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How to Help Your Pet Live Longer

October 1, 2015
Consider all of the unconditional love and loyalty your pet gives you and your family. Wouldn’t you want to maintain that for as long as possible? Here, your Savannah, GA veterinarian at Westside Animal Hospital tells you about five ways to help your pet live the longest, healthiest life that he or she can.

Preventative Medicine

Preventative medicine is the best medicine! Regular veterinary visits, proper vaccinations, and defensive medications against pests are all part of good preventative pet care. All will help avoid disease, infection, infestation, and other health issues in the first place, before they’re allowed to develop into more serious issues. Set up regular appointments at your vet’s office to maintain your pet’s healthy lifestyle.

Great Diet

At every stage of a pet’s life, they need to eat a high-quality diet. Make sure your pet is eating a great diet that is nutritionally balanced and properly formulated for their age, weight, breed, and overall body condition. If you’d like a recommendation on a pet food for your animal companion, or are wondering about switching your pet to a new diet, contact us for help.

Regular Exercise

All pets need regular exercise to burn calories and avoid obesity, keep the muscles and joints strong, and maintain an active and engaged mind. Walk your pet through the neighborhood, play fetch in the backyard, or romp around on the living room floor with a toy. However you do it, make sure your pet gets several minutes of physical activity every single day.

Dental Health

Dental issues are some of the most common problems that veterinarians treat in our domesticated animals. It’s easy to overlook dental care when it comes to our pets, but it’s very important to keep your furry friend’s teeth and gums healthy. Check the mouth on a weekly basis, try brushing your pet’s teeth with a specially formulated pet toothpaste, and consider purchasing treats that promote good dental health.


Pets who aren’t supervised by an owner—especially those that roam around outdoors—are far more likely to encounter hazards like sharp objects, toxins, wild animals, tight spaces, and much more. Inside your home and out, keep a close eye on your pet to ensure they don’t get into any trouble. Would you like more advice on maintaining your pet’s healthy lifestyle for as long as possible? Call Westside Animal Hospital, your Savannah, GA pet clinic, today!

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