The first of Dr. Ward's "Top 5 Healthy Habits" is that pet owners need to provide their pet with healthy petfood and treats. Dr. Ward advises consumers to look for meat as one of the first few ingredients in a petfood, avoiding by-products, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives if possible. Dr. Ward also said to look for treats that are low in calories or may provide other benefits such as Greenies' treats for dental health or treats to maintain healthy joints. He says to use food puzzles for pets, which hide the petfood or treats inside until the pet figures out how to solve the puzzle.
Another tip from Greenies and Dr. Ward is that pet owners should regularly exercise pets, with walks and games, to prevent weight-related diseases such as arthritis and diabetes. Dr. Ward also recommended taking pets to be socialized at a dog park or through training classes. To prevent disease, he says it is important that pet owners take their pet to see a veterinarian at least once a year for a checkup.