Healthcare Tips for Pets: Insights from Vet Deepanshi Kashyap

On this National Pet Day, Dr. Deepanshi Kashyap, a veterinarian, shares some healthcare tips for pet parents and guides us on maintaining a healthy relationship with our pets.

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Having a furry friend adds immeasurable joy to our lives, but it also brings the responsibility of ensuring their health and happiness. As pet owners, it's crucial to be attuned to our companions' needs, especially when they're not feeling their best and veterinary care isn't readily available. Additionally, maintaining a strong bond and fostering mental well-being are essential aspects of pet care. Let's delve into some practical tips to navigate these facets of pet ownership.

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Dr Deepanshi Kashyap treating a gog

Daily Healthcare for pets

Your pet's daily healthcare routine should include starting their day with a balanced and nutritious meal suitable for their age, size, and dietary needs. Ensure they have access to fresh water at all times to stay hydrated. Incorporate daily exercise and play sessions into their routine to keep them physically fit and mentally stimulated. Whether it's a brisk walk, a game of fetch, or interactive toys, find activities that cater to their energy levels and interests.

Take a few minutes each day to groom your pet, including brushing their coat to remove tangles and loose fur, cleaning their ears, and brushing their teeth. Regular grooming not only keeps them looking their best but also contributes to their overall health. Additionally, provide mental stimulation through puzzle toys, training sessions, or interactive games to keep your pet's mind engaged and prevent boredom. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise for their well-being.

Routine Check-ups for pets


Regular check-ups and preventive care should be done strictly such as scheduling an annual wellness examination with your veterinarian to assess your pet's overall health and detect any potential issues early on. During these exams, your vet will conduct a physical examination, update vaccinations, and discuss preventive care measures.

Keep your pet's vaccinations up-to-date according to the schedule, recommended by your veterinarian. Vaccinations protect your pet from various infectious diseases and are an essential part of preventive healthcare. Implement a year-round parasite prevention program to protect your pet from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Your veterinarian can recommend the most suitable preventive products based on your pet's lifestyle and risk factors. Maintain your pet's dental health by brushing their teeth regularly and providing dental treats or toys designed to promote oral hygiene. Dental check-ups and professional cleanings may also be necessary to prevent dental disease and as your pet ages, their healthcare needs may change. Schedule bi-annual wellness examinations for senior pets to monitor for age-related issues such as arthritis, dental disease, and organ function.

A Balance Between Physical and Mental Health for Pets


Just like us, our furry companions require care not only for their physical health but also for their mental and emotional wellness. Here are some practical tips for maintaining the physical and mental health of your beloved pet, ensuring they live their best lives by your side.

Physical Health can be maintained by providing a balanced and nutritious diet tailored to your pet's age, size, and breed. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best diet plan for your furry friend. Engage your pet in regular exercise to keep them physically fit and mentally stimulated. Whether it's daily walks, interactive play sessions, or agility training, find activities that cater to their energy levels and preferences. Vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, and routine examinations are essential aspects of preventive care, and regular grooming not only keeps your pet looking their best but also contributes to their overall health. Brushing their coat, trimming their nails, cleaning their ears, and maintaining dental hygiene are essential grooming practices.

When it comes to mental health, enrich your pet's environment with toys, puzzles, and interactive games to keep their minds engaged and prevent boredom. Rotate toys regularly to maintain novelty and interest. Spend quality time bonding with your pet through cuddling, grooming, and training sessions; it can be very helpful. Building a strong bond based on trust and affection is vital for their emotional well-being. Establishing a consistent daily routine provides stability and security for your pet. Consistent feeding times, exercise routines, and sleep schedules help reduce stress and anxiety. Expose your pet to new experiences, people, and animals gradually to prevent fear and anxiety. Positive social interactions contribute to their confidence and emotional resilience. Learn to recognize signs of stress or anxiety in your pet, such as excessive barking, panting, pacing, or destructive behavior. Addressing stressors promptly and providing reassurance can help alleviate their discomfort.

By prioritizing both the physical and mental aspects of your pet's well-being, you can ensure they lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Remember, your love and care are essential ingredients in nurturing a strong and lasting bond with your furry companion.

Recognizing Signs of Illness 


Our pets can't verbally communicate when they're feeling unwell, making it imperative for us to observe and interpret their behavior and physical cues. Keep an eye out for changes such as lethargy, appetite alterations, unusual bathroom habits, and physical symptoms like vomiting or limping. Any deviation from their normal behavior warrants attention and may indicate an underlying health issue. Notice any sudden changes in behavior such as lethargy, aggression, or withdrawal, as well as a lack of engagement in playtime and not responding when called by name.

Changes in appetite and thirst can also be symptoms to watch for. Monitor their eating and drinking habits for any significant changes. If the pet is not eating for more than 48 hours, it’s essential to take your pet for a veterinary consultation. Physical symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, limping, and fever should also be considered. Changes in appearance should be checked for any abnormalities in their coat, dull skin, eyes, or ears. Also, keep an eye on their urination and defecation habits for any changes, such as the presence of blood in urine or feces or worms in their stool.

Basic Care in Times of Need


In situations where immediate veterinary assistance isn't accessible, there are steps we can take to provide comfort and support to our furry companions. Ensuring they have a warm, quiet space to rest, monitoring their vital signs if possible, and maintaining hydration and nutrition are fundamental. Additionally, administering any prescribed medication and seeking veterinary advice promptly are crucial steps in managing their well-being. This can be easily managed by ensuring they have a warm, quiet, and safe space to rest with proper bedding and ventilation. Avoid keeping them in unclean and cramped spaces. If possible, check their temperature, pulse, and breathing rate.

Offer fresh and clean water regularly to prevent dehydration. If they are eating, offer bland, easily digestible food such as curd rice. Otherwise, ensure they have access to food when they're ready. Apply basic first aid for minor injuries, such as cleaning wounds with povidone iodine and applying bandages. If a serious injury has occurred, lay down the pet and keep the head slightly elevated.

Minimize stressors in their environment and provide reassurance and comfort. Talking to them can be comforting, as you are the only one they can depend on. If your pet is on medication, ensure you follow the vet's instructions carefully. However, do not administer old, expired, or human medicines to your pet. If the condition worsens or if you're unsure about their health, contact a vet as soon as possible.

Caring for our pets encompasses more than just providing food and shelter; it involves being vigilant about their health, nurturing a strong bond, and prioritizing their mental well-being. By recognizing signs of illness, offering basic care in times of need, and fostering a healthy relationship built on trust and affection, we can ensure our furry companions lead happy and fulfilling lives by our side. Remember, being a responsible pet owner is a commitment worth making for the well-being of our beloved companions.

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