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How to keep your pet healthy

by Jim Mosley
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Like humans, a healthy lifestyle is a critical component of pet health and a key to longevity. Tips to keep your pet healthy:

– Work with your veterinarian to find the best diet for your pet. Overweight pets have a higher risk of health concerns like diabetes and liver disease.

– Stay on a monthly preventative for parasites like heartworm, fleas and ticks. It’s far easier to prevent heartworm than treat it.

– Start an oral hygiene regimen. Brush your pet’s teeth regularly to prevent tartar buildup, which can cause infections in the body.

– Regularly groom your pet to keep his coat healthy.

Dr. Melisse Conway, SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center

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