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How can we avoid pain for our pets? 

13.8.2019

There are some things that responsible pet owners can do to avoid pain for their pets

This starts with providing a safe environment and continues with healthy maintenance measures and regular veterinary checks. Read more about:

  1. a secure living environment 
  2. adequate nutrition
  3. the right amount of exercise 
  4. regular control / maintenance 

A secure living environment  

  • Power cords left lying around
  • Tilted windows
  • Providing food that is not species specific or that the animal has an allergy or intolerance to
  • Leaving open bottles of cleaning agents 
  • Leaving hot stove plates unattended
  • Unsecured balcony balustrades
  • Having toxic plants within reach of the animal 

Look at your house/apartment from the perspective of your pet and ask yourself what interests you and what could be dangerous for you as a dog, cat, hamster, etc.

Adequate nutrition 

  • Dental problems 
  • Digestive disorders 
  • Bone frailty and fractures
  • Urinary tract diseases 
  • Weight gain with physical consequences such as joint pain.

 

Follow the veterinarian nutrition instructions.

The right amount of exercise  

  • An optimum weight maintenance
  • A good physical condition 
  • Healthy joints 
  • An optimally functioning digestive system and urinary tract health 

Get helpful information about appropriate exercise from your vet and behavioral expert. Both experts will give you relevant tips according to the specific needs of your animaltaking into account species, breed, age, and previous health record.

Regular control / maintenance 

Regular inspection and care help to detect changes in the animal in good time. This should include inspection and actions (make sure that you are trained by a vet) as for example

 

  1. Teeth (brushing teeth to avoid plaque formation)
  2. Claws (only with correct equipment and knowledge – to keep the claws from getting caught when they get to long) 
  3. Nose (for the timely identification of changes that may indicate underlying pathological conditions)
  4. Eyes (for the perception of foreign bodies, injuries, or inflammation)
  5. Skin (for the detection of lumps or skin inflammation)
  6. Ears (regularly clean ears to avoid inflammation and ear mites)

Keep a diary and note any changes you notice in your animal. Record when you observed each change: detailed information is very helpful for the veterinarian during diagnosis.

Regular visits to the vet 

Through extensive knowledge, experience and access to special equipment, veterinarians are better suited than owners to detect and treat medical conditions in animals. Bring your pet to the vet following a regular schedule agreed upon with the vet, and do not skip check-ups as this may lead to pathologies that are later more difficult to treat.

Correct handling of pets 

Delicately built pets such as hamsters are at risk of suffering pain due to improper handling by children, e.g. by being grasped too firmly.

Do not only inform yourself about possible errors in caring for your pet, but also teach your children how to handle their pet responsibly.