Adjusting to a new normal without your pet takes time. In these times, it is important to remind yourself to be kind to yourself and work through your emotions rather than ignore them. Many years went into developing a strong bond with your pet, and that is not something that easily goes away. It is a bond that will never break – their love and memory will always be in our hearts.
Not all inflammatory responses are bad. While we can’t prevent every possible cause of inflammation, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in managing it. Maintaining an optimal weight helps prevent excess strain on the joints and the cardiovascular system, and weight management is most successful through a combination of a healthy diet and exercise. Not only is exercise great for managing weight, one study revealed that a single 20-minute session of moderate exercise stimulated the immune system and reduced inflammation in humans. Exercise activates the nervous system, triggering a release of hormones that then influence immune cells within the body (2).
Some of the more commonly senior diseases we encounter are arthritis, kidney disease, cognitive dysfunction, cardiac disease, and cancer. According to the AVMA, approximately half of the deaths in the pet population over 10 years of age are due to cancer. (1)
Vaccinations are extremely important to the health of both humans and animals. There are several core and recommended vaccines for our pets that help prevent both illness and death and include those that help protect against diseases that are considered zoonotic. Zoonotic diseases are diseases, such as rabies and leptospirosis, and can be transmitted from animals to people. By maintaining our pet's vaccinations, we also help protect ourselves as well.
Losing a pet for any length of time is frightening and devastating for their owners. The anxiety of not knowing where they are, whether they are safe, and if they will be found is enough to make one go crazy. Check out these helpful tips to help minimize the risk of your pet becoming lost.
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