify diseases and conditions before they manifest. Just like an annual checkup with your family doctor, it’s a good idea to get routine blood tests or vet appointments.

Also, it’s essential to check if your pet wellness plans cover more specific forms of exams. In particular, for cats and dogs alike, it is important to have regular exams checking for parasites. Both intestinal worms and heartworms can be potentially deadly if not identified. Vets are also the best people to go to for advice on cutting down the risk of getting parasites in your area.

Why a Pet Wellness Plan is Your Best Bet for Prevention

Unlike pet insurance, a pet wellness plan helps you reimburse the money you’re already spending on pet care. This means that it’s much easier and more convenient for you to pay for all preventative care checkups your pet needs.

Our Wagmo Wellness Plans provide a variety of options for you. This lets you pick how much preventative care you want help with and how much you can handle on your own. Preventative care is the best way to prevent stress and expense later on. So take care of your cat or dog by getting them on a pet wellness plan today!

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