RESOLUTIONS

As we count down the last days of 2018, the topic of resolutions always come up.  Resolutions are a great way to refocus for the new year and to set goals.  I am sure you have resolutions for yourself, but have you thought about some resolutions for you and your pet?  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Daily exercise.  Good for both you and your pet.
  2. Teach or refresh your dog’s basic manners. There are a lot of good classes in the area.  A well-behaved dog is always a joy to be around.
  3. Give your dog monthly heartworm preventative. If your dog isn’t on heartworm preventative, have him/her tested and started on preventative.
  4. Regular flea and tick control for dog and cats. Even in the winter!  Two days of 50-degree weather will result in ticks being active.
  5. Keep your pet’s vaccines up to date.
  6. Bring a fecal to your annual exam. Even indoor cats can pick up parasites from bugs in the house.
  7. Buy health insurance for your pet. Illness and accidents happen.  How much easier would it be if finances weren’t an issue?
  8. Have an annual exam for your pet even if their vaccines are not due. We can find problems early with a good physical before they spiral out of control.
  9. Teach your dog or cat a new trick or start a sport. It will strengthen your bond and keep your pet’s mind active.
  10. Love your pet.

From the staff at Willow Creek Veterinary Center, we hope you have a happy and healthy 2019!

Ann E. Bastian, V.M.D.

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