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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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