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Keep Your Pet Healthy & Happy This Year

With the new year in full swing, it’s time to reexamine how you take care of your pet. Here are some New Year’s resolutions to follow that will keep your pet healthy and happy in 2017.

Annual Exams aren’t just for Humans Your pet may not show obvious signs of a health problem, so it’s always best to take your pet in for an annual check-up. Heart problems, arthritis and toothaches are just a few of the problems your pet can develop with no noticeable signs or symptoms. Get regular exams to reduce their risk. It’s the most important way to keep your pet healthy in 2017.
Spay and Neuter Your Pets Millions of pets end up in U.S. shelters each year. Make sure you don’t add to that number by spaying and neutering your pets. These procedures can be done as early as six to eight weeks old. Not only will you be helping maintain the pet population, but you’ll also reduce your pet's risk of certain cancers and decrease the chances they get lost by curtailing their eagerness to roam.
No More Parasites Fleas are a pain; they can cause irritated skin, hot spots, infection and even hair loss. Fleas also like to invite their friends to the party, introducing other parasites to your cat or dog. Worse yet, if only one of those fleas get swallowed, it can end in tapeworms. Don’t give parasites a fighting chance, use year-round prevention with flea and intestinal parasite control as well as heartworm prevention.
Rid the Excess Pounds Obesity is a big problem for pets. Just like people, obesity puts your pet at a higher risk for developing serious health problems such as diabetes, cancer or arthritis. Keep your pet fit this year by not overfeeding them. No matter how cute they look when they beg.
Have Fun Pets just want to have fun! Pets need mental stimulation to thrive, just like people. Take your dog on a walk or give your cat something to chase around. Keeping your pets at play strengthens not only their muscles, but also their bond with you!

What pet care tips do you have for keeping your pet healthy and happy this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you give your pet snacks of peanut butter, be sure to check the ingredients list for xylitol! This ingredient can be very dangerous if ingested by animals. Call us right away if you think your pet may have been exposed to this sweetener.
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Lol! And one you can pet, while the other may be a pet peeve. ;) But don't give pause, make sure your cat and their claws are in good health by scheduling an appointment without delay!
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The healing powers of dogs are being introduced into prison communities and the results are beneficial to so many! Oftentimes these dogs, once trained, are eligible for adoption. If you have questions about fostering or training at-risk dogs in our area, ask us which organizations we recommend!

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Well, at least cats are honest even if they are not the best motivators to workout, lol! Even if they don't support your resolutions for better health, make sure you're keeping up with their wellness needs by bringing your pets in to see us regularly!

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Pets still need exercise in the colder months! Be sure that you're taking them for walks as often as possible, and for pets with thin fur coats, ask us for tips on how to keep them warm while outdoors.
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Rabies vaccines are crucial for your pets! Give us a call to schedule an appointment to have one administered if your pet is in need.
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If this month as been as hectic for you as it has been for us, then we hope this quick time-out to appreciate some cute puppies will help. ;)

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Many pet health issues are difficult to detect, as they don’t always exhibit noticeable symptoms or behavioral changes. Be sure to keep up with your pet’s wellness exams in order to catch health conditions early on!

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Lol! Sometimes even a pet’s favorite food isn’t enough to trick them into taking their medication. Give us a call if you’re having difficulties getting your furry one to ingest their prescription.
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