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7 Resolutions to Make this New Year the Best One Yet for Your Pet

2019-12-24

You don’t have to wait until the fireworks have fizzled out to start making 2020 the best year for your pets. Doesn’t making the new year the best for my pet sound like a resolution you can get behind and stick to? We’re here to help you stay on track with some simple resolutions to improve your pet’s wellbeing.

Celebrate your party pet with preventative care, good health, and positive mental health this year!

Resolution #1: Make an Appointment for Your Pet’s Annual Exam

Annual vet trips make a world of difference in your pet’s health. A simple checkup can help us catch and diagnose a medical problem with your pet before it progresses.

Resolution #2: Don’t Skip or Skimp On Your Pet’s Preventative Care

Have you ever heard the quote “A good doctor can cure a disease, but a great doctor can cure the cause?” The same is true when it comes to your pet’s health. Help us cure the cause of health issues before they have a chance to develop.

Some of the Most Effective and Important Preventative Care You Can Provide Your Pet Include

  • Year-round tick and flea prevention
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Spay or neutering your pet
  • A quality diet and proper nutrition
  • A microchip
  • Dental exams and checkups
  • Bloodwork
  • Intestinal parasite prevention
  • Lyme disease prevention
  • Leptospirosis prevention
  • Kennel cough prevention (Bordetella)
  • Feline Leukemia Vaccination
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis Vaccination
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Vaccination

Resolution #3: Make Sure Your Pet is Current on His Vaccines

Staying current on immunizations could save your pet’s life.

For dogs, the core vaccines include

Distemper
Rabies
Canine Adenovirus Type 1 & 2
Canine Parvovirus

For cats, the core vaccines are

Rabies Feline Upper Respiratory Combo
Feline Panleukopenia
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
Feline Calicivirus

Resolution #4: Help Your Pet Handle His Anxiety

Did the fireworks remind you of how scared your dog or cat feels this time of year or during thunderstorms? Or does your pet suffer from anxiety throughout the year? This isn’t fun for them or you. Make it a resolution to help your pet cope with fear, anxiety, and stress. We would love to help answer your questions about pet anxiety and help him overcome his anxiety through behavioral help or medication.

Resolution #5: A Diet Your Pet Can Stick To

Extra weight can really weigh down your pet. Excess pounds also make him more vulnerable to health issues like cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. Help him get back into shape or say slim by checking his nutrition and diet. We can help you plan to turn your couch potato dog or cat into a an active and healthy pet.

Resolution #6: Old Dogs (and Cats) Can Learn New Trick This Year

Did you ever teach your cat to sit? Has it been a while since your dog wowed guests with a new trick? Make your pet’s new year about new tricks. Re-investing in training provides your fuzzy pal with mental stimulation to end boredom. And you can show off his new skills.

Resolution #7: Don’t Forget to Have Some Fun!

Take time to play and reconnect with your pet. We sometimes get caught up in our day-to-day lives and forget to have fun. Pick up some new toys and make time for some fun this year.

Happy New Year to You and Your Furry Best Friend!

We hope this year is the best for your pets, you, and your family! If you have questions about how to keep your pet healthy, active, and living his life to the fullest, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

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