Recognizing Good Health & Nutrition
Part of being a pet parent is to be aware of your pet’s body, condition, and habits, so you can recognize sudden changes in health or behavior. Dogs and Cats are creatures of habit and enjoy familiar routines. For example, changes in the environment, the addition of children or other pets to the home can disrupt their routines and cause stress. Your pet also observes your own behavior and may be sensitive to stress and noise. Changes in a living environment such as moving, renovation, or travel can also cause stress.
As part of a healthy life, spend time regularly with your dog or cat by rubbing their body, head-to-tail so you are familiar with their condition. Look for any new bumps or lumps, ticks, fleas, scabs, hot-spots, etc. If you notice that your pet is itching, or chewing their paws more frequently, it is especially important to inspect their body for notable changes.
Groom your pet regularly. Bathe your pet in our Lucy Pet Shampoos and Conditioning Sprays, and visit a professional groomer regularly.
Part of having a pet is cleaning up after them. Whether you pick up your dog’s poop in the yard, or on a walk, or scoop your cat’s litter box, you will become familiar with your pet’s normal bowel movements and routines. It is important to know what your pet’s poop looks and smells like normally so that you’ll be immediately aware of any changes in frequency, consistency, size, color, or smell.
If you have a cat, we recommend having a minimum of one litter box per cat and scoop daily to remove feces and solid clumps. Use a high-quality clumping litter such as Lucy Pet’s Cats Incredible.
Always see your veterinarian regularly for health check-ups and consult the vet when you see sudden changes in health.
Signs of a Healthy Pet
- Eyes: Should be clear, bright and alert, no discharge.
- Ears: Depending on the breed, most will be clear, pink and free of any dark colored discharge.
- Coat: Varies by breed, but should be soft and glossy.