As we make New Year’s Resolutions for ourselves, why not include our four-legged family? Here are our Top 5 Resolutions for Pets- let’s make the new year a great year!
5. Protect Against Parasites
If your pet is not already getting consistent preventative care, now is a great time to start! Fleas, ticks, and other parasites can cause a variety of health issues for both you and your pet. Issues such as itching, skin infections, and even more serious systemic metabolic disorders are among the possible sequelae. Your veterinarian may recommend a year-round parasite prevention treatment that prevents flea eggs from developing and protects against heartworm, whipworms, roundworms, and hookworms.
4. Schedule Regular “Pampering Sessions” for Your Pet
We all know a little self-care for ourselves goes a long way, and the same is true for our pets! Regular bathing helps keep a healthy coat and skin (especially for dogs who battle allergies!). Nail trims prevent nails from becoming overgrown, snagged, torn, or even infected. Regular ear cleanings are also important to help keep infections at bay. We are happy to help with ways to make these visits as low-stress as possible!
3. Maintain a Healthy Weight for Your Pet
Currently, it’s estimated that over 50% of pets- dogs and cats- are overweight or obese. Just as in people, being overweight can lead to serious health issues for our pets, such as joint pain and mobility issues, diabetes, and even certain types of cancers. All of these could mean the need for chronic medications or quality of life issues for our pets.
Don’t forget about exercise! Schedule 10-15 minutes a day to throw the ball for your dog or get your kitty off the couch to chase the laser- make it part of your new daily routine. Regular walks are fantastic too. Your veterinarian will have great play and exercise ideas for you and your pet to enjoy! If you are concerned about your pet’s weight, please talk to us – we can help develop a weight-loss plan that works for you and your pet!
2. Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition we see in our pets. By the time your pet is 3, there is very likely some periodontal change present. Regular brushing is one of the best things you can do for your pet’s dental health- and it ideally is part of your daily routine with your pet. Learn more here! You can set up a dental assessment with your pet’s veterinarian, and they will talk to you about your pet’s dental needs. Here are some video tutorials on how to brush your dog’s teeth and your cat’s teeth.
1. Annual Exams with Your Vet
Your pet’s annual physical exam is so important– it is one of the best ways to catch hidden illnesses or other health concerns before they become more significant issues. It’s a great time to ask your veterinarian any questions you may also have. Make your pet’s health a top priority in the new year to help them live a happy and healthy life. Please contact us if you need to schedule your pet’s next appointment or have any questions.
We wish you and your pets the very best in the New Year and beyond!