A new year brings the opportunity for us to make exciting changes in our lives. Eating better, reading more, traveling to a new place, and yes, getting into better shape is always high on the list. Guess what? Your pet has goals too, and you’re an important part of their goals. In 2018, let’s focus on your pet’s health – weight, overall wellness, and oral care! We have some tips for taking your pet’s care to the next level in the new year.
Preventive care is important! Stay ahead of the game.
Veterinary visits are down, and preventive illnesses are up. Those two are clearly associated. Your pet ages about seven times faster than you do. If your dog goes one year without seeing us for a preventive care exam, that’s the equivalent of you not seeing your doctor at all for seven years. Don’t wait until your pet is exhibiting signs of illness before you decide to visit our office. If you catch problems early through regular preventive exams (twice a year is best), not only will your pet likely have a better outcome, but you’ll probably save money, too.
Get moving! It’s good for both you and your pet.
More than half of dogs and 60 percent of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Just like humans, animals that carry around excess weight are at increased risk of developing many different health problems, like arthritis, diabetes, and more. Walk your dog regularly. Play with your cat using laser pointers and other toys. The more your pet moves, the more you’ll move, and the healthier you both will be. Additional exercise and play will also help build the bond you’ve created with your pet.
Know your pet’s health like the back of your hand.
You know your pet, and you love your pet. This year, really focus on the things that matter. What does your pet eat? How much does your pet eat? Be aware of your pet’s nutrition so you can keep her at a healthy weight and so she can get the appropriate nutrients for her lifestyle. Nutrition affects more than just weight. A proper diet can help to maintain your pet’s cognitive function, energy level, and more. Don’t overdo it with treats and table scraps. Monitor your pet’s intake, and talk to our office about your pet’s nutrition at your next appointment.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your pet’s diet and lifestyle with us, please contact us today! We’re here to help!