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6 Ways You May Be Harming Your Pet’s Health

Pet Care Tips 5 min read
ginger cat laying on a bed near a window getting chin scratches. Six ways you may be harming your pet's health

As pet parents, there are things we can do to do as a preventative support for our furkiddo’s health. Maintaining their health as much as possible can help your pet avoid some conditions and help manage existing ones. Here are ways you can help your furkiddo stay their healthy and happy selves and 6 ways you may be harming your pet’s health.

Not Giving Enough Water

Keeping your pet hydrated is essential to maintain good health. Water is more than 60% of their bodies and if fresh water is not provided at all times, the lack of hydration can damage the kidney function and potentially lead to death.

The best way to keep your pet hydrated is by making sure they have fresh water available at all times. Ideally, wash your pet’s water bowl once daily and change the water twice daily. Some cats prefer running water, so investing in a cat water fountain might be a good idea to increase the water intake of your feline furbaby.

Tripsy is a supplement specially formulated to help your pet’s kidneys function better and can be used to help maintain healthy kidneys.

Giving Too Much Junk Food And Risking Poisoning Your Pet

We believe that you are giving the best possible food to your pet, but we got your attention, right? Providing nutritionally balanced food to your pet is the way to keep your pet healthy. Even though sharing your table scraps and snacks with your pet may make them very happy, some human foods are unsafe for pets and are even toxic to them.

Lots of different types of food are available in the market, and the best food is the one that benefits your pet the most. From kibble and wet canned food to commercial raw, home-cooked, and dehydrated, the options are countless. If ever in doubt of what to feed your furbaby, a veterinarian is your best bet for good and proper advice.

If you want to know what you are giving to your pet and want to try a balanced home-cooked diet, our in-house veterinarian, Dr. Amanda can help you with that. She formulates nutrition plans for individual pets based on their health conditions, body weight, and lifestyle.

Lab dog sitting next to a man sitting on a lawn chair eating cookies. The dog has their paw on the mans arm to beg.

Not Playing Enough With Your Pet And They Are Bored

Playing is a constant part of your pet’s life. It doesn’t matter if they are young kitties and pups or if they are seniors, playing is probably the best part of their day and how you better bond with your furbabies. Now, imagine that you have a job or school and friends and you are active most of your day. Dogs and cats, spend most of the day inside the house, sometimes by themselves. When they are under-stimulated, they tend to get bored.

Playing hide and seek, tug, or giving them mental puzzles inside the house is a very good way to stimulate their minds and bodies and to bond even more with them. Proper exercise, based on age, body weight, and specific health conditions, is a good way to keep the body and mind active and prevent future health issues.

Multi Essentials helps to boost your pet’s energy levels by providing them with excellent vitamins and minerals.

Not Socializing Your Pet Enough

Especially dog owners, it is of extreme importance to socialize your dog from a puppy through adulthood. Good socialization and training can improve the bond you have with them because they are more prone to behave well and not cause potential destruction or chewing on things they shouldn’t.

When dogs are well socialized, the walks are more pleasant and the time you spend with them is easier and more fun. When dogs are not well socialized, they can be less enjoyable to be around, they can fear mundane things and become destructive or aggressive. We cannot stress enough how important it is to have a well-socialized and well-trained dog around.

Lesstress and Matricalm may help calm your dog or cat’s so they can feel less stressed while socializing with other pets during training and playtime.

Pale orange cat getting their teeth brushed by a veterinarian. Six ways you may be harming your pet's health.

Not Brushing their Teeth

Just like us, pets also need to have their teeth brushed and cleaned. They eat every day, and tartar tends to accumulate on their teeth. We brush our teeth every day, but they rely on us to have their teeth brushed regularly.

When the tartar accumulates on the teeth it can cause damage to the teeth and gum. Bacteria can proliferate and “travel” to organs like the heart, kidney, and liver, and cause irreversible damage that can potentially kill them. Brushing their teeth regularly and/or providing them with vet care to clean their teeth can prevent these issues to happen.

Mouth Drops is like a herbal mouthwash for pets, it helps to maintain the health of teeth, gums, and mouth alongside regular brushing. If your furbaby has any issues with their heart, liver, or kidneys, we recommend Hearty-Heart, Milk Thistle, and Tripsy. All of these supplements are vet-formulated to help with the better function of these organs respectively.

Not Taking Your Pet To The Vet

Regular visits to the vet are important to keep your pet healthy. Updating vaccines as recommended helps prevent them from getting sick. Also, your trusted veterinarian is the best person to help you with questions related to your pet’s physical health.

Blood tests and consultations are recommended at least once a year for younger pets and twice a year if they are older than 7 years old. These exams, when done properly, can indicate health issues when they first start, so they are easier to treat.

When you neglect to take your pet to the vet for years, a health issue might be chronic by the time your veterinarian gives a diagnosis.

Our team of pet experts and in-house veterinarians is here to help you. We make it our mission to be there for pet parents and furbabies so they can have a better, longer, and more natural life. If you have any questions, you can start chatting with us now using the ‘chat with us’ button below.

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca is a holistic veterinarian from Brazil with a passion for natural and integrative medicine. She’s been studying integrative medicine and alternative (and healthier) diets since 2015, and now started to study the power of herbs with the NHV Family. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her golden retriever, Kuga.

Published: April 29, 2021

1 reply

  1. Team NHV says:

    Hi Joyce,

    We’re sorry to learn about Zoe’s health and we know how special and precious she means to you. ♥ We’d like to continue to be there for both of you, especially for sweet Zoe’s health. Together, Hearty Heart, Mellit, Turmeric, and Resp-Aid can form a holistic regimen to naturally help Zoe’s body against the heart murmur, pancreatitis, and collapsed trachea symptoms.

    Our vet team suggests to increase the Hearty Heart and Resp-Aid supplements by 0.25ml twice a day to give Zoe the added support. Both of this may help to ease her coughing attacks. What other symptoms have you noticed with Zoe?

    Omega-3s can also be very helpful in supporting Zoe’s heart, pancreas, and respiratory health with the rich nutritional properties of the fish oils. Here’s more info on Petomega 3

    If you’re interested in a more detailed examination of Zoe’s dietary care regimen with our vet team, here’s the link to sign up for a vet consult.

    We’re always just a message away if you need anything, sending your sweet girl, Zoe, lots of love and healing vibes!

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