Having a healthy immune system is as important to your pet as it is to you. The thing about the immune system is that it works as a swinging balance so if it is swinging too much at either spectrum this is where problems start to arise. As humans, we take our vitamins and ensure that we are getting a balanced diet, and as a loving pet owner, there are ways of ensuring that your pet is in the best condition it can be.
Exposure to the Outside World
Have you ever noticed that small children seem to catch every cough and cold that is around? They go out into the world and they are exposed to things that make their immune system have to go into action to fight infections and illness. While the runny noses, coughs and colds can be an inconvenience, they are a sign that the immune system is working to fight infection and building up immunity for life. Your pet is the same; it needs to be taken out into the world to be exposed to germs and infection from a young age to ensure that it builds up immunity. A healthy immune system that has had to do a little work will be prepared to fight infection and disease in the early stages.
The importance of a balanced diet cannot be expressed enough. Dogs need to have meat regularly and bones at least a few times a week to ensure that their immune system is getting what it needs to fight infection and disease as well as keeping their coat and skin in good condition. Cats need foods that are high in protein and contain amino acids. Most cat and dog foods are formulated to contain all the essential nutritional needs for your pet, so if you are using a trusted brand there is a good chance that you pet it getting what it needs.
Nobody likes to feel stressed out or upset, but sometimes the circumstances of life can lead to anxiety and unhappiness. Stress is one of the most damaging things to the immune system and can really affect the wellbeing of your pet. Reduce stress in your pet’s life as best you can by taking the time to get to know what makes your pet happy, and how you can help. Be aware of your pet and notice any changes in its behaviour as this could indicate that it is feeling stressed. At Durack Pet Motel, we endeavour to get to know your pet while it is staying with us, so that we can ensure that it is as happy as possible.