4 gifts for female pets on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day commemorates the wonderful achievements of women around the world but we are hijacking this important anniversary for our female pets!

Here are 4 gifts you can give your girl dog or cat (in addition to love) that will make their lives happier and healthier.

  • Sterilisation

This is the single most important gift you can give a female pet. It not only prevents unwanted litters of puppies or kittens but it protects her against mammary cancer, which is a common and potentially fatal disease, and against pyometra, a serious and life threatening infection of the uterus. Spaying before her first heat offers the best protection. And don’t believe that old wives’ tale that says female dogs and cats ‘need’ to have a litter to feel fulfilled. That’s anthropomorphising (attributing human feelings to animals).

  • Vaccination

This really is a no-brainer if you want your pet to live a healthier, longer life. Vaccinations protect against a range of killer diseases like distemper and feline panleukopenia which are both highly contagious and cannot be cured. Vaccinations start when your puppy or kitten is six to eight weeks old. For more on vaccinations, click on this link https://www.ebervet.com/pet-vaccinations/

  • Parasite control

Ticks and fleas carry diseases like biliary and tapeworm that can be really tough to get rid of.  A flea infestation can cause anaemia and even death. Regular parasite control will protect your pet against these nasties, and against mites which can cause ear and skin allergies. How often you need to apply parasite control depends on the brand you buy. New Bravecto spot-on formula lasts for three months in cats and up to six months in dogs. Prevention is always better, and cheaper, than cure.

  • Good nutrition

Good food is the basis of a strong immune system and the stronger a pet’s immunity, the less likely he or she is to fall ill. It may seem that you’re spending a fortune on food every month but if you compare the costs associated with a healthy cat versus a sick cat, the healthy cat is way more budget-friendly. It’s essential to know what is in the food you’re feeding your pet as some of the cheaper brands actually cause allergic skin reactions and are packed with bulking agents that fail to nourish. Ask your EberVet Vetshop or veterinarian for dietary advice.