Your Pets New Year’s Resolutions!
2017 is almost here! Are you and your pets ready? Don’t forget to make a list for your fur babies New Year resolution too! With the everyday hustle and bustle, we tend to put things aside and before you know it- yep…it’s the end of the year. What a great way to start off the New Year and get your pets on a healthy schedule! Here are some important resolutions for your healthy pets:
Date with their Vet: Twice a year examinations by your veterinarian is very important. Many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or obesity are common in aging pets and much easier to manage when detected in the early stages of the disease process. Veterinary visits are also the perfect time to ask for advice, update your pet’s food, or get an expert opinion on any behavioral issues that may be affecting bonding time with your pet.
Oral Hygiene: Daily tooth brushing is the best way to keep tartar and plaque away. Be sure to use toothpaste meant for dogs and cats. Water additives, dental diets, and treats designed to reduce tartar can also be a helpful tool in keeping teeth clean. Regular yearly cleaning by your veterinarian is the best way to keep those pearly whites in tip top shape long into your pet’s senior years.
Weight Management/Exercise: If you, like me have this on your list, then it’s important for your pet as well. The recommended feeding guidelines on the bag are a good place to start to figure out how much food Max or Kitty really needs. The best person to ask is your vet. If your pet needs to lose a couple of pounds, your Dr. can prescribe a diet. As for exercise, if your pet is social, the best place to get exercise and mingle with furry friends is at a doggy daycare or a park that is enclosed for pets that want to run and play with parents supervising.
Grooming: Just like us, your pet needs their coat brushed/combed and shampooed for upkeep. Keeping their skin and coat clean is a benefit for the both of you. When brushing out your pet, it removes excess fur from the coat and you have amazing bonding time with each other. Tangled, matted hair can be painful if not taken care of. This type of coat won’t go away and it would be best to make an appointment with your groomer.
Pet Identification: I.D. tags can wear and tear. Order a new one for the New Year! If you have moved or have a new phone number, make sure the new information is on the tags. If you are taking your pets camping with you etc., make sure the phone number on the tag is with you and you can get reception. If any of your contact information has changed in 2016, don’t wait — update their tags and microchip information today! It’s the best way to ensure a lost pet makes their way safely home.
Start off the New Year with a positive and fun. Stay on track with your pet’s preventative care- this is so important. Our pets can’t talk and tell us what’s bothering them or where it hurts. Routine twice a year vet checks is worth the visit! If you have any questions or concerns about your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us! Have a very happy New Year and thank you for letting us take care of your fur babies!