Starting Your Pet’s New Year on the Right Paw
Thankfully, a new year often heralds a fresh start for making those habits and lifestyle adjustments to our health and also the health of our pets.
As you make those wellness appointments, sign up for the gym, and don those new running shoes, don’t forget to keep your pet’s well-being in mind with these pet health resolutions.
Your Pet’s New Year’s Resolutions
- More playtime, please – Have you put that evening walk to the dog park on the backburner or have neglected to play feather chase with your favorite feline? In the chaos of the holidays, it is easy to shrug off some of our pet’s exercise and activity time – especially as those temps start to plummet. But, your pet needs to move and relies on you to help maintain a healthy exercise and playtime routine.
- Make the ouch go away – For senior pets with orthopedic challenges or arthritis, moving can sometimes increase pain levels, resulting in lethargy and even depression. Likewise, an injury or illness can start to present long-term pain for pets of any age. Because our pets are often good at masking their discomfort, it is important to notice and respond to the signs of pain:
- Excessive licking or grooming
- Hiding or hunching (especially true with cats)
- Decreased appetite
- Sudden aggression or change in temperament
- If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, please schedule an appointment. There are also several remarkably effective treatment options in pain management for our geriatric pals or those recovering from an injury.
- Keep me fit – Pet obesity and weight-related health problems have become all too common, unfortunately. From table scraps to excess treats, we are starting to see many more diseases that are connected to diet and weight than ever before. Of course, if it was up to our pets, they’d nom on treats night and day. That’s why it is especially important for pet parents to maintain a calorie-appropriate and nutritious meal plan for their pets. If you need help finding the right food or daily portion, give us a call or schedule a nutritional consultation.
- Keep me stylin’ – Regular grooming, including at-home brushing and combing sessions, are a necessary component of pet health. Grooming helps reduce furballs, shedding, and allergies, and helps catch potential challenges to eye, ear, and skin health. And, while your pet may balk at the idea, it actually feels good to him or her once completed. Be sure to keep your pet’s dental health in mind and brush those teeth daily, too!
- Give me more attention – Of all the resolutions to keep, this one covers all the bases. By paying attention to your pet, you’re providing more affection and noticing all of the little things that add up, whether it is daily grooming, exercise, an hour of snuggle time on the couch, maintaining those wellness appointments, or catching health problems before they become more serious.
We hope your new year has started with pleasant, warm, and enjoyable days of celebration and year-ahead reflection. We look forward to partnering with you in the health and well-being of your pet and will look forward to seeing you and your best friend at his or her wellness exam.
Happy and healthy 2015 to you and yours!
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