Veterinarians are one of the best partners we have in the health and wellness of our furry family members. They treat our pups when they are sick, make sure they have all their needs met, and keep them healthy with regular checkups.
While we all can agree that vets are some of the best animal lovers around, some things even the best of vets often won’t mention.
Well we’re spilling the beans and letting you in on some secrets. Here are five things your vet probably won’t tell you.
It is Ok if You Don’t Brush Your Pet’s Teeth Every Day
Although vets would love to think you would brush your pet’s teeth daily, they know that it’s unrealistic for pet owners to actually do so. The #1 health issue vets have to deal with is pet dental care and brushing every day is ideal for preventing oral and dental disease in pets. But, ideal doesn’t often line up with reality and there are still many options available to keep the oral health of your pets in tiptop shape without brushing every single day. It is easy to offer them a dental chew treat, such as Minties dental treats, which cleans their teeth and freshens breath (it contains real mint!). Not only will it work wonders on removing plaque and preventing dangerous gum and tooth decay — but dogs love their delicious taste.
Effective Flea & Tick Treatment Can be Affordable
One of most veterinarians’ major pet-peeves is that far too many pet owners leave the vet’s office each visit without purchasing flea & tick treatment medication, but they understand that it is often because it can be incredibly expensive (upwards of $80+ for 3 months of protection). But guess what? There are very effective products available such as VetGuard Plus for dogs and cats at retail outlets that are a fraction of the cost and just as effective – so you can keep your pets safe from fleas and ticks without breaking the bank!
There Are Functional Treats That Are Healthy
As long as your pet’s treats have vitamins and minerals built in to make it functional, they can do a dog’s body good. Supplements like Glucosamine and Omega 3s are excellent sources of wellness for your pet. Healthy treats need to be safe as well though so make sure you always purchase treats that are not only made in the USA, but also sourced with ingredients from the USA. It can make a huge difference when it comes to safety and quality.
Pet Prescriptions Can be Purchased Much Cheaper at Retailers
Most consumers don’t realize that they can simply ask their veterinarian to write them a prescription for their pet’s medication and get it filled at retail outlets such as Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and Costco. Most prescriptions (and their generic equivalents) can be purchased at your local pharmacy in these retail stores at a significant savings (up to 70% less). When your pet is on a monthly dose and you are on a budget, this can be a game-changer compared to what you would normally have to pay by purchasing directly from the vet.
Your Pets Need to See a Professional Groomer
The importance of professionally grooming your dog should not be overlooked. Keeping their nails trimmed, coat brushed, ears cleaned, etc. can do wonders for their long-term health. Regular bathing is one thing – but giving them ‘the works’ from a professional groomer really matters and makes a huge difference.