Nobody can sit and do nothing when it is obvious their pet is ill. Regardless of the cost most of us would spend anything to make their pet well and comfortable again. Fortunately, this type of emergency situation is rare. Like humans, prevention is both possible and better than cure, as they say. Our animals are a lot more like us than you might think. So what can you do to prevent illness in a pet?

Getting To Know Your Pet

They might not speak English, but they do tell us when things aren’t right. Getting to know your pet is about getting to know their typical moods and behaviors. Over time spent with your furry friend, you’ll get to know when they want wet food instead of dry food. You’ll know when the weather might turn bad, and you’ll probably notice a few hints that they need a bathroom break!

Girl bonding with her pet dog

Spend quality time with your pet to form a familiar bond.

You’ll also notice new behaviors. These are the actions and moods that aren’t normal and can often be a sign that something is wrong. These early warning signs of illness or other problems shouldn’t be ignored. While you might not rush to the veterinary hospital just yet, it’s essential you keep a journal of changes in the coming hours. Hopefully, it’s just indigestion and will pass! Knowing to keep an out on things means you can act before it becomes serious.

Avoiding Risks Of Injury

Pets are as vulnerable to risks around the home as a baby or toddler might be. They don’t know the dangers of chewing cables. Sure, they might know you don’t like that behavior, but if you’re not in the room, you won’t care, right? It’s always best to remove anything that might be a risk. Use a stair gate across the kitchen door when you’re cooking or shut them out of the room altogether. Keep small items like children’s toys, batteries, and potpourri out of the areas your pets use. Don’t leave packets of candies or chocolates lying on the sofa either. These are far more dangerous than you might think.

Kitten Sleeping on it's back

Just sleeping, or is something wrong?

Diet And Exercise And Vaccinations

As humans we are vigilant about our diet and how much exercise we do. In fact, we’re pestered every week by advertisements, government advice, and social media. Our pets are equally at risk of health issues should diet and exercise not be carefully managed. Animals can also suffer from diabetes and heart conditions. And obesity can be painful for their joints and muscles too. Vaccinations can prevent the symptoms and spread of some very unpleasant and even life-threatening illnesses. Prevent these ever happening by getting your pet his boosters.


You can’t prevent your pet from aging, but you can help your pet prepare for his later years. Start slowing his walks or play time down a little as you start to notice stiffness in the joints. You’ll soon see if they’re tiring quicker than usual. This isn’t necessarily a sign of illness! Offer more comfortable bedding, and attend your veterinarian appointments a little more often. Can you prevent common pet illnesses with prevention?