February is National Spay & Neuter Awareness Month and National Cat Health Month

What is it about February?!

Not only is it Pet Dental Month, but it is also National Spay & Neuter Awareness Month AND National Cat Health Month. Such a busy time!

Mom says it’s the triumvirate of proactive pet care and overall wellness – first spay and neuter your pets, give them a healthy lifestyle and along the way, take care of their teeth.

When you commit to making it a daily priority to proactively ensure your cats and dogs live a healthy lifestyle through diet, environment and individual preventative care, you are on the road to many benefits for both your pet and you.

Small Adjustments Matter

I always say it’s the simple things that will give your pet its best life…even if initially it seems like more work and even inconvenient. It is a matter of thought – and then commitment – to making the small adjustments to reap the rewards of improved health for your pet, a better quality of life and, generally, fewer vet expenses.

Diet, Dental & The Outdoors

Diet plays a huge part in our wellness and we need to eat fresh foods every day – whole meat protein either frozen or freeze-dried. A species-specific diet has so many benefits in the long run for both the pet and the owner. Dogs need a few more carbs, but basically the diet should be whole meat protein based for both cats and dogs.

Dental care is mandatory even with pets who are luckier than others and do not collect a lot of tartar and plaque.

Limit our exposure to household and environmental toxins – be careful with scented candles and plugins and, remember, secondhand cigarette smoke is just as dangerous to us as it is to you.

For cats – “indoor-only” is the only way to ensure our long term safety from the perils of the outdoors today which are numerous – and no we do not have to go outside! Cats should never go outside except supervised in a harness and leash…or in a secured catio.

How to Keep Your Dog Safe?

And for dogs, no dog should be allowed outside unsupervised unless in a completely fenced in space. And things can still happen…just the other day a hawk swooped down and grabbed a Yorkshire Terrier from its backyard, thankfully the owner was able to fight off the bird with a pillow and finally the bird released the dog, who was hurt in the attack, but will survive.

Vaccine Or No Vaccine?

Cats should be titer-tested to determine if they need any vaccine boosters which have been known to cause sarcomas at the injection site. In our opinion, if the cat is an indoor cat and doesn’t come in contact with outdoor cats, it really doesn’t need the boosters. Beau and I no longer get vaccinated.

But please check with your vet to determine the right path for your cat as we are only letting you know what path mom has chosen based on her personal research.

For example, if you do take your cat for walks, then you should titer-test your pet, and based on the findings decide which way to go with vaccines. Maybe it will be necessary, or maybe it won’t be.

With a little time and effort in the beginning, you can easily start to transition your pet to a healthier lifestyle!! The changes are not impossible, yet they are life changing for both us pets and you!