Our veterinarians know you want to keep your pets healthy and happy this year, and they have some tips for you.
- Schedule two vet appointments this year- Pets need regular veterinary care to live long, healthy & happy lives. Seeing your pet when he or she is feeling good during a wellness exam gives veterinarians a baseline to use in case of trouble. We will update needed vaccinations and discuss early disease detection blood and lab tests.
- Discuss annual dental cleanings - Besides bad breath, poor dental health can cause pain and lead to heart, liver & kidney disease.
- Don’t skip on their exercise - Regular exercise maintains your pet's healthy weight, builds strength and endurance. Exercise reduces behavior & medical problems associated with inactivity. Do not let the winter keep you from jogging or walking your dog - most dogs will retrieve balls or toys for hours if you will toss it for them! Encourage cats to be active with toys or chasing laser pointers.
- Consider training – Beyond learning sit, stay & come here, effective obedience training can help your pet become a successful member of your family.
- Provide year-round heartworm prevention - Heartworms, a potentially life-threatening disease, is prevalent in the south because of mosquitoes. While treatment is available, heartworm prevention is safer, more cost-effective & without side effects. All pets - even indoor - need to be on year-round heartworm prevention. We have safe, effective products available.
- Help your pet be reunited if lost - Microchipping is a permanent form of pet ID. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters can scan a lost pet and obtain the owner's contact information if implanted with a microchip. Make sure the information is up to date if you moved or changed phone numbers. Ensure ID tags are current also and securely fastened onto your pet at all times.
- Be mindful of what they eat - Talk with us about nutritional counseling for your pet. Certain "people foods" are toxic to pets - chocolate, avocado, grapes/raisins, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts and alcohol and any foods containing xylitol (artificial sweetener often found in peanut butter and desserts).
- Keep them looking & feeling fresh and clean - Regular bathing & grooming keeps skin, coat & nails healthy!