A Healthy New Year


Happy New Year!
I absolutely love this time of year because I get very excited about New Year's resolutions.  It is a chance to reflect, a chance to start over, a chance to put the past behind you and make some changes.  Isn't there always room for improvement?

My resolutions probably look pretty similar to everyone else's: health, finances, time management, etc.  My list of resolutions often includes a focus on taking better care of the ones I love.  

If you are reading this blog, I'm guessing the "ones you love" include someone with fur and four paws, too.  Let us not forget our pets' health and wellness in our list of resolutions this year.  For me, this means starting acupuncture treatments on our 12-year-old border collie, Ripken, who is beginning to show her age.  What does it mean for you and your pets?  Here are some ideas to get you started:

1) Schedule routine preventative physical exams for your pets every six months.  Just twice this year, let's get together to discuss your pet's health and make sure everything is on track.  

2)  Get outside everyday to play with your pet.  I know it is so cold out, but even 15 minutes of outside play can improve health and wellness.   

3)  Brush those teeth!  Teeth brushing is such an effective way to prevent dental tartar, pain, tooth loss, and bad breath.  Aim to brush your pet's teeth every day.  Does your pet already have dental disease?  Then....

4) Schedule a dental scaling.  February is dental health month - to make this resolution easy to keep, we'll even give you a discount if you schedule your cleaning for January or February.  

5) Feed your dog more veggies!  Cut back on unhealthy snacks and replace them instead with raw vegetables.  Your dog doesn't like raw veggies?  Try steaming them. Still not interested?  Using fruit as treats is healthy, too!  (*Always avoid grapes, raisins, onion, and garlic*)

6)  Feed Kitty canned food every day.  A cat's body functions better on canned food than dry food.    

7)  Remember your monthly heartworm and parasite prevention...every month.  Write it on the calendar!

8) Keep up with routine grooming.  Maintaining clean and healthy coats helps our pets stay warm during these cold months.  Trim the toenails before they become too long.  Our groomers do an excellent job and can help you keep this resolution. 

You might be doing all of these things already.  If so, I'd love to hear from you about your pet-related resolutions.  Or you might not be doing any of them.  That's ok!  Start with a few changes and ask us for help when needed.  Let's all work at being the best pet owners we can be in 2013!