New Year's Resolutions
The start of a new year is a time that many of us make resolutions – mostly pertaining to our health. Don’t forget your four legged friends when making your list this year!
The following are our top 5 suggestions to make 2017 the best year ever for your pet;
- Dental Care! Dental disease is the most overlooked chronic disease in our pets. Dental infections are not only painful, but they can spread disease to the kidneys, heart and liver. (Never start brushing your pet’s teeth without first taking your pet to your veterinarian for a complimentary dental exam. Brushing teeth that are already infected with advanced dental disease is painful!)
- Weight Management! 65% of Canadian pets are overweight! Obesity in pets, (as in humans) contributes to diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and respiratory difficulty to name a few. Weight management is one of the most important things you can do to increase the lifespan of your pet! Take your pet to your veterinarian for help with a complimentary weight management program!
- Exercise! Regular exercise will help contribute to a healthy weight for your pet and may also help resolve behavioral issues. On an average weekday, pet owners spend three times as much time watching TV and nearly twice as much time surfing the Internet as they do playing with/exercising their pets. Find indoor and outdoor activities that both you and your pet can enjoy and this will make your resolution easier to keep!
- Regular Exams! Annual Exams are the key to your pet’s health and longevity. During an Annual Health Exam, your veterinarian may pick up warning signs of a problem that could affect your pet in the future. Many health concerns that are detected and diagnosed early can be treated faster! (Pssst…statistics report that cat owners are far less likely than dog owners to have taken their pet to the veterinarian within the last 12 months…)
- Supplements! Many of us add nutraceuticals to our own diets to help maximize our health – you can do the same for your pets! Supplements such as Omega Fatty Acids can help with skin and coat quality and glucosamine and chondroitin can help with mobility. Ask your Doctor or a Registered Veterinary Technician at your veterinary clinic for suggestions on what supplements and dosing would be beneficial for your pet.
This article was written by Michelle Mathes, Practice Manager, of Fifth Avenue Veterinary Clinic. We provide team-based vet care for pets and their families from our animal hospital in Orangeville, Ontario. POSTED: 2017-01-18