Did you know that February is National Heart Month? Just like humans, pets also have needs when it comes to maintaining cardiovascular health. To ensure your pet has a long and happy life, take note of these top five heart healthy tips:
#1 Stay on top of symptoms
Notice anything unusual in your pet’s behavior? If your furry friend starts to show symptoms like unusual breathing patterns, coughing, fainting or sudden fluctuation in weight, they could be exhibiting signs of heart disease. Certain breeds of dogs and cats are more prone to diseases like obesity or breathing problems and these factors could affect their heart health. Be sure to ask your veterinarian if your pet is one of these breeds, as being aware of these issues from the get-go and treating them quickly is a key way to prevent heart disease.
#2 Choose the right diet
From raw or freeze-dried to canned or kibble, there are a range of different food options to choose from, and no one option is the best for all pets. It is generally a best practice to select a high-quality pet food with a well-balanced amount of protein and healthy fats. When choosing a pet food, look for easy to digest proteins and other wholesome ingredients for best nutrition and flavor. If you have a question about what food is best for your pet, Kahoots offers a wide selection of premium supplements and foods to keep your pet’s heart healthy, and our knowledgeable staff will help you choose the right food for your pet’s specific needs.
#3 Stay active
Daily exercise is a great way to boost your pet’s heart health! In addition to daily walks, try pushing your pup to join you on runs and hikes. Boosting the intensity and variety of exercise will give your dog a new and exciting experience that is sure to ramp up their heart rate and burn calories. Cats require multiple short periods of exercise throughout the day. Just 10 to 15 minutes each time of chasing a feather wand or batting their favorite crinkle ball around is all it takes. If you are concerned about finding the time to play with your cat while at school or work, try implementing a free-swinging or battery-powered toy that will keep your furry friend occupied throughout the day.
#4 Keep teeth clean
While we’re on the topic of proper pet health, it’s important to note that February also happens to be National Pet Dental Health Month! Studies show that bacteria from an unhealthy mouth may be a contributing factor in heart disease. Preventing tartar build-up and possible gum issues are great ways to help keep your pet happy and healthy for life. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth in combination with using dental treats and chew bones is an effective way to ensure healthy teeth and healthy hearts.
#5 Schedule regular vet visits
As always, checking in with your veterinarian is a great way to keep track of your pet’s heart health. In addition to routine check-ups, your veterinarian can provide an array of services and information to better your pet’s overall health.
Kahooligan Tip - It’s never too early to start adopting a healthier routine for your pet or animal. Take the time this month to evaluate your pet’s health regimen and do your part to ensure he or she can live the healthiest life possible. For questions about choosing the right supplements, food and products for your pet’s heart health, reach out to our friendly Kahooligans.