Just like we take steps to make sure we are healthy, your pet’s health and longevity requires effort. In order to ensure that your best friend will be around for years to come, you have to be active when it comes to their wellness. Wellness refers to their health in all areas: diet, exercise, sleep quality, dental health, vaccines, relationships, regular exams, prevention of illness, and overall happiness. When it comes to caring for your pet and giving them love through their best health, follow this checklist for success.

Ear Cleaning

Most pets should have their ears cleaned approximately once a month. However, this varies depending on the pet. Your vet at Hillsdale animal center can tell you the exact details, but make sure your pet is receiving regular ear cleanings. This prevents infections, wax build-up, and ear mites.

Dental Cleaning

One of the biggest issues for dogs and cats specifically is dental disease. Dental disease is associated with major health problems such as heart disease and kidney failure. Make sure your best friend doesn’t fall victim to those deadly conditions, and take the necessary steps to ensure their dental health is top notch. At home, consider regularly brushing your pet’s teeth or investing in dental chews. In addition, make sure your pet is receiving professional dental cleanings by their trusted vet.


Pets are generally more at risk for life-threatening diseases than humans are. When you first get your pet, usually there are required vaccinations you must get for them. It’s important to stay up-to-date on vaccinations for your pet, just as you would for yourself. Talk to your veterinarian today about the vaccination plan that’s right for your furry friend.

Proper Nutrition

Proper nutrition for your pet is crucial. It’s like serving up a dose of preventative medicine every day. When you make sure your pet’s diet is as it should be, it gives your pet the nutrients they need for the healthiest growth and development, as well as fuels a happy and healthy life. Conditions like obesity, diabetes, or joint disease in your pets can be controlled through portion control and the specifics of their diet. Your job, as your pet’s owner, is to educate yourself on what your pet needs nutritionally.

Parasite Prevention

Pets are often victims of health problems associated with fleas, ticks, and heartworms. However, preventing these pests from intervening with the health of your pet is easier than you might think, if done right. Talk to your veterinarian about the right flea, tick, and heartworm medication to keep your pet safe from heartworm disease, tick-borne illness, and tapeworms.


The way your pet behaves is a direct reflection of their health and their relationship with you. If they are being taken care of, and are feeling good, you’ll know it. If they know that you love them and play with them regularly, you’ll know it. Learn how to read your pet’s actions. That way, you’ll be able to identify and address behavioral changes that could indicate a health problem.


Keeping your pet well groomed helps them to feel comfortable and clean. Make sure you’re bathing them and brushing their coat regularly. In addition, trim their nails to avoid injuries that occur when nails are overgrown and split.

Staying Educated

You can’t take good care of your best friend if you aren’t educated on how to do so. Make sure you’re reading up on best practices for the wellness of your pet, and asking your veterinarian any questions you have about medication, food, preventative care, vaccines, and more.


Time with your pet is priceless. Spending time with them and developing a bond with your pet not only helps them to be happier and healthier, but it also helps you understand your pet better. Understanding your furry friend is crucial in noticing potential abnormalities that could signal a problem.

Regular Exams

Generally, pets require comprehensive wellness exams every six months. Your pet will age six to seven times the rate that you will, so changes in their health can happen quickly. An exam every six months gives your veterinarian a benchmark for your pet’s health so that potential problems can be caught and treated much more quickly. Taking your pet to the vet every six months is the equivalent of a check-up every two to three years for you.

Hillsdale Animal Hospital is Advance’s most trusted veterinary hospital. We strive to provide the highest quality pet health and wellness services to help your furry friend live a longer, happier life. Contact us now to schedule a wellness exam for your pet!