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Healthy Resolutions for Your Dog or Cat

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! It’s the perfect time to set resolutions—not just for yourself, but for your animal companion as well. Allow your Burlington, ON veterinarian to make a few suggestions. Here are five healthy resolution ideas for your dog or cat:

Get More Exercise

This is a common resolution for many people, but it’s also a good one for your four-legged friend. All pets need their exercise! It’s a great way to work out your companion’s entire body, help ward off obesity, and keep your pet’s mind engaged. Plus, pets who exercise regularly tend to behave better than those who don’t. Get your pet moving daily with brisk walks around your neighborhood and play sessions at home.

Eat a Great Diet

Is your pet’s diet up to par? Your furry friend needs the proper nutrients in the right amounts to live a long, happy, and healthy life. If your pet is eating a “budget” diet with a lot of filler material, they’re only getting more empty calories and packing on extra pounds. Check with your veterinarian if you think your pet’s diet could use an upgrade; he or she will be able to recommend a great choice.

Keep Up With Preventative Care

Don’t forget to keep up with your pet’s preventative care needs in 2019. Your companion needs protection against dangerous diseases like parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper, Lyme disease, rabies, and others. It’s also important that your pet takes preventatives to ward off heartworm, fleas, ticks, and other outdoor pests. Contact your vet right away if your pet needs these healthcare measures!

Brush the Teeth

Did you know that many pets suffer from dental health trouble? It’s easy to overlook your pet’s pearly whites, but make a point this year to maintain Fido or Fluffy’s dental health. One of the best ways to do that is with regular brushing sessions—pick up a canine- or feline-formulated toothpaste and a pet toothbrush at your local supply store to get started. It’s also a good idea to feed your pet dental chews or dental treats to further maintain good oral health.

See the Vet

Last but not least, resolve to keep your pet healthy this year by having them examined at the vet’s office regularly. It’s simply one of the best ways to ensure your pet’s health and happiness!

Schedule your pet’s next office appointment with your Burlington, ON vet clinic today.

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