Poulsbo Animal ClinicDoing Better: New Year’s Resolutions for Pets
The holiday decadence is coming to a close, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably looking for ways to improve your health, mood, and lifestyle in the coming year. Our pets can also benefit from an overhaul of their nutrition, exercise, and general care. Fortunately, a little goes a long way when it comes to pet health, and you can get started right now with our list of New Year’s resolutions for pets.
New Year’s Resolutions for Pets
Preventive care is one of the biggest contributors to a long and healthy life for pets and people alike. Our New Year’s resolutions for pets involve simple ways owners can improve and maintain the health and wellness of their four-legged family members:
- Shape up. You knew we were going to mention this, so we might as well get it out of the way first. Obesity is on the rise for our nation’s pets, and overweight animals face significant health challenges, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and decreased quality of life. You can change this in the new year with a veterinarian-assisted approach to weight loss, including a meal and exercise plan tailored to your pet’s needs.
- See the dentist. Untreated dental disease (which is common among most pets by the age of 3) can lead to pain, tooth loss, and may even affect the kidneys, liver, or heart. Give us a call to schedule a dental exam and cleaning for your pet. Also commit to regular toothbrushing and other home care methods.
- Prevent and protect. Your pet’s regularly scheduled wellness exams are key to supporting overall health. Besides providing your pet with important vaccines, parasite screenings, and parasite preventives, an annual (or bi-annual) wellness exam gives us a chance to diagnose and treat problems early on.
- Get chipped. If you have not yet microchipped your pet, now is the perfect time to do so. A microchip (registered with your current contact information) gives your dog or cat a better chance of being found and returned should they go missing. It also gives you peace of mind!
- Look great. Regular grooming, whether at home or by a professional groomer, helps keep your pet looking their best. It also supports health and wellness. Grooming increases blood flow to the skin and reduces painful tangles and mats. It also gives you or your groomer direct access to your pet’s skin so you can stay aware of any new lumps, bumps, or injuries that may need attention.