Pets are part of the family, so it’s important to practice preventative care to support their well-being and help them live long, healthy lives. Just like people, pets can be affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and allergies. That’s why it’s always good to stay informed and be proactive to help avoid or at least delay the onset of chronic conditions in pets. Here’s 5 things to know about caring for your pet:
More pets have allergies: Cats and dogs are more prone to certain conditions now than they have been in the past. For example, over the past 10 years there’s been a 30 percent increase in environmental allergy cases in dogs and an 11 percent increase in cats, according to the 2018 Banfield Pet Health Report.
Pets can have chronic conditions: Pets are also more prone to being overweight, and the number of obesity cases is rising. One in three pets is overweight and the numbers are growing. While you can make sure your pet exercises and eats a nutritionally balanced diet, there are many health conditions you have no control over. Just like us humans, pets can develop chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and thyroid disease.
Pets need annual checkups too: Investing in preventative care is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your pet is healthy. Annual checkups allow your vet to screen for issues and provide insight on any concerns.
Pets’ chronic conditions are manageable: If your pet has a chronic condition that needs treatment, don’t panic. You may have to make some lifestyle adjustments to your pet’s diet or daily exercise routine, but these changes are usually manageable and well worth it for your pet’s health.
Pet prescriptions may be available at your local pharmacy: If you need prescription medications to treat your pet’s chronic conditions, look for alternatives that could save you money. Many of the same prescriptions we use to treat our chronic conditions are also used to treat pets, just at a different dosage.
Taking preventative measures for your pets’ health will help save costs in the long run, just like it does with people. What’s more, it will help ensure that your favorite furry family members are by your side for many years to come.
— Inside Rx Pets/Brandpoint
Family Movie Night
“Johnny English Strikes Again”
Length: 1 hr 28 mins
Synopsis: After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker.
“The Third Mushroom”
Ages: 8 - 12 years
Synopsis: This sequel to the best-selling “The Fourteenth Goldfish” has Ellie’s grandpa Melvin, a world-renowned scientist, still trapped in the body of a 14-year-old boy. Grandpa may not exactly fit in at middle school, but he certainly keeps things interesting. When he and Ellie team up for the county science fair, no one realizes just how groundbreaking their experiment will be. The formula for eternal youth may be within their reach! But is the key to eternal life really the key to happiness? Sometimes even the most careful experiments yield unexpected — and wonderful — results.
— Random House Books for Young Readers
Did You Know
Each year, there are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among US infants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports toe the American Academy of Pediatrics’ sleep recommendations. The AAP says that parents and caregivers can do the following to help create a safe sleep area for babies:
Place your baby on his or her back for all sleep times—naps and at night. Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of SIDS than babies who sleep on their sides or stomachs.
Use a firm, flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered only by a fitted sheet. Soft surfaces can increase the risk of suffocation and sleep-related death.
Keep your baby’s crib or bassinet in the same room where you sleep until your baby is at least 6 months old. Accidental suffocation or strangulation can happen when a baby is sleeping in an adult bed or other unsafe sleep surfaces. Sharing a room with your baby is much safer than bed sharing and may decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent. Also, placing the crib close to your bed so that the baby is within view and reach can also help make it easier to feed, comfort, and monitor your baby.
Keep soft bedding such as blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and soft toys out of your baby’s sleep area. If you’re worried about your baby getting cold during sleep, you can dress her or him in sleep clothing, like a wearable blanket.
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