5 Easy Pet Prevention Tips!

We’re taking a look at 5 pet protection tips that may be easy to forget.

1. Don't Forget Dental Care

What would happen to your teeth if you never brushed them? They'd decay and eventually fall out. Your breath would be awful!

The same thing goes for our pets, and unfortunately, dental care is often overlooked when it comes to dogs and cats. And while bad looking teeth and dragon breath are the most obvious signs of poor dental hygiene, other, less obvious health problems can result: tooth loss, abscesses, and even heart, kidney and liver complications from bacteria-laced tooth infections. Fortunately, there’s a full range of dental care available for pets. Learn all about keeping your pet’s teeth clean.

2. Have a Living Will

Say you go on a business trip and leave your dog with a pet sitter. Say your dog starts vomiting and can’t stop, becomes severely dehydrated, and is rushed to the emergency room while you’re out of town. Say this takes place in the middle of the night when your cell phone is on airplane mode, and the only one left to make decisions about the care of your pooch is your bewildered pet sitter. What to do? Learn how to craft your pet’s living will.

3. Beware the "Experts"

As pet parents, we’re all likely to consult with experts for pet advice at some point, whether online, in print, or in person. But there’s A LOT of information out there. So much information that it is often difficult to sort through all of the advice on pet health, dietary, and socialization needs to determine what is helpful and what isn’t. Find out who to trust and how to parse out advice from so-called “experts.”

4. Save Money through Pet Insurance or Preventive Care Plans

Veterinary bills can come suddenly and unexpectedly, which means unanticipated financial obligations to care for your pet. However, a little financial foresight in the form of pet savings accounts or pet insurance can be a great way to ensure your pet is cared for in the event of a medical crisis. Learn more about how to manage a pet savings account and how pet insurance works.

5. Learn Pet First Aid, Get a Kit

Be prepared for emergencies. Our editor-in-chief, Jane Harrell, decided on a whim to get certified in pet first aid and is so glad she did! “A few weeks later a friend’s cat got too close to her fireplace and was severely burned,” Jane says. “Thanks to my pet first-aid training, I knew how to minimize the damage and pain until we could reach a 24-hour animal hospital.” The cat is now fine, with no long-term damage thanks to the training Jane received and some amazing emergency veterinarians. Ask your veterinarian where to find a pet first-aid course near you.


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