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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Pets Healthy and Happy 

Published: May 20, 2020 | Updated: October 26, 2020

Your pet is more than just a great companion. They are a member of your family! That’s why you want to make sure that they’re healthy and happy.

Here are 5 easy ways to keep your pets safe, satisfied, healthy, and happy.

1. Play with Your Pets And Give Them Exercise

Like people, pets need exercise to be mentally and physically healthy. Your cat may sometimes not seem interested in playing, but they do need exercise and mental stimulation. Since they love to hunt, satisfy that instinct with a toy that allows them to hunt pretend prey. A stick with a string and feathers hanging off it works well. To avoid over-stimulating your favorite feline, do your cat-and-mouse games for only 10 minutes at a time.

Dogs require entertainment beyond the house, and most won’t get the exercise they need by hanging out in a fenced in yard. They want variety and distance and lots of good things to smell. Take your dog for a walk daily and for at least a mile. You’ll be able to bond with one another, while you both get the health benefits. Plus your dog can socialize with others on the walk or running around a dog park.

Of course, pets aren’t just dogs and cats. Whatever animal tops the list in your family, make certain they get the activity that’s a benefit to their heart and health.

2. Feed Your Pet a Balanced Diet

Pet food can vary in quality and healthfulness. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about what type of food is best for your pet’s breed, age and weight. The veterinarian may recommend a particular serving size to help your pet maintain a healthy weight or a specific food to address any health issues.

And on the shelf at the pet or grocery store, keep a look out for the type of food that targets your pet’s particular needs. For example, if you have a kitten, you should probably feed them food specifically designed for young cats. Other foods might meet the nutritional needs of older animals or address vitamin deficiencies. Just beware of false advertising and check with your veterinarian if you’re unsure.

3. Get Your Pets an Annual Exam

It’s a good idea to have your pets see their veterinarian for a physical every year, not just when something is wrong. This can give you peace of mind that they are healthy. It can also help ensure that you catch any diseases or other health concerns early so you can take appropriate action.

4. Give Your Pets a Safe Home

To be a good pet owner, you must make sure that your pets are safe at all times and that they have adequate shelter. Protect your pets in the summer and keep them safe in the winter, too. And be sure to keep them away from dangerous toxins like household cleaners, lawn chemicals, and antifreeze.

5. Spay/Neuter Your Pet

There are several good reasons to spay or neuter your cats and dogs. The direct benefits to your pets are that they will be less prone to certain cancers and other diseases, may be better behaved, and may live longer. And to the general population, spaying and neutering ensure fewer unwanted animals will be left without a home.


If you like to care for animals and would like to do it as your job, becoming a Veterinary Assistant might be a good career path for you. You could complete the Veterinary Assistant Training program in Vancouver, WA and Oxnard, CA in as little as 10 months. Contact us today to learn more.