New Year's Resolutions for Healthy & Happy Pets
Memphis pet owners - Some New Year's Resolutions to keep your pets healthy & happy in 2017!
- Schedule two veterinary appointments this year- Pets need regular veterinary care to live long, healthy & happy lives. The best time to bring your pet in is for a wellness exam. Seeing your pet when he or she is feeling good gives veterinarians a baseline to use in case of trouble. We will also use these appointments to update needed vaccinations and discuss early disease detection blood and lab tests.
- Discuss annual dental cleanings - Besides just bad breath, poor dental health can cause pain and lead to heart, liver & kidney disease. Learn more about pet dental disease...
- Don’t skip out 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 months 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. Starting early as a puppy or soon after you adopt is preferred, but you can teach an old dog new tricks!
- Provide heartworm prevention - Heartworms, a potentially life-threatening disease, is prevalent in Tennessee because of mosquitoes. Heartworms live in the heart, blood vessels and lungs of an infected pet. While treatment is available, heartworm prevention is safer, more cost effective & without side effects. All pets - even indoor pets - need to be on year-round heartworm prevention. We provide safe, effective products for heartworm prevention plus flea/tick prevention. Learn more about heartworm disease...
- Help your pet be reunited if lost - Not microchipped? 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. If they need to gain or lose a few pounds, we can recommend a food and exercise plan if needed. Certain "people food" are toxic to pets - chocolate, avocado, grapes/raisins, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts and alcohol and any foods containing xylitol (artificial sweetner often found in peanut butter and desserts).
- Keep them looking & feeling fresh and clean - Regular bathing & grooming keeps skin, coat & nails healthy!