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Pet Health: Prevention and Protection

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A healthy pet is a happy pet. That’s why it is important to give your pets the care they deserve.

Sometimes, that care comes at a cost – expensive treatments, surgeries, and prescriptions. Many pet owners have chosen pet health insurance to help deal with veterinarian bills and medical costs.

Pet insurance typically covers pets in the case of accidents and illnesses. The cost of the policy depends on factors including where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and the amount of coverage you want.

Most pet health insurance plans reimburse owners for expenses that are paid up front. Policies can exclude conditions based on breed. Insurance plans may cover conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart problems, hereditary and congenital disease, and medical conditions common to your pet’s breed.

Pet insurance companies will not cover pre-existing conditions, which is why people are advised to insure their pets early. However, some pre-existing conditions may be eligible for coverage, so it is best to check specific details with the insurance provider.

A nutritious, balanced diet and preventative health care are the best ways to keep pets healthy and avoid high medical costs. It’s recommended you check with your veterinarian on the best pet care routine to follow. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers some general tips on how to keep pets healthy:

  • Wellness Exams

Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams based on your pet’s breed, age, lifestyle, and overall health. During the checkup, the veterinarian will check your pet’s condition from nose to tail, evaluating everything from your pet’s ears, mouth, and skin to temperature and breathing during the process.

  • Dental Health

Dental care plays a major role in maintaining a pet’s overall health. Good dental care includes brushing your pet’s teeth daily or weekly using a finger brush or pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste. Having your pet’s mouth examined during a routine checkup can help identify and prevent oral problems.

  • Healthy Diet

Feed your pet a balanced, nutritious diet and keep them at a healthy weight. Your pet’s dietary needs will change over the course of their life. It’s recommended you consult with your veterinarian on the best diet for your pet.

  • Regular Exercise

Walks, training routines, and indoor activities provide your pets with the exercise needed to stay healthy.

  • Vaccinations

Vaccinate your pet against potentially deadly diseases such as distemper, parvo, panleukopenia, and rabies.

  • Parasite Prevention

Keep your pet free of parasites. Fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites can cause potentially life-threatening illnesses in pets.

Author: Darice Britt

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