With a new year comes new goals for your life, but it’s also important to think about goals to set for your pet! As we make plans life eating healthier (or less), exercising more, and staying on top of our health – the same goes for pets. They could benefit from all of those things, and keeping them happy will surely enrich your life too! We have three simple and easy resolutions for pet owners to focus on in 2018. Enjoy!
Preventative care is easier (and cheaper) than urgent care.
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.
Exercise with your pet, it’s good for you both!
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.
Stay on top of your pet’s health and nutrition.
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.
Need some help? That’s why Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic is here. Be sure to contact us with any and all questions you may have!