K-State veterinarian shares tips for Pet Wellness Month
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023
K-State veterinarian Susan Nelson shares tips for Pet Wellness Month.
MANHATTAN — October is National Pet Wellness Month, and K-State veterinarian Susan Nelson is sharing tips to foster a healthy lifestyle for furry family members.
"Pet wellness entails what we do at home to care for pets as well as the medical care given by your veterinarian," said Nelson, clinical professor at the Veterinary Health Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine. "From regular check-ups to maintaining a balanced diet, ensuring exercise and addressing mental health needs, it's crucial to give pets the care and attention they deserve."
According to Nelson, incorporating preventive measures — such as vaccinations, regular vet visits, dental care and appropriate nutrition — keeps pets in optimal health, preventing potential illnesses and preparing them for long and fulfilling lives. She said mental stimulation, companionship and a loving environment are equally vital for their overall well-being.
Nelson shared key tips for pet owners:
• Schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian to monitor your pet's health and catch any potential issues early. Learn more about wellness exams.
• Provide a balanced and nutritious diet appropriate for your pet's age, size, activity level and breed to help them maintain a healthy weight and manage overall well-being. Keep snacks to a minimum and utilize low-calorie options.
• Engage your pet in regular exercise and mental activities to keep them physically and mentally fit.
• Stay up to date with vaccinations and preventive treatments to protect your pet from diseases and parasites.
• Maintain proper grooming and hygiene practices to ensure your pet's coat, teeth, and overall cleanliness are in good condition.
• Have a "to go" bag packed and ready in case of an emergency evacuation with an adequate amount of food, water and medication.
For questions about pet care, please reach out to the Hill's Pet Health and Nutrition Center at 785-532-4242.