Keeping your pet healthy has always been a priority for our Tampa veterinarians and we will always be here to answer any questions about the subject. You have always been there for your pet (getting them regular exams, taking care of their preventative work, proper food and plenty of exercise) but many studies have concluded that these furry guys are actually beneficial for your health as well. These studies have documented that pet ownership actually decreased incidences of obesity, cardiac disease, hypertension and psychological conditions.
One of the most recent studies has actually put a dollar value to how much our pets save us in our healthcare costs. The latest data from researchers at George Mason University states that pet ownership saves $11.7 Billion in U.S. health care cost. That is one big reason for having a pet! We have always had an idea that pets make us feel better but having actual data to back it up is great.
Exercise is one of the major factors that will benefit both you and your pet. The more you walk with your dog, the healthier they are going to be and the healthier you are going to be. Daily walking for 15 to 20 minutes is a great start and after sticking with it for a few weeks, you both will begin to feel better. One of the most common problems our veterinarians in Tampa see is pet obesity and getting them more active is the number one way to help with that problem.
Proper nutrition is the second thing that needs to be considered to keep our pets in a healthy body condition. Many of our pets are receiving way to many calories on a daily basis. By keeping eye on how much, and what kind of food our pets are eating, we can help them regain or maintain an optimal body condition. Many people ask our Tampa veterinarians “how much should my pet weigh” but putting a specific number to it is extremely difficult. Instead, using a body condition scale will make the job much easier. Looking for certain characteristics such as being able to feel the ribs but not see them will be a much better way to get your pet back into it’s proper weight class.
In summary, by keeping your pet healthy, you will be keeping yourself happy and save money in both your healthcare cost and veterinary healthcare costs. If you have any questions or need help / tips about getting your pet back into shape, don’t hesitate to call our Tampa veterinary team.