There are plenty of ways that a pet can help our own wellbeing. From reducing stress and anxiety, to improving mental health and developing social skills, having a pet can have tangible benefits.
So, it’s only right that we do the very best we can to ensure the best health and well-being for our pets in return. Aside from taking our animal companions to the vets when they’re under the weather, there are plenty of other ways that you can increase the general health of your pet.
For dogs in particular, exercise is incredibly important to keep up their health and wellbeing. There are always instances when taking your dog for a long walk can be difficult on a busy work schedule, however, even a brief 15 minute walk or period of play-time can make a huge difference to your companion’s mental and physical health.
If that’s impossible for you, then consider hiring a professional dog walker to take your dog out for a long walk and run whilst you work.
Nutrition and hydration
Finding the right food for your pet can always seem like a difficult task, especially with so much variety on the market and the introduction of more vegetarian options. Always feel free to consult us at Minster Veterinary Centre for professional advice on the best food to feed your pet, but there are some things that you should steer clear of.
It’s tempting to feed your dog or cat scraps from the dinner table, and it can feel like a great way to connect with your pet, but you must be wary of what food can be damaging for them.
For both dogs and cats, you should always avoid chocolate, large amounts of dairy, onions, garlic, grapes and raisins. These can lead to health implications that can be avoided through good nutrition.
Reduce anxiety and stress
Dogs and cats can both suffer from stress. In a similar way to us, this can result in out of character behaviours. If your pet seems uncharacteristically aggressive and is biting and scratching more than usual, this may be the cause of pent up energy or stress. To help alleviate this, there are some things that you can do to relax your companion. Dedicate some time for relaxation sessions in a spot away from noise and distractions. Praise and gently stroke or massage your pet.
You can also dedicate some time to play if your pet’s behavior is due to pent up energy. Use this as structured quality time and try to coordinate it with a period that typically coincides with the problematic behaviour. Bring out a particularly favourite toy and try alternating every day to stop any boredom occuring.
Who we are
Minster Veterinary Centre is a Nottinghamshire based veterinary centre with branches in Southwell, Calverton, Newark, Fernwood and Burton Joyce. We have a dedicated and experienced team of veterinary surgeons who are here to help your beloved pets and livestock 24/7.
We offer a broad service for pets, including a BVA board certified ophthalmologist, as well as ambulatory equine care and herd planning.
To book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our 5 branches. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and if it’s an emergency, call our Southwell practice on 01636 812 133 immediately.