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And yet, here are are. We have two dogs, one cat, 20 chickens, and even a borrowed dog this week – making it three dogs. We have berry gardens, flower gardens, and vegetable gardens. And we live on four acres of gorgeous, lush, finicky-weathered New England land. Just last week, we got nine new baby chicks to join our 11 – making it 20 chickens! We name, love, and care for every animal in our brood. And we want what’s best for them all – from tiny baby chicks to dogs that cuddle with us. All of them give back – love and snuggles and eggs. They deserve the best.
Healthy Pets: 5 Ways to Give Your Pet the “Paws-ability” of a Healthy Life!:
1 – Exercise and play.
All of our animals need different degrees of exercise and play, but no doubt, all 23 need at least one of the two, if not both. We take the dogs for regular walks and play chase games and tug of war with both. We have fun toys for the cat to lunge for and at, and she’s rather playful too.
2 – Provide a healthy diet.
Take the time to research the ingredients in your pet food, and also talk to your vet about your pets, their needs, their exercise levels and personal healthy histories, and then make a choice about the best food. I think this is a common conversation topic each time we go in!
3 – With cats and dogs, keep your pets’ mouths clean.
Our pets are routinely checked and cleaned because dental and oral health issues can cause your pets pain, and can also lead to more serious diseases. Athena (our Husky/Basenji) goes for a cleaning regularly, and Astro is just a puppy, but he’s always checked. Junie is a young cat and she’s checked too! We also have the supplies to care for their mouths at home. It can be challenging but there are plenty of toys and treats options too that are wonderful.
4 – Don’t let your pets roam.
Junie is strictly an indoor cat, so if she’s outside, chances are she snuck out. It’s only happened a handful of times, and luckily she was so freaked out by it that she raced back in. Dogs, cats, and yes – chickens, can find a large number of dangers if they leave our property – including cars, predators, diseases, poisons, and angry neighbors. It’s never a good idea. Keep pets home!
5 – Find out more about the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and if your vet is an AAHA-accredited veterinary practice.
Our pets impact our lives greatly and you want to give them the best care possible. Use this online locator to find your nearest AAHA-accredited veterinary practice, both in the United States and in Canada. By finding an AAHA-accredited vet, I know that I’m giving my pet the best chance at a full and healthy life. It’s just like how I take my own health seriously – and that of my kids. Human hospitals are accredited – shouldn’t animal hospitals be too?
The thing is, nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe their veterinary hospital is accredited when it’s not. That’s why we use the online locator to find the nearest AAHA-accredited veterinary practice. This means your pet is receiving treatment according to the highest standards in veterinary excellence! And this means man more paws-abilities in life!
Reasons to Choose AAHA-Accredited Animal Hospitals:
- AAHA evaluates practices on more than 900 standards of veterinary excellence.
AAHA-accredited veterinary practices are safe and ensure pet safety through various checkpoints, no matter if your animal is receiving a routine checkup or a larger procedure.
AAHA-accredited veterinary practices lead the industry in proactive, preventative care.
Only 15% of veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited by AAHA, and accredited practice teams are Champions for Excellent Care.
What does this mean for healthy pets?
And this means your pet is receiving treatment according to the HIGHEST standards in veterinary care.
AAHA sends consultants to accredited hospitals every three years to evaluate their adherence to the AAHA Standards of Accreditation.
Also, the consultants evaluate hospitals on approximately 900 different standards of veterinary care during these visits, and there are over 50 mandatory standards to which all accredited hospitals must adhere.
Make sure your pet enjoys many more years of health and happiness with you by finding an AAHA-accredited veterinary practice at FindMyAAHA.com.