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A Veterinarian’s Top 5 New Year’s Resolution Recommendations

Dr. Ruth MacPete, DVM

Posted December 31, 2013 in A Vet's Life

So you’ve made your New Year’s resolutions and you’re ready to start fresh in 2014. But have you thought about making New Year’s resolution for your pets? Our pets also deserve to be fit and to live healthy lives. So, to help our furry friends start out on the right paw, here are some suggested pet-friendly New Year’s resolutions.

1. Help pets eat right and exercise more

The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Like humans, many pets also suffer from overeating and lack of exercise. This year, think about increasing your pet’s exercise and improving their nutrition. Cut back on treats and table scraps. It is important to realize that each treat or table scrap adds calories. Increasing daily walks will not just benefit your dog but also benefits your own health and fitness goals.  Check out these tips for exercising with your dog.

2. Don’t forget wellness screenings for your pets

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Most people have heard this well-known saying, but many don’t realize that following this advice can help their pets live healthier lives and save them money doing so! Preventative care, which includes regular examinations, lab work, vaccines, dental cleanings, and parasite control, can prevent some diseases from developing or at least detect disease early before it becomes more advanced and causes complications. The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. Early diagnosis also means the disease may be treated with more standard treatments and may avoid the need for more expensive interventions and procedures. Remember, take your pet to the veterinarian for routine check-up at least once a year. Learn more about the importance of preventive wellness visits for your pet.

3. Help your pet feel good with regular grooming

We all want to look our best and our pets are no exception. Make the commitment in 2014 to provide regular grooming for your pet. Depending on your type of pet, this may include occasional baths, regular brushing, or trips to the doggie salon for haircuts. Don’t forget grooming includes trimming nails, and -- most importantly -- brushing teeth. It’s not just vanity. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily and obtaining regular dental care can keep your pet’s teeth healthy and avoid periodontal disease and tooth loss. 

4. Make your home a pet-safe home in 2014

Our pets depend on us to keep

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