Aug 14 2015

10 Pet Health Tips for the New Year

  1. Female veterinarian examining ear of dog with man in medical offYearly veterinarian examinations are as essential to your pet as food and love. On the new year, make a commitment to not wait until your pet is sick before taking him to the veterinarian. Bring your pet in for an examination at least once a year.
  2. Vaccinations – make sure you don’t overlook vaccinating your pets. Immunizations protect our pets from devastating diseases caused by viruses and bacteria.
  3. Screening Tests – Since animals can’t talk and let us know how they are feeling, screening tests are important because they can detect diseases before signs and symptoms develop.
  4. Dental Care – Commit to keeping your pet’s teeth clean and healthy. At least once a year take your pet to the veterinarian for a checkup and cleaning. Also make sure to brush his teeth with toothpaste at home and give him dental chews.
  5. Parasite protection – includes protecting your pet from internal (worms and protozoa) or external (fleas and ticks) parasites.
  6. Microchips – If your pet doesn’t already have one, make sure you get him a microchip. This will guarantee that your pet will be returned home if he ever gets lost.
  7. Spray and Neuter your pet – this has important health benefits for your pet, such as lowering the risk of breast cancer, testicular cancer, and pyometra.
  8. Pet proof your home – check the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s website for a list of the most common poisonous household plants as well as foods and household items that may present a potential hazard to your pet.
  9. Exercise – this is the best way for your pet to stay trim and healthy.
  10. Teach an old dog a new treat – it is important to stimulate your pet’s brain. This can be done by simply giving him interactive toys that stimulate his mind or teaching him a new treat.

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