PET HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
To enjoy your pets' companionship for a long time, take care of their health and well-being.
Pet ownership in the U.S. is on the rise and with good reason. Research has shown having a pet may improve your health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the companionship of pets may help decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness. Caring for a pet may also increase your opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.
According to the 2011-2012 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 62 percent of U.S. households own a pet, up from 56 percent in 1988.
Pet Care Basics
While each dog and cat has individual needs, there are some basics all pet parents should know.
- Establish a relationship with a veterinarian who can help protect your pet's health and offer valuable information about health and behavior issues throughout your pet's life.
- Seek preventative care, such as regular examinations.
- Keep current on vaccinations and parasite control.
- Provide timely and appropriate treatment for your pet's illnesses and injuries.
- Protect pets from indoor and outdoor poisoning hazards, such as chemicals, cleaning supplies, pesticides, poisonous plants, etc.
- Just like people, pets need appropriate diet and exercise to maintain healthy weight and guard against disease.
Ensure that your pet doesn't stray from home – and if it does, that it is reunited with you