9 Easy New Year’s Resolutions to Commit to Your Pet’s Health!

Skip the diet and put away the swear jaw--we have a bunch of New Year’s resolutions you can keep. And you’ll want to keep them because they’ll keep your pet healthy! That’s right. If you’re ready to commit, re-commit, or increase your commitment, we have some easy ways to improve your pet’s health.

1. Keep Your Pet’s Vaccinations Current

Vaccines are like armor for your pet, protecting her from the inside out. They prevent deadly diseases and keep you and your family safe as well. Are your pets’ immunizations up-to-date? Give us a call, and we can check.

Be sure your pet is safe from

  • Rabies
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Parainfluenza
  • Hepatitis
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
  • Calicivirus
  • Panleukopenia

2. Ditch the Treadmill & Commit to Cardio with Your Pet

Exercise can keep your pet’s heart healthy, keep her in shape, and provide her with mental stimulation. Playing and exercising with your pet also increases the bond between you.

And this one is easy.

Feathers, bells, catnip! Play with your cat twice a day for ten to fifteen minutes.

Enjoy some fresh air and take your dog on a walk or two per day. You can also help your dog get her cardio in with fetch or tug. The dog park can also help your pup burn some energy and stay fit.

3. Prevent Fleas & Ticks from Bugging Your Best Buddy

Lyme disease from ticks is serious. And fleas will cause your dog or cat to itch, itch, itch. But the itching isn’t the only problem fleas and ticks cause. Fleas spread intestinal worms. And ticks can be infected with a wide range of diseases.

Luckily, all it takes is a prescription to keep your pet safe from these pests this year.

4. Don’t Let Heartworms Shorten Your Pet’s Life

If your pet isn’t on heartworm prevention, she should be. Heartworms are spread through mosquito bites and can cause heart failure by clogging your pet’s arteries and heart valves.

How hard is this one? Make an appointment, and we’ll help you decide on a heartworm prevention that will work for your pup.

5. Put Your Pet on a Diet that Supports a Healthy Life

There had to be a diet resolution, right? Good thing there are not buffets for pets. When your pet eats a healthy, nutritious diet, she’ll feel great, improve her coat, and enjoy a healthy life.

Unsure of which food can help your pet slim down, support healthy aging, or assist your pet with allergies? Don’t get lost on the internet--we can make the process of choosing the right food simple.

6. Get in the Groove of Grooming

Grooming isn’t just about looking great--Grooming can help support your pet’s wellness. Some benefits of grooming are apparent, like preventing mats, keeping nails trim, and freshening up your pet’s coat. Other benefits of grooming go below the surface. Grooming gives us an opportunity for a check for lumps, bumps, scrapes, cuts, and other skin issues.

7. Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying or neutering your dog, cat, rabbit, or other pet will improve her health. Female pets live longer lives with better health.

Spaying helps prevent breast tumors, uterine infections, and other forms of cancer.

Neutering your dog or cat prevents prostate problems and some forms of cancer.

And there are a wide range of behavioral benefits from having your pet altered. Altered pets don’t escape as often. They also don’t spray or mark nearly as frequently.

8. Dental Health: A Reason to Smile

One of the best ways to commit to your pet’s health this year is to bring your pet in for regular cleanings. Pets with good dental hygiene live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

9. Come in for an Annual Exam

Most importantly, make an appointment for your pet’s annual exam. When we have the opportunity to examine your pet, we can diagnose any ailments and begin treatment if there are any problems. Exams allow us to monitor your pet’s weight and overall health.

Don’t wait for your pet to get sick to bring her by. Give us a call and commit to keeping your pet living a long and healthy life.

 

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