Watch their weight
Chubby isn’t cute if it means an early death. An overweight fur baby is prone to a host of joint, digestive, respiratory and urinary problems that can trim up to 2.5 years off its lifespan.
One way to help your pet shed kilos: cut back on treats. “A client of mine would give her dog Milk Bones every time she took him for walks,” says veterinarian Dr Maggie Brown-Bury. “Turns out the treats alone were equivalent to a full day’s [kilojoules].”
Keep cats inside
Indoor cats live up to twice as long. Cats who are allowed outside are vulnerable to cars, wildlife and other cats, who can carry diseases like feline leukaemia, which is transmitted through bodily fluids.