Monday, January 11, 2010

Top New Year’s Resolutions for Pets to make this year!

Yearly Exams – Taking your pet for a yearly exam will not only save you money in the long run, but your pet will live a longer and happier life as well.

Routine Vaccinations – Be sure to keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date. A lot of ailments can be avoided and your pet deserves to be treated with the best resources available today. In the State of Pennsylvania, rabies vaccinations are required for dogs and cats.

Spay and Neuter – If your pet is not spayed or neutered yet, please consider the procedure this year. Spaying or neutering a pet can prevent issues like pyometra for females, cancer and over-population.

Healthy Diet – Do not feed your pet people food. Their digestive system is not meant to handle it and they will become “lurkers” around your kitchen and dining room table. Feeding your pets good quality food in appropriately designated amounts will keep them healthy. They like routine feeding times and habits and will come to count on your discipline.

Dental Care – Happy mouths, make happy pets! Your pet’s dental health is just as important to his or her overall health. As a pet owner, you play a pivotal role in helping ensure your pet’s dental health through regular teeth brushing. Pets can live longer, healthier lives if oral health care is managed and maintained throughout their lives. In fact, proper dental care may add as much as five years to your pet’s life! Talk to your veterinarian about developing a dental care plan for your furry
friend this year.

Exercise – Pets need exercise too! Walking your dog or playing with your cat keeps them fit and entertained. A daily exercise routine for you pet can dramatically improve their overall well-being and keep them at an ideal weight. Pet obesity can lead to many unwanted conditions like diabetes, thyroid issues, heart conditions and joint pain.

Don’t forget about senior pets! – Yearly or bi-annual exams can help your veterinarian identify possible underlying issues earlier. Routine bloodwork and heart monitoring is a great way to keep your senior pet healthy and happy. Your veterinarian can also discuss treatments, diets and supplements to keep your pet feeling younger.

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