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Five practical ways to protect your pet

Five practical ways to protect your pet

September 28, 2020

We all want our companion animals to be as happy and healthy as possible. But have you tried getting your info from Google? The amount of information is downright overwhelming. Especially when you factor in the non-expert opinions out there, of which there are many.

With September being National Pet Health Insurance Month, we wanted to share a list of five practical ways you can protect your pet.

Keep your pet healthy

The best way to ensure your pet lives a happy and healthy life is to feed them a balanced diet and keep them exercised. Make sure you’re feeding your pet a nutritious diet that’s a combination of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Take regular walks with your pet or play with them indoors to help improve blood flow, appetite, digestion and to help them sleep better. Pets see exercise as playtime, and an opportunity to bond with other animals and humans.

Determining the right training plan for you dog and sticking to a schedule of daily walks and play time is important, but it can be hard! Toronto Humane Society is here to help assist you with virtual and in-person training, as well as dog walking that fits into your busy schedule.

Maintain good grooming habits

Good grooming habits include clipping nails, bathing, brushing and dental care. Dental care is often overlooked when it comes to our pets, but poor dental hygiene can lead to health problems including tooth loss, abscesses and even heart, kidney, and liver complications from bacteria-laced tooth infections. Try to make grooming a weekly event and use treats to make the process more enjoyable.

Schedule yearly vet visits

Checkups and immunizations are important to keep your pet healthy and to prevent illness. Every pet has very individualized needs depending on their lifestyle, so you should take the advice directly given to you from your veterinarian. Pets sometimes wait until they’re really sick before showing any signs of illness so watch for anything out of the ordinary and take them to the vet if symptoms worsen – it’s much easier to treat in the early stages before it’s too late.

Enroll in pet insurance

Pet insurance allows you to make sure your pets receive the medical care they deserve, without jeopardizing your family’s savings. With Petsecure, you can rest easy knowing up to 80% of your pet’s bill will be covered in case of accident or illness. It’s a simple, effective way to take the financial stress away during those tough times. Petsecure has four insurance plans to choose from, and plans range from accident, illness, dental, wellness coverage and more.

Be a responsible pet parent

Responsible pet ownership means more than just simply loving your pet (but that’s important too!). Your pet should always wear a collar with proper identification on it - consider microchipping for an added layer of protection. It’s also especially important to train your pet. If your pet’s misbehaviour results in any sort of accident, injury, or incident you must take full responsibility for their behaviour. A trained pet is also more likely to come when called which can prevent terrible accidents from happening.

Get Pet insurance

We’ve all been there. Your pet gets sick or has an accident and needs veterinary care. Petsecure’s coverage extends beyond the basics. They cover everything from surgeries to routine dental care, as well as extras like exam fees and taxes. Start your quote now so you can get peace of mind.