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Show Your Pet Some Love This Valentine's Day

Posted February 14, 2013 in A Vet's Life

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Dr. Ruth MacPete urges us to show our pets some love this Valentine's Day by keeping them healthy. For more from Dr. MacPete, find her on Facebook or at!

Our pets give us so much and ask for so little. Show them how much you love and appreciate them this Valentine’s Day by giving them the ultimate gift of love: good health.

  • Why wait until your pet is sick before seeing the veterinarian? Instead, take your pet to the veterinarian for a routine checkup at least once a year. Routine checkups allow your veterinarian to detect medical issues early when they are easiest to treat and help keep your pet in top shape.
  • Vaccines are important so stay up to date on the recommended immunizations to protect your pet from preventable illnesses.
  • Parasites are more than a nuisance. They can cause serious health problems to your pet. Protect your pet from parasites by using veterinary recommended parasite control products year-round. Unlike the products from the past, today’s recommended products are relatively safe, easy to use, and extremely effective.
  • Keep your pet’s smile pearly white by brushing regularly with pet-safe tooth paste  and by providing dental toys and treats to help keep their teeth healthy and clean.
  • Prevent your pet from becoming one of the many missing and unidentified pets at shelters around the country by making sure they always wear a collar and ID tag and have a registered microchip. No matter how careful you are, you can never be sure your animal won’t get lost. Take every precaution to ensure that if your pet gets lost, they have the best chance of coming home to you.
  • It’s more than just for looks. Keep your pet’s coat healthy with regular brushing and grooming.
  • Lastly, nutrition and exercise are as important for your pet as it is for you. Provide high quality food and plenty of exercise to keep your pet lean and fit.

So remember: when you are thinking about your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget about your four-legged friends. Our furry friends give us unconditional love and companionship year-round and deserve a show of affection from you, too!

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Ruth has more than 15 years of experience in the veterinary industry as a companion animal veterinarian in private practice. Along with being a writer and media personality, she is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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